Cover: The Wrath of the Dragon: The Real Fights of Bruce Lee by John Little, ECW Press

Wrath of the Dragon: The Real Fights of Bruce Lee

Little, John


    Bruce Lee remains the gold standard that all martial artists are compared to. But could he actually fight? World Champions in karate competition have gone on record to point out that he never once competed in tournaments. Were his martial abilities merely a trick of the camera?

    For the first time ever, Bruce Lee authority and bestselling author John Little takes a hard look at Bruce Lee’s real-life fights to definitively answer these questions with over 30 years of research that took him thousands of miles. Little has tracked down over 30 witnesses to the real fights of Bruce Lee as well as those who were present at his many sparring sessions (in which he was never defeated) against the very best martial artists in the world.

    From the mean streets of Hong Kong, to challenge matches in Seattle and Oakland, to the sets of his iconic films where he was challenged repeatedly, this is the incredible real-life fighting record of the man known as the “Little Dragon,” who may well have been the greatest fighter of the 20th century.


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  • A former judge for the UFC and a practicing martial artist, John Little is the bestselling author of Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Who Killed Tom Thomson?, and the two-volume series The Donnellys. His work on Bruce Lee has been lauded internationally. He lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.

  • Published: September 2023

    ISBN: 9781770417427

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 320


“I consider Bruce Lee to universally be the greatest martial artist that ever lived, and now — for the first time — John Little has documented every meaningful instance of combat that Lee was a part of. Wrath of the Dragon is fascinating from front to back. I couldn’t put it down once I started, and it is an absolute must-read for all Bruce Lee and martial arts fans around the world.” — Scott Coker, president of Bellator MMA

“I found this book to be fascinating from cover to cover, and well worth reading...I’d highly recommend this book for those interested in the martial arts or who love a good biography.” — The !n(tro)verted yogi blog

“The masterful account of Bruce Lee’s fighting record that defenders of Lee have long been waiting for. Little’s attention to detail and honest depiction of both legendary and lesser-known Bruce Lee fights puts Wrath of the Dragon on the list of indispensable books on the subject. No Bruce Lee fan should miss this!” — Alex Richter, the “Kung Fu Genius,” author, podcaster, and New York-based Wing Tsun instructor

“John Little, known for his authoritative works on Bruce Lee, brings a wealth of research and insight to this book. He has meticulously compiled anecdotes, interviews and accounts from individuals who witnessed Lee’s genuine battles. The result is a riveting narrative that offers a multidimensional portrait of Lee as a fighter, philosopher and cultural icon.” — Wing Chun Illustrated