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November 24th, 2010

We were in San Francisco for the first time but we almost did not make it, here is the story:

On Nov 22nd, 2010 We caught our first flight from Stockholm,  they were not sure about my French passport and they called someone who told them it was Ok but at the arrival in Switzerland after passing all controls, we were in the line to board the plane, one woman from Swiss Air I think,  came to me and took my passport from my hand and went away with it, then she looked at me with her colleagues and laughed ,  she came back to me and told me ” you´re not flying” turned to Mikael and said” you are flying , she is not ” this extremely rude  woman thought it was very funny  and apparently enjoyed her power very much,  my French passport  was still valid but of an older model which was not accepted for the US anymore, they should have stopped me in Stockholm .

They sent us back to Stockholm same day. I went to work the day after having just given up on that trip. Oh well it was just a first time in the US, in San Francisco where Bruce Lee was born, it was just to meet Ted Wong, Allen Joe, Linda Lee, and some of the actors who played in Bruce´s movies and a number of international JKD practitioner…. well it was just a dream trip that I was losing just like that.

But the day after at work everyone was so shocked that I was there, they told me I could not possibly pass on this trip, they would even help me if I needed but I just had to go. It was so nice of them and I was so sad and disappointed, I talked to Mikael and we decided to try to catch first flight, the hotel was still available so we did, we flew again on Nov 24th .

I pass on all the details from the room that had disappeared when we arrived, the luggage that did not make it back, my card for Bruce Lee 70th birthday that was not displayed with the others and so on … Minor details !

Here is what´s important,  it was such a joy to meet Allen again, “my favorite French girl” he called me :-),   Bruce Lee´s  birthday  celebration was very nice, we even got a tour in SF with Jeff Chinn,  meeting Linda was a big thing for me, so big I could not talk ! I felt so stupid afterwards because I might never meet her again  but the whole experience was priceless, we were so happy. During dinner we asked for Ted, Allen told us he was not well and that he would get back to us as soon as he had some news.

This is not before we were back to Sweden that we got the news. Ted had passed this day we finally made it on the second flight. It was sudden and unexpected for us who did not know about his condition, we have missed him since then.

I had not met him a lot, first time was in 2005 same day I met Mikael for the first time, that day changed my whole life.

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Rest in Peace Sifu Ted, until we meet again.

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Posted by on 24 November, 2016 in Instructors

 

San Francisco

This weekend, if you have the possibility ,  check this out .

Too bad we are not travelling to SF this year 😦

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Posted by on 21 November, 2016 in Various Topics

 

Jun Fan Jeet Kune DO training information

My blog is about my training and my personal life experience linked to Jeet Kune Do,  I am not an instructor and I am not responsible for the Jeet Kune do training in Sweden.

I have received questions on MSN that I just discovered, some of them are one year old, unfortunately I did not see them and I could not send them to the instructor.

For quicker answer please contact the instructor directly :

egideus@live.se

 

thank you 🙂

 
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Posted by on 11 October, 2016 in Instructors

 

“Birth of the dragon” is a fraude ?

Wow, the reviews are out and  I am really disappointed ! Here are some of them that I read in the papers today:

“Hollywood is racist. This movie disrespects the legacy of Bruce Lee. I highly recommend everyone to boycott this movie. The movie serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes regarding Asian women, men, and the culture.”

“This entire film is a carefully hidden propaganda piece that portrays Lee as some unsexual, angry, kung fu loser who accomplishes nothing.”

“I wanted to watch a movie about the legend Bruce lee. Not another white washed movie deleting/altering/hiding his history and Again disrespecting Asians with another white male Asian female interest. Truth is movies spread lies and it hurts societies. In this case. Asian men.”

and it goes on and on…

 

Knowing that Shannon a a total control over Bruce Lee´s name, how could  this movie be approved is a mistery to me…

Of course this is just another guy trying to make money on Bruce Lee´s name , no question about that.

 
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Posted by on 6 October, 2016 in Lee and Friends

 

Why is Bruce Lee still alive?

 

Talking about his spirit of course 🙂

I recently talked to a young colleague from Switzerland, she is 29 years old and when I asked: “do you know who Bruce Lee is?” she said “of course”. She was born in 1987, 14 years after Bruce´s passing and has absolutely no relation to martial arts whatsoever, so where does it come from? The name, everybody knows that name, isn´t that incredible?

I was born in 1972 and as long as I can remember I was hearing about Bruce Lee. As a child I saw the movies again and again and as a teenager I had my room covered with Bruce Lee posters. He was the ultimate fighter,  the superhero of my childhood and still is.

No matter what, I will always admire the man, the actor and the martial artist. It is no wonder we still know him, we still talk about him, refer to him and make movies about him, this is what a true legend is all about.

His passing was a tragedy and I really don´t care about the how and the why, what I think is that it was way too soon, it would have been so interesting to see how far he would have gone, what he would have become, this is a shame we did not get more time, I think we could have learned a lot more from him.

But we need to remember what he left us and this needs to be treasured. How the legacy is used by some people can be questionable but I really think it is great to see that he is still remembered and not only by martial arts people.

Walk On !

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Posted by on 5 October, 2016 in Lee and Friends

 

World of Bruce Lee Exhibit 2016, San Francisco

The “World of Bruce Lee” Exhibit 2016  will take place on Saturday, November 26th, 2016

location :

Fort Mason Center
94123 San Francisco

The World of Bruce Lee 2016 & The Green Hornet 50th Anniversary is a Photo Exhibition ( non profit event), organized by Randy Wong

For more info , here is the Article taken from the World of Bruce Lee Facebook page :

“On the crest of his meteoric rise to world fame, Bruce Lee died mysteriously on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32, having only completed 4 films, with his 5th and final film, “Game of Death” half-finished before his untimely passing. The “World of Bruce Lee” Exhibition represents the collection of Randy Wong, and is a photographic tribute to the legendary icon.

In 1978, Randy Wong joined Norman Borine in launching the “World of Bruce Lee” museum in Los Angeles, CA, in the hopes of creating a permanent memorial to the legendary martial artist and movie star, to preserve his memory and legacy for future generations.

Borine and Wong operated the original “World of Bruce Lee” museum from 1978-1980, garnering the support of Grace Lee, Bruce Lee’s mother, Linda Lee, Bruce’s widow, and several of Lee’s closest friends and core students, Dan Inosanto, Taky Kimura, Ted Wong and Herb Jackson. During this period, Borine and Wong collaborated with Grace Lee on her family’s pictorial biography entitled “Bruce Lee, The Untold Story” (1979).

Wong contributed to the making of the A&E biography “Bruce Lee, The Immortal Dragon” (1994), and with his business partner, J.R. Goodman, both were privileged to work with Van Williams and Wende Wagner of the classic 1966 TV series, “The Green Hornet”, in which Bruce Lee portrayed Kato, the Green Hornet’s lethal crime-fighting partner.

Randy Wong also had the honor of working with Ahna Capri and Jim Kelly, both of whom co-starred with Bruce Lee in his timeless martial arts masterpiece, “Enter the Dragon”.”

 
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Posted by on 14 September, 2016 in Various Topics

 

Joel Ramos, TWJKD Philippines

Today I just want to pay my respects to a member of the Ted Wong JKD family who passed away last week. Joel Ramos was 46 years old and his pasing due to heart failure was a choc for most of us. Joel was more in contact with Mikael than me but we have been friends on facebook for  quite some time .

I am sending my condolences to the family and friends.

He has now joined our Sifu Ted in  heaven , Rest in Peace 😦

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Posted by on 20 June, 2016 in JKD Friends