Bruce Lee Vs Donnie Yen
I am a Bruce Lee fan since my childhood. Although I’ve seen only clips from his movies, his moves never fail to impress me. It’s not surprising why he is crowned by many as the king of martial arts. Nonetheless, Donnie Yen is also a promising martial artist. He may seem shy, which contrary to Bruce Lee’s character, Donnie Yen is not a pushover if we talk about martial arts. I watched his IP man movie series and they were amazing. I know most of you would want to see them team up or fight each other in a movie. The fact that Bruce Lee died a long time ago made this impossible. Disregarding reality, who would win if these two great martial artists face off? Will the lightning kick and punches of Bruce Lee crush Donnie Yen’s impenetrable defense? Can Donnie Yen tame the well-renowned martial arts dragon?
Before the actual fight, let’s first know more about the contenders. Do they really know martial arts or everything we’ve seen on the screen are made up? If yes, what techniques do Bruce Lee and Donnie Yen specialize? Who are their respective masters? How did they train to become successful martial artists? What are their achievements? I know you are interested to know more about them so read on!
Real Name: Lee Jun Fan
Weight: 145 lbs
Age: He was 32 when he died.
Martial Arts Style: Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee’s first martial arts instructor was his father, Lee Hoi-Cheun. The technique he introduced was the Wu Style of Tai chi Chuan. However, Bruce Lee felt the need to improve his skills after being beaten by a Hong Kong street gang in 1954. He then came to Sifu Yip Man to learn Wing Chun Gung Fu. He was supervised by Yip’s top student namely Wong Shun-Leung. The training went on until Bruce Lee reached the age of 18. He eventually developed Jett Kune Do which made him famous in the world of martial arts.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Probably the main strength of Bruce Lee lies on his speed. His lightning kick can catch anyone off guard. Moreover, landing a punch or kick to him seems impossible due to his superhuman agility. In fact, he even needs to lighten up his movements while shooting a film as old cameras just can’t catch up to him. Most of us think that he was born to be a great martial artist yet he always insists that he was able to reach the top through hard work and perseverance. He trains hard and pushes his body to the limit. However, no one is perfect. The only visible weakness that we can observe is his height and reach. Although it won’t matter that much, these factors could be the deciding factor if he faces a much taller enemy with the same speed and agility as him.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Bruce Lee in Action
Real Name: Donnie Yen
Height: 5 "8
Weight: 154 lbs
Profession: Actor, Director
Martial Arts Style: Wu Shu, Tai Chi
Donnie Yen’s first martial arts teacher is his mother, who is a well-renowned Wushu and Tai Chi master. His mother was very surprised to see that Donnie mastered the basic principles of these martial arts styles at a young age. Like most youth on his time, Yen was fond of watching martial arts movies. His idols are Bruce Lee, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng, and Jackie Chan. However, he is not a typical martial arts fanatic since he eventually memorizes all the moves and practices them afterwards. He then trained in various martial arts schools with the goal to improve his knowledge and be known in the world of martial arts just like his idols.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
The main strength of Donnie Yen is his great love for martial arts. He is willing to learn every style to add up to his arsenal. He can adapt to any enemy by simply changing his fighting approach. Moreover, his buffed body enables him to overpower an enemy. He is also flexible enough to do any kind of martial arts move. I can’t find any weakness of Donnie Yen other than his predictability. He tends to do the usual styles of martial arts and even copy moves from known martial artists. A wise enemy who does a brief research about him prior the fight could easily counter all of his blows.
Martial art is a form of expression, an expression from your inner self to your hands and legs.
Donnie Yen in Action
It was a hot day. A suspicious man slowly approaches a famous restaurant. The security guard was taking his lunch so he entered the establishment with ease. The customers eventually noticed him and were quite alarmed. Some of them even left the place at once. Among the few who remained was Donnie Yen. He was supposed to meet up with his friend on that place. Before Donnie Yen can lift his tea for another sip, the man declared a robbery. The ladies screamed as he pulled out a gun and started aiming it randomly. Donnie Yen was calm and was thinking of a way to somehow immobilize the robber while assuring that no one would get hurt in the process. The robber instructed the cashier to hand over the restaurant’s earnings. Donnie Yen was simply waiting for the right opportunity. The robber made a wrong move by lowering his gun to lift the bag of money. Donnie Yen rushed and grabbed his hand. The robber panicked and started shooting even if the gun was pointed up. After the ammunition was used up, Donnie attacked the robber with his elbow. The direct hit immediately left the robber agonizing in pain on the ground.
Meanwhile, Bruce Lee was near the restaurant and heard about the commotion. He was just assigned as a policeman in the district so the excitement to fulfill his duty was overwhelming. Upon entering the restaurant, he saw a fit man holding a gun. It was Donnie Yen. Bruce Lee was not aware of the situation. Donnie Yen was also holding the bag of money and was about to give it back to the cashier. Bruce Lee’s first impression about Donnie Yen was totally wrong so he immediately made his move with a swift flying kick aimed on Donnie’s face. Donnie was shocked about the police man’s behavior. He tried to explain but Bruce Lee was very eager to put him on the ground. Furious punches and kicks come after. With lightning speed attacks, Donnie Yen can do nothing but block them. He fights back with a few counter attacks yet the speed of Bruce Lee overwhelms him. The battle was long and intense. Both of them ended up exhausted. Bruce Lee made a lot of attacks which used up all of his energy while Donnie Yen was battered as he tried to block all of them. It’s now a test of endurance. Donnie Yen positioned for his last attack and so is Bruce Lee. In an instant, the two of them made their move. The people around them were silenced and amazed by their martial art skills. In the end, Donnie Yen was on the ground. Bruce Lee connected first due to his lightning speed. However, Donnie Yen’s counter attack injured him as well. Bruce Lee can barely stand yet he was still able to cuff Donnie Yen. In the police precinct, Donnie Yen explained his side and Bruce Lee apologized for his reckless actions. Their meeting may not be pleasant yet the two great martial artists turn out as great friends in the end.
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