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Jeet Kune Do, the Art of Bruce Lee

Birthday !

Bruce Lee would have turned 79 today .

There are always some discussions about who knows better or more about him but I think that no matter what,  Bruce Lee is a name you cannot forget, so let be those who only know the actor and still adore him for that.

 

The most important is that he is not forgotten, remember that we are  46 years after his death!

He left a mark on different kind of people , those who know the most about his art or the man that he was in life and those who know most about his movies and his appearances on screen.

I am part of the JKD world and very happy for it, but I started as a Bruce Lee- the actor fan and most of my family and friends from France only know him for that.

 

Bruce Lee was more than one man, he was also an actor and he worked very hard to get there and be recognized for it.

I do not judge people not knowing about JKD, I am always happy when someone asks me what kind of martial art I do and when  I answer JKD, most don´t know what it is but as soon as I say “ the art of Bruce Lee” all people, and I mean ALL people , younger or older respond : ” OH wow !”. That does not only make me proud of what I do, that makes me happy that people still know and still are impressed by Bruce 🙂

 

I really hope there will be an event next year for the 80th birthday in San Francisco, we were there 9 years ago for the 70th,  I would love to go back  🙂 I miss SF and this time I hope at least one word comes out of my mouth if I get the chance to meet Linda again 🙂

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Posted by on 27 November, 2019 in Lee and Friends

 

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TED WONG

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I remember the first time I met Ted Wong was in 2004 during a seminar that Stefan Nikander arranged in Nynäshamn, Sweden.

2 days of the hardest training I had done so far in my life, after the first day I thought I would not be able to get out of the bed !

I remember being very impressed and blown away by the fact that I was meeting him and by the man that he was.

He was incredibly kind , strong and in control of himself, I was telling myself all the time, “I can´t believe I am here ! “

Not only was that day a turning point in my life,  it was one of the best days ever. I felt very honoured and blessed .

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I have written before about that day so I won´t do it again, but that is when I met Mikael for the first time. After that I became Mikael´s private student and  we created JKD SWEDEN

A lot of things happenned after that, more seminars, meeting Allen Joe, (<3 )  and later we started  traveling to San francisco.

We´ve met amazing people during seminars and our travels, Jeff and Julie Chinn took us everywhere in SF, Allen and Annie welcomed us in their home, I had the incredible honour of meeting Linda Lee Cadwell at Bruce Lee´s 70th birthday on SF in 2010

And so on…

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These are some of the incredible things that happenned to me following the day I met Ted Wong,  and on top of it JKD changed me as a person to a better one.

I wish I could have told Ted about the impact he had but I assume he knew,  because I am far from being the only one he did that to !

Ted left us in 2010,  when we arrived in SF for Bruce´s 70th Birthday party we could not find Ted and we talked to Allen who told us he was in the hospital .

Stefan joined him in 2011, then Allen in 2018 and Annie in 2019 .

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Heaven took them all but I am sure they are reunited with Bruce now

May they all rest in peace .

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Posted by on 5 November, 2019 in Instructors

 

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The Hong Kong Bruce Lee house is gone.

Bruce Lee called the mansion The Crane’s Nest.

 

I read about this in a FB post from FB friend John Little. I realized I knew very little about this story so I thought I would write about it here.

Bruce and his family lived in this house on 41 Cumberland Road from 72 to 73 while working on “The Way of the Dragon,” “The Game of Death” and “Enter the Dragon.”

Bruce died in Hong Kong on July 20, 1973.

Yu Pang-lin a Chinese businessman,  bought the house in 1974, after that the house was modified to be more private as it was  used as a “ bordel”,  I did not know that.

What the new owner did with the house has not much to do  with Bruce I would I say, but the thing is, this is Bruce Lee we are talking about,  he spent his last years in this house with his family , it should mean something.

I think that this house could have been used for something far more dignified and if not as a tribute or museum as it was planned in 2008 , it should have been something better that this degrading place for dirty men ( excuse my French ! )

Anyways, Yu had planned to sell it in 2008, but thanks to fans protesting , he did not do it at the time.

In 2018 his grandson announced he  was  planning on renovations to make the house a Chinese Study center but experts found the state of the house “extremely bad” and that it would be dangerous for students.

Because of the extensive damages the cost of the renovation would exceed  building a whole new one,  this is why the decision was taken.

Bottom line and my opinion, had it been preserved the right way from the beginning, this would not have happenned, too bad the house was sold to someone who obviously did not care at all.

