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  1. Utkarsh Bhatt at |

    Ha, and then people say that the superhumans are not real. A Great list with original content.

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    1. bilal at |

      every human has ability to be a superhuman. and that depend how determinant he is for his goal ( (a synchronized mind with body).

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  2. Louis Alexandre Simard at |

    Knowledge is power. Backed up by books……… aaaand unknown sources. As for the one inch punch. Its quite easy to make a man fall with a one inch punch when said man is stand with his feet parallel and thus has no balance as is shown in the image. Nonetheless cool list.

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    1. KB at |

      Glad to see we have a Physics guru here.

      Said puch was exactly that. A very quick, very powerful punch. What others may do when attempting to do this is “push” instead of punch. Look at the footage and compare to people who have tried it. You can clearly see the difference.

      And another side-note, these people were not just some random Joe’s from the street. They were trained Martial Artists he was doing this to.

      KB

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      1. Chore Boy at |

        Glad to see we have somebody who knew him and saw these act firsthand to tell us what really happens.
        How can you be so sure? With such old footage and the fact his body sways into the man, it looks more like a push than a punch. The only thing that’s clear is that you can make out much with the angle and distance of the crappy camera used. And yes, they were martial artists that were helping him demonstrate his feats. They make no attempt to defend themselves and, with the chair placed behind them, they have no chance to stay balanced, so they may as well be “some random Joe.” He’s good, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that you seem offended that anyone speaks from experience and against something about Lee. Your arguments have no basis whereas Louis’ does. But I’m sure you’re right, so just disregard what little data can be gathered from that video because you’ve seen all his movies or whatever lol

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      2. Louis Alexandre Simard at |

        I’m no physics guru but if i was i would’ve needed some numbers like the force of the punch, the weight of the opponent, the resistance he was offering and of course lets not forget the air friction coeficient. From those numbers I would’ve developed an equation to calculate if the punch was superhuman punch a a regular martial art expert punch on a precariously balanced guy. I just looked at the clip and saw that the opponent wasn’t in a balanced position. I’m not denying Bruce Lee is an amazing martial artist I’m just saying that his other great talent was showmanship. You don’t need to get your panties in a bunch buddy.

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    2. mrpinkeye at |

      i agree. of all the things on this list it doesnt seem as cool. wish the clip was better quality but it does just look like a push. i expected the guy to guy flying but falling into the chair was meh. im not saying it wasnt a crazy move but that clip doesnt do it justice. still the guy is a legend and everything else on the list is amazing.

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      1. paco martinez at |

        I don’t know how YOU feel…..but I’m still angry at those Chinese for bombing Pearl Harbor.

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        1. Eric at |

          It’s the Japanese, get your facts straight.

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      2. GJ at |

        i never got to see bruce lee do a one inch punch in person but i did get to see it done by one of his students… and on a friend of mine too… said friend is around 5’4 130 pounds and he went flying… literally both feet off the ground, for about a meter… so if a student of bruce lee’s could do that…

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  3. stuthedude at |

    I saw a clip of him paying table tennis/ping ping with nunchucks that definitely should have been included on this list!

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    1. marc at |

      That Nokia ad used fake footage. The ball was CGI’ed in. But it was totally believable.

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    2. TopTenz Master at |

      That video is amazing to watch and patently false. See what snopes had to say:http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/pingpong.asp

      Here is the video just for fun:

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      1. stuthedude at |

        Thanks for the additional info!

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  4. schuyler at |

    Great list with fun humor. Bruce is forever a legend.

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  5. CJB at |

    Nice list! Now do one on Chuck Norris! :)

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    1. Matt at |

      Lol I heard that chuck Norris and Bruce lee once fought and Bruce won

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      1. stuthedude at |

        It was in the movie “Way of the Dragon” I think (i.e. so it’s a movie fight father than a real one) but Norris definitely comes off second best!

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        1. Landini at |

          Still, that’s has to be the most impressive feat ever accomplished by any human ever.

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          1. Amanda at |

            When Norris was 18, he was pretty average in every way, fair grades,kinda fat, nothing special. When Bruce Lee was 18, he had to leave China because he beat up the son of a Triad. I’ll let you decide who wins that one.

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            1. Maxamullion at |

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcl81ldNODc
              Learn the difference between reality and movie fantasy kiddies :)

  6. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

    How do you think Lee would do in the UFC?

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    1. Tom Williams at |

      Terrible, there is no evidence to most of the physical feats named in this article. While Lee was an impressive human there’s no real evidence that he can actually fight… Bring the hate, just show me some evidence…

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      1. Joe Bagadomutz at |

        wow… that has to be the most idiotic statements I’ve seen. There’s plenty of evidence he did many of these feats, he fought and destroyed opponents and was challenged daily doing his Shaw brothers movies, and the story of him beating up the extra, dusting him off and putting him back in his place on the set is absolutely true because the other producers and actors saw it and recanted the story on various documentaries. No one wanted to fight him because there was nothing waiting but embarrassment. They revered him at Shaolin.

