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Bruce Lee Workout from Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Train Like A Celeb | Men’s Health

– We get into a fight,
I accidentally kill you. (70s funk action music) – Hey, guys, my name is Mike
Moh and I’m playing Bruce Lee in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. (loud banging) So when I first got the
call to audition for Bruce, number one I was excited, but I also said, “Wow, this is the time, it’s go time. “I’ve gotta get really deep
in not only to who Bruce was, “but how he ate, how he trained.” Here are a few things that I did over the three-month prep
period that got me ready to play the Little Dragon himself, Bruce Lee. (upbeat music) So I’ve been doing martial
arts for over two decades, so the thing that I like to
do to warm up is jump rope. Bruce was a big fan of boxing himself, so jumping rope is gonna get your nerves and your joints and
your muscles warmed up. It’s also gonna help you with
your timing and your footwork. So we’re gonna do three sets of pushups. We’re gonna start off with the trustworthy standard variation. I’m gonna start with 30 reps. Keep the eyes forward, back straight, and the elbows are gonna
pinch towards your ribs. (slow music) (upbeat music) Okay, cool. So after you do your
first set of pushups, 30, on either your palms or the knuckles, now I’m gonna move to set number two, so we’re gonna go to the archer. Fingers are gonna face outside. Nice straight back. And this is all about time
under tension on these. So I’m gonna do 20 of these reps. Okay, set two complete. So now we’re gonna get into the air. We’re gonna really work on
these fast twitch muscle fibers and get to some Superman pushups. Since this is the most advanced,
we’re gonna start with 10. (upbeat music) So now that we’re done with our pushups we’re gonna take it to the ab workout now. We’re gonna start with
a hanging leg raise. Bruce was famous for his famous V-sits and this is a great way
to develop that strength and stability in your core. We’re gonna start with 20 reps. Squeezing at the top. So now that we’ve hit
the center of our abs, we’re gonna make sure we can
work the obliques as well. So we’re gonna do some twists. Okay. We’re ready to hit the bags. Let’s get into our martial
arts-themed part of our workout. (dramatic music) – I said, “Empty your mind. “Be formless. “Shapeless. Like water.” – So I like to hit the gloves on this bag. Three rounds for three minutes. If you guys don’t have gloves, or access to a heavy bag, same idea. (exhaling rapidly) Shadowboxing with that same intensity. (exhaling rapidly) (grunting) Okay, people, the gloves
are literally off. So now we’re gonna go to
my bread and butter, kicks. So we’re gonna start with the round kick. It’s a basic technique that anybody can learn
properly and safely. For filming we had to make sure that I was not only looking powerful and fast like Bruce himself, but I had to make sure that
my kicks were 100% controlled. Because the last thing I wanted to do was break Mister Pitt’s ribs. – Anybody accidentally
kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It’s called manslaughter. – So, knee comes up, twist the hips, extend, retract, and back down. As you get more comfortable with that, it’s all one rolling
motion through the target. The most important part being
getting your hips rolled over, keeping your hands
protecting your body and head at all times. (grunting) Bruce was the master of incorporating all different styles of striking, like these TaeKwonDo round
kicks into his training. What I did was 30 different
repetitions of variations of that round kick I showed on both legs. That’ll get your legs nice and warmed up. And we can finish with our burpees. (upbeat music) (shouting) We’re done with our striking
portion of our workout and we’re gonna finish
strong with burpees. So I’ll do three sets of
one-minute burnout burpees. If I’m feeling great after those, I’ll add in one more set
of these variation burpees. (upbeat music) So that’s it, guys. Hope you guys had fun joining me on my workout to become Bruce Lee. Make sure you guys check out
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood coming to theaters this summer. And until then, be water, my friend.


  1. Last Comment Author

    dont ever train like Bruce Lee , that actor was so retarded that he almost handicapped himself with his retarded training methods , he is the film to end his stupid myth as a "fighter" , because frankly , we are all sick of hearing that a 115 lbs china man can beat up every 200 + lbs males all over the world , fuck off with this shit already

  2. Parental Guardian Author

    srry BL never trained like this and this is not a BL workout…BL trained frm the moment he woke up to the time he went to sleep.BL was not distracted from the things in his time..

