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    Bruce Lee Day

    Bruce Lee Day should be a national holiday.


    Why does Passaic have a day devoted to Bruce Lee?

    Matt ***an 1 day ago

    The City of Passaic on Tuesday chose a most unique ally in its fight against bullies — Bruce Lee, the late actor and martial artist.

    Born Lee Jun-fan in Hong Kong, the actor had no ties to Passaic, yet Nov. 27, his birthday, has been declared the official "Bruce Lee Day" in the city.

    Two reasons behind the decision, said Mayor Hector Lora after he signed the proclamation - Lee's history with bullying and city resident Howard Helfgott.

    Lee was bullied throughout his childhood and formative years, Lora said. His star power, the mayor said, goes a long way in the fight to stop bullying.

    Howard Helfgott is the second reason.

    Helfgott, a fan of the actor since he saw "Enter the Dragon" at Passaic's old Central Theater, has been pushing for the past several years to have the special day.


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    "This is a dream come true," said Helfgott.


    © photo by Matt ***an Mayor Hector Lora hands Howard Helfgott the city's proclaimation of Nov. 27 as Bruce Lee Day. To their left are School Commissioner Craig Miller and Leong Ling, founder of Our Collective.

    Helfgott said he's hoping to harness Lee's fame to combat bullying, he teamed with School Commissioner Craig Miller to create an organization to tackle this issue.
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    Vitalibis Bruce Lee Beverage CBD drink

    VITALIBIS, INC. and Bruce Lee Beverage Sign Alliance Agreement For Bruce Lee Branded, Vitalibis Signature 900+ Full Spectrum Hemp Oil With Naturally Occuring CBD
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    January 29, 2019 08:00 ET | Source: Vitalibis Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VITALIBIS, INC. (OTCQB: VCBD), a technology based formulator of premium, full-spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil products with naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD), along with safe skincare and certified organic nutritional products, announced today that it has signed an alliance agreement with iconic cultural brand Bruce Lee Beverage, LLC for the development, marketing, and distribution of a Bruce Lee branded, Vitalibis Signature 900+ oil.

    Vitalibis and Bruce Lee Beverage will collaborate together to launch a proprietary full spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil with 900mg of naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD) per bottle. The Signature 900+ oil will also include a proprietary blend of natural herbs and ingredients inspired by Bruce Lee’s health and wellness practice.

    Bruce Lee Beverage is a family owned, mission based company dedicated to sharing the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee to inspire personal growth and harmony among human beings through innovative, socially responsible, natural health and wellness products. Bruce Lee is a cultural icon and global brand with 25+ million social media followers and an average reach of 11+ million people per week.

    A percentage of the Signature 900+ sales will be given to the Bruce Lee Foundation. Through a number of educational and social initiatives, the Bruce Lee Foundation encourages people to strive for honest self-expression in alignment with their mind, body, and spirit. Consistent with Bruce Lee’s innate belief, the Bruce Lee Foundation impacts the world by giving people permission to follow their dreams in harmony with their community. Funds help support Camp Bruce Lee + The Bruce Lee Foundation’s vision to create programs that provide a place for kids and adults to learn about Bruce Lee and discover his messages of confidence and unlimited potential.

    Shannon Lee, Chairperson of Bruce Lee Beverage and Daughter of Bruce Lee, commented, “I believe in the wellness opportunities of hemp products and in Vitalibis we have found a quality partner that shares our standards and beliefs. My father was an elite athlete who used many modalities to promote wellness and recovery. I believe wholeheartedly in this health alliance with Vitalibis and I believe he would too.”

    Gene Tsai, CEO of Bruce Lee Beverage, stated, “We are excited to partner with Vitalibis as we share common values and support each other’s mission. We look forward to working with their team to develop high quality consumer products based on health and wellness, while doing good.”

