Essay by kisu045University, Bachelor'sA, November 2014

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Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

"Empty your mind. Be formless... shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend." Bruce Lee summed up his philosophy on martial arts in these words in the Pierre Berton Show in 1971. These words seem superficial to an observer, but to a practitioner like me, they represent flexibility, fluidness, and adaptability in various aspects and conditions in life.

My passion for martial arts was aroused after watching Bruce Lee's most famous film, Enter the Dragon. The display of swift side kicks and lightning-fast round kicks and punches by Bruce Lee amazed me to such an extent that I began practicing Jeet Kune Do the very next day.

After a month of scrutinizing and practicing his style, I realized that my efficiency in many of my daily works had increased and that I was able to focus on a given task without being distracted by other thoughts. In this way, both my mental and physical alacrity significantly increased, allowing me to perform efficiently in both academics and sports.

One day, while at the library for a research project, I accidentally stumbled upon Bruce Lee's biography while looking for a book. Without a second thought, I picked up the book and began to read it with full concentration. An important lesson I learned was that a healthy and nutritious diet paves the way for a healthy man. Perhaps the most...