Bruce Jun Fan Lee was born in the hour of the Dragon, between 6 and 8 a.m., in the “Year of the Dragon” on November 27, 1940 at the Jackson Street Hospital in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Today, a plaque (牌匾) in the hospital’s entry remembers the place of his birth. Bruce’s birth, in the hour and the year of Dragon, is a powerful symbol in Chinese astrology (星相学). It would be a strong indication of the powerful life that was to be lived by Bruce Lee and the explosive influence his life would have on countless others.
At the age of three months, Lee Hoi Chuen, his wife Grace and baby Bruce returned to Hong Kong where Bruce would be raised until the age of 18. Probably because of the long ocean voyage and the change in climates, Bruce was not a strong child in his very early years, a condition that would change when he took up the study of kung fu at the age of 13.
At the age of 13, Bruce was introduced to Master Yip Man, a teacher of the Wing Chun style of kung fu. For five years Bruce studied diligently and became very proficient. Regarding Yip Man as a master teacher and wise man, Bruce respected him greatly and frequently visited with him in later years. When he first took up kung fu, he used his new skills to fight his “enemies”, but it did not take long for Bruce to learn that the real value of martial arts training is that the skills of physical combat (搏斗) build up confidence to the