    Steven Raack, CEO and Co-Founder of Vitalibis, stated, “When creating Vitalibis, we set out to build an iconic personal and environmental wellness brand. Core to our foundation is to provide great products, great technology, a great Ambassador program and a great social mission. We are honored and humbled to align with the Bruce Lee Beverage team and are excited to continue building a long-term relationship together.”

    About Vitalibis, Inc.

    Vitalibis is a socially conscious brand focused on people, products and the planet. We are a technology based formulator of premium, full spectrum phyto-cannabinoid rich hemp products with naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD), along with safe skincare and certified organic nutritional products. Our Ambassador program combines the best elements of social selling, ecommerce and affiliate marketing into one - empowering our people and social mission driven ecosystem.

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    I should really create a new thread devoted to 'Bruce Lee Products' that copies out all the ones from Bruce Lee Memorials.
    I also found this little gem to copy this post: bruce lee and marijuana!
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    Bruce v Jackie

    Hong Kong protests embrace Bruce Lee but reject Jackie Chan in tale of two martial arts heroes

    Bruce Lee becomes a symbol for young demonstrators and their ‘formless’ guerilla tactics in defiance of China’s unpopular extradition law

    But Jackie Chan, already vilified for his pro-Beijing stance, feigns ignorance of historic marches in his home city

    Nicolas Atkin
    Published: 1:00pm, 29 Jun, 2019


    Protesters march in Hong Kong against an extradition bill. A number have been channelling the spirit of Bruce Lee, whose statue is seen in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photos: AFP/Sam Tsang

    Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan may be Hong Kong’s two most famous martial arts sons, but the kung fu superstars are like chalk and cheese to the protesters taking part in historic marches against the city’s extradition bill.
    Enter The Dragon star Lee’s famous “Be water, my friend” saying has become a clarion call among the young protesters demanding Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor withdraw the unpopular legislation which would have allowed for the transfer of fugitive suspects to mainland China and other jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no extradition deal.
    Lee’s words have also inspired a new form of guerilla tactics that has outfoxed the police and given the government headaches, with protesters moving in unexpected waves, rolling from one spot to another.
    Spontaneous road blockades and the circling of buildings have replaced the prolonged mass sit-ins of the 2014 Occupy movement, creating a “formless” protest.

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    “We are formless, we are shapeless, we can flow, we can crash, we are like water, we are Hongkongers!” read one protester’s sign channelling Lee’s philosophy.
    Protesters are also wearing T-shirts and clothing bearing Lee’s words and likeness, with the martial arts icon becoming a symbol of the movement.
    Drunken Master star Chan, on the other hand, feigned ignorance of the protests when asked during a trip to Taiwan to promote his new album, I Am Jackie Chan.
    The visit coincided with police firing tear gas in clashes with demonstrators as tens of thousands surrounded the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong.
    “I only found out yesterday there was a big march in Hong Kong. I don’t know anything about it,” Chan said, despite images of two million marchers being widely disseminated around the world.


    Hong Kong actor and singer Jackie Chan at an event announcing his new album in Taipei. Photo: AP

    It was a less controversial take than his 2014 comments, when he weighed in on Beijing’s side and said he was “worried” about damage to Hong Kong’s financial markets during the occupation of key commercial districts, and called for a “return to rationality”.
    “I am willing to work hard with everyone … to face the future, love our country, love our Hong Kong,” he added.
    Well, Chan may love Hong Kong, but does Hong Kong love him any more?



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    Hong Kong was not amused when Chan dined with two music stars earlier this month. Taiwanese megastar Jay Chou and X Japan leader Yoshiki faced an online backlash after sharing pictures on social media of themselves hanging out with the 65-year-old, who is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The legislative advisory body in Beijing is largely made up of members of the Chinese Communist Party.
    The Hong Kong-born actor is adored around the world for his famous kung fu films like the Rush Hour series, but his pro-Beijing views and dismissals of the democracy movement are unlikely to endear him to protesters, two million of whom marched on June 16.
    “I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not,” he said in 2009. “I’m really confused now. If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also very chaotic.”
    But while Chan is opposed to chaos, Lee embraced it in his teachings.
    “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity,” was one of his famous idioms. “Out of chaos, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony,” was another.
    Hong Kong’s protesters believe they are taking their opportunity amid the chaos to have their voices heard by the world. They say they are trying to bring the city together as one in harmony against China’s increasing curbs on their freedoms.


