Essay about Bruce Lee 's Martial Arts

826 Words Nov 5th, 2014 4 Pages
Bruce Lee was a huge influence on American society through his martial arts. He was one of the first pioneers of mixed martial artist by his own developed fighting style and inspired many American fighters. By choreographing his own martial arts in his movies, he changed the perspective of Chinese culture and exposed it in America. Bruce lee overcame much diversity between his American culture and his Chinese and fought to expose his philosophy and martial arts.
Martial arts were Bruce lee’s main passion and started training Wing Chun at the age of 16. He participated in many street brawls with opposing martial art gangs in China and in America. His idea of martial arts were structured for street survival and the reality of violence. The point system of karate was unrealistic and was against the self-expression of the human body and combat (John Little, The Art of Expressing The Human Body). Karate competitions took out the actual combat because of the lack of contact and takes the aspect of expression (Dan Insoanto, I am Bruce Lee) Bruce created the concept of “the style without style” (John Little, Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do). With the variety of martial arts, Bruce Lee’s philosophy was, “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own” which lead to his own style of Jeet Kune Do (The Intercepting Fist). He came to the realization that one style of martial arts is not enough after his challenge with Wong Jack Man. Defeating Wong Jack…

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