“Be water” ~ Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience (1940-1973)

Taken from the short-lived 1971 TV Series Longstreet, in which Lee starred in four episodes and delivered his most oft-cited metaphor for the philosophy of Gung Fu:

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker Bruce Lee (1940-1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, attracting generation after generation of devotees. Inspired by the core principles of Wing Chun, the ancient Chinese conceptual martial art, which he learned from his only formal martial arts teacher, Yip Man, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. When he left Hong Kong in 1959, Lee adapted Wing Chun into his own version, Jun Fan Gung Fu — literal translation: Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu — and popularized it in America.

Bruce Lee (right) with his only formal martial art instructor, Yip Man

Bruce Lee (right) with his only formal martial art instructor, Yip Man

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself
by going with and not against my nature.”

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~ by Fionnlagh on November 27, 2014.

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