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1. BLACK BELT aracer.mobi Bruce Lee's Biography and the Birth of Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Linda Lee Cadwell. Images by Bruce Lee. Theorizing Bruce Lee Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy Paul Bowman Amsterdam - New York, NY For Keira and Lilly, whose first reactions to seeing. 1 Bruce Lee v. Hegemony Paul Bowman1 Ten Things You Need to Know about Bruce Lee One day in , in America, a teenager, the writer-to-be, Davis.
His new way of looking at things led to several books. Every man today is the result of his thoughts of yesterday. Earl Nightingale—a guy credited as one of the founding fathers of Personal Development—says that the single biggest realization of his life was this: We become what we think about.
If we think big, we become big. If we think small, we become small. The steps go like this: First, you think about what you want. Second, you take action on what you thought about. The result? Bottom line? Think about what you want. Envision yourself succeeding as often as you feel like it.
The logic is this. Firstly, the cinematic image can make the figure seem larger than life. Yet, at the same time, and paradoxically by the same token, the nature of the cinematic image can make us feel we personally have intimate, personal, access to the person we are watching Bazin ; Chow We each see a very distant, larger than life figure, and yet we can also come to feel that we have an intimate insight into him — whatever that may be.
He is there, and we can see what he is saying and doing; but he is gone, and we have to construct an interpretation. This is where the textual or semiotic dimension becomes fully active. When we think of or speak about Bruce Lee we are dealing not with one single or simple thing, but with complex pieces of textual material, woven into different textual constructs films, documentaries, books, magazines, posters, anecdotes, memories. For, as elaborated by Jacques Derrida, the theory of textuality aka deconstruction , holds that for each and every one of us the entire world is a text.
We relate to everything the same way we relate to texts: we look, we listen, we think, we try to interpret, to make sense, to extract or establish meaning, and so on. Whether we go this far or not, according to most theories of text and textuality, the meaning of any given text is produced in the encounter with the reader. Nonetheless, despite the range of meanings that could be attached to any aspect of Bruce Lee, it is certain that he had a massive impact.
More than one documentary about the impact of Bruce Lee contains newsreel footage showing children and young teenagers leaving cinemas and movie theatres in the UK and US and performing the cat-calls, poses and attempting to do the flashy moves and kicks of Bruce Lee BBC4 It is also the year that Bruce Lee died in obscure circumstances.
All of which immediately made both the film and the man extremely intriguing. It is true that this was not the first martial arts film that had been available to audiences in the West. Several Hong Kong martial arts films had been successful in the US before. Indeed, it was their increasing success that had given Hollywood producers the confidence that this venture could be successful in the first place.
But 5 Enter the Dragon is without a doubt the most important martial arts film of the period, precisely because of its mainstreaming of Asian martial arts.
For Foucault, a founder of discursivity is something or someone that generates a whole new discourse, or that radically transforms an ongoing discourse.
Although not discussed by Michel Foucault, my contention is that Bruce Lee should definitely be accorded the status of founder of discursivity. In the tradition of Foucault, a discourse is also but not only a conversation. Discourses in this sense also involve actions. The discourse of architecture also refers to the processes, practices and results of these conversations and arguments: what buildings look like, how they are made, the changes in their styles and configurations, and so on.
So, a founder of discursivity may be identified in a person for example, Elvis or Jimi Hendrix , or in a technological change the electrification of music.
The point is, we are dealing with an intervention that disrupts and transforms states of affairs. Bruce Lee was precisely such a disruption and transformation. Let us return to the mythic scene of our origin story: the excited or excitable young viewers of a new Bruce Lee film, who have just left the cinema.
They are not merely discussing the films. They make cat-calls.
They try to throw kicks and punches in ways that two hours previously were completely unknown to them but to which they have just very recently been introduced and instantly become accustomed. What is there to say about this scene or situation?
He only used his signature screams and cat-calls for dramatic cinematic effect within those films. There is no evidence that he made his signature noises off-screen. Moreover, few cinematic or actual martial artists ever really followed Bruce Lee in using these kinds of noises in fight scenes, never mind in sparring or in competition.
Evidence for this claim is anecdotal, of course. At the same time, people from both my own and other countries have recounted the same observation to me. Of course, there may be various kinds of confirmation bias at play here. Similarly, my interlocutors may be telling me what they think I want to hear.
