Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Remembering Jim Kelly, a great martial artist!

Jim Milton Kelly (Jim, the dragon Kelly), (5th May 1946 - 29th June 2013) became famous all over the world after of his awesome performance in the epic movie, Enter the dragon, along with Bruce Lee, the Karate legend in 1973.

He passed away on June 29th, 2013 and has joined his co-star and friend Bruce Lee, the great in heaven.

Enter the dragon, the famous Bruce Lee film was released in 1973. I watched this movie about 7 or 8 years later during my College days. Going to the movies in theatres was a big thing at that time. English movies reached our small town years later after their release elsewhere in the world. We were allowed only 3 or 4 movies only the whole year, only during vacation and festival season. No weekend movies :)  at all! It was 40 years ago, no TV, no Internet, no mobile phones and no blogging, lol!

Enter the dragon became a huge hit in Kerala like elsewhere in India and the rest of Asia. Bruce Lee hairstyles became quite common. Karate academies started mushrooming all over the State. The youngsters started signing up for karate classes. Those who could not attend an academy started doing self-learning like hitting the bricks, doing free exercises, kicks etc at home. I was in this group:) Hours together, we friends used to chat about this movie. I think this was the only movie we were able to watch twice in cinemas; we were allowed by our parents to go for it one more time: some extra pocket money :) was given.

We were crazy at that time! The craze still goes on, Bruce Lee is still very much alive in the minds of the people here.

Countless times I have watched this movie when VCD, DVD etc. came into existence. I knew each and every scene in that beautiful thriller by heart. It was my lifelong ambition to sign up for professional Karate classes. Finally, I was able to attend some about 4 years ago. Boy, how thrilled I felt when I put on that white robe with a white starter belt!

Without any doubts, I can state that no other movie star has influenced people in our place like Bruce Lee.

We all liked Jim Kelly very much. It was an everlasting impression he has made in the minds of people in this Asian country as the character 'Williams' in the Enter the dragon movie. When he was murdered by the villain in the movie we simply could not tolerate it; we wanted Bruce Lee to crush that monster then and there. We admired Jim's cool attitude, body language, fighting style and of course the beautiful hairstyle!

More about this legend  http://www.jimkellykarate.com

We miss you, Jim!
May his soul rest in peace!

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jonathan said...

How informative and saddening to hear his demise. Surely he had done well since he is remembered by people all over for his work and influences. I took judo classes as part of my high school but only because m friends did, that's all. Though I wish I had the same intensity as yours to have had pursued it to perfection.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi Jonathan, many, many thanks for this beautiful comment.

Well, I hope you all remember the awesome influence Bruce Lee generated during that time especially in Asian countries.

Its never late to start again, I was very hesitant when I approached my Instructor. He then showed me one of his students learning it at the age of 60 !

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Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Sure, I am honored.
Thanks for your time and feel free to visit here again; add comments also please !

Amelia said...

Hi Rajiv, excellent posting. Oh yes, I do remember Jim Kelly, I watched several of his movie too. And I also enjoyed watching Bruce Lee movie in my younger days. And later switch to watch Jacky Chan and Ong Bak Muay Thai warrior. Beside that my other favorite is James Bond & Indiana Jones.

My favorite Hindustan movie Qubani in the 80's, I watched 3 times in cinema. LOL I do have my favorite Hindustan songs like pretty women, Aap Jaisa Koi which I never get tired of listening. :))

Have a great week ahead, regards.

RIP, Jim Kelly.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Wow, great !

Bruce and his team generated so much buzz during the 80's ! I never tire watching his movies; I have the full collection.
I also like Jackie Chan, he is funny, great actor and martial artist !
James Bond is my favourite; collected all his movies. Read all Ian Fleming books too. Going to review some in goodreads as soon as possible, I joined there recently.

Its Qurbani, the famous hindi film in the 80's. Zeenat Aman was awesome in that movie !

I also like Aap Jaisa Koi, beautiful song !

DWei said...

I have no idea who this is. Shame on me. :(

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Ohhh ! Well, now you know !

Thanks a lot for the comment :)

TexWisGirl said...

my husband was a fan of him.

thank you for stopping by.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Really ?
Welcome and thank you for your time and valuable comment !
Please drop by again and add comments.