Hollozi's gym in Toronto in 1980, where I conducted a seminar; and, with that, John and Ifurther cemented our friendship. Subsequently, John made a number of trips to Los Angeles,where he'd usually stay with me in my apartment in West Hollywood. His primary purpose intraveling to southern California was to pursue the subjects of those he wrote books about,including Steve Reeves and Lou Ferrigno.It was finally, in 1992, that Joe Weider brought John to Los Angeles to write for Flex. This onlylasted three years, as John was more interested in writing freely about his passion, namely -philosophy, martial arts, the philosophy of Bruce Lee's, who, too, was a fervent student of philosophy, his personal library packed with philosophy books that extended from the floor tothe ceiling and spanned the length of the room. His quest for the truth saw him avidly studyingphilosophies ranging from that of Krishnamurti's to our most revered, Ayn Rand.Bruce Lee's life was most interesting as he rose from a starving, poor boy in Hong Kong to theworld's most celebrated movie star in Hollywood, having a greater impact on more people thanthat of Elvis Presley's, James Dean's and Marilyn Monroe's combined!I trust that you, dear reader, will gain much knowledge from John Little's article, along with theadded inspiration that will act to have you approach your own training with greater inspirationand motivation than ever before. Above all else, I ardently desire that you will read John Little'ssuperlative article mostly for the sheer pleasure of it.Mike Mentzer
"If you're talking about combat -- as it is -- well then, baby you'd better train every part of your body!"
-- Bruce Lee (from the video, Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview)There's an anecdote that has endured some 28 years concerning the texture of the muscles thatadorned the physique of the late martial arts pioneer/philosopher, Bruce Lee.It concerns a lady named Ann Clouse, the wife of Robert Clouse, the man who directed Lee's lastfilm
Enter the Dragon
for Warner Bros. It seems that Clouse's wife had ventured onto the set of the film and was mesmerized by Lee's incredible physique as he went through his paceschoreographing the fight scenes for the film, stripped to the waist under the hot and humid HongKong sun. In between takes, Ann approached the young superstar and asked if she could "feel hisbiceps." "Sure," Lee responded -- it was a request he'd received on numerous occasions -- tensinghis arm and inviting her to check it out for herself. "MyGod!" she exclaimed, drawing her hand back instantly, "It'slike feeling warm marble!"It's fascinating that almost three decades later, people are stilltalking about the body of Bruce Lee -- although it is by nomeans surprising. The Lee physique, once described by noless an authority on such matters than bodybuilding magnate