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What started as a grassroots movement to honor Bruce Lee’s philosophies and dedication to his craft and his life, is becoming a thriving 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that motivates individuals around the world to become the best version of themselves.
Through a number of educational and social initiatives, the Bruce Lee Foundation encourages people to strive for honest self-expression in alignment with their mind, body, and spirit. Consistent with Bruce Lee’s innate belief, we know that we can impact the world by giving people permission to follow their dreams, in harmony with their community.
Since 2002, the Bruce Lee Foundation has provided over $55,000 in financial assistance to students and families within the United States.
MISSION & VISION
The mission of the Bruce Lee Foundation is to inspire confidence and motivate action. We are dedicated to sharing Bruce Lee’s message with the world by creating opportunities for people to apply his message as a personal call to action.
We believe that the life of Bruce Lee, and the actions of the Bruce Lee Foundation, can ignite positivity in the world and inspire people to embrace their uniqueness and discover their limitless potential.
A FEW THINGS WE DO
- BLF SCHOLARSHIPS - For the past decade, the Bruce Lee Foundation has provided financial awards to students who exemplify Bruce Lee’s passion for education as well as his qualities of forward thought and self-exploration.
- ACTION MUSEUM - The Bruce Lee Action Museum (BLAM), is an experience in community, education, and innovation. Functioning on several different levels, BLAM ultimately will be realized as a dedicated interactive place of learning that explores the idea of action in all its forms.
- LITTLE DRAGONS - Bruce Lee’s Little Dragons provides life confidence skills and martial arts training to underprivileged youth. The program gives kids who have a sincere desire to pursue martial arts, but cannot afford to do so, the opportunity to participate.
BRUCE LEE BIOGRAPHY
Bruce Jun Fan Lee was born in San Francisco in the hour and the year of the Dragon, a powerful symbol in Chinese astrology and a strong omen of the life he was to live.
Raised in Hong Kong, Bruce began diligently studying Chinese gung fu at the age of 13. He soon realized that the value of martial arts training was found in the confidence it instilled instead of the need to defend one’s honor through fighting.
During that time, he also developed interests in dancing and acting. The graceful movements he’d mastered in martial arts lent themselves to him being a terrific dancer, and Bruce’s early love of acting led to appearances in 20 films before leaving Hong Kong.
In 1959, at the age of 18 with $100 in his pocket, Bruce headed back to San Francisco. In the years that followed, he majored in philosophy at University of Washington, supported himself as a dance instructor and gung fu teacher, met and married his wife Linda, and opened multiple martial arts schools on the west coast.
Fate stepped in when Bruce’s otherworldly gung fu skills collided with an opportunity to return to acting in the 1966 TV series “The Green Hornet”. The birth of his two children, film roles catapulting him to success, writing, directing and developing his own martial art of “Jeet Kune Do” continued to fill his years until 1973, when he died in Hong Kong from an allergic reaction to a pain medication. Lee was 32.
The actions of the Bruce Lee Foundation continue to ensure Bruce Lee remains one of the most relevant sources of inspiration, motivation, and honest self-expression to millions around the globe.
BRUCE LEE LIVED A LIFE OF PURPOSE. HIS EXAMPLE PROVIDES A VEHICLE FOR PEOPLE TO EMBRACE THEIR UNIQUENESS AND DISCOVER THEIR LIMITLESS POTENTIAL.