In the 1970’s after the popularity of Bruce Lee films, nunchucks were made illegal in many countries including the U.S. They were (incorrectly) believed to be extraordinarily dangerous and still remain illegal to possess in CA and MA. NY’s nunchuck ban was ruled unconstitutional in 2018.
Ancient Japan had female warriors called Onna-bugeisha, who would fight alongside Samurai in times of war. They started to lose their importance by the 17th century, when roaring ideals of fearless devotion and selflessness were gradually replaced by quiet, passive, civil obedience.
Miyamoto Musashi, 17th century Japanese swordsman, twice arrived late to duels and defeated both opponents. Upon his next duel, he arrived early, and ambushed the force that was assembling to ambush him.
Jackie Chan broke twelve concrete blocks with his hand, while keeping the egg he was holding intact.
Bruce Lee carried a .357 magnum everywhere once he became famous as the guy no one could beat in a fight.
During the filming of the Bond film, “Never Say Never Again,” Sean Connery angered his martial arts instructor so much that he broke Connery’s wrist. The instructor was Steven Seagal.
Originally, to practice kung fu did not just mean to practice Chinese martial arts. Instead, it referred to the process of one’s training. You can say that a person’s kung fu is good in cooking, or that someone has kung fu in calligraphy; saying that a person possesses kung fu in an area implies skill in that area, which they have worked hard to develop.
In a speed demonstration, Bruce Lee could snatch a dime off a person’s open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind.
Bruce Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.