In July of 1973, martial artist and film star Bruce Lee died suddenly of a cerebral edema at the age of 32.
Starring in just five movies in a tragically brief career, Bruce Lee brought respect to the “kung fu” film genre and popularized martial arts in the United States. His signature lightning-fast side kicks and cocky demeanor inspired generations of children to lean how to defend themselves. And interest in Lee’s martial art Jeet Kune Do (and his mastery with nunchucks), revolutionized the martial arts community.
On the 40th anniversary of his death, the TIME video department has compiled homages to Bruce Lee’s moves, style and signature “WATAAH” showing that the martial arts master lives on.