In 1962 author Greglon Lee’s father, martial arts expert James Yimm Lee, joined forces with the future superstar Bruce Lee (1940-1973) to form the Jun Fan Gung-fu Institute, now considered the birthplace of Jeet Kune Do. Their relationship was crucial in Lee’s progression from unknown student to celebrated master, shaping Lee’s ideology and outlook on the martial arts for years to come. Using extensive interviews with dozens of Bruce’s students and contemporaries as well as anecdotes based on rare documents and family history, the authors present an engaging picture of Bruce Lee as an extraordinarily talented young man who was also a warm and caring person. This insider’s look at Bruce Lee’s formative years also outlines the development of Lee’s legendary skills between 1962 and 1965, an era previously unchronicled.
About The Dragon and the Tiger
Although the time Bruce Lee spent in Oakland, California is often treated as a mere footnote on his path to stardom, these years had a substantial impact on the martial artist and man he would become. After many years of research, authors Sid Campbell and Greglon Yimm Lee (son of James Yimm Lee) continue their fascinating, up-close description of Bruce Lee’s early life.
The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 2 takes up where Volume 1 left off, detailing Bruce Lee’s departure from Seattle and his adventure-filled return to Oakland. We follow him as he comes to better know Gung-fu extraordinaire James Lee and his circle of martial arts friends. As Bruce discovers James’s numerous talents—as an author, publisher, martial arts equipment inventor, herbal pharmacologist, body builder, and phenomenal ‘brick breaker’—he begins to make regular trips from Seattle to Oakland to learn from this exceptional man. Bruce Lee also begins teaching his Jun Fan Gung-fu and elements of chun to his newfound friend.
Bruce Lee and James Yimm Lee were both highly opinionated free thinkers and when Bruce and his new bride Linda Emery Lee moved to Oakland and lived with James Lee’s family, they began to share ideas, insights, philosophies, friendship, camaraderie, and a deep respect for one another’s special traits and talents. Although James was twenty years Bruce’s senior, they forged a bond and became more like brothers than friends- young Greglon Lee even took to calling Bruce and Linda ‘Uncle’ and ‘Aunt.’ This rare friendship and further never-before-revealed details from the life of the young Bruce Lee unfold in The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 2, a story the authors refer to as the ‘Fusion of Two Fighters.’