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I didn’t meet him before, I saw him on TV only, but he gave me a deep impression in my heart. I still remember his stiff fist, his strong body muscles, and his roar. Everyone call him Bruce Lee, the man who carries forward the Chinese Kung Fu to the hold world, and he was the greatest martial artist in 20th century. He had extraordinary accomplishment, he had inordinate passion, and he influenced the main world of martial art.

Bruce Lee had extraordinary accomplishment. Nearly 30 years after his death, he was elected to the American time magazine “One of the 21st century iconic figure”, he along with Princess Diana and US president John f Kennedy. His first movie “The Big Boss” has broke the box office records in Hong Kong with over 230million us dollars in 1971, and he was the first in the world of Chinese martial arts promoter that led the Hong Kong movie out of Asia in the meanwhile. (Richer) After few years, he spent all of effort to develop his film career, and he became the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honors Bruce with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, in 2000, US government announced the release of "Bruce Lee's 60th anniversary commemorative stamps," he was the first Chinese person can got this glory, and this was the second Marilyn Monroe and 007 third place award of the artists (Yu). Lee attracted major attention from famous people who wanted to master Kung Fu; among his famous students were celebrities such as Joe Lewis, Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris, James Coburn, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Until now, his accomplishment still prevalent today, no one could feel string with the name of Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee has inordinate passion for martial art. When he was thirteen years old, he began to learn Kong Fu by the famous Chinese master Yip Man. In 1960, Lee moved to United State studied, and learned variety of western martial art, such as boxing, fencing and wrestling. After one year, he learned more than 26 different kinds of martial art already. He transferred to University of Washington and majored in philosophy, he spent two years to combine a variety of western martial arts to delve into the philosophical underpinnings; however, his passion of Kung Fu inspired a new and unique hybrid style fighting art system, called “Jeet Kune Do.” From 1963 to1964, he gave up his acting career to pursue a vocation in martial arts; Bruce Lee opened his own martial arts school and started off as a teacher of Kung Fu in the meanwhile. (Trevino) He raised his hourly rate to $250, because he didn't want to give the impression that Kung Fu could be an entertainment or mastered by a few simple lessons. Lee’s devotion to Kung Fu was total, in 1970, Bruce injured his fourth sacral nerve, and the doctors informed him to rest for a year, but Bruce began exercising again after only six months, he can’t .

Bruce Lee was arguably the most influential martial artist in the world. In the short 32 years of his life, he managed to revolutionize film in Hong Kong, he carried forward the Hong Kong action movie to western country, let more foreign people knew and learned about Chinese Kung Fu; Lee was the man who put the word “Kong Fu” into the dictionary. In addition, the film of “Fist of Fury” also changed the image of Asian in United stated movie, talking about how Lee repelled the Japanese with his dauntless, and showed foreign people that Chinese people were not weakness. However, his effort in martial art, he has become recognized as the king of martial arts film and the grandfather of MMA.” Many popular martial artists also influenced a lot by Lee, for instances Jackie Chan, he has performed with Lee in the movie “Enter The Dragon,” he thought Lee was the man who made him became a famous martial art actor in Hollywood. (CBC) In the short 32 years of his life, he became an important symbol of the twentieth century popular culture. Bruce Lee philosophy and insightful teachings have influenced many people, including myself. His perseverance and determination are beyond that of modern-day people. He is the only one who has my admiration and utmost respect. It cannot be denied that Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist in 20th century.

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