The simple utterance of the name Bruce Lee makes you want to jump in stance and thumb your nose like the master of kung fu himself.
It was perhaps impossible to watch one of his movies without trying to emulate his martial arts skills, and you didn't have to be a boy to be intrigued by his agility.
The fighting legend was born in San Francisco, California in 1940, and died at the age of 32 in the early '70s. During that short period of time, the Hong Kong-raised boy became one of the most iconic figures known throughout the world for his incredible fighting skills.
He starred in a number of famous movies like Enter the Dragon, Fist of Fury, and The Big Boss.
Here are 10 things you wish you'd known those times you constantly tried to emulate the "The King of Kung Fu."
1. Bruce's grandfather was German.
Because he wasn't "pure Chinese," Bruce wasn't accepted into many Kung Fu schools back in the '50s.
2. He had terrible eyesight.
He was near-sighted.
3. His nickname was "Little Phoenix."
His family called him "Little Phoenix," but Bruce was a name given to him by a nurse when he was born in San Francisco.
These next ones may shock you, but they would also explain a lot...