    Demonstrators protest outside police headquarters, demanding Hong Kong’s leaders step down and withdraw the extradition bill. Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

    If Lee was alive today, who knows whether he would weigh in on the side of the protesters? Stardom and success often comes with a price to pay for Chinese actors and celebrities.
    Hong Kong film stars Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, John Woo, Sun Xing and Tony Leung Ka-fai all starred with Chan in the 2009 Chinese propaganda blockbuster Founding of a Republic. The epic was made by the state-owned China Film Group, and marked the 60th anniversary of the Communist revolution and featured a cast made up of almost 200 of China’s best-known stars.
    Perhaps Lee would go the way of China’s other martial arts megastar Jet Li, who has naturalised himself in Singapore away from all the controversy – though Li also starred in Founding of a Republic.


    Protesters make an appeal to consulates for the G20 Summit. Photo: Felix Wong

    There is of course no way to tell. But Lee’s legend is being immortalised by a new generation of Hongkongers who have made him a symbol for their cause. The legend of Bruce Lee is only being enhanced (as if it needed to be any more).
    Chan, meanwhile, continues to turn a blind eye to what is going on in his home city. Maybe his PR people have told him it’s not a good look to make a big fuss again, something he probably doesn’t need telling.
    But with the eyes of the world on Hong Kong, Chan will not be able to escape the questions forever. Sooner or later he will have to answer, and his reputation could suffer, depending on what he says.

    This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Lee closer to their hearts than Chan
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    July 2019 Muscle & Fitness cover

    GET THE JULY 2019 ISSUE OF 'MUSCLE & FITNESS' NOW!
    Learn how to keep that beach bod all summer long.
    BY M&F EDITORS



    The July 2019 issue of Muscle & Fitness has all the workout and nutrition tips you need to keep that shredded beach bod all summer long. Plus, in our sprawling cover story, we explore the enduring pop culture legacy of Bruce Lee, one of the fitness industry's most influential figures.

    Lee’s physique impressed millions in the 1960s and '70s—now his secrets to killer strength and overall fitness are finally revealed. Lee, who died of a cerebral edema 46 years ago, took workouts found in magazines like M&F and modified them to his needs. We dive deep into both Lee's real-life fitness program, as well as Cinemax's must-see action spectacle Warrior, which is based on Lee's own ideas.

    The July issue stays hot with training advice from CrossFit star and former Fittest Woman on Earth Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, TEST Football Academy graduate Tuzar Skipper, and WWE superstar Natalya Neidhart.

    Todd Abrams and IFBB Pro League competitor Brandan Fokken are trying to keep fathers everywhere fit with their new venture, DadBod Inc. And MusclePharm athlete Davey Fisher will walk you through his summer shred program with his workout and nutrition tips.

    Now that you’ve got that beach bod, you’ll want to keep it while also have fun during the summer. To that end, we review beers that are high on flavor, but low on calories and carbs—so drink up. We've also got plenty of grilling tips for your next backyard bash.

    And since Muscle & Fitness includes FLEX, you'll also get the latest bodybuilding news, as well as even more workouts and nutrition tips. As Mr. Olympia rapidly approaches (have you bought your tickets yet?), four-time Sandow winner Jay Cutler discusses his role as the show’s honorary ambassador. You'll also get the true story behind the controversial Arnold Classic 1990, where Shawn Ray had his title revoked following a failed drug test.

    Whether you’re continuing the cut or beginning to bulk, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need right here in Muscle & Fitness and FLEX.
    46 years after he died, Bruce is still gracing covers.
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    Finally - the lawsuit

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    Time to grab one of those Real Kung Fu t-shirts with Bruce on it. Because if I was Shannon, I'd be working at shutting their copyright infringing asses down pronto.
    a decade later...

