Bruce Lee

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Oliver Almeida-Renteria, Staff Writer

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts.

Born on November 27, 1940, at the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco.  In 1966, television show, The Green Hornet, introduced the adult Bruce Lee to an American audience, and became the first popular American show presenting Asian-style martial arts.  For his martial arts prowess, he helped popularize martial arts movies in the 1970s. Widely considered one of the best movies of 1973 and one of the best martial arts movies of all time, Enter The Dragon is probably Lee’s magnum opus.

In 1972, Bruce Lee was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame by Black Belt Magazine. In 2003, Latin American Martial Arts Society Worldwide inducted Sijo Bruce Lee into the Hall of Fame as a Martial Arts Legend. In 2013, Bruce Lee was inducted into IGN’s Action Hero Hall of Fame.The last thing that brice lee did is Lee spent some hours alone with Ting Pei and used marijuana before driving to the house.

Sadly, Lee passed away in July 20, 1973, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, from a cerebral oedema caused by hypersensitivity to Equagesic.  He left behind a wife and two children.