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Born a Champion: Brutal Grace

The Jiu-Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. —Hélio Gracie The first films of the Asian martial-arts legend Bruce Lee to reach my home town of Painesville, Ohio, were The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972). It’s clear from the release dates that I must have seen these films in the early 1970s, although I recall myself being much younger. All I clearly remember is this small Chinese guy standing up against much larger opponents and even gangs of thugs and defeating them in street fights. These…

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