The Chinese Pacific Weekly

January 28, 1965


The Overseas Chinese brother who fought with Bruce Lee is actually Gu Ruzhang’s lineage descendant.


Wong Jack Man talks with this paper about his fight experience.

Wong Jack Man, who lives and works in this city, admitted that he is the “Overseas Chinese Brother” that fought with Bruce Lee at an Oakland martial arts school, as formerly reported in this paper. He related that he is a lineage descendant of Gu Ruzhang, and that he studies Northern Shaolin. His report of that fight is almost completely different from the report that Bruce Lee told this paper. (This paper did not have a reporter at the site, and can only [write] based on their recollections.)

Mutual Communication

Wong Jack Man admits that he was not there when Bruce Lee was on stage “challenging the Overseas Chinese community”, but says several of his friends were eye witnesses, and all say that Lee did indeed invite the Chinese community to “come when they will to ‘research’”. Because of this, he wrote Lee a letter asking him whether he had indeed said this when on stage, and inviting him to come to his San Francisco training hall to talk. Lee replied that he would not come to San Francisco, but instead chose a set time and invited Wong to come to his school.

Actually Not Six People

Wong Jack Man says that he went with a Mr. Chen and another friend to Lee’s studio. At that time, there were three others who also went along, but they were coming out of curiosity – only there to see the hubbub-­‐-­‐ and had no connection to Wong. He says Lee’s studio was about 30 feet long and 20 feet wide, with few chairs or stools, like an empty store. After they walked in, Lee’s assistant instructor closed and locked the front door. At the beginning, Mr. Chen stepped forward and introduced them to each other, had them shake hands, and then explained that their intention in coming was to have a friendly visit. According to Wong, Lee made it clear that this was not an exercise in creating friendship, and that he “wanted an ending”. Wong took this to mean he wanted to find out who was the best.

About 20 Minutes

Wong Jack Man says that at about 6:05 Lee stood in the middle of the school and asked him to step forward. Wong says that, according to the rules of the martial arts world, he extended a hand of friendship, but Lee started attacking. According to Wong’s estimate, Lee punched at him about sixty times, using eye-­‐poking techniques, and kicked at him about twenty-­‐five times. He [Wong] also defended and counter-­‐attacked (he will not say how many times he punched [at Lee]), and altogether the fight lasted until 6:25, using Mr. Chen’s introduction as the beginning. Wong says that neither man ever fell to the ground, but both participants swayed, and both “grazed” their opponent. Wong says that one time he used his left hand to entrap Lee’s neck, and both of Lee’s hands were down with his waist bent, but he did not use his right hand to deliver a serious injury.

No Admission of Being Taken Down

Wong Jack Man denies that Lee knocked him back until he was against the wall, or that he was taken down to the ground and forced to plead “mercy”, or that after being injured he didn’t return to work for three days. He says that in the future he will not argue his case again in this newspaper, and if he is forced again to fight, he will instead hold a public exhibition that people can see with their own eyes.