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    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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    Splitting this into its own indie thread

    The post above was in our Bruce-Lee-Museums-and-Gallery-Exhibits.


    Greetings from the 40th Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival, presented by Halekulani (HIFF) - a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media in the Pacific Rim. Join HIFF for a special ONE DAY ONLY FREE online screening and post-film panel on what would have been Bruce Lee's 80th Birthday. Confirmed panelists include BE WATER director Bao Nguyen, Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO and daughter Shannon Lee. More to be announced...

    Online Film Screening

    Documentary feature directed by: Bao Nguyen
    United States 2020 | 96 min.
    Documentary Panorama | Asian American, Biographical, Documentary, History
    Available online FRI 11/27 3pm HST - SAT 3pm HST
    Available for audiences in USA, CANADA
    Free - Click event link for tickets

    BE WATER is a feature-length documentary that offers a unique glimpse into the man behind the myth, featuring interviews from celebrity friends, members of his own family, and even private letters written by Bruce Lee. BE WATER premiered at Sundance 2020 and competed in the U.S. Dramatic Feature competition. In June, it had its U.S. broadcast debut on ESPN as part of the sports broadcaster’s 30 on 30 documentary series, breaking ratings records. It is an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section.

    Live Panel Event

    FRI 11/27
    4:45pm HST / 6:45pm PST / 9:45pm EST
    Join us for this special event screening and panel discussion as we celebrate this iconoclast's birthday!
    Available for audiences worldwide. This event is FREE and open to the public, please click the ticket link to register and join the conversation.

    November 27, 2020 will be Bruce Lee's 80th birthday. To commemorate this momentous occasion, a group of the largest Asian American film and culture organizations is proud to present a free screening of BE WATER and including a live drive-in screening of the film in Bruce Lee's birthplace San Francisco. This to be followed by a live streamed panel with director Bao Nguyen, Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee, culture writer Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), celebrity chef and 'Ugly Delicious' host Dave Chang, and some surprise guests. They will chat about the film and the legacy of the Asian American icon, who almost five decades later, is still as popular than ever and inspiring a new generation. The event is not just an examination of the experiences of Asians and their flight for inclusion and representation but also a chance to support arts organizations who were deeply affected by the pandemic and showcase how they have paved way for the future generation of BIPOC artists and storytellers.

    For more HIFF Talk Story events, please visit:
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    HIFF 40 Teaser Trailer here: (Courtesy: HIFF)

    Press tickets available, upon editorial request.
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    Bruce Lee at 80: the martial arts legend and his legacy jeet kune do, the unique way of fighting he developed
    The martial arts superstar, who would have turned 80 on Friday, refused to stick to one fighting technique as was the norm, and looked to mix styles
    Lee developed a mix called jeet kune do, and wanted its practitioners to continually adapt their fighting style – an idea summed up in his ‘be water’ philosophy
    Richard James Havis
    Published: 12:15am, 26 Nov, 2020

    Bruce Lee in a scene from The Way of the Dragon (1972). The martial arts legend would have turned 80 years old on Friday. Photo: Criterion Collection
    The best-known legacy of Bruce Lee, who would have turned 80 this Friday is of course his movies. But the martial arts legend also developed a unique way of fighting called jeet kune do, a Cantonese term which translates as something like “the way of the stopping fist” or more poetically, “the way of the intercepting fist.”
    There are many distinct styles of fighting in kung fu – hung gar, wing chun, and tai chi to name a few of the more famous ones. But the best starting point for understanding jeet kune do is realising that Lee never wanted it to be a style.
    Lee’s intention was quite the opposite, in fact. He developed jeet kune do because he thought that the idea of a rigid fighting style was too limiting.
    Way before mixed martial arts, martial arts styles had rules and traditions that could not be broken, even if success in combat mandated otherwise.

