In 1973, Bruce Lee was on his way to becoming a major Hollywood star with the release of Enter the Dragon. That is if he hadn't died six days before the film's premiere. The story is about Lee (played by Bruce Lee), a martial-arts expert who is asked to help capture a narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for the death of his sister (Famous line here: "You have offended my family, and you have offended the Shaolin temple.").
This drug lord operates from a heavily guarded island protected by a team of top-notch martial artists, who just happen to host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his kickassery to enter the tournament and then chops, kicks, and punches so hard, a single blow from him can pulverize an entire elementary school classroom. The plot is really just an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring a wide variety of martial arts styles until we finally get to see Bruce Lee in his natural habitat: him standing in the middle of fifty defeated Asian guys who are bleeding and lying painfully on the ground.
But that's just a movie; a fictional character. How much ass could he possible kick in real life?
#10. Catching With Chopsticks
There are rumors Bruce Lee could throw grains of rice into the air and catch them with chopsticks although no official footage exists. All I know is I struggle picking up an entire piece of sushi with chopsticks, eventually start sweating and end up spearing the piece. And I have all night.
#9. One, Two, Cha Cha Cha
His feet weren't only used for kicking the cavities out of his opponents' teeth. Bruce was an accomplished dancer and a Hong Kong Cha Cha champion, winning the Crown Colony Cha-Cha Champion of 1958 at the age of 18. Duly noted: That same year he also won the 1958 Boxing Championship by knockout.
#8. Bruce Lee Only Lost One Fight in His Life
Bruce lost one fight when he was 13 years old, which prompted him to learn martial arts from a Wing Chun master named Yip Man. After other students in the class learned that Bruce wasn’t 100% Chinese (his mother was part German), they refused to allow him train any longer. Yip Man had to continue his training privately.
#7. His Insane Workout
Bruce Lee's daily workout contained more physical activity than most American complete in a year combined. His routine: 360 waist twists, 100 sit-up twists, 100 leg raises, 200 leaning twists, 200 frog kicks, 2,000 kicks, and 5,000 punches — not including his martial arts training!
#6. His Insane Strength
Two-handed pushups are for pussies. Bruce Lee would do pushups using only the thumb and index finger on one hand. His side-kick would cause a 300lb. punching bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling; he did, however, take a running start at it. Finally, take a look at the picture below. That's a v-situp position, which Bruce Lee could hold for over a minute. Some sources claim he could hold it for over 30 minutes which any gymnast would tell you is bullshit. But what do those leotard wearing assholes know?
#5. He Beat Chuck Norris
What more can be said about Chuck Norris that hasn't already been blasted all over the internet? How about Bruce Lee beat Chuck Norris in the movie "Way of the Dragon"? Though if they fought today it's obvious that Chuck Norris' chest hair and beard would easily absorb Lee's punches!
#4. Give Him An Inch...
Bruce Lee performed his famous “One Inch Punch” at a karate championship in Long Beach, California. The punch would deliver a devastating blow from only an inch away, sending his opponent flying back 15 feet. Bob Baker who Bruce hit said, "I told him not to do this type of demonstration again. When he punched me that last time, I had to stay home from work because of the pain in my chest was unbearable."
#3. Hollywood Had to Tone Down Bruce Lee
For faster paced action martial arts films are usually sped up, but Lee's hand movements against rival Bob Wall were so lightening fast they couldn't be captured in 24 fps (industry standard); they were instead shot in 32 fps to successfully see them on the screen.
#2. Bruce Lee's Corpse is a Movie Star
After Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee was filming Game of Death when he died unexpectedly in 1973. But why let that ruin a perfectly good movie? Producers rewrote the script so Bruce’s character would faked his own death to escape the mafia. Then they inserted some footage from his actual funeral including close-ups shots of the open casket showing his embalmed face!
#1. Two Birds, One Stone
In the early fight scene between Bruce Lee and Robert Wall, real bottles were used when Wall takes a slash towards Lee and actually cuts Lee's arm. Once Lee healed and they went back to filming, he added a little extra KAPOW to his kick that sent Wall flying into the extras standing behind him. Wall landed so hard into the crowd that one of the extras trying to catch him broke both arms doing so. That's right: Bruce Lee once kicked someone so hard, another person's bones were broken.