Transformation of the world's most famous martial artist In the spring of 1959, eighteen year-old Bruce Lee returned to SanFrancisco, the city of his birth, and quickly inserted himself into theWest Coast's fledgling martial arts culture. Even as Asian fighting styleswere widely unknown to mainstream America, Bruce encountereda robust fight culture on San Francisco Bay, populated with talentedand trailblazing practitioners, such as Lau Bun, Chinatown's agingkung fu patriarch; Wally Jay, the innovative Hawaiian jujitsu master;and James Lee, the no-nonsense Oakland street fighter. Regardedby some as a brash loudmouth and by others as a dynamic visionary,Bruce would spend his first few years back in America advocating fora more modern approach to the martial arts, and showing little regardfor the damaged egos left in his wake. On the Chinese calendar, 1964 was the Year of the Green Dragon. It would be a challenging and eventful year for Lee. He would broadcast his dissenting worldview before the first great international martial arts gathering, and soon defend it by facing down Chinatown's young ace kung fu practitioner in a legendary behind-closed-doors high noon show down. The Year of the Green Dragon was the dawn of martialarts in America and a prelude to an icon. Drawing on more than one hundred original interviews and an eclectic array of sources, Striking Distance is an engrossing narrative that chronicles the pioneering martial arts scene that thrived on San Francisco Bay in the early 1960s and offers an in-depth look at a widely unknown chapter of Bruce Lee's iconic life.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Published: United States, 1 July 2016
Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Other Information: 25 photographs
Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.7 x 2.4 centimeters (0.45 kg)
Writer: Charles J. Russo