Respect, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about how Bruce Lee and Jhoon Rhee developed Respect for each other — they were both willing to “empty their cup” and learn from each other.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.” — Bruce Lee (teacher, martial arts pioneer, film-maker)

Jhoon Rhee was at the Long Beach tournament, and saw Bruce Lee demonstrate the “one-inch punch” there.  He went to Bruce Lee immediately to learn more about how to punch.  Jhoon Rhee was himself a highly-experienced martial artist and teacher — he was ten years older than Bruce Lee, and had been training and teaching longer.  Yet he still respected Lee’s skill and understanding of the martial arts, and was eager to learn from him.  For his part, Bruce also respected Jhoon Rhee, and wanted to learn from him.  Lee taught Jhoon Rhee how to punch more efficiently, without “telegraphing” his movements.  In turn, Rhee taught Bruce the Taekwondo Side Kick — fast, powerful, and accurate.  This became Bruce Lee’s signature kick.  Lee and Jhoon Rhee worked together for many years, and their respect for each other grew ever stronger during that time.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Jhoon Rhee had been studying Taekwondo for 20 years when he first met Bruce Lee.  Did he already know quite a bit about how to punch?
  2.  Bruce Lee had also been studying Chinese martial arts for many years.  Did he already know quite a bit about how to kick?
  3.   To be willing to learn from each other, did Bruce Lee and Jhoon Rhee have to respect each other?  Were they willing to empty their cup?

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