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The Lethal Physique of Bruce Lee by John Little Introduction by Mike Mentzer

The Lethal Physique of Bruce Lee by John Little Introduction by Mike Mentzer

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"WARM MARBLE" The Lethal Physique of Bruce Lee
By John LittleIntroduction by Mike Mentzer
It is absolutely amazing how much of an impact that Bruce Lee's strength and physicaldevelopment have had on athletes, bodybuilders and average men all over the face of the globe.As a young boy in high school, I can clearly recall all of the talk among my friends about thegreat Bruce Lee; they all were intimately familiar with Bruce's films; and they would discuss not just his epochal martial arts skills, but, also, his incredible strength and lean, shredded physique.As Mr. Little reports in his article, even such a personage as JoeWeider remarked on the astounding muscular refinement anddefinition of Lee's physique, especially the master's abs. As Mr. Littlealso explains, Bruce Lee's physique had a remarkable influence onsome of today's top physique champs. Bodybuilding luminaries,including Lou Ferrigno, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates, Rachel Mclish,Lenda Murray, Flex Wheeler and Shawn Ray have all spoken onrecord concerning the enormous impact the physique of Bruce Leehad on them. Why? Why would the physique of the mighty mite,never massively developed along the lines of the bodybuilding greatsI just enumerated, but described by some "as the most definedphysique in the world." I leave that unanswered, as author, JohnLittle, will provide an incisive, eloquent answer...Subsections in the article will titillate the legion of existing Lee fanatics, and whet the appetite of those for whom this article will serve as their initial introduction to the subject. For instance,Functional Strength, Unbelievable Strength, A Battle in San Fransisco, The BodybuildingConnection and The Routine, will rivet the reader's focus such that he will finish this article inone reading, and prompt him to want to re-read it and re-re-read it.I've been extremely impressed over the years as to how many bodybuilders are also highlytrained martial artists. In fact, over the years I having personally supervised the training of manymartial artists, with many of my phone clients already being rabid Lee fans, and martial artistsseeking the most efficient manner of training for strength and speed; which was the goal of Lee'straining. Also, I receive more e-mails, letters and phone calls from martial artists than any othertype of athlete. This I believe follows from Lee's well known concern with weight training todevelop efficiency and strength.I am extremely proud to say that one of my best friends, for the past 22 years, wrote this article,which is excerpted from one of the 11 books he's written on Bruce Lee. I first met John Little atEaton's department store in Toronto where Arnold, Franco and I had made an appearance forWeider and the IFBB, in 1979. We hit it off immediately, as John was philosophically oriented,along with having a passionate interest in bodybuilding. After that initial meeting, we met at Lou
 
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
 
Joe Weider as "the most defined body I've ever seen!" has attracted (much like the man's martialart and philosophy) a following that not only rivals but exceeds those of Elvis Presley, JamesDean and Marilyn Monroe -- combined! Certainly his following exceeds that of any bodybuilderof a similar vintage. And even more fascinating is the fact that almost everyone gets somethingdifferent out of Bruce Lee -- martial artists revere his physical dexterity, power, speed and thegenius he displayed in bringing science to bear on the world of martial arts; moviegoers areimpressed with the man's screen presence and animal magnetism, along with the fact that hesingle-handedly created a new genre of action film thus opening the door to the Stallones,Schwarzeneggers and Jackie Chans who were to follow in his footsteps; philosophers areimpressed with Lee's ability to bridge the philosophical chasm separating East and the West andto synthesize the best aspects of both cultures. But there exists another pocket of humanity thatsees in Lee something else -- although not entirely unrelated -- the bodybuilders. Bodybuilders,young and old, know from one quick glance at Lee's physique exactly how much labor went intoits creation -- and they are, one and all, very impressed.Ironically, bodybuilding luminaries of no less stature than Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, RachelMcClish, Lou Ferrigno, Lee Haney, Lenda Murray and former Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates -- thatis to say, the best in the business - have all spoken on the record regarding the impact thephysique of Bruce Lee had on their bodybuilding careers. "How could this be?" I can hear youask, perhaps somewhat incredulously. After all, Lee was only 5'7" tall and checked in at a weightthat fluctuated between 126 to 145 pounds! What could a behemoth like Dorian Yates, forexample, see in Bruce Lee's physique that would give him grounds for any form of inspiration?The answer, in a word, would be quality.There has seldom been seen - this side of a jungle cat -- the incredible sinewy and ripped-to-the-bone quality of muscle displayed by Bruce Lee. He was ripped in places that bodybuilders are just now (28 years later) learning they can train. Every muscle group on his body stood out inbold relief from its neighbor -- not simply for show (unlike many bodybuilders) but for function.Lee was, to quote his first student in the United States, Seattle's Jesse Glover, "above all else,concerned with function." Lee's body was not only a thing of immense grace and beauty to watchin action, but it was supremely functional. Leaping eight feet in the air to kick out a light bulb (asevidenced in Lee's office-wrecking scene in the MGM movie Marlow), landing a punch fromfive feet away in five-hundredths of a second and catching grains of rice -- that he'd thrown intothe air -- with chopsticks were things Lee had trained his body (and reflexes) to accomplish. Infact, during his famous "Lost Interview" Lee referred to his approach to training as "the art of expressing the human body." Indeed, perhaps never before has there been such an incredibleconfluence of physical attributes brought together in the form of one human being -- lighteningfast reflexes, supreme flexibility, awesome power, feline grace and muscularity combined in onetotal -- and very lethal -- package.Furthermore, the Lee physique was balanced and symmetrical and, while not everyone can besaid to admire the massive musculature of our Olympians, everyone -- or so it would seem(including the world's greatest bodybuilders) admire the "total package" that was Bruce Lee.

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