|According to Donnie Yen,
Bruce Lee was definitely
ahead of his time and is one of the greatest Chinese figures, more so than
any of the leaders or historical legends.
Bruce Lee has been a big
influence for him. It was an interesting twist of fate that he shot some
photos with Shannon Lee (Bruce’s
daughter). When he gave her a hug, it was as if he gave half his mentor a
hug. It meant a lot to him because when he gave her a hug, he felt this was
something spiritual; he felt this certain energy. For years, he had looked
to Bruce Lee as a mentor
as being a Chinese man living in the US. He was such a pioneer for his time.
He was really a larger-than-life personality, more than just his martial
arts ability. That itself alone gave Donnie a lot of motivation. He wouldn't
dare put himself in that level of achievement. At least he was trying to
follow the same path, and trying to contribute to the knowledge.
“Bruce Lee is the man,”
Donnie insists. He believes that no one comes close to him and he doesn't
think anybody ever will. He thinks it is because of the kind of environment
he grew up in, and all those elements that made up
Bruce Lee. Unfortunately
that kind of environment is hard to find as the world gets more complicated
There's too many things to do in the world besides practice martial arts -
it's not like the old days. Although Donnie didn't know
Bruce personally, he has
read about him, and has studied all his books and teachings.
According to him, Bruce
was /is the greatest. We couldn’t agree more…