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Raymond Chow

It is important to know about the story of Bruce Lee and the people who had an impact on his life. We just learned about the passing of Raymond Chow and I  took some some highlights out of the Guardian,  published on nov 3rd.

“Raymond Chow, Hong Kong producer who found Bruce Lee.

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Raymond Chow with actors Bruce Lee and John Saxon on the set of Enter the Dragon in 1973

Chow made Lee and Jackie Chan stars after deciding to break away from the low-budget ethic of kung fu genre

Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to the world and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, has died at 91.

Chow was a journalist who became a publicist for Shaw Brothers Studios, which churned out hundreds of films and popularised the kung fu genre. Studio founder Run Run Shaw soon moved Chow to the production side of the business after Chow complained that the movies – made on low budgets and short schedules – weren’t good enough.

He soon outmanoeuvred his former employer to grab the actor who would become synonymous with kung fu movies. Chow signed Bruce Lee in 1971 after seeing him on a Hong Kong TV variety show.

Golden Harvest signed Lee to a three-picture deal, with each breaking all Hong Kong box office records.

Those movies were followed by Enter the Dragon, the first Chinese martial arts film to be produced by a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. Lee died days before the film’s release in 1973.”

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Posted by on 6 November, 2018 in Lee and Friends

 

Annie Joe

 

I remember meeting Annie for the first time, I thought she was such a fun and energetic woman, I remember wishing I would be like her when I am her age.

Meeting Allen was a big thing in my life, the fact he was Bruce Lee´s friend attracted a lot of people but I really liked him for him , for the man he was , for the fact that he was so kind and smart and had accomplished so many great things.

He was the kindest man on earth, he  opened his home to anyone who wanted to meet him, who wanted a piece of his history with Bruce Lee, or Ted Wong

I have been very sad after his passing and I have been wondering how Annie would manage.

Of course they have a big family so there is no problem but it can´t be easy  because  Allen and Annie were together for so many years.

 

I am thinking about her just as much as I was thinking about Allen every day and I hope we will be able to come visit very soon

I miss them and I miss San Francisco, my favorite town on earth, it won´t be the same without meeting Allen but we will pay our respects.

 

Until we meet again

 
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Posted by on 15 October, 2018 in Lee and Friends

 

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JKD SWEDEN ACTIVITY

We have decided to maintain our group as it is and therefore will not take any new student for the time being, our instructor Mikael is not taking any private students or class.

The reason is that we want to focus on our own training and put our energy on our own evolution .

As I wrote before our group is a non profit organization and we simply don´t have the resources to develop a proper training class for new students.

 

 
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Posted by on 18 June, 2018 in My own training

 

Funeral

 

Yesterday 18/4/2018 was the funeral of Allen Joe in Freemont California , only family and a few guests were present at the funeral.

Our deepest condolences to Annie and the family, we will pay our respects to Allen next time we visit SF.

 

Allen was one of a kind, someone that touches lives and we will miss him and never forget him .

We are truly blessed to have met him and feel very honored to have been able to know him.

 

Another angel is in heaven, the team is reunited

We miss you Allen , Until we meet again

 

 
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Posted by on 19 April, 2018 in Lee and Friends

 

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Allen JOE

I use to check FB everyday but not yesterday and When Micke came home last night he told me something had happened to Allen, I did not want to believe it. I really hoped it was not true but unfortunately it was.

We all knew this would happen one day but still I did not want to have to read this , I am so sad.

Allen Joe is often referred as Bruce Lee´s friend who he was but he was much more than that.

I remember him being so honest so generous so happy , he lived a long life filled with greatness, from his personal life to his “ public “

I remember feeling so blessed the first time we were in SF and  he and Annie  opened their  home to us and shared memories, I was so fascinated by their energy.

We met him a couple of times here in Sweden and  also a few times in SF, we were planning on coming back this year, what saddens me is that we did not make it in time .

I sent messages to different people to pass on to him when he was sick,  I hope they had time to tell him that we were thinking of him.

The second time we met was in SF in 2010, that is where it began to call me his favorite French girl , I remember being so flattered and happy , he spread happiness all the time, he and Annie were so much fun to be around.

I am a little lost of words right now I would like to write so much but at the same time I am so sad I can´t do it.

May you rest in Peace Allen, you had a great impact on our lives and it was a great honor to have been able to know you.

I know you are now reunited with your best friends and look upon us , thank you for your friendship and kindness.

My deepest condolences to Annie and the family

Lots of Love

 

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Posted by on 3 April, 2018 in Lee and Friends

 

Allen Joe

I wanted to write a word for Allen who is in the hopsital right now, we wish him a fast recovery and hope he will get back home to Annie soon.

Allen is almost 95 years old, a life full of greatness and kidness.

We care very much about him and hope he will get well soon.

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Posted by on 8 March, 2018 in My own training

 

Happy Chinese New Year

February 16th, 2018 officially begins the year of the Dog.

“The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.”

“Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.”

Happy New year from JKD Sweden

 

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Posted by on 16 February, 2018 in My own training