Muhammad Ali was born January 17th, 1942. He made history when he won an Olympic Gold for boxing in 1960 at only 18 years old. Initially named Cassius Clay, He changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam. Within four years he won The World Heavyweight Championship from Sonny Liston on February 25th, 1964. His refusal to join the Vietnam War cost him his boxing license and he was banned for four years until 1971. Friday in Houston was the Champion’s moment of truth. He showed up at the Induction Center but refused to step forward bringing on the threat of prison and a shattered career. About 20 of Ali’s supporters marched outside the old post office building but he himself is inside undergoing preliminary processing. Then came word of the Champion’s refusal. Minutes later, Ali spoke briefly to newsmen – All I have here is statements that I have prepared. All your questions on future, anything you can think of. I have statements and I have them to be released now. ‘Could you state briefly why you declined?’ No, I will not say nothing. It’s all in here. Dr. Martin Luther King promptly defended the heavyweight champion. ‘Do you think that Cassius Clay is morally justified in opposing the draft as far as he says he will take it?’ Oh, I certainly do. I think that he’s doing what he is doing on the basis of conscience. I’ve talked with him about it and I think he’s absolutely sincere and when you speak of the moral justification for it, that’s one thing and that’s the highest and best justification. But it’s also legally justified to be a conscientious objector. This is guaranteed by the Selective Service Act and this is what he is contending that he is a conscientious objector to war in general and to this particular war in Vietnam. And I would strongly endorse his actions on the basis of conscience I would not dare stand in the way of one , who on the basis of moral conscience, takes a position as he is presently taking. Bruce Lee was born November 27th, 1940. Raised in Hong Kong, he frequented street fights and was taught how to harness that energy under the training of Sifu Ip Man. He returned to America at the age of 18 to complete his schooling. As he finished his school all the way through college, he started teaching martial arts from 1959 to 1964 at the ‘Jun Fan Gung Fu’ Institute in Seattle, Washington. In 1964, he opened his second ‘Jun Fan’ school in Oakland, California. It was at the Long Beach Internationals when he was noticed by Fox and cast as Kato in ‘The Green Hornet’. Test X2, Take 2. If I can back up a little bit. They start back from here and then come back. – Alright! He is kind of worried.
– He has nothing to worry about. Show us how a good Gung Fu man would very coolly handle it and walk away… Sound! At the internationals, he also began
lasting partnerships with Pioneers Chuck Norris, Steve Muhammad and Jhoon Rhee. Three years later on July 9th, 1967 Bruce Lee established his Jeet Kune Do –
Way of the Intercepting Fist – Institute. The next several years, his rise to stardom
in TV was the perfect vessel to share his evolving martial arts philosophy
with the rest of the world. One! Two! THREE! [Loowingbua]
This is a shot of Bruce Lee’s First children’s class reunion. 1967. These were Chinese Boy Scouts and my father had got him some students when he didn’t have any students. When he needed more students, I should say. This is in Seattle Chinatown one of the restaurants. There’s myself over here I was 18. and that’s Edward Wong there. Stephen Maer. Gary Lo, Jeffrey Wong and his father. I remember seeing Bruce again in about 1969. I believe in L.A. And he put me against Ted Wong using feet only! Kicking for real in the stomach. I hadn’t learned his new Taekwondo methods yet. But I knew he was using street type methods. Which he was showing me. So that’s when I asked him ‘Can I use use the street methods?’ and he said ‘Sure!’ So I started dancing. And that’s where he learned ‘The Ali Shuffle’ … Lately, they’re trying to do ‘The Ali Shuffle’ Ladies and Gentlemen this is the regular dance I use just before the shuffle I’m moving and I’m moving and I’m jumping around and just before you know it then this is the Ali Shuffle from the front view And just as soon as you do that shuffle A SPLIT SECOND right after that shuffle is a good punch It’s that Ali Shuffle. Boxing position And just have a little dance like in boxing in just one second I have to time it for one second [Loowingbua]
