The transcript below is from the video “TAKY KIMURA Tribute | RARE Footage with BRUCE LEE” by BruceLeeRealFight.

BruceLeeRealFight:

Welcome to BruceLeeRealFight channel. Hello everyone, welcome to BruceLeeRealFight channel. Today, we received a sad news, one of Bruce Lee’s top students and closest friends, Taky Kimura who is also a certified instructor of Jun Fan Gung Fu, passed away on January 7, 2021 at the age of 96.

BruceLeeRealFight:

Taky Kimura was born in 1924. He is 16 years old elder than Bruce Lee. In 1959, during Kimura’s mid-30s, he met Bruce Lee. Kimura owned an Asian supermarket at Eighth and Madison. He heard about a Chinese kid giving kung fu lessons in a parking lot near to his supermarket. So, he went to the parking lot and saw Bruce Lee knocking a few big white guys all over the place easily. Kimura then became Bruce’ student and assistant at the time. Together, they practiced kung fu, sparred, trained and then founded Bruce Lee’s first kung fu club, which was the Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute.

BruceLeeRealFight:

Kimura then became Bruce Lee’s first assistant instructor. He is a trusted and respected friend of Bruce Lee. He was someone Bruce could put in a charge while he was away. He was also one of only three individuals to be personally certified by Bruce Lee to teach his martial arts, which include Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do.

BruceLeeRealFight:

On August 17, 1964, Taky Kimura was the best man to Bruce Lee at Bruce’s wedding to Linda. After Bruce Lee’s death on July 20, 1973, Taky Kimura was also one of the six pallbearers at his funeral. Since then, Kimura went to Bruce Lee grave sites at Lake View Cemetery almost every year to look after not only his grave, but his legacy.

BruceLeeRealFight:

Rest in peace Mr. Kimura. You were blessed knowing and being one of Bruce Lee’s best friends. You will be remembered and missed.

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