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Monday, December 6, 2010

Maxwell Park's Most Famous Resident: Bruce Lee

In 1964, Bruce Lee drove from Seattle, Washington to Oakland, California where Kung Fu master James Yimm Lee operated a martial arts studio in the garage of his Maxwell Park home, at 3039 Monticello Avenue.
 Bruce moved to Oakland to “live and train with James. Together they ran a martial arts school in that garage and developed the Jeet Kune Do style now associated with Bruce’s fame. So it was that for two years Bruce, his newlywed wife Linda, and their firstborn Brandon lived in Maxwell Park.”

Source: Historical account from Maxwell Park resident Russell Yee of the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council. Read more at

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