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In the Book Bruce Lee They Died too Young writer Jon Lewis tells the story of the greatest martial artist that ever lived Known as Lee Jun Fan only to his family Bruce Lee was an enthusiastic boy who took a special interest in the martial arts Unfortunatelyhis life was cut short at the age of only thirty-two Through this short yet unbelievably incredible life Bruce Lee still proves to be an excellent role model due to his disciplinedetermination and self-improvement One of Bruce Lees best characteristics was his discipline During Bruces teenage years he was a member of a street gang that simply went looking for fights However through martial arts Bruce developed discipline and was soon able to control himself Bruces discipline is easily seen in this quote about problems that occurred on the set of Enter the Dragon Another problem was that the martial arts extras- most of whom were members of the Chinese crime syndicate the Triads would sometimes challenge Bruce to a real fight For the most part Bruce would ignore it 30 Bruces discipline can also be seen in the amount that he practiced his martial arts He would practice everyday for hours and even as a young child he was always practicing Bruce Lees devotion to kung fu was total At home during dinner he pounded away on a stool with alternate hands to toughen them 8 Although Bruce Lee is a good role model due to his discipline it is not the only reason The second characteristic that made Bruce Lee a good role model was his determination During his life Bruce Lee was constantly plagued with problems One of these was chronic back pains In 1970 Bruce injured his back in a weight-lifting session The diagnosis was that he had permanently damaged his fourth sacral nerve Not only would he need months of bed rest the doctors informed him but he would never practice kung fu
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