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In 1941 Lee returned to Kowloon, Hong Kong with his family. At the young age, Lee was a child star; he was involved in the growing eastern film industry. His first film was called "The Birth of Man Kind" and in 1958 he was in "The Orphan". Lee was sometimes credited as "Little dragon Lee", "Su-Lung Lee", "Vam Lee", "Xialong Li", and "Lee Siu Long". Most of Lee's childhood was spent on the streets of Hong Kong, This is where he got into many fights and later decided to find a way to discipline himself for it.
In 1952 Lee entered La Salle College, a catholic boy school. The schools in Hong Kong are all called colleges so; I'll deliberate on which is a college and which is a school. In 1959 Lee went to St Francis Xavier College, (which is a high school).
I think one can make the assumption that Lee, like all other high school students got picked on from one time or another. As I said before Lee was constantly getting into fights and needed a way to channel his anger and discipline himself. Now some people count to ten and others jus take deep breaths, but Lee was different. He would vent his short temper and anger through a force no one could have imagined. It was through the ancient art form of unarmed fighting that would one day bring him international stardom. Lee found Wing-Chung or as many people know it as Kung Fu. He studied Wing-Chung under the instruction of Yip Man. He learned as far as the second hand form and part of the wooden dummy form. He also learned the third hand form with weapons under Wong Sheun-Leung, William Cheung. His studies were spent from 1954 to 1959 and he trained nearly every day. Lee made Wing-Chung famous in Hong Kong by winning numerous challenge matches against other martial artist.
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Bruce Lee was a man whose dedication and determination is still hard to match even today. He was the world's greatest martial artist of all time. He was also a brilliant actor, but more important than that he was a husband, a father, and a good person. Now a lot of people like to talk about how Bruce died, but I like to talk about the way he lived.