When it comes to Bruce Lee, There are many fans and admirers.
There are too many to count and I wouldn’t even attempt.
I am also sure that I’m not the only one that considered him a “Father Figure” or “Role Model” as there are thousands of Chinese boys and even girls that rightly see him as “Their Hero”
When I think about the many stories that I will write on the subject of Bruce Lee, I still must research the subject that I may be as accurate as possible.
What is interesting, sometimes I will just go at a subject without researching it and be proud of how well my memory serves me.
Their are very few people that remember the series “Longstreet” and even fewer that knew the Bruce Lee had a short stint (4) episodes on this series.
“The Way Of The Intercepting Fist”
“Spell Legacy Like Death”
“Wednesday’s Child “
“I See,Said The Blind Man”
There were several cameos be Bruce Lee and there were many times when his presence took my breath away.
The Executive Director of this series and many of my favorite television series that I watched and admired were stamped with the name “Stirling Silliphant”…
Mr.Silliphant is not only the Exclusive Producer, He is one of Bruce Lee’s students.
The episode was titled “The Way Of The Intercepting Fist:
The Quote:“The Usefulness Of A Cup In Its Emptiness”
This is what the character Li Tsung (Bruce Lee) said in response to Mr Longstreet request to be taught self defense by him.
Backstory: For those that are unfamiliar with the series “Longstreet”
The series starred James Franciscus as insurance investigator Mike Longstreet. After a bomb (hidden in a champagne bottle) kills his wife, Ingrid, and leaves him blind, the title character pursues and captures the killers. He then continues his career as an insurance investigator despite his blindness. Longstreet’s seeing eye dog was a white German Shepherd called Pax. The series was set in New Orleans, but was actually filmed in Los Angeles. wikipedia.org.
This statement by Li Tsung was designed not to discourage Mr. Longstreet but to help him realize the tremendous deficit (Being Blind) causes.
“I’m willing to empty my cup in order to taste your tea” said Mr. Longstreet.
It is apparent that Mr. Longstreet had some understanding of the words of Li Tsung.and as a result Mr. Longstreet found himself an Self Defense instructor.
The Quote: Speaks as an clear definition of Bruce Lee’s own Martial Arts Style “Jeet- Kune-Do (The Way Of The Intercepting Fist)
Bruce’s entire Philosophy was based on the foundation.
He considered any Idea, Style,Art or form as
In order to be a student or practitioner of his “Art” or “Fighting Without Fighting” as he called it.
When we look at the training or even imagine how it might take place. What can a “Blind” individual do.
Even with the idea of heightened awareness and sensitivity of the blind there are tremendous and obvious disadvantages for a blind person.
Mr. Longstreet’s Response or Reasoning:
“I am willing to empty my cup in order to taste your tea”
It is clear by this statement that Mr. Longstreet has a decent amount of understanding of “The Quote” even though his (Mr. Longstreet) response was somewhat “Cut & Paste” ie; “Taste Your Tea”
Li Tsung (Bruce Lee) created and recreated a style that would help this particular student in areas where he (Mr.Longstreet) appear to be weak or vulnerable.
He focused on close quarters techniques as well what must be done when there seems to be no way to escape a chokehold.
His response… “Bite”
I do not remember how this episode ended. But what I do know is.
When I encountered any obstacles as a young man and even now, I hear the words of Bruce remind of the formlessness of water and its ability to do what was otherwise deemed impossible and Bruce’s closing
-BE WATER MY FRIEND-