Mr. Bruce Lee Even with all of the skeptics, the majority of people regard Bruce Lee as the greatest martial artist of all time. Dana White refers to him as a "world-wide fighting icon" not just for his martial arts but also for his philosophy, movies, teaching skills, and other accomplishments. He introduced a new level of complexity and sophistication to kung fu that had not been seen before or since.
In addition to winning over many fans across the world, he has been praised for his contribution to promoting kung fu and bringing it to another level. During his career, he developed a unique style called Jeet Kune Do which was popular among students all over the world. In fact, this style is now taught by many teachers around the world.
Even though he died at the young age of 30, his legacy will live on forever due to the fact that he perfected his craft until his last day on earth. His achievements can't be denied; therefore, he deserves to be ranked as one of the top 10 most accomplished martial artists of all time.
Furthermore, several modern-day masters have cited him as an influence on their own development so there's no doubt he has left his mark on the world of martial arts for good.
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There is no question that the globe is still experiencing kung fu crazes inspired by Bruce Lee, one of the greatest movie performers and cultural icons of all time, even after his 77th birthday was celebrated on Monday.
Lee's appearance in more than 50 films between 1955 and 1973 made him a global celebrity. His role as Kato in "Enter the Dragon" (1973), which inspired many subsequent movies and comics, made him an icon for both the Chinese and the Asian diasporas.
In addition to being known for his martial arts skills, Lee also starred in dramas about political corruption, drug addiction, and mental illness. He died at the age of 32 due to complications from cerebral arteriosclerosis.
Despite his early death, Lee has never been forgotten, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in his life and career. In 2007, several events were held to celebrate his 100th birthday, including a new film about his life titled "The Birth of Bruce Lee".
Besides Lee, there are only five other people who have been awarded the highest honor by the International Kung Fu Academy: Chen Long, Ang Leong, Ip Man, Li Qingzheng, and Wang Kang. They are considered by many to be the true masters of the art.
Yuen Biao, while being one of the greatest physical performers of all time, is possibly the most underappreciated star in kung fu/martial arts cinema history. He doubled for Bruce Lee before and during the Bruceploitation era and created a reputation for himself with his unequaled acrobatic ability. In fact, Yuen Biao was so popular among American audiences because of his role in The Protector that he has been referred to as the Chinese Jackie Chan.
Biao first gained recognition in Asia where he starred in many hit kung fu films throughout the 1970s and '80s. In China, he is regarded as one of the top five martial artists in history along with Wong Fei Hung, Ip Man, Chang Cheh, and Li Hua-tao. Outside of China, he is less known but still appreciated by fans of kung fu movies.
During his career, Biao appeared in more than 20 films with other stars including Chen Kuan-tai (who played Wong Fei Hung), Simon Yam (who played Ip Man), and Peter Ng (who played Bruce Lee). Even though they were all famous actors at the time, Biao always got the short end of the stick when it came to billing. In fact, he only received credit once during the entire duration of his career because Simon Yam took all of the spotlight whenever they appeared on screen together.