It’s amazing and awesome that Bruce Lee is still talked about today. He really was someone who shaped my martial art mind. His influence will continue to be felt for generations to come.
So the question is: “Did Bruce Lee finish his Wing Chun Training?”
From the history records it would seem that he didn’t finish his training. There are students within the Ip Man family who have confirmed this. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t good at Wing Chun. The main reason is because once you understand how to feel energy you can begin to recognize what feels correct vs what feels wrong.
Because Bruce Lee didn’t have access to Ip Man in the United States he sought out martial artist with whom he could train with. Bruce Lee was a big proponent of using what works and discarding what doesn’t. Does that sound familiar to you? MMA martial artist do a similar thing. In fact in today’s martial art environment most practitioners have adopted this philosophy.
Bruce Lee didn’t believe in style. He never wanted his Jeet Kune Do system to become a style. Like us here at Enter Shaolin he wanted what he did to be viewed as principles based on science. As far as style, I believe he was heavily influenced by: Wing Chun, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Fencing, Western Boxing & I also believed he picked up some of his body connection from dancing.
Fun Fact: Bruce was the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Champion
Here at Enter Shaolin we believe all martial arts are good. The most important thing you should keep in mind when you are training in a martial art is are you learning and enjoying yourself. At the end of the day the right martial art(s) is the one that you love to do…