Monday, March 27, 2017

Trailblazers in Black History: Jesse Glover, Bruce Lee's First Student

Jesse Raymond Glover was Bruce Lee's first student and first assistant instructor in the United States. 

Glover met Lee in 1959, as they both attended Edison Technical College and practiced judo with Lee. Glover was a champion judoka. The character Jerome Sprout in the 1993 film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was based on Glover.

Glover started a Gung Fu class of his own and Leroy Garcia and James DeMile came along and assisted him, which was the first ever independent Jun Fan arts related class. Jesse Glover was the first authorized martial arts instructor to be trained by Bruce Lee. He developed his own method which he called Non-Classical Gung Fu.

In 2012, the martial arts icon died of cancer at the age of 76.

Source: Wikipedia

No comments: