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Grandmaster Richard Bustillo about Bruce Lee

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Grandmaster Richard Bustillo about Bruce Lee

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The Filipino-American martial arts instructor Richard S Bustillo was an authority on Jeet Kune Do and one of the few people who were lucky to get Bruce Lee as their master. This video features an interview with Richard S Bustillo regarding the time when he trained under the legend, Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee’s was known for his speed. This was confirmed by Richard when he stated that even a black belt was not able to block his punches. We also learn that Bruce Lee held private one on one sessions in his house and he liked to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of everyone individually. So, all his students didn’t have the same training curriculum.

Richard stated that Bruce Lee was a perfectionist and he loved to spar with everybody so that he can improve his own skills. He wanted the same for his students and structured their training in a way that would suit their body type or compliment their previously learned skills.

We learn that Dan Inosanto, Ted Wong, and Danny Lee were some of the regulars who practiced in Bruce Lee’s school.

We also learn that Bruce Lee took his art to a philosophical level and wanted his students to be free from limitations and focus on their creativity. He didn’t want his students to be like him. Instead, he wanted them to create their own Jeet Kune Do way.

Richard commented that Bruce Lee loved to read philosophical books and that he had a huge collection. He used to highlight certain sections and underline them or take notes. Then, he used to apply that knowledge on improving his own martial arts.

Bruce Lee weighed 140 pounds but his metabolism was very aggressive. Due to this, he couldn’t gain weight and so he shifted his focus from weightlifting to weight training.

Richard also commented on how he felt when he heard the news of Bruce Lee’s death. The sad news affected him and Dan Inosanto very much. After mourning for some time, both of them decided that they should open a school, train more people and share their experience regarding Bruce Lee.

 

Key takeaways –

1 – Bruce Lee was a perfectionist and loved to improve his skills by sparring with different people.

2 – Bruce Lee took his art to a philosophical level.

3 – Bruce Lee loved to read philosophical books.

 

“Bruce Lee loved martial arts and used to practice it almost 24 hours a day.”

 

 

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