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Better Than Chuck Norris Essay

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Why are there so many Chuck Norris jokes but hardly any Bruce Lee jokes? Because Bruce Lee is no joke. Through his films, philosophy, and legacy, Bruce Lee became an icon to the world.
Lee’s films had consumed the kung fu genre, and in doing so made him an icon. First of all, kung fu was a new and growing genre, and Lee had monopolized them. According to Bruce Lee’s Wikipedia, before stardom Lee would take on minor roles in American TV dramas; in order to prove his worth, Lee went to China to star in films produced by Golden Harvest that would be promoted to Hollywood executives. Lee broke back to back box office records with his first two films The Big Boss and Fist of Fury. Lee then went ...view middle of the document...

The difference between SELF-ACTUALIZING and SELF-IMAGE ACTUALIZING is very important. Most people only live for their image” (Lee 80). Second, “To me the extraordinary aspect of gung fu lies in its simplicity. Gung fu is simply the “direct expression” of one’s feeling with the minimum of movements and energy” (Lee 29), The Tao of Gung Fu. People see kung fu as a form of fighting (which it is), but to Lee kung fu was a form of art. Bruce Lee expressed himself with kung fu just as an artist expresses themselves through their artwork. Rather than memorizing and reenacting techniques Lee expressed them with his own artistic value.
One more reason to recognize Bruce Lee as an icon is that his legacy has continued to this day. Firstly, Lee is considered father to MMA—one of the fastest growing sports in the world. MMA follows the same principles as Lee’s fighting “style” Jeet Kune Do; in Jeet Kune Do, rather than focusing on one particular style, Lee incorporated styles from around the world into one. Without Jeet Kune Do MMA would not have develop so rapidly. Secondly, many still admire Bruce Lee and are inspired because of him; Lee wanted people to reach their...

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