Bruce Lee Literally Punched Too Fast For People React


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 because the day we do that is the day his ghosts comes to get us. With that in mind, today we’re discussing how his punches were so fast that regular people couldn’t even see them.

Though today Lee is known as a phenomenal martial artist capable of punching the balls clean 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.

Now 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 show you 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 of 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 first. Some of you reading may be aware that there’s a rumor out there that states that all of Bruce Lee’s movies had to be slowed down so that you could see him move. Well we’re glad to be the ones to tell you that, that isn’t a rumor, it’s a verifiable fact, Bruce Lee really did move too fast for cameras of the day to film. Weirdly though, there’s a facet of that story that often goes unmentioned, that Bruce Lee had to be slowed down twice.

To explain, Bruce Lee himself had to slow himself down before the camera even started rolling 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 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, he reacted just fine to a slower punch just a second before that. It’s the reason you see the guy moving at the start of the above GIF, he’s still reeling from a punch Bruce Lee threw 5 seconds ago.

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  • 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.

      • arta

        You know nothing about him. But you talk loudly , wrongly, proudly.

      • Hector Hernandez

        Bruce Lee was a tough guy!!! :

    • Nathan Browett

      you obvioulsly have no fucking clue

      • Hector Hernandez


        • Hector Hernandez

          Bruce Lee would have beat the hell out of anyone back then, and now!! OK!!!

          • Hector Hernandez

            What’s up there jerky!!??

    • Jon Pace

      Then why were all his pupils such as Chuck Norris considered the greatest fighters in the world in their prime? and would dominate martial arts tournaments? those were just his pupils! He also essentially invented MMA (see Jeet kune do). Your a complete moron.

      • Hector Hernandez

        You’re the MORON who probably can’t fight if you’re life depended on it you fruity bastard!!!!!!!!!

        • Hector Hernandez

          Bill you’re an IDIOT!!!!!!!

    • John Trujillo

      You got it backwards. He got to act because of his martial arts skills. He was no Tishiro Mifune with his body language. His voice was dubbed over in all but one of his movies because he had a shrill Chinese accent. That was the real reason he didn’t get the role in the series Kung Fu. He grew up fighting which is why his father sent him to America. There was no MMA fighting circuit in the USA during his time so who would you have him fight here? The figures with the titles at that time all spoke highly of Bruce Lee and each said that they knew no fighter who compared with him. Would you take Sugar Ray Leonard’s word for it? Chuck Norris’s or Blackbelt Jones maybe. How about Bill “Superfood” Wallace? Sugar Ray Leonard took 8 frames of the camera to throw and retract a punch. Muhammad Ali took only 6. The cameras used in the movies operated at 300 frames per minute or 5 frames per second and could not record his punch or his kick. Velocity increases PSI. What you can’t see, you can’t counter. But don’t take my word for it. Go up to an experienced Jeet Kune Do fighter and debate him. One of my former SOCM students, a SEAL that practiced Jeet Kune Do was famous in the SOF community for literally crushing the side of guy’s face with a hook during a street fight. Not just the jaw but also the Zygomatic bone or cheekbone pushed in, causing the left eye to also fall back. Now this novice SEAL was no Bruce Lee but this punch was fast and powerful enough that the attempt by the aggressor at a single leg takedown only resulted in his own extended takedown.

    • Billtron

      You have a point. The dude never had a real sanctioned fight against the premiere martial artists of the day.

      I know this fucks people up but it’s true. I say that with the UPMOST respect for him.

  • Anne Appan

    Bruce Lee inspired me about 40 years back…..and inspires my child today !!! Till date or probably never ever, ever ever, will any one inspire like Bruce Lee…..his looks, speed, posture is enough to capture anyone. HE IS THE GREATEST……….and is the Only Guru, Wahe Sat Guru !!!

    • Hector Hernandez


  • loveroftheuniverse

    Great article about my most influential role model, other than God.

  • Dan

    Any quick boxer can do that too….

    • Pissed at the North Star

      Name one. With the video evidence.

      • Hector Hernandez