 

This is before the demolition:

This is after:

 
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Posted by on 11 October, 2019 in Lee and Friends

 

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Happy Valentine´s Day

I just saw this picture of Bruce and Linda on Facebook and I thought I would share it .

Happy Valentine´s day to everyone.

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Posted by on 14 February, 2019 in Various Topics

 

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Happy Chinese New Year

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We are now in the year of the Pig, for those who wonder, you are a Pig if you are born the following years:

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

I am not a firm  believer of the horoscope “science”   but I like to read the chinese horoscope  because some of the things  I read are actually happening … so that makes me want to read it every year 🙂

The Pig is the twelfth animal in the Chinese zodiac after the Dog, and before the Rat.

Mikael is a Pig and I am a Rat 🙂

Let´s see what this new year brings us and Happy New year to everyone .

 

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Posted by on 6 February, 2019 in Various Topics

 

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Annie

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I was just informed about the passing of Annie Joe , I was not aware she was sick and I definetely did not expect this to happen this year.

I wrote not a long time ago how energetic and full of life she was, but  I understand that losing your life partner especially at that age is a factor.

I am deeply saddenned I had hoped to meet her again , this comes as a sad news and a sad beginning of the year .

Annie,

you brought joy in every people who ever met you and I will miss you very much

Rest in peace together with your love , we will always have you both in our hearts

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Posted by on 8 January, 2019 in Lee and Friends

 

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PICTURES

 

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Bruce Lee

 

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Allen Joe and Bruce Lee

 

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Mikael , Annie Joe, Allen Joe, Gina

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Bruce Lee and Ted Wong

 

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Ted Wong, Gina , Allen Joe, Mikael

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Bruce and Linda Lee

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Linda and Gina 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on 20 November, 2018 in Pictures

 

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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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JKD SWEDEN back from SAN FRAN

What a trip ! we had such a great time! It waas filled with so many things.

We met with our friends  Jeff and Julie Chinn , Allen and Annie Joe and even had the pleasure to meet their daughter Donna.

Bruce Lee 75th birthday, Thanksgiving, boat trips, road tours and dolphins !

More info and pictures to come

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on 9 December, 2015 in Various Topics

 

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14-02 Happy Valentine´s Day … It´s crushing time!

Today you are going to suffer !  Yeah, Some truth about that day …

Intensity was the theme of today´s training, participants Remy, Gina, Micke.

Michel is nowhere to be found, may be having a romantic Valentine´s  day instead? we others are training  ! 🙂

– Drills on focus mitts and heavy bag , punches with full  power and speed

– Start from lying down on the floor ( face down ) get  up  directly to on guard position and direct hook on mitt, about twenty of those…

– 4 punches on mitts and lift the mitts holder …. Remy is so nice,  I feel he jumps a bit to help me lift, or ? 🙂  then it is Remy´s turn to lift Micke, I feel this one is a bit more difficult ( let´s say this again : Micke is 103 kgs ! )

–  Punches:   Jab Cross Hook, Around 50 of each, full power on the heavy bag… our hands are hurting and start to bleed but none of us is complaining!

– Rounds of 30 seconds on the heavy bag. All techniques and full power and speed, alternate with Remy and going around 5 times each, no break …  High level of energy for both of us ..

– Kicks on pad and heavy bag at the same time ( Remy is on the bag), both sides 10 of each :  Hook kick, Whip kick, Side kick..  tirrrrrreeeeeddddd…………….

– 10 full power punches on pad and bag, alternate with pushups, up again and punches, down and pushups, up and punches,  down.. up .. down … and OH my God I am dead ..

Ok we are done for today,  let´s stretch :  start with the bridge , Ok …this is how this one went :

Gina: can´t do it at all, Micke helps lifting  but I cannot hold the position myself , that is very bad !

Remy: no problem … but a muscle pain had him down for a few minutes …

Result : hmmm !!!

– Static training, Hook Kick position:  the leg is too low, work on the leg muscles , how?  Kicks !

– DO THE SPLIT NOW !  Remy and I look at each other , hm…  how  will we be able to do this before the summer ?  And out with the spiders please ! Nice to be stuck  in this position (  half split ) and see a running spider under my legs!

Anyway .. good training today really intense and feels good afterwards, a lot of things to work on as usual but good energy!

Thank you guys and see you next time..

 
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Posted by on 14 February, 2010 in My own training

 

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