Facts You May Not Know About Bruce Lee

1. Bruce beat up Jackie Chan in Enter the Dragon!

2. Bruce Lee was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. 

3. Bruce Lee used to charge (and get) $275US an hour for private martial arts lessons in the 60’s – the equivalent of $1800US+ per hour by today’s (2015) currency!

4. Bruce had an extensive library of over 2000 books!

5. Bruce was once quoted as saying “If I should die tomorrow, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do. You can’t expect more from life.”

6. Bruce Lee’s kicks were so fast that while filming for one scene in Enter the Dragon, they had to re-film it in slow motion (34 frames) so that it wouldn’t appear fake. 

7. Bruce Lee’s speed in terms of reacting + punching from a distance of three feet away was found to be around five hundredths of a second (0.05 second). 

8. When asked who would win in a fight to the death, Chuck Norris once said: “Bruce [Lee] of course, nobody can beat him.” 

9. Bruce Lee was able to perform 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups and it has been said that he performed pushups with up to 125lb of weight on his back. He only weighed approx. 130lbs. 

Bruce Lee had such an amazing life but short live. He's been an inspiration to so many people and he created the best martial art in the world. Jeet Kune Do has so many simple but revolutionary principles that apply to combat and life. 

NY Martial Arts Academy has two direct lines back to Bruce Lee. Our head instructor Sifu Dino Orfanos trained with Ted Wong and Chris Kent. Ted Wong spent the most hours training with Bruce Lee one on one. His movement and technical ability to generate force with his strikes were absolutely amazing. Chris Kent wrote the JKD Textbook and Kickboxing Book. He's a world-renowned martial artist who has a deep understanding of Jeet Kune Do. I've had the pleasure of training with these awesome instructors and so much of what we teach is directly from them. 

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