When Bruce Lee`s film “Enter the Dragon” hit the screen it seemed that everyone wanted to be Bruce Lee.
Some of us at least had a similar build. Others not so, but undeterred they joined martial arts clubs in their thousands.
Including Mick the Doorman from Annabella`s Bradford!
It would have been impossible to mistake him for Bruce. He was short, definitely not built for speed, with long thinning blonde hair, sideburns, and a broad Yorkshire accent.
But what he lacked in appearance- he gained in enthusiasm, especially for his “roundhouse kick”.
Annabella`s was a peaceful and easy to manage club, with its entrance next the Mecca Silver Blades ice rink, and Mick and his warriors were often sent there to help out.
It was during one of these moments that we witnessed Mick`s spectacular roundhouse kick.
Mick`s opponent was twice his size, and very strong, but was uncertain what was going to happen next, as Mick issued an amazing selection of squeaks, yips and spectacular arm movements.
Then suddenly Mick took a blow to the ear and stumbled.
Time for the secret weapon.
The amazing roundhouse kick.
And it really was amazing.
Poor Mick shot up into the air, did half a back flip, missed his target completely, and landed breathless, flat on his back.
To add to his humiliation he had banged his head, split his trousers and lost his shoe.
Credit to Mick – he stopped the trouble immediately.
Just like Bruce Lee!