Official Program featuring Bruce Lee's Karate Debut at the International Karate Championships, Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, Los Angles, 1964, - with - the 1965 program - 1964 - Los Angeles a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…

Extremely rare 1964 ‘Official Program’ of the inaugural International Karate Championship, where 23 year-old Bruce Lee’s was first introduced to the world with an 8½ -minute demonstration, together with the 1965 ‘Official Program’. Both in fine condition.

This 1964 martial arts tournament, with 850 competing contenders, was the first of an annual event still in existence, it was held by Kenpo Grandmaster Ed Parker at a time when, perhaps because of the mass media spy craze, there was growing general interest in Karate outside of military and aficionado circles.

The 1964 program includes congratulatory ads by movie stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and “Pink Panther” film director Blake Edwards. The 21st item on the 1964 program was “
Demonstration by Bruce Lee”. There is also a photograph of him on the Demonstrations page, captioned “a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…” (including two-finger push-ups).

Lee did not appear at the 1965 event, but a photograph of his 1964 appearance was included in the photo-montage on the verso of the 1965 title-page. These programs, sold only at the tournaments, are even more rare than Lee’s 1963 book,
Chinese Gung-Fu, The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense, published in Oakland in a limited edition of 500 copies.
  It was at the 1964 championships that Bruce Lee ‘performed repetitions of two-finger push-ups using the thumb and index finger of one hand, feet about a shoulder-width apart. It was also there that he delivered the "One inch punch", where, standing upright with knees bent, his right foot forward and without retracting his right fist which was one inch from his partner, he was to deliver a punch with his right fist. As a result of the demonstration, the volunteer Bob Baker fell back onto the chair placed behind him to prevent injury, which then fell backward to the floor. He told Bruce "not to do this type of demonstration again." He said. "When he punched me that last time, I had to stay home from work because the pain in my chest was unbearable." It was also at the 1964 championships that Lee med Taekwondo master Jhoon Goo Rhee, and the two became friends. Rhee taught Lee the side kick, and Lee taught Rhee the "non-telegraphic" punch.’

In addition to Bruce Lee, there were demonstrations of: Filipino Martial Arts by Ben Largusa; Sil Lum Gung Fu by Ark Y. Wong; Japanese Karate by Tsutomu Oshima (a student of Shotokan Karate founder Gichin Funakoshi) and Tak Kubota; Tae Kwon Do by Jhoon Rhee; Okinawan Karate (Goju Ryu) by Anthony Mirakian; and by the host Ed Parker. Other martial arts luminaries in attendance included: Fumio Demura, Tsutomu Oshima, Robert Trias, Chuck Norris, Ark Y. Wong, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, Ben Largusa, Tak Kubota, Anthony Mirakian.

Two programs (28 x 21.7 cm) pp. 12; 12. Publishers stapled pictorial wrappers, each priced on the front at 50c .
  Condition: Fine   Ref: 105995   Price: HK$ 50,000