Chuck Norris Talks About How He Met Bruce Lee

Interviewer: Chuck, I think a lot of martial arts fans in this country will remember you for one film more than any other: Way of the Dragon. Now we hear many stories about Bruce Lee. How well did you get to know him on that film?

Chuck Norris: Well, I knew Bruce very well prior to that film. I met Bruce in New York in 1965 when he was doing that television series in the States called The Green Hornet. So I was there meeting Bruce, so we started talking and we started to exchange our philosophies and techniques.

I said that I was really tired and that I should get to the hotel because I had an early flight the next day at nine o’clock. Bruce said he was staying at the same hotel so we decided to go over together.

So we were taking a cab to the hotel, and now we are really getting involved in our conversation. We get to the hotel and are going up in the lift to the floor that Bruce’s room is on.

We both step out into the hallway – it was about twelve o’clock by now – the next thing I know I’ve got my jacket off and we are working out in the hallway.

I swear to you that the next time I looked at my watch it was seven o’clock the next morning. I looked at my watch again, I could not believe it, I had a flight in two hours back to Los Angeles and Bruce said that when we got back we should work out together, which we did for three years.

Then Bruce left for Hong Kong to pursue his movie career. I didn’t hear anything from him for about two years, then one day I got a call from Hong Kong; it was Bruce, he said: “I’ve just finished two movies over here, they were really successful”. He said he wanted to do a fight scene that everyone would remember and he said I want you to be my opponent and he was going to call the film Way of the Dragon.

Interviewer: Did you actually choreograph that fight scene or did Bruce Lee do it?

Chuck Norris: Well, what we did was we knew each other so well, because we had worked out together so long, Bruce said “What do you want to do, Chuck” Well I said “Why don’t I do this and this”, and he said “Well, I’ll do this” and so on. So we just got there and free sparred around and fought!

8 Comments
  1. HI, I’ve always wondered about that fight scene…
    and Now we Know, ………………………………………… “The rest of the story !!!”
    Finally,now that I Have a chance to ask, just how fast or quick was Bruce Lee and how Powerful were his Kicks & punches.
    We all know that how he could knock a 200 plus man down with a 6 inch pouch. But, How quick was he really…………. Then again, just what did Bruce believe to be your strong Points.
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    I’ve always wondered way you and others have not written a book or two or three about being one of Bruce Lee’s first students………………………………………………………being 77 now time is going by and soonest we will only be able to wonder?

    Oh well, enough of that, thanks for your service in the Air Force in the 452d & the MPs and for the time you spent in South Korea. ( Never have so many served so long in a place so far away from home ! )

    Hope every thing is well with your wife, and that she has no long term effects from her problem of 2012.
    Well, better go . CSYA
    Love your, Chun-KuK-do and your ideas.

  2. My brother’s love both these guys Bruce Lee was phenomenal so disciplined self-disciplined he could have taught a lot more guys and a lot more people and what he did God rest your soul Bruce and your son

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  4. Some people think that at the time Chuck Norris could beat Bruce Lee, personally I don’t think so .Is there any record of Chuck saying he could not beat Bruce at that time?
    I know Jim Kelly who starred in Enter the Dragon said he didn’t think anyone could beat Bruce and said Bruce was so fast.
    I am a Bruce Lee fan from way back when the Green Hornet started in the 60’s and have taken a few martial arts training in karate and kung foo .

  5. Some people think that at the time Chuck Norris could beat Bruce Lee, personally I don’t think so .Is there any record of Chuck saying he could not beat Bruce at that time?
    I know Jim Kelly who starred in Enter the Dragon said he didn’t think anyone could beat Bruce and said Bruce was so fast.
    I am a Bruce Lee fan from way back when the Green Hornet started in the 60’s and have taken a few martial arts training in karate and kung fu

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