Remembering the Dragon: Bruce Lee’s Legacy Still Lives On

Four decades after his untimely death, Lee's martial artistry continues to inspire

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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.


Bruce was a true Mixed Martial Artist.  He was all about using what worked, and throwing away the fancy stuff.  Of course, his movies had some "fancy stuff", but in reality he was interested in what was effective.  If he had been alive today, and seen the explosion of MMA, he would have certainly studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and all the other "standard" techniques/arts that are proven to be useful.  Such a shame that he died so young.  At least he inspired so many.  I believe that with his athleticism and devotion to training, he could have competed at a high level in MMA if he was young and in his prime today. 

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Wish Bruce was still alive to make more movies.