This photograph adorns walls of millions of rooms in the world. Folks interested in physical training worship Bruce Lee no less than God. Though there are other equally well known photographs of Lee –this particular one has gained an iconic status.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist ever. He is considered a symbol of utmost determination and achievement of impossible through personal improvement. Bruce Lee’s strength is a matter of legends now. He weighed only 135 pounds (about 61 kg) but he had the capability of performing unimaginable feats. While some of his achievements put everyone in awe; some others would be better appreciated by people into physical training regimes. Let’s have a look at what this dragon could do:
- Lee was able to pick a dime from another person’s open palm before he can close it; and leave a penny coin behind.
- He could send a 135 kg punch bag flying and thump against ceiling by a simple side kick
- His strike speed from a distance of 3 feet was 1/500 second (500th fraction of a second)
- Lee never lost a fight in his life (except once when he was 13 and perhaps had not become The Bruce Lee)
- He would throw rice grains into the air and could catch them mid-air —using chopsticks
- Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened Coca-Cola cans. And unlike modern aluminum cans, at that time these cans were made of steel and were much thicker
- He performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger.
- Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.
- Lee would hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer
- He could send a person flying for 15 feet by punching him only from a distance of one inch (One-Inch-Punch of Lee)
- Normally in martial arts movies, the film is sped up to increase the speed of actors’ action. But Lee’s movements were so fast that the movie producers had to buy faster films to capture his moves and then slow the film down so that viewers can see the movie!
- He was able to play table tennis using a nunchuck —that too against two players
- Given his agility we have seen in movies it should not come as a surprise that Bruce was an accomplished dancer and a Hong Kong Cha Cha champion.
Although the above photograph is very famous and above facts are awe inspiring; Bruce Lee can be best demonstrated by the means of videos. So, here are a few of my choice:
The famous nunchuck scene from the movie Enter the Dragon. Guys it is real!
Fight scene with O’Hara from Enter the Dragon. Look at the speed of his punches!
Bruce Lee died a tragic death at the age of just 32. He died on 20 July 1973 due to cerebral edema (swelling of brain). Bruce Lee was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
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