Monday, February 16, 2009

Bromance, A Salute to Manly Men: Bruce Lee

One of the toughest men in the History of the World, Bruce Lee, lived a short but very impactful life. He probably single handedly kick started a love of martial arts in America. He stood 5'7 and weighed approximately 130 lbs. He was probably the fastest man alive in a fight and had the power of 7 men. It was said that he could snatch a dime off a person's open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind. He could knock a man over even when holding his arm extended 1 inch from their body with no other movement but thrusting his arm forward.

The fighting styles and philosophies of Bruce Lee are well documented. He believed too little time was given to training and too much time given to skill development. He was fanatical about conditioning and strived to create new ways to make himself better at it.

The mystique of Bruce Lee followed him even until his death when he unexplainably died after finishing the movie Enter the Dragon. Suffering from full-body seizures and cerebral edema, he was immediately rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors were able to reduce the swelling through the administration of mannitol and revive him. He was in top physical condition and was an avid nutritionist.

"Be formless... shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, and it can crash. Be water, my friend..."

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