    Bruce Lee Heir Hits China Fast Food Chain With $30 Million Suit
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    December 26, 2019, 4:14 AM PST Updated on December 26, 2019, 4:21 AM PST
    Real Kungfu chain has been using Lee’s likeness for 15 years
    Shanghai court case may test Chinese pledge to protect IPR


    A Real Kung Fu outlet in Beijing. Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

    Bruce Lee’s daughter struck back in a Chinese court at a popular fast-food chain for misappropriating the kung fu superstar’s image.

    Bruce Lee Enterprises, whose legal representative is Shannon Lee, is seeking 210 million yuan ($30 million) in damages and 88,000 yuan in legal expenses from the Real Kungfu chain, Jiemian reported Thursday, in a case that could also test the Chinese government’s pledge to protect intellectual property rights.

    A court in Shanghai accepted the suit in early December against Guangzhou Real Kungfu Catering Management Co. and two other related companies for portrait right infringement, state-run Xinhua reported. Shannon Lee is also asking the chain, called “Zhen Gongfu” in China and known for steaming its food, to immediately stop using her father’s image and to clarify for 90 days that it has nothing to do with the martial arts legend, according to Jiemian.

    Real Kungfu said in a statement posted on its official Weibo account that it’s “baffled” by the lawsuit since it has been using the logo since 2004 and is preparing to respond. The image is that of a dark-haired man wearing a yellow jumpsuit in a kung fu pose who looks like Bruce Lee.

    — With assistance by Dong Lyu
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    Time for an indie thread on Bruce Lee watches

    I copied the posts above from Bruce Lee Memorials for this new Bruce Lee watches (as in wristwatches) thread.

    Casio Releases its G-SHOCK MR-G × Bruce Lee Collaboration Model



    March 11, 2020.By Suan Futt Yeo

    It’s been almost 50 years since Bruce Lee passed away; yet his star has not diminished. To this day, he remains the gold standard against which martial artists and martial arts movie stars are measured, the ultimate warrior-thinker who had the knack for smashing preconceptions wherever he went and did. As far as Bruce Lee was concerned, he was just perfecting himself in a life journey of self-discovery; but this most private undertaking executed with laser-focus would leave such tall waves in the public sphere that Bruce Lee is forever posited in the pantheon of cultural icons. For a gist of who he was, we have collated some of Lee’s quotes at the bottom of the page.

    To wear a token of the Bruce Lee spirit though, Casio is marking the 80th year since Bruce Lee’s birth a special edition model from its overachiever MR-G line. Two images of Bruce Lee immediately come to mind when thinking about the man: bare-bodied with claw streaks across chest and cheeks in Enter the Dragon, and the other in the infamous yellow jumpsuit that he wore in the last film that he never finished, The Game of Death.


    Bruce Lee in The Game of Death

    Casio’s Bruce Lee tribute is plainly inspired by the latter, from the black titanium case with yellow strap and hour markers, as well as a re-creation of Bruce Lee’s signature based on the traditional Chinese character for dragon (“龍”), his nickname. On the bezel, and on the back, the MRG-G2000BL is inscribed with “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation” in Chinese characters. This is the motto of Jeet Kune Do (its logo is also engraved on the caseback), a free-form rendition of Chinese Kungfu that Bruce Lee developed, which is arguably the precursor for today’s mixed martial arts that eschew form and pattern for sheer combat capability.



    Casio seems to have taken JKD’s motto to heart: the MRG-G2000BL practically bristles with capability: GPS, radio and Bluetooth receptors keep the watch talking to satellites, radio time signal stations and your smartphone to keep the watch on time anywhere in the world, while its solar cell on full charge will keep the watch powered for 23 months in total darkness. Add to the that the lightweight and comfortable titanium case, and it’s a G-SHOCK one can wear through hell. In a limited edition of 300 pieces.





