, Hong Kong
actor, martial arts instructor
, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do
martial arts movement. He is widely considered by many commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist, and a cultural icon
Lee was born in San Francisco to parents of Hong Kong heritage
but was raised in Hong Kong until his late teens.
You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. because, I mean I don't want to be like "As Confucius say," but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different.
When you're talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you'd better train every part of your body!
All types of knowledge, ultimately self knowledge.
Boards don't hit back.
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely — lay your life before him.
Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques which serve its end.
When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.