Controversial Reports About Bruce Lee

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  1. PhotonGuy

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    So some people here have even posted that there have been some reports about Bruce Lee that are controversial and that make Bruce Lee himself a more controversial person. Apparently he was not always the calm and patient zen master that he's made out to be.
     
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    No, wait, you mean he was....human?
     
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    Can you elaborate?
     
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    Bruce Lee was a serious student of martial arts. He was fast. He was driven to succeed. He was a little cocky. He innovated and popularized martial art movies and TV. He was tough. He was a fighter. He was a thinker. He ventured outside the box of his original art. He was famous (and thus attracted controversy.) And he's been dead for a long time.
     
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    Is this really that hot of a take?
    Who holds him up as some serene man of peace and tranquility?
    He was a passionate martial artist who was very interested in Western and Eastern philosophy, but he admitted in his writings and interviews that he had an intense personality and a hot temper.

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    This is news....and controversial....how?
     
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    Not controversial unless you have BL on a pedestal or listen to the "hero worship" that many have for him.

    If you want to read a book at the other end of the extreme of the hero worship, read "Unsettled Matters". Tom Bleecker wrote it and was married to Linda Lee for a time.
     
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    I dunno
     
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    I see, well a hot temper is contradictory with the patience that is emphasized so much in the martial arts.
     
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    Consider that the reason that ideal shows so often in MA philosophy is perhaps because hotheads are often drawn to someplace where they get to express that physically (contact sports, MA, etc.).
     
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    I heard from a friend who knew someone who actually trained with Bruce Lee that he wore a toupee.
     
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    I know a guy, who knew a guy who over heard some folks talking who claimed to hear from a student of a student of Bruce Lee......it appears.....he might have been Chinese and his real name was not Bruce ;)
     
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    But was he Bruce's Father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate? If not, I'm not sure his claim is valid...
     
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    Actually, I heard his last name was Bruce. His first name was Robert. And he was from Mexico.... Mexico, New York, that is.
     
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    Oh it was Bruce Lee's father's, brother's son's former roommate
     
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    That might actually be the same person.
     
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    I think it was the same guy. And I heard that guy actually had the complete Yip Man Wing Chun... including the secret stuff he only taught to three people.
     
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    So Bruce Lee was really the patient zen master that he was popularly believed to be?123
     

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