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Where Did Bruce Lee Get the Idea for the "Fighting Without Fighting" Scene in Enter the Dragon?

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  Where did Bruce Lee get the idea for the "fighting without fighting" scene in Enter the Dragon?  Introduction One of my favorite scenes in Bruce Lee's 1973 movie Enter the Dragon takes place during the journey to Han's Island. Another martial artist named "Parsons" who has been bullying the boat's crew confronts Lee. Was this an invention of Mr. Lee, or did he get the idea from someone else? Note that although this is my own investigation, the following basic story has been known for decades.  The Scene Enter the Dragon, 1973 You can watch the scene online , or read the script that follows. Parsons: Do I bother you? Lee: Don't waste yourself. Parsons: What's your style? Lee: My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting. Parsons: The art of fighting without fighting? Show me some of it. Lee: Later. Alright. Don't you think we need more room? Parsons: Where else? Lee: That island. On the beach. We can take this boat. Parsons

Did Bruce Lee Say Something About Swimming?

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  Did Bruce Lee Say Something About Swimming?  Introduction A fellow member of the Martial Arts Studies Facebook group asked for a source of the following supposed Bruce Lee quote: "If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you." It appears in the usual meme and quote locations on the Internet, so I volunteered to track it down. The Sources Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu , Bruce Lee and John Little, 1997 I checked the  Bruce Lee Library and other sources  and found something like it in volume 2,  Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art . It is from the foreword by Bruce's student Taky Kimura. It reads: "Bruce preached to us about the cold facts of life: for example, if you want to become a swimmer, you cannot do so on dry land, you must enter the water. " Bruce Lee: Words of the Dragon , Bruce Lee and John Little, 1997 I also found something similar in volume 1,  Bruce Le

Did Bruce Lee Say "Mighty is he who conquers himself"?

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  Did Bruce Lee say "Mighty is he who conquers himself"?  Introduction I came across this quote via the various official Bruce Lee social media sites. I decided to see if Bruce Lee actually said it.  The Sources Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu , Bruce Lee and John Little, 1997 I checked the Bruce Lee Library and other sources and found it in volume 2, Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art . It reads: "To see oneself is to be clear of right. Mighty is he who conquers himself." I suspected that it was a copy from somewhere else, so I searched for the origin. The Origin The Painted Veil,  W. Somerset Maugham, 1925 It was fairly easy to find the source for the quote. I first located it in a March 2015 blog post by Stephen N. Greenleaf titled The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham . He offers the following excerpt from the book The Painted Veil : "H who strives after tenderness can become even as a little child. Gentleness brings v

Did Bruce Lee Invent "The Six Diseases"?

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   Did Bruce Lee invent "the six diseases"?  Introduction  Marcin Sygula, a friend of Martial History Team and this project, Sourcing Bruce Lee , sent me a link to Bruce Lee Podcast #47, titled The Six Diseases . He noted that the podcast listed what it called "the six diseases," as shown below: Bruce Lee Podcast #47, The Six Diseases In text, the content reads as follows: "The six diseases of the mind are obstacles that you will confront on your path to wholeness and fluidity. These thoughts can keep you from your full expression and growth. The Six Diseases: The desire for victory The desire to resort to technical cunning The desire to display all that has been learned The desire to awe the enemy The desire to play the passive role The desire to get rid of whatever disease one is affected by All of these diseases occur when we seek outside validation." The question is, did Bruce Lee invent these six diseases? And does the podcast's interpretation re

"Instead of buying your children..."

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 Did Bruce Lee say a quote that starts with "To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts"?  Introduction  Another Bruce Lee "quote" appeared on my radar today. In full it reads (as shown in the image at top): "Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things you were never taught. Material wears out, but knowledge stays." This didn't sound like Bruce Lee to me, especially because Bruce Lee had a definite materialist side to his personality. (Check out the clothing, houses and cars he bought.) I also expect he would have given his kids whatever they wanted, since he was a loving father. This is not incompatible with providing "knowledge," but I wanted to check out this quote anyway. The Sources I checked my tier zero sources as explained in the recent Martial History Team post The Bruce Lee Library and More . I found plenty of writing by Mr. Lee that mentioned family and children, so I asse

"To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts..."

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  Did Bruce Lee say a quote that starts with "To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts"? Introduction  Another Bruce Lee "quote" appeared on my radar today. In full it reads (as shown in the image at top): "To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is." This didn't sound like Bruce Lee to me, especially talking about "martial arts" as a whole. Bruce Lee was not a fan of most martial arts. As this quote is widely circulated, I decided to check it out. The Sources Black Belt Magazine, November 1967 This quote was easy to track down. I first found it in John Little's book The Warrior Within, where something like it appears on page 119. Mr. Little writes: The entire concept of simplicity, of seeing through the veneer to the common denominator that

"Always be yourself..."

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Did Bruce Lee say a quote that starts with “Always be yourself"?   Introduction  Another Bruce Lee "quote" appeared on my radar today. In full it reads (as shown in the image at top): "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." I was not sure about this one. It fit with Bruce's thoughts on self-expression, so I was optimistic. The Sources The Warrior Within, John Little This quote was easy to find. A version of it appeared in one book: The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee  John Little, 1996 This is basically a real quote! One page 127 the following appears: "Lee attempted to explain this highly individual way of personal growth during a conversation he shared with Hong Kong broadcaster Ted Thomas: 'When I did The Green Hornet television series back in 1965, I looked around and I saw a lot of human beings. And as I looked at myself, I was the only