This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Bruce Lee Essay

1208 words - 5 pages

Bruce Lee

Christian Estrada                                    March
22, 1996 Literature-07                              
Biography Report


     Bruce Lee was born in the Chinese year of the dragon, in the hour of the
dragon on November 27, 1940. From the beginning, it was obvious he was a
remarkable and unique child with tremendous energy. His mother named him Lee
Jun Fan, which meant "return again." She felt he would return to the United
States where he was born while his parents were on tour with the Cantonese opera.
A nurse suggested he be called Bruce as an American name for him.


     Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco at the Jackson Street Hospital in
Chinatown. When he and his family returned to Hong Kong in 1941, he was called
Sai Fon, which meant "small phoenix", a feminine name. Bruce had an older
brother who died as a baby. The Chinese blamed this on evil spirits or demons
who take the lives of male babies to destroy the family's name. So they dressed
Bruce in little girls clothing and called him Sai Fon.
     When they returned to Hong Kong, the Lee household consisted of Mr. Lee,
his wife Grace Lee, Bruce's two sisters, Agnes and Phoebe, his older brother
Peter, and later to be joined his little brother Robert.
     Bruce grew up in a very crowded house. He lived in a two bedroom flat.
Upon the death of Mr. Lee's brother, he, as in Chinese custom, had to taken in
his whole brother's Family and had to be the provider. This meant nearly 20
people lived in the flat.
It was through his father's connection that Bruce ultimately became a
child film star. His own acting ability was clear from the beginning. Bruce
posed as a great natural actor and possessed a great natural ability for acting.
His father used to take him backstage. As a young boy, Bruce always hung around
the set where his father was working on film.
     Few people have started a major film career as early as Bruce did. He
was barely three months old when he was given the part in a Chinese movie made
in San Francisco. Another movie called "The Beginning of a Boy" he made in Hong
Kong when he was six.
Bruce's favorite saying from when he was just starting Kung Fu up to
when he died was, "As long as I can remember, I feel I have had this great
creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than
ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than
vision. It is all combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this...

Find Another Essay On Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee and the martial art Jeet Kune Do

711 words - 3 pages Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune DoBruce Lee developed his form of the martial arts to be as effective as possible. It's goal was simplicity. As Bruce himself once said, "The art of Jeet Kune Do is simply to simplify." His purpose in creating it was to eliminate all the unecessary points, and focus on the important facets which prove useful in real combat. Jeet Kune Do is the outcome of his ideas, thought, and fighting experiences.Bruce was trained in the

Better than Chuck Norris Essay

791 words - 4 pages 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

Jeet Kune Do

931 words - 4 pages ABOUT SUMMARY HISTORY/ORIGIONS Etymology Jeet Kune Do is a Cantonese word which literally translates as “the way of the intercepting fist. The term was first coined by Bruce Lee in 1967 to describe his way of practicing martial art and the philosophy behind it. The philosophy behind the fighting style was one of the reasons why he struggled to put a name to his martial arts because in that way he would have conformed something that he

Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts – Comparison/Contrast Essay

787 words - 3 pages Both Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee were men of integrity, determination, passion and great skill. This is where their similarities end as Lee’s empowerment ideology differed from that of Grant’s aristocratic beliefs. Bruce Catton wrote about the two men in the essay, “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts”. Catton, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and Civil War Historian, provides a brief character analysis of both men in this essay. The

"Neat People vs. Sloppy People" vs. "Grant and Lee"

668 words - 3 pages After reading Suzanne Britt’s “Neat People vs. Sloppy People” and Bruce Catton’s “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts,” there are many comparisons that can be made. Although they seem to be very different, these essays are a lot alike. First, both essays compare two different “types” of people, although Catton’s “Grant and Lee” uses specific people as representatives of the “types” he compares, while Britt does not use specific people, only

