What’s up Bruce Lee fans? I’ve got this pretty wild Bruce Lee story about a Cocky Karate Grandmaster who thought he could beat Bruce Lee that I want to share with all of you, but before I jump into the story, real quick, hey, my name is Prince. This is Golden Bell Training. And my real goal is to promote Chinese Kung Fu and to help people become better martial arts athletes, and one of the ways I do that is by sharing cool and interesting stories about Bruce Lee, but sometimes that means debunking popular myths and stories about the Patron Saint of Chinese Martial Arts. So this story comes to us from my good friend Beerdy from the Beerdy – Bruce Lee Central YouTube channel.
Beerdy claims to be the biggest Bruce Lee channel on the planet, and because of his status, well, he’s privy to all kinds of secret stories from his sources that no one else has ever heard, including legitimate Bruce Lee historians like John Little, Steve Kerridge, and Bey Logan.
Well in this particular story, Beerdy starts out telling us how Bruce Lee was a guest at all of these Karate tournaments in the ’60s, you know, the same thing he says in every video about how Bruce Lee beat up some cocky black belt at a tournament where no of the reporters from any magazines managed to capture the fight even though they probably wrote about the highlights and the tournament results in their respective magazines.
But anyway, at one of these tournaments, notice that Beerdy doesn’t actually say which tournament it was, there was a cocky 7th dan Karate Grandmaster named Julian Patrick. Now Beerdy says this guy, 7th Dan Karate Grandmaster Julian Patrick, is the guy in the picture with Bruce Lee, and I also wanted to point out that he pasted that picture on top of the picture from the tournament where Grandmaster Baxter was sitting on the stage after Bruce Lee destroyed him with the one-inch punch. That’s a hilarious story that you’ll have to check out after I finish going through this Beerdy Bruce Lee story that no one else has ever heard.
Okay, so Julian Patrick is allegedly Bruce Lee’s biggest hater. He hated Bruce’s demonstrations, he hated Kung Fu, he hated Wing Chun because he’s a hard-core Karate guy. And I’m just gonna say this, if you’re a hardcore Karate guy doing point sparring in the 60s, do you even know what Wing Chun is? It’s not like there were any Donnie Yen Ip Man movies playing back then.
Well anyway, all throughout the tournament, Julian Patrick is hating on Bruce Lee. Bruce doesn’t want to fight him, so he tries to ignore him all throughout the tournament. Well, at the end of the tournament weekend, Julian confronts Bruce Lee, and according to Beerdy, what you’re seeing in the picture is Bruce about to hit Julian. Well you see, what had happened was that Bruce Lee punched Julian in the throat so fast that no one saw it, even though apparently someone managed to capture part of the fight on film for this picture.
Julian had no chance of blocking or evading, a throat punch that Bruce Lee threw the minute Julian stepped to him. Julian went down to one knee and began grasping for air, and that was it. That was the fight. It was over in less than a second. Well, after Bruce Lee sucker punched Julian Patrick at a Karate tournament because that’s what happened according to Beerdy, well, Julian disappeared, and that’s the last that anyone ever heard from Grandmaster Julian Patrick.
Now I want to give a shoutout to Dave Thompson who appears to not be a pod person like the rest of Beerdy’s faithful audience. Dave actually tried to fact-check the video, and he couldn’t find anything about Grandmaster Julian Patrick. So I’m going to tell you guys a surprise. This guy actually was a Karate Grandmaster, but not at the time of this picture with Bruce Lee. He really was the head of a Karate organization, and he was at least a 3rd dan black belt by the time of this picture. So the guy in the picture is actually Ernest Horst Lieb, and this picture was from a demonstration at Jhoon Rhee’s 5th US National Karate Champions in 1968.
Ernest Lieb was no slouch. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1940 during World War II, and his family immigrated to the United States in 1952. He started training Judo and Karate when he was 14, or 15, and in 3 years, he earned his first dan in Karate. Not long after earning his first black belt, he became an American citizen, and Ernie joined the US Air Force in 1961. He was stationed in South Korea where he earned another black belt by 1963. In 1965, Ernie hit the US Karate Tournament circuit, and from 1965-1973, he won over 127 trophies in competition. Throughout his competition career, he remained undefeated in over 200 individual fights in the lightweight division in 45 national and international Karate tournaments.
Now for Beerdy’s claim that no one ever heard from Julian Patrick after he was sucker punched on stage by Bruce Lee, well, of course we know that’s not true. Ernest was actually a well-known figure in the USA during the 60s and 70s. One of his victories came against Bill Superfoot Wallace, who was my mother’s Karate teacher. Ernie earned his place in Taekwondo history by being the first American to win a title in competition in Korea.
But hey, here’s double cap on Beerdy’s claim that no one ever heard from this guy again because in 1973, Ernie was awarded Martial Artist/Man of the Year by Black Belt Magazine and inducted into their black belt Hall of Game. On top of that, in 2005, Ernest Lieb was awarded the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt by the American Karate System, an organization that he actually founded in 1964 with the goal of bringing together all the different Karate-based styles and systems around the commonalities and to ignore the minor things that kept them separate. And that sounds a lot like one of the things Bruce Lee talked about regarding a goal of Jeet Kune Do. Unfortunately, Ernie passed away on September 22, 2006 while teaching an American Karate System seminar in Germany.
So hey man, I’m actually glad that Beerdy came up with this fake story about a Cocky Karate Grandmaster who got sucker punched by Bruce Lee because if not, I never would have known about this guy, Ernest Lieb and the American Karate System. I mean, look y’all, I’m a student of Chinese Internal Martial Arts, and even though my mom’s teacher was Bill Superfoot Wallace, I really didn’t know anything about the Karate scene in the 60s and 70s. And I’m actually learning about some of these people as a result of Beerdy’s made up nonsense stories. So hey Beerdy, I know you listen, I know you watch my channel cause you’ve been copying some of my video ideas lately. But hey dawg, in spite of all of that, I appreciate you, man. You lie all the time in your videos, and then look man, I just go fact-checking to learn what really happened, and then I make these videos to tell other people what I find.
Take this guy Skipper Mullins who was another highly successful person on the tournament circuit back then, and he’s another Karate guy who we found out was taking lessons from Bruce Lee and went on to win a bunch of championships. I never would have learned about Skipper Mullins if it were not for a fake story that Beerdy told about a Bruce Lee fight that was secretly recorded.
So hey y’all, in the Brucesploitation-verse somewhere out there in the multiverse, where Beerdy’s stories really happened, look, this is another example of why you don’t mess with Bruce Lee, because you might get sucker punched in the throat and never heard from again.
So hey, be sure to check out some other stories about why you don’t want to mess with Bruce Lee, like this video about how Bruce Lee humiliated a Karate teacher in his own dojo in front of his students. Also, if you don’t want people to mess with you, look, don’t sucker punch them in the throat like Beerdy says to do. A better idea to follow is to keep training, remember to breathe, and come back and holla at me on the next video.
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