Respect, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk about how Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris first met, and how out of Respect Bruce kept Chuck up all night so that they could train together.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Choose the positive.  You have a choice.  You are the master of your attitude.  Choose the positive, the constructive.”  — Bruce Lee (teacher, martial arts pioneer, film-maker)

Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris met at a tournament in New York City in 1968, where Chuck was competing.  Bruce Lee had become very well-known for his work in movies and TV — particularly for playing Kato in the Green Hornet TV series.  By contrast, Chuck Norris was younger and less experienced — he was just getting started.  Bruce watched Chuck compete, and was greatly impressed with his skill and his humility.  After the tournament, he gave Chuck Norris a lift back to his hotel, and they talked about martial arts together.  When they got to the hotel, Bruce Lee went in with Chuck.  Even though it was late at night, Bruce wanted to train with Chuck.  They went into the hallway outside Chuck’s room and trained together, sharing skills and ideas with each other — until the morning came, and Chuck had to rush to the airport to catch his flight home to California.  They had stayed up all night to learn from each other.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  When Bruce Lee decided to train with Chuck Norris, was he choosing to do something positive?
  2.   Chuck Norris was very tired after competing at the tournament.  Was Bruce Lee treating Chuck Norris with respect when he kept him up all night to train?
  3.   Years later, Bruce Lee asked Chuck to work with him on a movie he was making in Rome and Hong Kong.  Why would he ask Chuck Norris, and not somebody else?

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