Bizarre Bruce Lee Literally Punched Too Fast For People React

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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.

"Did you see that" - Everyone near Bruce Lee, all the time.

“Did you see that” – Everyone near Bruce Lee, all the time.

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.

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You can only turn the pages in Bruce Lee’s own book by punching them. Probably.

  • john

    I didn’t see where he actually punched anyone – preferably someone who was punching back. He never even fought anyone worth mentioning – ever. He was a good movie star and performed interesting demos (for the susceptible era in question as well as todays’ mental midgets). Nice try…

    • Jarek Draven

      1- Bruce Lee was an awesome martial artist. And not just in movies. The guy could FIGHT. You clearly know nothing about the man.

      2- “I didn’t see where he actually punched someone.” That’s because he didn’t, for one. For two, that’s because he’s so goddamned fast (did you miss the entire point here? Can you read?) And third, striking speed has nothing to do with the target. I can punch at the same speed whether I’m striking a wall, a person, or nothing at all.

      3- What does “someone punching back” have to do with his speed? (Hint: It doesn’t / wouldn’t. I can punch at the same rate whether I’m punching at a motionless heavy bag, or another person who is hitting back. And I have but a small fraction of the training and discipline this guy had.

      4- “…for the susceptible era in question as well as today’s mental midgets…” That phrase does not seem to grammatically fit with the rest of your sentence, does not really make sense, and I’m left wondering if “susceptible” perhaps means something different than you THINK it means.

      (Susceptible: Likely to be influenced or harmed)

      So you were saying that the era in question was likely to be influenced or harmed?

      Were you trying to say “gullible?” “Naive?” That’s the only thing I can imagine, by way of context.

      But for you to imply that someone is a mental midget for being impressed by Bruce Lee shows that you TRULY know two things about the man: Jack and Shit. He was not only one of the first Asians to make it big in Hollywood… not only did he help to truly popularize martial arts in the west (and reduce cultural and racial separation in martial arts. For a long time, martial arts was truly an Asian secret– not meant for the white man) but he developed his own martial art, and trained some people who would go on to be influential fighters in their own right. This is on top of writing a very influential martial arts book….. oh, and did I mention he had a degree in philosophy, as well?

      Anyway, point being…. he was a very highly accomplished man. And an amazing fighter. Truly amazing.. Not only could he beat your ass with one hand tied behind his back, he could probably take out you, and five of your clones.

      Whereas you’re just some guy.. On the internet. Trying to claim that one of the greatest fighters who ever lived wasn’t really shit.

      Tell you what: List your accomplishments in martial arts and otherwise, and then we’ll review and compare.

    • Nathan Browett

      you obvioulsly have no fucking clue