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    Slightly OT

    Bruce Lee's studio in L.A.'s Chinatown has reopened after 50 years
    “It's a landmark. The teaching, philosophy, and mindset of Bruce Lee have influenced people and martial arts around the world for decades," studio owner Eric Carr said.


    Bruce Lee on the set of "Enter the Dragon" in 1973.Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images
    Oct. 23, 2019, 2:07 PM PDT
    By Kimmy Yam

    Bruce Lee’s martial arts studio in Los Angeles’ Chinatown has been resurrected nearly 50 years after it shut its doors.

    This past Sunday, martial artist Eric Carr reopened the place where the iconic Lee originally taught his students his personal style of Jeet Kune Do (JKD), which translates to “way of intercepting fist.”

    Carr, whose teacher Jerry Poteet was one of Lee’s select, original students, told NBC News in a phone interview that he felt compelled to resurrect the studio to preserve the martial arts legend’s legacy and to continue Poteet’s mission.

    “It's a landmark. The teaching, philosophy, and mindset of Bruce Lee have influenced people and martial arts around the world for decades,” Carr said. Poteet, who privately trained with Lee at both his house and studio and died in 2012, dedicated his life to keeping the art of JKD alive, Carr added.

    "It was Jerry's wish for everyone he trained to carry the flame,” Carr said. “This was my small part in giving back and bringing the art home and accomplishing a dream on my own path.”

    The studio had remained relatively vacant since 1969, aside from a stint as a dentist’s office. Though Lee, who died in 1973, had opened other studios in Seattle’s Chinatown, the L.A. location was his only one in the area. While there, he taught his fighting style and philosophy, one that’s rooted in the interception of an opponent’s technique or intent. The principles of simplicity, directness and freedom are also key to Jeet Kune Do.

    Carr, who says he consulted Lee’s family in the reopening process, explained that he aims to pass the craft on to future generations in its pure form, offering one-on-one classes, seminars and children's classes.

    “JKD is the life's work of Bruce Lee, and I want to offer an authentic experience and will stick to the essence of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce's methods and his philosophy, and personal training mindset and spirit,” he said.

    Lee has remained a critical figure among Asian Americans and beyond because of his work in both martial arts and entertainment. He not only prompted a wave of martial arts-themed movies in Hollywood, but also served as an emblem of strength and power during a time when many Asian male actors were constrained to the stereotypical roles of threatening villains or sexless nerds.

    For Carr, Lee is “proof of what’s possible in life, in the face of adversity,” which is why he personally felt it important the martial artist’s teachings remain alive.

    “He has in many ways paved ways for humanity as well as martial artists. His study, exploration, path, message and philosophy, approach to unity and self expression, can be applied to any area of life, and he gives us examples and clues on how to accomplish whatever we put our energy towards,” Carr said.

    Though the studio has been open for only a few days, Carr says it’s been well received with many potential students who are interested in training in authentic JKD while in Lee’s actual studio, just as others had decades ago.

    “They want to be close to the man who has had such an influence in their lives,” he said, “and become a part of that history and live the experience.”

    Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, did not return NBC News’ request for comment.
    Carr has his advertising worked out, as long as Shannon doesn't shut him down.
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    An ad for this just popped up on one of my feeds




    GOLD MOUNTAIN: CHINESE CALIFORNIAN STORIES
    All-new signature exhibition opening January 26, 2020

    Discover the history and contributions of Chinese Americans to California from the Gold Rush to the present day in “Gold Mountain: Chinese California Stories.”

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    I hope to make it over for this but I'm already scheduled for JAN 26. It's the day after CNY.

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    We Are Bruce Lee

    "We Are Bruce Lee" Exhibit at CHSA in SF Chinatown (Opening Fall 2021)

    BE DONORS, MY FRIENDS
    Your donation helps the Chinese Historical Society of America create a major exhibition on the legacy of Bruce Lee to engage, teach and inspire visitors from around the world.

    GIVE YOUR SUPPORT
    Your donations are essential for the build out of the We Are Bruce Lee exhibit, development of related programs, marketing, and operations for the exhibit, which is expected to run for five years. Through their generosity, all of our exhibit team and advisors have devoted pro bono hours to develop this exhibit. The We Are Bruce Lee exhibit in San Francisco Chinatown is presented by the Chinese Historical Society of America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the history, culture and legacy of the Chinese in America. Your donations are tax deductible, CHSA Federal Tax ID 94-6122446.

    Questions? Contact CHSA Interim Executive Director Pam Wong at pwong@chsa.org.

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    In celebration of Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday on November 27, 2020, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the first sneak peek of the “We Are Bruce Lee” exhibition, including interviews and surprise guest appearances. Talk show personality Toan Lam hosts. To receive show updates and exhibit news, sign our mailing list.
    Shannon Lee mentioned November 80th birthday celebrations when I interviewed her for Warrior and her book Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee
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