  3. Box_Collecter8._. Author

    With Physical training Being one thing and practice as an actor yet another, it makes respect and admire how much work he put in, to perform both, great work.

  4. Shawn Mofid Author

    Mike much respect brother. If at all possible, would you list the workouts please? I'll watch the video again, but I figured I ask. Bruce was and is loved by all. It must be great to have an opportunity to honor him.

  5. G M Author

    You are an embarrassment compared to Bruce Lee honestly lee wasnt about flashy he was speed power and strength personified not this Hollywood cuck boy flashy workout shit you're weak have no contorol and are just way too fat to be even remotely comparable Bruce. Bruce also didnt do bullshit flips and wasn't as ridiculously slow. You have absolutely ZERO finnese

  6. samuel bakker Author

    This is disgusting..! Just an acrobat, fancy movie fighter. It has nothing to do with martial arts or with what Bruce Lee was doing.

  7. Scorch1028 Author

    These film studios need to stop portraying Bruce Lee in a "fictional, comical" manner. The legendary Bruce Lee gets "dragged through the mud" in 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood'. One scene (in August of 1969) features a 28-year-old Bruce Lee (in prime physical condition) getting beaten up by a Hollywood stuntman in his 50s. Many people think that scene is funny, but I think it's insulting to Bruce Lee and his family, friends, students, and fans.

  8. Vegan Edge Author

    People still have no idea who Bruce Lee was. He wasn't an acrobat like this fool who portrayed Bruce as an arrogant weakling in that shit movie. Look how happy he is. What a schoolboy.

  9. Curas1 Author

    No ones talking about the bruse lee controversy ?
    The once upon a time fight scene seemed off somehow.
    I don't think bruce would do the same move twice to a waiting opponent.
    He was too fast for a arm lock either, he was a wing chun master trained by yip man.
    He would have pivoted and one inch punched.

  10. Boris P Author

    Anyone who knows Bruce Lee and understand his legacy, who see how deep was his understanding about fight, about psychology, would never take idiotic role like this to disgrace Bruce Lee's legacy, what a shame. Its completely garbage with predictible stupid strikes and only total idiot could did bullshit like this.

  11. jason harvote Author

    Thats was dumb fight and impression. If i throw a punch and you ask to throw exact same punch its no surprise you would dodge it. So this cliff saying try that kick again he would easily or fairly easily be able to dodge or counter attack it and a smart fighter would know that amd not try that same thing everytime. That is same reason pitchers and catchers try diferent pitches everytime and they have have secret signal so they know which pitch is next if they didnt every batter would know how and when to hit ball because they would know where ball would be so that shows how stupid tarantino is and would bad at fighting.

  12. ThisisDan Author

    Mike seems like a really genuine guy and obviously is a talented martial artist but Tarantino made Bruce Lee look like an idiot. It was disrespectful

  13. CaptainAlsClassroom Author

    So is this a workout routine that Mike Moh came up with to prepare for playing Bruce Lee, or is he doing a (or is it fashioned from a) Bruce Lee workout routine…does anyone know? Either way it's one heck of a workout!

  14. exslave nowfree Author

    I’m tires of wanna bees trying to become like bruce lee…one thing i’m tired of noticing everytime…bruce never presented his left stance…his jeet kun do is all about the right stance…

  15. mkeonine Author

    After Tarantino opening his big mouth calling the legend 'arrogant' even tho he doesn't know him personally, this whole Bruce portrayal has become a bit of a disgrace.
    I don't blame Mike tho. It's all on big mouth Quentin.

  16. Teddy Tadd Author

    Mike Moh, you look pretty flexible, and your attitude is cool! you do look like Bruce from the side with sun glasses and i think they fancyed up your hair do in the movie! your kicks are nice, i just do not see punching power on the heavy bag! Hope you do more in future movies. Your video was not bad at all! peace bro!

  17. GoldenChicken Author

    Mike Moh, you have chosen the wrong script. I'm sure you know by now that a lot of American Chinese are boycotting this movie. You should come out and hold a press conference telling people that you're sorry about the way you depicting Bruce Lee.

  18. MegaKhas Author

    Nowhere near as shredded as he was and you should be ashamed for playing that role. Making someone as a great as Bruce Lee look like a pompous asshole.


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