    Bruce Lee Quotes:
    “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

    “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”


    Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon

    “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

    “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

    “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

    “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”

    Technical Specifications

    Movement
    Solar-powered quartz; 23 month power reserve; radio/GPS reception; Bluetooth; 39 time zones with on/off daylight saving; chronograph; alarm

    Case
    Titanium case 54.7 × 49.8 × 16.9 mm; 200m water resistance

    Strap
    Yellow rubber Strap

    Limited edition of 300 pieces.



    Jackie already has a Jackie Chan watches (as in wristwatches) thread.
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    Bruce Lee Forever! Shannon Lee Reflects on Her Father’s Legacy

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    Bruce Lee Riding Bicycle

    Don't know about memorials but just came across this short clip of Bruce Lee riding a bike and being interviewed, seeming happier and more relaxed than his later years! Enjoy!



    ps, Gene, sorry to hear the magazine is closing!

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    Shunde

    Foshan, Bruce Lee’s ancestral home, dusts off kung fu heritage as it seeks to kick start tourism, services sectors
    The city is building a ‘kung fu town’ near Bruce Lee’s ancestral home in Shunde district, as well as a research institute and an experience and outreach centre
    An important aspect of Foshan’s revitalisation plan will be the development of kung fu massage

    Iris Ouyang
    Published: 10:00am, 28 Mar, 2021

    Nearly 50 years after his death, Bruce Lee’s martial arts and philosophy still influences lives
    The city of Foshan in China’s southern Guangdong province is looking to revitalise kung fu as part of plans to develop its tourism and services sectors.
    The city, which has been home to wing chun grandmaster Ip Man and the family of superstar Bruce Lee, also Ip Man’s most famous disciple, is building a 4.98 sq km “kung fu town” near Lee’s ancestral home in Shunde district, as well as a research institute and an experience and outreach centre.
    An important aspect of this revitalisation will be the development of kung fu massage. This type of massage originated from the medical skills of kung fu masters, who were often injured and had a lot of experience in healing and curing themselves and others.

    Liang Xuyong during a kung fu massage lesson. Photo: Handout
    “In the old days, you needed to learn kung fu for protection. But now … people care more about their health,” said Liang Xuyong, a fifth-generation disciple of the choy li fut style, as he explained the motivation behind the development of kung fu massage.
    The kung fu revitalisation plan comes amid a push by Foshan, the third-largest economy in Guangdong, to upgrade and improve its industries. It is also expected to help kung fu proponents, who have struggled to adapt to a changing economic landscape, find a niche and make the martial arts more attractive to younger generations.
    Liang is busy expanding his kung fu massage business. His company aims to open 60 centres in three years, especially since the coronavirus pandemic has increased awareness about health and wellness. He teaches massage techniques and choy li fut, and his current batch of students comes from as far away as Mexico.

    “We can help our students start their own businesses,” he said, adding that they were operating four out of his six centres currently.

    Foshan has more than 500 martial arts clubs that teach more than 50 variants. It was named “the City of Kung Fu” by the Chinese Wushu Association in 2004. The city invested 150 million yuan (US$22.9 million) on Bruce Lee Paradise, a 3,000 acre park that is also home to a 18.8 metre tall statue of the martial arts superstar. The park began operations in 2005.
    Kung fu masters gathered in the city because of its well-established transport networks and robust economy. It was among the four most important commercial centres in China in the Ming and Qing dynasties together with Beijing, Suzhou and Wuhan in the northern, eastern and central regions, respectively, of the country.

    Dong Chonghua says Foshan’s revitalisation of kung fu means there are more opportunities for people interested in the martial arts. Photo: Handout
    Dong Chonghua, a disciple of Ip Chun, the elder son of wing chun grandmaster Ip Man, said he felt the glory days of kung fu were making a comeback. A fan of Bruce Lee, he learned wing chun in Foshan after migrating from Fujiang province. Thanks to the new possibilities presented by the city’s revitalisation plan, he will now have more time to practice and teach kung fu, instead of working in a factory by day and practising and teaching by night.
    “The government is devoting more resources to developing kung fu” and there are more opportunities for people interested in the martial arts, he said. “I hope to carry on the legacy of traditional kung fu,” Dong added.






