Adidas has teamed up with Seattle Sounders FC to unveil the team’s new away kit for the 2023-24 season – the Bruce Lee Kit. The new kit features a vibrant new style that celebrates the life and legacy of legendary martial arts master Bruce Lee, a global icon who spent his formative years in “The Emerald City” (one of Seattle’s nicknames), and who sadly passed away at an early age. The new jersey stands out with its red and black hues and warm yellow accents, accompanied by several carefully selected and unique details that express and emphasise Bruce Lee’s legacy and philosophy.
Created in collaboration with Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee, and the Bruce Lee family company, the jersey is part of Adidas and Major League Soccer’s ‘Community Kit’ collection, which was first launched in 2021 and aims to give each club the opportunity to create based on their own identity. “The ‘Bruce Lee Kit’ follows on from the first ever ‘Community Kit’ for the Baymen, the ‘Jimi Hendrix Kit” is a tribute to a legend who is not only famous in Seattle, but whose legacy is still sought after around the world.
To many, Bruce Lee was the most influential martial artist of all time and a twentieth century pop culture icon, who lived his life with the certainty of harmony, tolerance, self-expression and activism. Despite his unexpected death in 1973 at the age of 32, his influence continues to be felt worldwide through his martial arts, films and values.
The “Bruce Lee Jersey” continues a trend at Baymen FC that was set by the “Jimi Hendrix Jersey”, which used bold, engaging designs to create the team’s “Community Jersey The “Community Jersey” style. The “Bruce Lee Jersey” also marks the first red jersey of the Baysiders FC Major League Soccer era, brightened by accents of warm yellow, a colour Bruce Lee himself believed represented the centre of everything, associated with nature, balance and heroism. On the front of the jersey is a hand-painted dragon, a symbol of strength, power and the resilient, future-focused spirit of Bruce Lee and Baymen FC.
Bruce Lee’s signature is reproduced in the bottom left corner of the jersey, including his English name and the Chinese character for “dragon”. The dragon has a special significance in Chinese culture and Bruce Lee has deliberately added the character ‘dragon’ to his signature. On the back of the jersey is the symbol of Jeet Kune Do, which was created by Bruce Lee himself. The traditional Tai Chi pattern is flanked by two arrows in opposite directions, representing the endless interaction between yin and yang. The text on the outer ring, “Infinity as finite, lawlessness as lawfulness”, encapsulates the philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, the core principle of Bruce Lee’s approach to martial arts and life.
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