I also met Ali he was showing me How he knocked out Sonny Liston dancing on his toes and for the split second he went flat footed. I’m not gonna help nobody get something my negroes don’t have. If I’m going to die, I’ll die now. Right here fighting you. If I want to die. You my enemy. My enemy is white people. Not the Vietcong, or Chinese, or Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. You won’t even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs And you want me to go somewhere and fight but you won’t even stand up for me here at home! You won’t even stand up for what I believe now! So YOU go fight! Remember Ali’s hiatus from boxing for
refusing to go to war. Bruce Lee himself faced discrimination
as a pupil in Hong Kong because he was not full-blooded Chinese. Furthermore in the U.S.,
he noticed martial arts schools discriminated against teaching
blacks and other minorities any form of martial arts. This is why he chose to teach any and everyone. He believed the human being was more important than any particular style or system. At the same time Muhammad Ali
was on the forefront for Civil Rights for his people in America. Equal Rights and Justice was
just as important to him as any worldwide championship belt. By the time 1971 rolled around, Bruce Lee’s stardom had exploded in Hong Kong. Muhammad Ali’s ban from boxing
was lifted after four years. Both men started looking at ways to
better themselves as fighters Bruce heavily incorporated boxing into his training and Ali contemplated on how effective boxing would be against other forms of fighting. A top notch fighter and a karate man the fighter won’t stand a chance. Because there’s only one or two things he can do his ball is fist up and throw a jab. With a karate man it’s jumping and kicking and falling down. His brother and friend in faith – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a regular student of Bruce’s. Don’t miss the board.
Okay! As a result, Lee intended to have Muhammad Ali as a boxing fighter in one of the levels for ‘Game of Death’. As portrayed in this recently discovered
promotion for ‘Game of Death’. [Bey Logan]
…There’s Pele, with Raymond Chow,
Bruce Lee’s Producer. Apparently they had considered inviting
Pele, Steve McQueen and James Coburn Who all have been students of Bruce Lee. Muhammad Ali!
Who, I don’t think they ever met, but Bruce was a big admirer of Ali. So they are writing letters to Pele, one to Ali – Misspelling his name! Maybe that’s why he wasn’t in the film! James Coburn and Steve McQueen. None of whom were within
striking distance of ‘Game of Death’! Can we ask a question from you? Boxing means nothing! When you’re talking to Muhammad Ali, you are not talking to just a boxer We can talk of things MORE interesting than boxing! I have mastered boxing! It wasn’t entirely about boxing, actually, Muhammad… That is what I was trying to tell you, see! He is a Mind Reader! Mind Reader! I think we’ve all accepted and you’ve certainly proved that you could probably almost certainly beat any heavyweight
in the world today… See! He STILL ain’t convinced! He said ‘I’ve proved that I PROBABLY could beat them’! I have proved I CAN
whoop any man on the planet earth! There might be someone we haven’t
met yet / heard of yet. Well, that’s possible – …Also that you can beat
any heavyweight of any time. Has it ever occurred to you And if it hasn’t, could you think about it? How do you think it might go in a boxing ring with boxing gloves against a different type of opponent? Say an all-in wrestler or a karate man? I have an offer. I cannot tell you the name.
I cannot mention this place But there is a karate man
they’re trying to get me in the ring with. Well-known he’s ranked. But he will have gloves on his feet
and gloves on his hands. And and they asked me will I fight
– Yeah! He cannot hit me below the belt,
nothing around the neck. We’re working on that now And I will eat him up! [Steve Muhammad]
Ralph Castro, Sijo Al Farro,
Great Grandmaster Ming Long. There are alot of people out there
that know about me. And they will tell you
that there are many things that Bruce Lee picked up,
he picked them up from me! The way he placed his hands,
the springing off the back feet Bruce used to film me when I was coming up From a white belt, all the way up to a black belt he started filming me. And he picked up alot of movements which I had to portray in the movies. And there were boxers
and other people that he studied. He came up to me one day
when I was fighting And there were other people.
