The martial art experience of Bruce Lee went through 5 different stages throughout his short life. These five stages are related to 5 places, Hong Kong, Seattle, Auckland, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
The first stage is an important time of the beginning of his martial art learning. The final stage is the time when Bruce’s mind is changed. These two important stages happened both in Hong Kong. Although other three stages happened in the America, Bruce had came back to Hong Kong in the mean time and stayed for as long as 4 months.
Although Bruce Lee had most of his properties in the America, including his wife and kids, his Jeet Kune Do school and many of his writings, Hong Kong is most important place in his life. We all now the great movie star was from Hong Kong. Even now, you can see bronze statue in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong.
Three different marital arts gave the most inspiration to Jeet Kune Do, the number one is Wing Chun, number two is boxing and number three is fencing. Bruce Lee studied about them in Hog Kong when he was young. They are all simple and direct, focus on speed and power, trying to hit the target with minimum effort and maximum effect.
Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do are very different in their expressions, but they share the same core value which is to defeat the opponent as directly as possible, as quickly as possible and as powerfully as possible. Both of them are base on scientific theories. There is nothing mysterious like Chi or supernatural strength, but clearly illustrated practical and effective skills.
Bruce’s Wing Chun teacher, Yip Man was very liberal in martial art. He made his own style of Wing Chun with traditional heritage and creative theories. After 22 years of evolution and development, it has flourished in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and all over the world.