Bruce Lee is easily one of the single most physically fit human beings to have ever lived and we will never stop talking about how awesome he was, today we’re discussing how his punches were so fast regular people couldn’t even see them.
Though today Lee is known as a phenomenal martial artist who could probably punch the balls off of a fly if he really wanted to, back in the day, by which we mean before the world was made aware of Bruce Lee’s vast collection of fly balls, people were sceptical of his skills and often asked him to demonstrate them.
There are many, many awesome stories of the cool stuff Bruce Lee used to do just to show off and we invite you to read about them, before that though, we’d like you to take a minute out of your day to be awestruck by this GIF of Bruce Lee throwing a punch so fast the person it’s aimed at doesn’t react at all.
Now initially it may seem like Bruce Lee isn’t moving at all in that GIF and there’s a reason for that. It’s because Bruce Lee is punching without being asked to slow down. Now, you may be aware that there’s a rumor that all of Bruce Lee’s movies had to be slowed down so you could see his attacks. Well that story is true, but there’s another fact that is often left out. A way more awesome fact.
Bruce Lee himself had to limit his speed on camera, why? Because when he punched as fast as he could or as fast as he was allowed to before physics asked him to stop taking the piss, cameras couldn’t detect his movements, like at all. Bruce Lee had to slow down his movements just so they could be captured on camera then the footage had to be slowed down again so it didn’t look like Bruce Lee had magic powers.
In fact, early footage of Lee in The Green Hornet had to be re-filmed because when it was later played back Lee’s movements were so fast all of his opponents just fell over and Lee never appeared to move at all. Oddly, the show producers didn’t find the idea of a GUY WHO PUNCHED WITH HIS MIND an interesting concept and Lee was asked to slow down his movements in future takes.
Oh and in case you’re thinking that the guy up there is just really freaking chill about Bruce Lee punching the air in front of his face, when he slowed down the punch, the guy reacted just fine, if by fine we mean a full second after Lee would have punched his head clean off his shoulders.