The transcript below is from the video “Enter The Dragon Stuntman Challenged Bruce Lee Two Finger Push Up 12 Times” by BruceLeeRealFight.
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This is one of the most memorable scenes in the 1973 Enter the Dragon. Take a look at this rare photo. I believe many of you must be thinking it’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. If you are thinking this, you are a true Bruce Lee fan. In this scene from the 1973 Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee is teaching his student about the importance of staying fully present in the moment. That’s when he said, don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. The stuntman who played the role as Bruce Lee student in this scene is Stephen Tung Wai.
Stephen was born in 1954. He was 20 years old when he met Bruce Lee. According to a recent interview of Stephen, he said he first met Bruce Lee at the lift lobby of Hong Kong hotel. Steven looked at Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was wearing a coat and Stephen doesn’t believe a skinny guy like Bruce Lee is powerful. At that time, Stephen was kind of popular stuntman in Hong Kong and he was confident with his push-up skills. He then challenged Bruce Lee to see who can do the most push-ups in one minute. Bruce was smiling and he said, if you lose to me, you will have to appear in my movie. Stephen then agreed.
The moment Bruce Lee take off his coat, Stephen was shocked to see Bruce Lee physique. That’s the moment he knew he is gonna lose. Bruce Lee then did 12 times two-finger push-ups in less than 30 seconds. Stephen and other stuntmen who came along witnessed it Stephen didn’t do any push-up after that because he knew how strong Bruce Lee was.
Now take a look at this interview of Stephen Tung Wai aka the student in Enter the Dragon:
Stephen Tung Wai:
“In the lift lobby of Hong Kong hotel, Bruce Lee impressed me the most. He did 12 times two finger push-ups all stuntmen were shocked. We were like (shocked). We saw his arms and the muscles of his back, then we realized he was very strong. He did two finger push-ups 12 times easily. The strength is not from either arm or fingers, the strength is from the whole body. I was kind of the best stuntman. It’s really stunning and amazing. I doubted Bruce Lee’s strength but I had to admire him.”
Stephen Tung Wai:
“And there’s another action I haven’t seen anyone doing it again, two legs on one line bends down. It’s about 17-18 inches, I’ve forgotten the exact distance, thumb on the ground, the legs should not bend down, head down and bite the thumb and get up. I haven’t seen anyone doing this again, except Bruce Lee. This is not a matter of strength or power. It’s an action done by every part of the body, including your thigh and gluteal muscles and the strength of your core muscles too. I didn’t see anyone who can do this action again since Bruce Lee.”
The fact that Bruce Lee could do the two finger push-ups 12 times in just 30 seconds and one time action explained by the stuntman in Enter the Dragon, can we venture to say that Bruce Lee could have cranked out at least 300 regular push-ups?
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