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Lee's first introduction to martial arts was through his father, Lee Hoi Cheun. He learned the fundamentals of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan from his father. Lee's sifu, Wing Chun master Yip Man, was also a colleague and friend of Hong Kong's Wu style Tai Chi Chuan teacher Wu Ta-ch'i.
Lee trained in Wing Chun Gung Fu from age 13–18 under Hong Kong Wing Chun Sifu Yip Man. Lee was introduced to Yip Man in early 1954 by William Cheung, then a live-in student of Yip Man. Like most Chinese martial arts schools at that time, Sifu Yip Man's classes were often taught by the highest ranking students. One of the highest ranking students under Yip Man at the time was Wong Shun-Leung. Wong is thought to have had the largest influence on Bruce's training. Yip Man trained Lee privately after some students refused to train with Lee due to his ancestry ( his mother was of half German ancestry ) as Chinese were secretive in relation to teaching martial arts techniques especially to foreigners.
Lee was also trained in Western boxing and won the 1958 Boxing Championship match against 3-time champion Gary Elms by knockout in the 3rd round. Before arriving to the finals against Elms, Lee had knocked out 3 straight boxers in the first round. In addition, Bruce learned western fencing techniques from his brother Peter Lee, who was a champion fencer at the time.
At 22 Lee also met Professor Wally Jay, and began to receive informal instruction in Jujitsu from him. The two would have long conversations about theories surrounding the martial arts and grew to be longtime friends.
As seen in his films, Lee shrieked and made high-pitched noises while moving to throw opponents psychically off-center.
Although there is no record of Lee having achieved any belts, sashes, or certifications in any particular martial art, this multi-faceted exposure to different fighting arts would later play an influence in the creation of the eclectic martial art Jeet Kune Do.
Originally posted by Tamale_214
I don't know how one gets the idea that Bruce Lee was not a true martial arts expert. He developed Jeet Kune Do which is an amalgam of several martial arts that focusses on removing much of the flourish and ceremony from Kung Fu and others. It is an art that derives its effectiveness from efficiency of movement.
Jeet Kune do
I think that to say Bruce Lee was not a "true" martial artist is false.
Originally posted by KSPigpen
I don't agree. Let's here some good debate. Please look up Bruce Lee and Wing Chun. (my personal favorite, as it is the only one I have studied.)