        If anything, Bruce is the father of MMA because his philosophy, documented in his book written in his Tao of Jeet Kune Do – he took from boxing, karate, jujiutsu, wing chun and many others to create something practical and adaptable.

        Making a statement like that shows you have no idea wtf you’re talking about

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        1. Anonymous at |

          Again. He was an amazing martial artist and a great ambassador for the sport. But like I previously said he was also a great showman. He knew that marketing was as important as his physical skills. Just lime Ali he created a legend of himself and then fed the stories or just let them get legendary on their own.

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    2. Jason at |

      I would say he would do well, but although he was immensely strong, fast and skilled, the triumvirate of martial arts, he was a smaller man. Mass also factors into the equation, in terms of ability to deliver energy to a target.

      An equally skilled man, of larger frame, who had trained himself to the same levels would put up a good fight. It depends on whether any such man exists in the UFC as to whether Bruce Lee would be a contender. Martial arts have progressed since the seventies (mainly due to his inspiration).

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      1. cardfather at |

        His finger jab would probably gouge out his opponents eyes before his opponents could see his first kick….LOL….but Kungfu Panda would destroy him with the “Wushu Finger Hold”. LOL

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  7. Shah harsh at |

    A great website ever

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  8. Mutant at |

    Evidence? He was an undefeated Chinese boxer? There is record of him fighting against other martial art teachers and beating them with ease. He trained wrestling, submissions, and boxing.. 40 years before anyone else could figure out those are the most important techniques in fighting. He was the first Mixed Martial Artist.

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    1. foreverOK at |

      1. Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Ray Leonard, legendary boxers (and others in the highest class) call Bruce Lee their hero. Pacquiao said that explicitly, in English. Leonard (see interview videos) said, “When you look up ‘icon’ in the dictionary, that’s Bruce Lee …. he was so fast, so powerful.” He developed his jab from watching Lee (non-telegraphic). A list fighters can see Lee’s ability, while B list fighters say, Ah he wouldn’t do much in MMA. See James DeMile, who says “Even today, Bruce is still the best in the world. In real fighting, not sports.” (paraphrase). Dan Inosanto, a true gentleman from all accounts, says he witnessed Lee spar with all the top champions of his era and no one was near his level. He said solid witnesses told him of a sparring session with Joe Lewis (heavyweight karate champ) and Lee: “It was strictly no contest, Bruce dominating. It was like Ali and a Golden Gloves champ.” Among the real challenge matches, with ample witnesses: when filming the Big Boss in Thailand, he easily defeated a champ; they then had lunch, no hard feelings. There are conflicting reports that that champ also then arrange a match with the reigning champ and Bruce also defeated him. This was a story from the first champ, so it has some weight. One pretty solid story is a challenge match from a guy in the newspapers. Lee ignored him, but finally he agreed. It was set up by a senior Hong Kong detective, a friend of Lee, with about 20 witnesses, including an executive at Golden Harvest (this was one of the guys who confirmed the story). The challenger was a grappler, western boxer and kung fu guy. The match was in a private estate in HK. The challenger started with punches which Lee covered. And then Lee kicked him one time and broke his ribs. The guy disappeared from radar and was rumored to be in Japan. It was said that Lee, very nicely, paid for the guy’s medical bills in Japan. As for the 300 pound bag; that’s a confirmed story, too. His friends made it as a joke, since Joe Lewis was using a 150 pound bag. Then Lee kicked it and it smashed into the garage wall, and they had to fix the wall. Yes, he could send a regular heavy vertical with a kick. A ‘new’ story I read from a martial art magazine art director: in their first meeting he friendly sparred with Lee. He asked, “What are you doing so far away?” (fifteen feet away). And then Lee slaps him twice on his forehead and is then 15 feet away; he did this several times. As for the one arm pull ups … I think he could do 80. Remember, this is probably one arm, with the other gripping the wrist. I don’t know if anyone can do many true one armed pulls. But surely Lee could do 50 – 80. The world record for two arms is over 300, so one arms 50/80 is believable. Oh, when he was filming, he would joke with the cooks on set, put his hand on the butcher block and dare them to chop down with cleavers. So that shows you his confidence level. And, he also ignored the triads. So anyone who says Lee was not a fighter doesn’t know the history. And don’t forget the famous Vic Damone story.

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  9. Offhand at |

    i cringe everytime i read the comments and there is like a K.I.A. guy? you know what it is right? it means a Know It All guy.

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  10. Seen at |

    Pat Morita didn’t catch the fly with chopsticks, Ralph Macchio did

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    1. Me not you at |

      He did in the first sequel, opening scenes.

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  11. Jerome at |

    “Lee’s custom heavy bag literally taunted others”? Really, Smallwood? It could talk?

