A Bruce Lee Family Store Exclusive!
This custom, timeless tracksuit is now available for the first time in the Bruce Lee Family Store.
From Shannon Lee: When my father wore this red two-piece tracksuit in a television series, it was the first time that this style showed up in popular culture on US television.
For this show, he would have had input into what he was wearing because he wanted his clothing to represent the simplicity, the directness and the freedom of the art. My father wore this type of clothing all the time because he was working out all the time and wanted to see what the restrictions of that clothing were and how his body moved.
If you were to put on this tracksuit, you would be embodying athleticism by wearing it. It has a combination of form and function. It’s graphic, it’s memorable, and it tells you this person is meant to move. I think that’s why, from that point in culture forward, the tracksuit was a signature expression of athleticism or the aspiration toward that.
The episode on which he wore it gave the US audience an introduction to the “Way of the Intercepting Fist” (the translation of Jeet Kune Do), the name for a martial art form that [Bruce Lee] created. The tenets of Jeet Kune Do are simplicity, directness, and freedom, and it’s meant to be a style that is efficient and non-telegraphic; you can’t see it coming. It’s supposed to work in a real combat situation, in a street fight in which there are no rules, no point system. And it’s effective. It was his belief that freedom comes from being able to respond in whatever situation you find yourself. In this episode, he very beautifully and succinctly gave his famous quote, “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water.”
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