The Do-Jung-Ishu club

1205 words - 5 pages introduction. It’s now the year 2010, and I have once again finished an updated version of this book to chronicle the history and martial arts training and philosophy of the Do-Jung-Ishu club. The club started sometime in 1982 or 1983. I completed the first book on the Club in 1987. I did what I called a special edition in 1994 which added more writings. Fred had a great appreciation for Bruce Lee and the fighting concepts that Bruce called

Comparing and Contrasting Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee- Two Icons in American History

781 words - 3 pages completely different, in actuality they are somewhat the same. It just needs to be clearly observed very closely. Every characteristic and every trait must be fully analyzed before they can truly be compared and contrasted to full extent. Author Bruce Catton understands this concept, by digging deeply into both Grant and Lee backgrounds. Catton was able to define both of these fine generals, knowing their similarities and differences.

Grant And Lee: A Study In Contrasts

738 words - 3 pages Abstract: Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts Wars and conflicts may determine the rise or fall of great leaders. Even today, such leaders are portrayed as martyrs for their impeccable courage and valor on the battlefield. In Bruce Catton's essay, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts, he reveals the different leadership styles of both generals and then presents the strength of two conflicting currents that entered into a final collision, the

Depression Among Homebound Older Adults

2909 words - 12 pages Choi, N.G., McDougall, G.J. (2007). Comparison of depressive symptoms between homebound older adults and ambulatory older adults. Aging and mental health,11(3) : 310-322 Choi, N.G., Sirey, J.A., & Bruce, M.L. (2013). Depression in Homebound older adults: Recent advances in screening and psychosocial interventions. National Institute of health, 2(1): 16–23 Jacobsen, L.A., Kent, M., Lee, M. et al. (2015). America’s Aging Population. Population

The Battle of Gettysburg

1907 words - 8 pages paper is to tell of the inaccurate approaches to war by the Confederates and why they lost the battle. Two months earlier, the Confederates, with the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee, were victorious at the battle of Chancellorsville over the Army of the Potomac under Major General Joseph Hooker. The Federals

History of Hong Kong Cinema

2110 words - 8 pages film directing is one that is unmatched In Hong Kong cinema or in the world for that matter.As far as actors are concerned, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are the most famous men in Hong Kong cinema. As a child, Bruce Lee appeared in a number of films. As a youth, he also began to study the martial arts and as a young man left Hong Kong to go to college in America. While in America, he was able to win a part in the television series, The Green Hornet

Similar Essays

Bruce Lee Essay

575 words - 2 pages a good understanding of feelings of the person with whom they are communicating. In many aspects of Bruce Lee's short life he showed assertiveness a great deal and it helped define him as a person. For example as Lee's celebrity grew his martial arts prowess often brought on unprovoked conflicts a number of street thugs, stunt men and martial arts extras, all hoping to make a name for themselves (2006). For the most part Lee defused the

Bruce Lee Essay

1449 words - 6 pages Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27 1940 at the Jackson Street Hospital under the birth name Lee Jun Fan. His father Lee Hoi Chuen, was a prestigious member of the Cantonese Opera Company. In 1941, the 1 year old baby returned with his parents to the family home in Kowloon, Hong Kong. By age 6, Bruce had already begun to develop the charisma and confidence that would later make him a star. He appeared in his first major childhood

Bruce Lee Assertiveness Essay

575 words - 2 pages a good understanding of feelings of the person with whom they are communicating. In many aspects of Bruce Lee’s short life he showed assertiveness a great deal and it helped define him as a person. For example as Lee's celebrity grew his martial arts prowess often brought on unprovoked conflicts a number of street thugs, stunt men and martial arts extras, all hoping to make a name for themselves (2006). For the most part Lee defused the

How Bruce Lee Changed The World

1015 words - 5 pages This legendary man is one of, if not the most recognizable icon in martial arts cinema of the 20th century and beyond. Millions of people today would acknowledge and agree without a doubt that Bruce Lee is the greatest martial artist who has ever lived in all of history. However, Bruce's unique fighting style and realistic approach in his films is not to be looked at as the only factors of his significance. In his short life but long legacy