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  12. Modog at |

    I guess I’m a little bit late to the comments, anyways, lol. Bruce Lee is a great role model. I mean, there has been a whole 40 years of medical advancements in supplementation and nutrition so I believe that making a comparison between Bruce Lee and modern day MMA fighters does seem a bit ‘unfair’. But nevertheless, I read “Tao of Jeet Kune Do” and u can see that he definitely knew his stuff and even if he isn’t as amazing as this article states, he still provides that psychological factor contributing to what many people (including myself) believe was the closest to a superhero-like role model since Martial Arts forms had been created… BTW Great article, keep up the good work : )

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  13. Gopi at |

    He is awesome

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  14. JTC at |

    It’s well documented that Lee’s movie scenes had individual frames selectively removed to make him seem faster.

    That’s not to say he wasn’t good, or amazing, or very very fast. But the super speed seen in his films was an illusion.

    If a punch actually took 1 second, and the film ran at 24 feet per second (industry standard), they just cut out 18 frames to make him seem 3 x faster. Or some similar type math.

    Movie magic. He was still great.

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    1. Shell Harris at |

      I believe this, but I couldn’t find any sources to back it up. Can you provide any? I think that would be an interesting link to add in the comments. thanks.

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    2. Mike at |

      1 second?! Regardless of punch or even a jab, 1 second is long! I do martial arts and I could do a jab 1/3 or less of a second, in film 24/3=8 frames. And knowing that Bruce was faster, down to 4/5 frames is not all that impractical.

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    3. louis at |

      If you remove 18 frames if 24 you’re left with 6 fps. At 6 fps the footage would appear totally unrealistic. It would look more like a picture slide presentation.

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  15. faultro at |

    I get so tired of reading these sycophantic tributes to dead movie stars. I remember reading an article a long time ago about Bruce Lee fighting the Heavyweight boxing champ at the time (Mohamed Ali).

    And when the press asked him about it, Lee was quoted as saying: “Look at the size of my hands and look at the size of Ali’s. ” Need I say anything more?

    The point is that this kind of fawning is really appropriate to tweens. Men understand the basic laws of Physics. That is why we have never seen a 110lbs Heavyweight Boxer. Nor have we ever seen a 125 lbs Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. Thou in truth, some extremely talented individuals have gone up the ranks in terms of weight competition–but not that far.

    This article was so fawning and inaccurate that I am actually be embarrassed for the writer. He certainly knows nothing about the Martial Arts nor much of reality either.

    Bruce Lee was a wonderful actor, and a good person. He loved his family and he was loved by millions of his fans. He was also a great martial artist and completely dedicated to his sport. That should be enough for any man. We should not attempt to deify him as something super human. He was just a man–but a damn good one.

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  16. spammye at |

    well traning is anything

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  17. Amar Kshirsagar at |

    Shutup your mouth to all who do not know a thing about martial arts yet comment on Bruce Lee’s abilities. First join a karate class and know what it is like becoming a martial artist.
    All your joints will start paining with just the basic exercises taught in Karate Classes.
    All Bruce Lee’s fighting scenes are flawless which itself is a proof that he is the best.

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  18. Kevin Chetty at |

    I grew up with Bruce Lee being my motivation and he was great just like other great people like Pele, Mohammed Ali, Anton Senna and so forth, so we must give credit where it is due.

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  19. DAVID 'O QUEEF at |

    To be able to do what Bruce Lee did with nunchuks is–almost–unbelievable. You can say that someone ‘messed’ with the footage, but it looked real to me.
    Now, take what he could do with a pair of sticks tied to together, and multiply the accuracy, prowess, strength and control necessary to win a real fight, and Bruce Lee would be champion of EVERY weight class in MMA today.

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  20. Sanjeev Tomar at |

    “Lee’s custom heavy bag literally taunted others”? Really, Smallwood? It could talk?

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  21. weja at |

    I guess if mister lee put on a cape and flew you would still believe this.
    Why don’t ye all grow up Bruce lee was an actor.
    And not a very good one at that.
    My favourite film is rocky but I still know Stallone is an actor.
    By the way mister lee invented nothing MMA was invented in ancient Greece.
    Its called Pankration.
    Grow up pop corn face.
    Here are some real fighters.
    1 Gracie’s
    2 Ali Tyson Marciano
    3 Billy Robinson
    I could go on.

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    1. Anonymous at |

      hahahah! mr. Know it all Guy. As if!

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  22. weja at |

    Hahahah! What does that word mean in English?
    I know Bruce lee did not invented the concept of mixed martial arts.
    Maybe you don’t like the fact the Greeks did so and not an oriental man?
    What’s up with that lie?
    Saying Bruce lee or Gene le Bell or the Gracie’s invented MMA is like saying the teenage mutant ninja turtles invented ninjutsu or Elvis invented music??
    All these fighters did is popularize the idea of mixed combat nothing else.
    So I suggest you study martial history that is before fists of furry.

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    1. Shell Harris at |

      Thanks for your comments. I have to chuckle at your misspelling of fury. Now I see hairy little fists.

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  23. weja at |

    If you think Bruce Lee is an expert at the nunchuks.
    Then Watch this man Tadashi Yamashita (star in american ninja 1).
    Note If sites didnt make Bruce out to be superman then nobody would belittle him.
    And I am not doing that either after all bruce was one of the first orientals to incorporate pankration concepts into his oriental concepts.
    But I am just asking people to be realisitc.

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