Bruce Lee

Essay by nguyen2012High School, 11th gradeB+, April 2012

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Assertiveness derives from assertive meaning: style of behavior is to interact with people while standing up for their rights. Assertive people have the following characteristics: they feel free to express their feelings, thoughts, and desires they know their rights, and they have control over their anger. It does not mean they repress this feeling. It means that they control it for a moment and then discuss it later in a logical way. They have a good understanding of feelings of the person with whom they are communicating. In many aspects of Bruce Lee's short life he showed assertiveness a great deal and it helped define him as a person. For example as Lee's celebrity grew his martial arts prowess often brought on unprovoked conflicts a number of street thugs, stunt men and martial arts extras, all hoping to make a name for themselves (2006). For the most part Lee defused the challenges without fighting, but at times felt forced to respond to several persistent individuals.

In one incident while filming Enter the Dragon Lee was continually taunted by one of the film extras. The extra claimed as he yelled that Lee was "a movie star, not a martial artist," that he "wasn't much of a fighter." After the barrage of taunts persisted Lee asked the extra to get up from where he was sitting and face him. The extra was a good martial artist from Hong Kong and also was fast, strong, and bigger than Bruce. Lee quickly took the extra apart. After his victory, Lee gave his opponent lessons on how to improve his fighting skills. His opponent, now impressed, would later say to Lee, "You really are a master of the martial arts (2006). In this scenario Lee show his how much of an assertive leader he was...