Ask Chuck Norris, he knows about it. He came up to me and he said.
‘What’s your name?’ I told him my name. He said
‘You have extremely fast hands and feet!’ And that I would go along way in the Martial Arts. I thanked him for that. When he walked away, I said ‘What’s your name?’ Because he new my name.
And he said ‘Bruce. Bruce Lee’. [Chuck Norris]
I met Bruce Lee in 1968 when I won the World Championship in New York City at Madison Square Garden. So he lived in Culver City and he had a big workout area in his backyard and so we started training in his backyard for like two years and Bruce had different philosophies at that time than I did he said ‘I believe in only kicking below the waist. I believe you shouldn’t go any higher than the waist.’ and I said ‘Well that’s good and it’s bad Bruce. You should be able to have the ABILITY to kick anywhere.
In that way if you only want to go low that’s fine but if you if there if there’s an opening high then you should be able to take advantage of it.’
And I started showing Bruce different high kicks, spinning heel kicks, and jumping-spinning round kicks and stuff like this here. He started showing me the sticky hands which are close in type fighting which was really great to learn
and I started showing him all the various high kicks and he really fell in love with them and he became so good after about six months he could do
them just about as well as I could. [Jhoon Rhee]
I met him in 1964 one of the championships
in Los Angeles and then we became friends instantaneously. So we exchanged them all
as I taught him how to kick you know Kung Fu didn’t kick like Tae Kwon Do. But I learned how to punch more
properly from him. So we exchanged ideas so we
are teachers and students of each other. Were you aware of the fact that you broke
Ali’s jaw in the first round? No I wasn’t. Were you aware of the fact that you hurt him? I know I hurt him once or twice. But I wasn’t aware of the fact
that his jaw had been broken. [Jim Kelly]
I know who Bruce Lee sparred with. I know. They won’t tell you. But I know people he sparred with.
I never mention their names either. It was in the second part of this year –
April to July 1973 – that something was gained in the man and soul
we knew as Muhammad Ali. It was only after Bruce Lee’s untimely passing on July 20th 1973,
that we would know what it was. … for not fighting in the last year.
Was it your fault? [George Foreman]
No, like to fight. Fighting is the only way I make a living. If I don’t get my fights then I can’t eat. How about the winner of tonight’s fight? I think there’s a probability
I will be fighting one of those guys. Good luck George.
Thank you! Are you taking this fight seriously this time? You really are? Because you said yourself
the last time you didn’t train you didn’t take I trained, I didn’t train seriously.
I didn’t eat like I should. Ken saw me around the hotel
everyday entertaining the fans in the gym he would train I was joking and telling jokes
and laughing with everybody I worked on myself in public to
train at least once in my life. I hate training! I hate the idea of the hustle and bustle
and training camps. I’ve always avoided it.
I’ve never really trained for a fight. This time I’ve actually had to train
because it’s ‘Do or Die’. Ken is a good fighter. To break my jaw you have to be good on any condition
and I have to be ready So for once in my life,
I’m going to say I’ve trained for least one fight. Like Rocky Marciano did. Jack Johnson and
Gene Tunney and Joe Lewis. They really trained! Can you believe what you see!? Feels like I’m 20 years old!
