The Last Of The Four Musketeers

Allen Joe and Bruce Lee – A Life-Defining Friendship

If you want to enjoy a great read about Allen Joe – the man who profoundly influenced Bruce Lee’s physical development and refined his expression of impact-posing – this fantastic book by Svetlana Kim and Dmitri Bobkov really delivers!

Written in a warm, articulate and insightful style and packed with content drawn from personal interviews with Allen and Annie Joe, this compelling volume highlights an era in Bruce Lee’s developmental history, which is often sadly overlooked by the mainstream media.

Allen and Bruce enjoyed a rich and mutually transformative friendship from their first meeting in the 1959, until Bruce’s untimely passing on July 20th, 1973. Read about their triumphs and tribulations during a period in U.S. history, when racial prejudice against those of Chinese and Japanese heritage was a national obsession. Both men elected to rise above the hatred and pursued a path of excellence, whilst adhering to the principles of tolerance, acceptance and racial agnosticism- a lesson which is still as relevant and topical today, as it was when this great friendship was formed…

Pick up your copy now in hardcover, softcover and Kindle editions on Amazon and as an audiobook on Apple iBooks.

Also, look out for the forthcoming documentary produced by Svetlana, Dmitri and Bruce Lee historian, David Tadman, which is based on the book and details Allen Joe’s iconic friendship with our favourite martial arts master, Bruce Lee.


“Bruce did look up to Allen as a mentor, an older brother…” Linda Lee Cadwell


In this book, Grandmaster Allen Joe tells an extraordinary personal story of his family, true love, triumph, heartbreaks, and his best friends. Here is the true story told with enormous honesty, keen insight, passion, and essence of the human life.

Allen takes us inside his family in Oakland’s Chinatown before World War II and shares his experience of war and meeting his best friend, Bruce Lee. When Bruce and Linda were married in 1964, they moved to Oakland and lived with James Lee, his wife, and two children. As you read the story of Allen’s life, you will learn how Allen’s long-time friendship with James led to a meeting with Bruce in Seattle. As a reader, you will enter Bruce Lee’s world and get to know James, Bruce, Allen, and George, the Four Musketeers.

Linda, Bruce Lee’s widow, says, “I know Allen’s story will help people better understand Bruce Lee’s story-the story of achieving excellence against all odds. That is what this book is about.”

“There are certain friends of my father I have gotten to know throughout my life that hold their friendship with my father in such a place of pure love. Their radiance blesses me every time I see them. Uncle Allen is one such friend. Thank you, Allen, for being such a bright light in my life.” – Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter and chairman of the Bruce Lee Foundation

“Allen Joe’s story reveals how, when faced with long odds of success, persistently cultivating physical strength and mental strength enables us to overcome enormous odds. The bonds of friendship between Allen Joe and Bruce Lee offer every reader a powerful philosophy of living, innovating, and thriving.” – Sarah Miller Caldicott, great-grandniece of Thomas Edison; author of Midnight Lunch and Innovate Like Edison

More about the author:

Svetlana Kim, Speaker, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, Productivity Expert, Consultant, and Community Advocate. She is a host of the Radio Talk Show called “To The Stars Through Adversity.”

Kim was selected to be a Spokesperson for the 2011 Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On May 11, 2009, Svetlana was recognized with the the Daily Point of Light Award (Award Number: 3983) by Points of Light Institute created by the administration of President George H.B. Bush to honor individuals creating meaningful change in communities across America.

Kim has been featured and profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, MSN Money, MSNBC, Women’s Life magazine in Seoul, Korea; the Asian Fortune; Networking Times; NASDAQ’s Closing Bell; and The Gazette, a publication of the Library of Congress.

Svetlana’s story has been profiled in a book called “Go-Givers Sell More” (Chapter 8, People), International Bestseller by Bob Burg and John David Mann. Simon T Bailey shares Svetlana’s story in his bestselling book titled “Shift Your Brilliance.” (SoundWisdom, 2014).

Committed to giving back to her local and worldwide community, Kim has donated over 180 hours to the Calvary Women’s Services in Chinatown in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she volunteered at the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the White House.

Svetlana is married and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Dmitri.


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