Founder of Jeet Kune Do



Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco in November 1940 to the son of a famous Chinese opera singer. Bruce moved to Hong Kong shortly after.  Bruce looked toward Kung Fu as a way of disciplining himself.  The famous Yip Men taught Bruce his basic skills, but it was not long before he was mastering the master.  Yip Men was acknowledged to be one of the greatest authorities on the subject of Wing Chun, a branch of the Chinese Martial Arts.  Bruce mastered this before progressing to his own style of Jeet Kune Do.

At the age of 19, Bruce left Hong Kong to study for a degree in philosophy at the University of Washington in America. It was at this time that he began to teach some of his skills to students.  Some of the martial arts schools in the Seattle area tried to force Bruce out, and there was many confrontations and duels fought for Bruce to remain.  His martial arts school flourished and he soon graduated from college.  James Coburn, Steve McQueen and Lee Marvin were students of Bruce.   He regularly gave displays at exhibitions, and it was during one of these exhibitions that he was spotted by a producer and signed up to do The Green Hornet series.  The series was successful in the States and in Hong Kong.  Bruce authored Tao of Jeet Kune Do.


Pictured to the left are the tombstones of Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee.  They are located in Seattle, Washington.  Tucker Axum III took this picture when he was on vacation in Seattle during the month of October 2008.