Bruce Lee and the Master that he couldn’t defeat

Bruce Lee and the Master

Bruce Lee and the Master who taught him Wing Chun and real fighting strategies is not a well known story. Of course everybody knows Bruce. But have you ever heard something about the teacher that started it all?
His name is Wong Shun Leung, a direct Yip Man student and Bruce’s teacher. Without a doubt Bruce was really determined about his training and career, but Wong may not be as much secondary to his success as we might have thought.

Bruce Lee and the Master that he couldn't defeat

Wong Shun Leung remembers Bruce

As Wong says in the interview, it seems that Bruce was a real “trouble maker” as a kid.
At the beginning he was very sceptical about this Wing Chun style. But his interest increased since he saw a little man defeat a much more bigger one. Fortunately he had found the best teacher out there – Yip Man himself.
At that time Wong already did really great at Wing Chun, and started to teach the basics to Bruce himself. Bruce come to Yip’s school at the age of 16 or maybe 17.
We have to say that Yip accepted new students only by reference from an already internal students. Fortunately a student of Yip knew Bruce and invited him. As Wong says in the interview: they were both rascals and so they played together.

Bruce Lee and the Master that he couldn't defeat

Bruce returns to Hong Kong after beeing in the USA

When Bruce returned from America, he went to Hong Kong and discussed his Jeet Kune Do with Wong. They discussed about it’s core concepts and principles for 12 hours. Whenever they didn’t agree on something, a practical demonstrations or academic fights occurred in order to test themselves. Subsequently, they sat back down and discussed about it even more.

Bruce Lee and the Master that he couldn't defeat

Wong’s Superiority

After everything they passed together, the two remained good friends till the end. When Bruce was in America, they exchanged many letters and, when he came back to Hong Kong, Bruce always wanted to talk for hours with Wong about fight strategy and so on.
Jesse Glover, one of Bruce Lee’s best students and also the first, wrote in his article: “When Bruce returned in Hong Kong for the second time, Wong Shun Leung was the only man capable of defeating him”.
This sentence can give you an idea about Wong’s abilities and skills. It is clear that the Little Dragon referred about Wong and his skills very well.
The last time that Wong and Bruce met, they did some sparring together. After a while, even with the age gap between the two, Bruce stopped and admitted that he wasn’t able to do anything to him.

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4 thoughts on “Bruce Lee and the Master that he couldn’t defeat

  • July 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Bruce lee can’t be defeated by wing chun master. Since wing chun is one of incomplete style Bruce lee stated and that’s why he created jeet kune do the

    • July 25, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Ambrose,
      this is actually what Bruce Lee declared publicly. As always, it’s not about styles but about athletes. As you probably already know since you have red this article, Wong Shun Leung was his master, sparring partner and friend in Wing Chun.

    • July 26, 2019 at 1:45 am

      Wing Chin is not incomplete Bruce Lee disnt complete his training. He completed second form and that’s it. He didnt complete Biu Jee and he used other arts to fill in the holes.

      Instead of simply posting an opinion go to a real Wong Sheu Long school and see the difference.

  • August 13, 2019 at 6:23 am

    As Wong Shun Leung was Ip Man’s disciple and top student and was in charge of training Bruce it stands to reason as to why Bruce couldn’t defeat Leung, a student can never defeat his master remember a master doesn’t teach you everything! For the record Bruce was 13 when started training with Ip Man until he was 18 when he left for America,Bruce had a few teachers he trained with that were never mentioned.


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