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Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee: Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship

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What happens when a self-styled wuss sets out to earn a black belt? Why have Eastern martial arts become so popular worldwide? Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship a beautiful fusion of East-meets-West martial technique, or shameless commercialization? These questions and more find answers in Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee, a rollicking journey through the world of modern martial ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Blue Snake Books (first published June 5th 2007)
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Davy
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This sassy little book was originally intended to be an autobiographical account of a guy who tries to get a black belt in Kung Fu in a year. Fortunately, the author soon realizes the impossibility of the task and abandons it, and the book ends up taking the more compelling shape of a travel narrative as he roams around the world learning about different martial arts and meeting influential senseis.

As I write this review, it looks like Brian Preston's only other book, Pot Planet, is about mariju
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Sean Wilson
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, non-fiction
Me, Chi and Bruce Lee (or Bruce Lee and Me) is a fun, light hearted piece of travel literature. Self professed wuss, our author, Brian Preston sets out to achieve a black belt in Kung Fu in a year... until he realises it is impossible. He ends up travelling to China, and it soon evolves into an insightful introduction to martial arts and Eastern philosophy, from the aesthetically beautiful styles of Kung Fu practiced in the Wudang Mountains, to the evolving style-less style of Bruce Lee, to the ...more
Michael Crowley
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this a fascinating outsider's look inside the world of martial art, the moreso because I've studied martial art for 18-plus years now, and I had similar experiences when I started out.

Despite the title, Bruce Lee himself does not loom so large in this book as you might expect. In fact, he's pretty quickly dismissed after the one chapter devoted to him and his impact on popular culture as a whole, "More Revenge Fantasies". Preston does, I think, some service in discussing the "Bruce Lee
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Sean
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the story of a 40 something who is asked by his publisher to join a Kung Fu school, and earn a black belt in a year (as if it's that easy), and write about it. The tale was pretty entertaining and got better as the author became more competent in martial arts. From a small school in backwoods Canada that actually got Royce Gracie to come out there for one of his weekend seminars, to small villages in China, and finally to Las Vegas for a UFC fight the author takes himself and the reader ...more
Jamie Wismer
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books of the past year. Very funny and spiritual at the same time.
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