Going back into time! ‘Enter the Dragon’ premiered at Grauman’s
Chinese Theatre on August 19th, 1973. Several blocks away at the Forum,
Ali and Norton had their rematch on September 10th 1973. The same time ‘Enter the Dragon’
continued making box office history. One thing is certain:
Ali is implementing ‘The Intercepting Fist’ throughout the entire match. It is a silent tribute to the man Bruce Lee. Everything Lee studied and implemented
in the ‘Tao of Jeet Kune Do’ – Ali embodied in this fight [Bruce Lee]
In Cantonese – ‘Jeet Kune Do:
The Way of the Intercepting Fist’. To REACH me you must MOVE to me. Your attack offers me an opportunity
to INTERCEPT you. In this case,
I’m using my left jab in boxing Except it’s much more damaging. Regardless of what happens, because of this tremendous conditioning program of Ali he, in this reporter’s opinion,
looks 5-7 years younger Than he did in his last fight. 32 inch waist
Notice he’s much more powerful A little slap jab coming out there
thrown by Ali, not hurting… … too much but very bothersome! He hasn’t stopped dancing. Something on those jabs I tell you! Good left hand scored by Ali! Oh! Norton ran into a left hook. And now he pushes Muhammad Ali away. Muhammad Ali ricochets off the ropes! Joe Frazier says that’s the
place to go is the body… Ali with a beautiful combination! [Joe Lewis]
… He stood in front of me and for about
30 minutes he was trying to explain to me why his Jeet Kune Do style.
Jeet Kune Do means way of the stopping fist He was talking about instead of throwing a horizontal punch like this, you threw a vertical punch, instead of putting
your power side back like a boxer stance you put your power side forward
and he explained many of the principles and tactics that Jeet Kune Do demonstrated or utilized which made it superior to the way we were doing Karate at that time. [Jhoon Rhee]
When he announced the fight against the Japanese wrestler and one of my friends
introduced me to Muhammad Ali that I was the best one to teach him how to block when he kicks. So I went to Deer Lake Training Camp
here in, Pennsylvania. And so I trained about a year and a half before the fight. So we became very good friends And I also showed how the punch in his boxing. In England, 1975 when he defended in his title against Richard Dunn. He knocked him out in first minute and a half.
In first round. Then he said ‘What kind of punch is that? Is that the angle/ankle punch?’ ‘No! That’s master Jhoon Rhee’s Accu-punch!’ [Muhammad Ali]
Two great Karate teachers are
getting me ready for the match. – Are you going to use that right hand? [Muhammad Ali]
Master Jhoon Rhee is his name.
He’s training me now for the Japanese wrestler. Yes, that was not a right hand. That was the unique Accu-punch. When you hit a man.
As soon as you hit him, you turn it! It’s so quick! The one you used on Sonny Liston? Sonny Liston was a little different. That was the angle/ankle punch. This is called the unique Accu-punch. Are you taking Zora Foley too lightly?
Why would you say that? Because every indication has been that you’re confident you can beat Zora…
– I can whoop all of them! This ain’t nothing new. My image IS being confident. I’m always confident I whoop all of them. You’re being extremely truculent. Whatever truculent means, then I’m that! [Bruce Lee]
What is your reaction to it? How does it get you? Now if you are secure within yourself, you treat it,
very very very lightly because You ask yourself. Am I really… afraid of that man? Or is that man? Do I have any doubt within me that he’s going to get me? But if I do not have such doubt and if I do not have such feeling I would certainly treat it very lightly.
Just as, Today the rain is going on strong,
But tomorrow the sun is going to come out again! I mean it’s like that type of thing. I said that I’m going to be a man.
I’m going to fight it legally. If I lose it, I’m just going to jail. I’m not burning no draft cards I still have them. I’m not laying on the Pentagon steps. I’m not hanging statues of Lyndon Johnson. I’m not burning the American flag. I’m only following the law. I have turned down 8 million dollars in movies, commercials, advertisements, endorsements before the draft ever came up
because of my religious beliefs. [Bruce Lee]
In the United States I think something about the Oriental, I mean the TRUE Oriental should be shown. I mean it’s always that pigtail and bouncing around ‘chop-chop’ you know, with the eyes slanted and all that. To promote high morals, promote peace, love, forgiveness, unity, charity, mercy, compassion. If we check religions I heard somewhere that says
‘Rivers, lakes and streams’. I repeat ‘Rivers, lakes and streams. They all have different names, but they all contain water. So does religions have different names
and they all contain the truth.’ [Bruce Lee]
You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because – I mean I don’t want to sound like you know “As Confucius say…” ‘But under the sky, under the heaven,
there is but ONE family. It just so happens, that people are different!’