Partly-printed DS in English and Chinese, signed by Bruce Lee using his hand-drawn signature symbol and red chop stamp, one page, 9.75 x 12.25, January 30, 1968. Colorful and ornate certificate from Lee's Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute, in part: "This is to certify that Herb Jackson is a member in good standing, and having fulfilled the necessary requirements, is hereby promoted to first rank of the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute." The document was filled out in Jackson's own hand (including his name, "Herb Jackson"), and is signed at the conclusion by Dan Inosanto as instructor and Bruce Lee as president. Matted with a portrait to an overall size of 24.25 x 17.25. In very good to fine condition, with scattered light foxing and toning, and some dampstaining affecting the instructor's name.
Bruce Lee opened the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in 1967, after filming one season of The Green Hornet. Dan Inosanto was one of only three people who were personally certified by Bruce Lee to be an instructor. Herb Jackson was Lee's original back yard student, close friend and confidant, and ultimately took an active role in improving Bruce Lee's training equipment. This spectacular early document comes from the first year of operation of Lee's Institute, and names Jackson to the first rank in the discipline of Jun Fan Gung Fu (or Kung-Fu). The institute's Taijitu yin-yang emblem is printed at top center in red and bronze, and is flanked by red and bronze dragons and flames which run vertically along the outer left and right margins. An outstanding piece from a significant period of Lee's life and career in martial arts.
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