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    Iris Ouyang is a business reporter for the Post. She has reported in Washington D.C., Beijing, and Hong Kong in the past several years for both Chinese and international media organisations such as Caixin, Phoenix Finance, MNI, USA Today, MarketWatch and American Banker.
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    The “We Are Bruce Lee” exhibition at the Chinese Historical Society of America

    CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
    PROMOTING THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND LEGACY OF THE CHINESE IN AMERICA
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    The “We Are Bruce Lee” exhibition will be at the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) museum. CHSA is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.

    When founded in 1963, there were fewer than 250,000 people of Chinese descent living in the US and CHSA was a lone voice for the study and dissemination of the history of this segment of the US population. Today, as the number of Chinese in the US has risen to nearly 5 million, CHSA strives to be a responsible steward of the remarkable narrative of this rapidly growing and increasingly visible community.

    CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of the Chinese in America through its exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs in the Museum and Learning Center. CHSA is housed in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building.

    CHSA offers tours of the Museum and the surrounding Chinatown community for a nominal charge. CHSA has extended its reach with online content and online exhibits through its main portal chsa.org, sharing information and news through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and sharing photographs through Instagram. CHSA collaborates with others who want to share their stories and experiences through film screenings, book readings, presentations, workshops, panel discussions and so much more.
    The date of this exhibit keeps getting pushed back. The site still says:
    OPENING IN WINTER 2021
    At the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.
    But I hear they are making progress. Hope to be there.
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    Bruce Lee Way in Oakland

    Bruce Lee Way: Oakland intersection will be renamed to honor martial arts legend
    City Council will vote Tuesday to rename the intersection of Broadway and Garnet, where Lee opened a martial arts studio in 1964.
    by Roselyn Romero
    June 3, 2024, 12:00 p.m.


    Bruce Lee opened a martial arts school in 1964 at the intersection of Broadway and Garnet Street. Credit: Amaya Edwards
    In the summer of 1964, hybrid martial arts legend and Oakland resident Bruce Lee, just 24 years old, founded a martial arts school at the intersection of Broadway and Garnet Street.

    Sixty years later, the Oakland City Council will approve a resolution to rename that intersection “Bruce Lee Way” and install a plaque there to honor Lee’s legacy and contributions to the Oakland community.

    The city of Oakland’s Public Works and Transportation Committee first heard the resolution, introduced by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, on Tuesday. The Special Rules and Legislation Committee voted on Thursday to move the resolution forward to tomorrow’s City Council meeting. Councilmembers are expected to greenlight it.


    Lee was 24 years old when he and his training partner founded the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Oakland. Credit: Amaya Edwards
    Born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, Lee “lived, worked, and created amazing cultural opportunities in the city of Oakland,” Kaplan said during last Tuesday’s meeting. “By honoring and uplifting Bruce Lee, we also acknowledge and honor his contribution to uplifting the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community, both in Oakland and beyond,” Kaplan added.

    Lee and his training partner, James Yimm Lee (no relation), cofounded a martial arts school—called the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute—at 4157 Broadway. Today, the site, located two blocks away from Oakland Technical High School, is home to a Toyota dealership.

    Before opening the studio, Lee had dropped out of the University of Washington in Seattle, where he opened his first martial arts academy. Though the Oakland Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute was Lee’s second martial arts studio, it was considered the birthplace and launching pad for Jeet Kune Do, his distinctive martial art.

    Lee’s Oakland studio wasn’t particularly popular, but it attracted many non-Chinese community members, fostering intercultural unity, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “This studio provided opportunities to build tolerance, health, discipline, and community,” said Kaplan, adding that Bruce “welcomed people of many backgrounds and focuses, including Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.”

