Bruce Lee’s Martial Arts Studio Has Reopened in Chinatown

A protégé of a protégé has revived the space where Lee himself taught Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee has been dead for 46 years, but that doesn’t keep him out of the news. Reports are circulating that displeasure with Quentin Tarantino’s depiction of the late martial arts star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is keeping that film from being released in China, and now we hear via NBC that the Chinatown studio where Lee taught Jeet Kune Do fighting is being resurrected by the protégé of one of his former apprentices.

The studio opened on Sunday at 628 College Street, but the 1964 building was vacant for a long stint; it’s housed the Chinatown Dental Center for at least a decade. The studio will be led by Los Angeles native Eric Carr, a student of Lee’s student Jerry Poteet, told the station he grew up “poor and surrounded by bad influences.” He met Poteet in 2001 and traveled to China, where he studied Taoist philosophy. Today, he’s fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Tai Chi, and Taoist Feng Shui.

Poteet, who passed away in 2012, was one of five elite students Lee taught in his home and at the studio. He has passed the tradition on to Carr, who wants the studio to be open and inclusive, with one-on-one classes, kids classes, and seminars.

The school is only a few blocks away from a seven-foot-tall bronze tribute to the star, permanently installed last year. It’s a good place to meet your friends on your way to a class at the studio.

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