    Ip Man (left) and Lee practising wing chun.
    Martial artists adhered firmly to the techniques of their chosen style, and that “system” became more important than the man, as Lee put it. Lee thought this was ridiculous, and referred to it as “the Classical Mess”.
    “Jeet Kune Do favours formlessness so that it can assume all forms, and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilises all ways and is bound by none, and likewise, uses any techniques or means that serve its end,” Lee wrote in Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
    Lee intended the jeet kune do practitioner to continually adapt his fighting technique to the needs of the moment while in combat, and for the practice of jeet kune do itself to be continually in flux – a philosophy of action encapsulated in his famous “be water” speech.
    The martial arts legend even went as far as commissioning a miniature gravestone featuring the words “The Classical Mess” to remind himself of the problems that arise from sticking rigidly to traditional forms and styles.
    Lee began to develop jeet kune do in Los Angeles in 1967. The Green Hornet, the US television show in which he played Kato, had been cancelled, and Lee had opened the Jun Fan Gung Institute in Los Angeles’ Chinatown to make a living by teaching kung fu.

    Lee in November, 1971. He died in July, 1973. Photo: SCMP
    According to Matthew Polly’s Bruce Lee: A Life, Lee encouraged a group of friends and students from martial arts teacher Ed Parker’s school to train with him instead.
    His aim was to assemble some opponents to try out his new way of fighting: “Bruce’s goal was to improve his students’ skill level to the point where they were good enough to spar with him,” Polly writes.
    Jeet kune do was radically different to the kung fu of the past in the way it took techniques from many different Eastern and Western styles. Wing chun, which Lee had learned in Hong Kong from Ip Man, was one of the foundations. Wing chun is a fist-oriented style that utilises fast punches at close range. This attack oriented-style suited Lee, as he was small, and could not absorb the blows of an opponent as a larger fighter could.
    He emphasised footwork, footwork, footwork, and more footwork. He was trying to get us to be more mobile
    Jerry Poteet, a former student of Bruce Lee
    Jeet kune do practitioners were intended to block an opponent’s strike before it hit home – the “stopping fist” of the name – and wing chun provided the groundwork for this. “Even as my father was creating the art of Jeet Kune Do, he continued to always practice the basic Wing Chun exercise called chi sao, which translated as ‘sticking hands’,” writes Shannon Lee In her book Be Water, My Friend .
    “The drill claims to cultivate lightning-quick reactions and the ability to almost read your opponents’ mind,” Shannon writes.
    Lee also incorporated arnis (escrima), the traditional martial art of the Philippines which includes stick fighting, and ju-jitsu, a Japanese fighting style which uses the force of an opponent against him, into jeet kune do. Lee, who was an admirer of heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali, and often wondered if he could beat him in a fight, also took a lot from Western boxing.

    Shannon Lee, daughter of the late kung fu star Lee, stands in front of a promotional poster for Lee’s memorial exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. Photo: AP
    Boxing is often said to be more effective in a street fight than kung fu, and there is a direct power to it, as shown in the bouts featured in the 2010 film Ip Man 2.
    Lee was interested in the agile footwork of Western boxers as well as their punches, as can be seen in the fight sequences of his films, in which he rarely stops moving. “He emphasised footwork, footwork, footwork, and more footwork,” former student Jerry Poteet told Polly. “He was trying to get us to be more mobile.”
    One less obvious martial art also played a big part in the development of jeet kune do – fencing. Lee’s brother Peter was an expert fencer, and Lee learned fencing from him. Again, it was all about being one step ahead of the opponent. “From fencing, he began by looking at the footwork, range, and timing of the stop hit and the riposte, both techniques that meet attacks and defences with pre-emptive moves,” writes Shannon Lee.

    Lee in action on a film set in October, 1971. Photo: SCMP
    Although jeet kune do was created for fighting, as with the martial arts styles that preceded it – and in a tradition that Lee did not break with – it had a philosophical angle. “Jeet Kune Do is the enlightenment. It is a way of life, a movement towards will power and control,” Lee wrote.
    Happy birthday, Bruce.
    Nice overview. Good ol' SCMP.
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    HBD Bruce

    TODAY AT 9 AM PST – 11:59 PM PST
    Bruce Lee Birthday Blitz - The San Francisco Bay Area Celebration
    Want a great way to celebrate? Tune into Warrior tonight. It's one of the best episodes of the entire series.
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