And my hypothesis would remain that they very often make noises that can directly and unequivocally be traced back to no one other than Bruce Lee. The fact that few such children are likely to have any conscious knowledge or awareness of Bruce Lee makes this even more interesting.
But, in such a situation, are we still dealing with a cult? A transformation, certainly. But we are not yet really dealing with the 7 effects of these films on actual people — or at least actual people other than film fight choreographers. There were comparatively more judo and karate clubs in Europe and the US than kung fu clubs. This disparity has geopolitical and historical causes that are too complex to cover adequately here.
Suffice it to say that kung fu clubs gradually emerged in response to the demand. The films that inspired the interest came from Hong Kong, but the Asian martial arts on offer in the West came from Korea and Japan, generally via some connection to the military. He had trained in wing chun kung fu as a teenager in Hong Kong. Wing chun is a close range fighting art with short punches, locks, grapples, and a preference for low kicks.
When he moved to the USA at the age of 18, he was definitely a competent martial artist, and apparently blessed with incredible speed and grace of movement. His speed reputedly impressed even very senior and well established Chinese martial artists. Rather than recounting them here, the point to be emphasised in this context is that when Bruce Lee gradually began to enter into the TV and movie business, first as a trainer, then choreographer, and supporting actor, he clearly knew that what mattered most on screen was drama.
Hence, his screen fights always involved high kicks, jumps, and big movements. Everything was exaggerated and amplified although those closest to him have claimed that he really struggled to move slow enough to enable the camera to capture his techniques.
First, his Chinese kung fu sent people flocking into Japanese and Korean style dojos and dojangs. Nonetheless, fans flocked to find wing chun classes. Others sought jeet kune do classes. Some of his students felt that they should continue to practice and teach exactly what Bruce Lee had practiced and taught with them. Others felt that the spirit of his jeet kune do was one of innovation, experimentation and constant transformation, and that what needed to be done, therefore, was to continue to innovate and experiment in line with certain principles or concepts.
It continues to this day. Yet they are all doing very different things and adhering to very different images and ideas. I use this term because I have heard these words — and words like them — in many countries and contexts, from many different kinds of people, the world over.
The most memorable occasion was in Hong Kong, after a kung fu class. The style we were practicing was choy lee fut kung fu. This is very different to the wing chun kung fu that Bruce Lee studied as a teenager in Hong Kong, and a world away from the jeet kune do style that he devised as an adult in the USA.
It is certainly the style that is mentioned most frequently in the various versions of mythical stories of the young Bruce Lee in Hong Kong. Sometimes in these stories Bruce Lee is depicted as the scourge of all rivals. In other versions, an innocent young Bruce Lee is depicted as starting his first rooftop fight and immediately recoiling in pain and shock, before being told to get back into the fray, doing so, and emerging victorious.
In all of the Hong Kong based wing chun kung fu stories about Bruce Lee, choy lee fut kung fu comes off badly.
Perhaps this is the reason for the frequent animosity that exists between wing chun and other styles of kung fu in Hong Kong. I certainly witnessed some of this during a visit there in In this sense, the global success of wing chun itself could be regarded as a kind of cult formation that is indebted to Bruce Lee Bowman ; Judkins and Nielson On the one hand, Bruce Lee popularised a rival style of kung fu, and stories about his martial arts encounters often involved the disparagement of other styles specifically choy lee fut.
But on the other hand, for all who had eyes to see, Bruce Lee was unequivocally brilliant — amazing to watch, astonishing, inspiring, graceful, powerful, elegant. Nonetheless, my claim is that all such examples are ripples that attest to a significant and generative intervention.
For, in the end, Bruce Lee most often functions as a kind of muse Morris People have been inspired by Bruce Lee in myriad ways: musicians, athletes, artists, thinkers, performers, dancers, and others, have all referenced Bruce Lee as an inspiration.
In the realms of martial arts practice and film fight choreography, Bruce Lee arguably dropped a bomb, the effects of which are still being felt. But, being forever absent, forever image, forever a few frozen quotations, what we see are a diverse plurality of practices of citation. Before Bruce Lee, one could dream of being any number of things — footballer, athlete, rock star, and so on. After Bruce Lee, one more gleaming new option was definitively out of the box, on the table, in the air, everywhere: martial artist.
This is why the impact and importance of Bruce Lee has always exceeded the world of film, and seeped into so many aspects of so many lives. This is another way in which Bruce Lee can be said to be like water. Works Cited Barrowman, Kyle.
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