By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up studying tips to continue to exist at the rough-and-tumble streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong, the place he turned a mischievous punk and member of a highway gang. This biography finds why Bruce Lee continues to be an influential pop-culture icon, remembered because the maximum martial-arts fighter the realm has ever identified.
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No doubt, he knew it was time to take this next step and venture out on his own. JUN FAN GUNG FU INSTITUTE While Lee was bouncing around the idea of finding his own place, his students offered to each pay $4 a week so he could support himself and pay rent. With a little luck, he found an apartment just off campus. indd 55 8/28/07 10:43:13 AM 56 BRUCE LEE NEW WORLD HONG KONG For Bruce Lee, a visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown must have been like a trip home. Its brightly colored shops and scrolled Chinese signs resembled the ones on the streets of Hong Kong.
Lee refused to teach ready-made textbook moves. Instead, he encouraged his students to be alert and aware, feel what was happening at the moment, and solve the problems on their own. For a while, Lee avoided scrapes with students of other martial arts schools, which had always been trouble in Hong Kong. In the institute’s list of rules, rule number nine instructed students to use discretion when explaining the school’s training methods to others, in order to prevent rivalry. But in early 1965, Lee got his first challenge from a Chinese kung fu instructor just across San Francisco Bay.
Backed by his army of Red Guards, Mao overthrew an army of more than four million and took control of Red China—a territory of eastern Asia covering more than nine million square kilometers. After Red China was finally under his rule, Mao had no use for the Red Guards. Some of them even became a nuisance because they were only trained to carry out orders to maim or kill. “These guys had no feelings at all,” Lee explained. ” When Mao no longer needed them, some of these thugs sneaked out to Hong Kong with the other refugees.