Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27 1940 at the Jackson Street Hospital under the birth name Lee Jun Fan. His father Lee Hoi Chuen, was a prestigious member of the Cantonese Opera Company. In 1941, the 1 year old baby returned with his parents to the family home in Kowloon, Hong Kong. By age 6, Bruce had already begun to develop the charisma and confidence that would later make him a star. He appeared in his first major childhood movie, "The Beginning of a Boy" in 1946. Later in the same year, Bruce performed in "The Birth of Mankind" and "My Son, Ah Cheun" and went on to make over 20 movies, before commencing his studies at "La Salle College" in 1952.
1953 was a pivotal year in the life of Bruce Lee. After losing a street fight with a local gang, Bruce began to train in the art of Wing Chun under famed Sifu, Yip Man.
His natural speed and timing, and acute mental focus, guaranteed that Bruce would excel in this complex and exacting art. In fact his precocious talent developed so quickly, that despite numerous other encounters with street gangs, Bruce would never again lose a fight. As well as indulging his passion for the martial arts, Bruce also began taking Cha Cha lessons in 1954, at age 14. The dance was popular amongst local teenagers at the time, and Bruce not only went on to win the 'Crown Colony Cha-Cha Championship' in 1958, but also broke the hearts of many local girls.
Again in 1958, Bruce defeated reigning three year champion, Gary Elms, in the Hong Kong Boxing Championships, putting to practical use the combat theory he had devised with Sifu Yip Man. Like many Hong Kong teenagers of the time,