The transcript below is from the video “Real Bruce Lee vs. Danny Chan as Bruce Lee in Ip Man 4” by Tío Pops.

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It’s one of the most iconic moments in Bruce Lee’s career and fight fans will be able to relive it in the latest instalment of the hugely successful Ip Man franchise.

Lee’s one-inch punch – where from a single inch away, the martial arts legend was able to muster an explosive blow that could knock opponents clean off the ground – comes to life again on the big screen. Lee demonstrated his prowess in Long Beach, California in August 1964 a few years before he became a TV star, playing Kato in the hit series, The Green Hornet.

Lee dropped out of college in early 1964 and moved to Oakland to live with James Yimm Lee. James Lee was twenty years senior to Bruce Lee and a well-known Chinese martial artist in the area. Together, they founded the second Jun Fan martial arts studio in Oakland. James Lee was also responsible for introducing Bruce Lee to Ed Parker, an American martial artist.

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The one-inch punch is wing chun’s basic punch and one of the kung fu legend’s most famous strikes. The then 23-year-old Lee mastered it before he showed it to the world when he struck a volunteer, Bob Baker of Stockton, California, sending him careering towards a chair. The Jeet Kune Do founder also demonstrated his power “punch” in the exact way against world karate champion Joe Lewis, who would train with Lee.

The star of the Big Boss and Enter The Dragon also showed his famous two-finger push-ups to the martial arts community for the first time at the Long Beach international karate championships.

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And Bruce Lee fans would be pleasantly surprised to know that Lee’s iconic kung fu moment would be recreated in Ip Man 4. Bruce Lee is played by Bruce Lee made another appearance at the 1968 tournament. The 1968 video footage has been preserved at a higher quality than the earlier 1964 footage. He demonstrates his fast speed, launching quick eye strikes before his opponent can block. Lee then performs chi sau while blindfolded, probing for weaknesses in his opponent while scoring with punches and takedowns. He then performs the one-inch punch on several volunteers. Most notably, Lee then participates in a full-contact sparring bout against an opponent, with both wearing leather head gear.




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Lee can be seen implementing his Jeet Kune Do concept of economical motion, using Muhammad Ali inspired footwork to keep out of range while counter-attacking with backfists and straight punches. He also halts his opponent’s attacks with stop-hit side kicks and quickly executes several sweeps and head kicks. The opponent is never able to connect with a clean hit, but once manages to come close with a spin kick. The fight footage was reviewed by Black Belt magazine in 1995, concluding that “the action is as fast and furious as anything in Lee’s films.” and the martial arts superstar gets a lot more film time than in previous Ip Man movies.

Tío Pops:

In 1964, Bruce Lee appeared at the inaugural tournament and demonstrated his one-inch punch and two-finger push-ups. His volunteer was Robert “Bob” Baker of Stockton, California, who was Lee’s student and became the lead villain in Fist of Fury. “I told Bruce not to do this type of demonstration again”, he recalled. “When he punched me that last time, I had to stay home from work because the pain in my chest was unbearable.” The only existing, high quality footage of Bruce Lee’s 1964 Wing Chun demonstration was filmed with a 16mm camera. The sole proprietor of this 8.5-minute-long video is a California-based company, Rising Sun Productions. The owner of this company and reported discoverer of this video is Don Warrener. Poorer quality generations of this footage can be viewed on the Internet.

Tío Pops:

Bruce Lee made another appearance at the 1968 tournament. The 1968 video footage has been preserved at a higher quality than the earlier 1964 footage. He demonstrates his fast speed, launching quick eye strikes before his opponent can block. Lee then performs chi sau while blindfolded, probing for weaknesses in his opponent while scoring with punches and takedowns. He then performs the one-inch punch on several volunteers. Most notably, Lee then participates in a full-contact sparring bout against an opponent, with both wearing leather head gear.

Tío Pops:

Lee can be seen implementing his Jeet Kune Do concept of economical motion, using Muhammad Ali inspired footwork to keep out of range while counter-attacking with backfists and straight punches. He also halts his opponent’s attacks with stop-hit side kicks and quickly executes several sweeps and head kicks. The opponent is never able to connect with a clean hit, but once manages to come close with a spin kick. The fight footage was reviewed by Black Belt magazine in 1995, concluding that “the action is as fast and furious as anything in Lee’s films.”




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