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Sid Campbell of Oakland, California, is the founding president of the World Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do & Kobudo Association, and helped introduce the art of karate to the Western world. Ranked as 9th dan, Campbell has taught over 15,000 students, helped award 800 black belts, and supervises over 48 schools around the world.

Greglon Yimm Lee is a practitioner of Jeet Kune Do, a promoter of civic functions, and a co-producer of martial arts instructional videotapes. Lee is an active member of the JKD world and resides in Berkeley, California.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books (October 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583940898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583940891
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Hardman on March 2, 2004
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An incredibly enthralling look at the relationship between two of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. One now a well-known icon (Bruce Jun Fan Lee), the other just coming into his due (James Yimm Lee). For the first time, in this extensive work we can read about the symbiotic relationship between Bruce Lee and James Yimm Lee (not blood related to one another despite the last name). The book is helped immensely through the participation of Greglon Yimm Lee, James Lee's son, who offers insight into the life of his father and family life previously unknown.
Largely forgotten, or formerly summed up in a few brief paragraphs, James Lee wrote and published the first publicly available serious gung fu books in English. James Lee was a consummate martial artist in his own right, having studied at one of the first public Sil Lum (Shao-Lin) schools in San Francisco (under T.Y. Wong), as well as making it a practice to trade techniques and practice with other martial artists throughout the Bay area. Another famed student of James Lee's covered in this book is Al Novak, a pioneer in his own right.
James Lee was one of the first martial arts men to advocate the practical approach through his books, keeping useful information, and rejecting the notion of maintaining "tradition for tradition's sake." As a matter of fact, if you compare any of J.Y. Lee's early self-published books, you can see the progression J.Y. Lee made from blind obedience to tradition, to creating his own practical tradition. Of course, most of us don't have access to these books--which is what makes this volume, "The Dragon and the Tiger", a treasure.
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By Kenobi on January 10, 2011
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This book was presented in a very candid, easy read fashion and flowed--like water. I enjoyed it tremendously and was hooked from the first page. I am currently on my second book on the series and that too is equally great. It's wonderful that the author took the time, energy and effort to do the research, connected the dots and presented the materials in a way that connect with the reader. I felt like I was there during the time when the story unfolded. Both Bruce Lee and James Yimm Lee were remarkable martial artists and human beings and deserved praise and recognition that were bestowed upon them. I must admit, I didn't know about James Lee much before reading the book and now have much respect for him. Bruce of course was Bruce and what can I say more?
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By Leo Rodriguez on August 24, 2014
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I am huuuuuuge Bruce Lee fan! I have seen just about every documentary, movie, and read almost all of his books. I am a fan of MMA and practice boxing myself. I am frustrated to see this book not get many more stars! This book gives you an insight into Lee's life and a better understanding of where his mindset was with the art of expressing the human body through martial arts. If you are a Bruce Lee fan these books are a must! Ignore what these ignorant reviewers have to say! You will not regret it and I promise you, you will learn many new things you never knew about Bruce Lee!!!
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By luis e. luna on July 9, 2014
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Very boring, drawn out, and sounded too fictitious. In fact, it was really part fiction.
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