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B’day bash for Lee

Karate kids on Tuesday paid tribute to the master, Bruce Lee, on his birthday in his own style.

Lee Martial Art, a school that trains people between four and 35 years of age, celebrated martial arts king Lee’s birthday at Kidzee School on Tuesday. Kids and young adults, present at Kidzee, cut a cake in Lee’s honour, practised martial art moves and discussed Lee’s styles of fighting. A few faithful also worshipped their “god”.

Jubair Ahmed, a trainer at the institute, said: “Lee is God for us. How can I forget worshiping my god on his own day.” He, however, lamented that many have started to forget the legend.

Initially, the students stood in their on-guard position waiting for their trainer’s instruction. While black belt-holders displayed attacking and defensive moves, the girls showed and explained defensive moves.

Among the moves the trainees practised on Tuesday were the chokehold, a move that critically reduces or prevents air from passing through the neck of an opponent. Defensive moves like armed and unarmed assailants where opponents can use hands to get out of a fight were also displayed.

Roshini, who holds a yellow belt, said: “Being a girl I have always liked Lee’s defensive attack and grabbing skills. For us, it is more important to be defensive than to know how to attack.”

Lee’s iconic films like Enter the Dragon have also been inspiration for the young martial art practitioners. Roshini said she watches Lee’s movies to improve her skills.

Parents also attended the legend’s birthday celebrations.

Yash, a yellow belt holder and one of the youngest trainees at the martial arts school, parried and sparred with his friends. His mother Anita Sinha said: “He is very influenced by Lee. The first thing that he wanted to learn was to fly like Lee.”

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