    After the studio’s opening, James introduced Lee to Ed Parker, a martial artist and celebrity trainer who invited Lee to a martial arts demonstration in Long Beach. There, Lee showed off his “one-inch punch” and two-finger push-ups, giving rise to his legend. He moved to Los Angeles in 1966 and starred in television shows like “The Green Hornet” and “Longstreet” and in movies such as “Enter the Dragon,” “Game of Death,” and “The Way of the Dragon.”

    Lee died in 1973 at the age of 32. His cause of death is still debated today; an autopsy shortly after his death determined he died from “cerebral edema,” or brain swelling, while a 2022 research paper argued he died from his “kidney’s inability to excrete excess water.” He is buried in Seattle.


    The former site of Lee’s martial arts studio is now a Toyota dealership. Credit: Amaya Edwards
    “The martial arts community is still fervent and enthusiastic about Bruce Lee,” said Michael Colbruno, an Oakland Port commissioner who spoke at Tuesday’s Public Works and Transportation Committee meeting. “It’s also going to be a way to attract martial arts to the city of Oakland.”

    The idea to rename the intersection came to then-Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums in 2010, according to Colbruno. Dellums was a martial arts enthusiast himself who had trained under Lee. “He was very proud of his six-pack,” Colbruno said.

    At the time, Dellums had unsuccessfully tried to lure a martial arts tournament to Oakland. He hoped the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute could be recognized as one of the city’s cultural heritage sites.

    The city has a history of renaming other streets after Oakland icons, including Chauncey Bailey Way on 14th Street, Dr. Huey P. Newton Way on Ninth Street, Peter Van Kleef Way on Telegraph Avenue, and Too $hort Way on Foothill Boulevard.

    “I don’t know if there’s anybody more famous in entertainment than Bruce Lee,” Colbruno said. “Everybody knows who he is.”
    I was interviewed by Sara Hossaini for NPR about this yesterday. I'm told that the news bit ran today but I didn't hear it.
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    An Oakland Intersection will be renamed ‘Bruce Lee Way’

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    BY VALENTINA LEWIS
    JUNE 6, 2024


    Sixty years after Bruce Lee opened his martial arts school at the intersection of Broadway and Garnet Street in Oakland, CA; the City Council approved renaming that intersection “Bruce Lee Way” in honor of his legacy and contributions to the community.

    The resolution to rename an Oakland intersection “Bruce Lee Way” was initially presented by Council Member Rebecca Kaplan to the city’s Public Works and Transportation Committee on Tuesday, reported Oaklandside.

    “By honoring and uplifting Bruce Lee, we also acknowledge and honor his contribution to uplifting the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community, both in Oakland and beyond,” Kaplan said.

    Lee’s influence extended beyond martial arts, making him a cultural icon against racial discrimination. He gained fame not only for his extraordinary martial arts skills but also for his fight against the racist portrayals of Asians in film and television during the 1960s and ’70s with his iconic performances in The Green Hornet and Enter the Dragon, KTVU reported.

    Born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, his groundbreaking work challenged stereotypes and paved the way for more accurate and respectful representations of Asian characters in the media.

    Although the Oakland Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute was Bruce Lee’s second martial arts studio, it is known as the place where he created and started teaching his unique martial art, Jeet Kune Do.

    Even after his death in 1973, the martial arts community continued to hold a deep passion for Bruce Lee, as noted by Michael Colbruno, an Oakland Port commissioner, during Tuesday’s Public Works and Transportation Committee meeting.

    “Renaming the intersection will also help attract martial arts enthusiasts to the city of Oakland, further enriching our cultural landscape and fostering a sense of unity within our community,” he added.

    Through this approval of “Bruce Lee Way,” Oakland honors a cultural icon and forges ahead in creating a more inclusive environment.
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    Worth its own indie thread. I hope there's a renaming event that I can attend.
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