Tuesday, 23 December 2008

How Would Bruce Lee Fight Today

Bruce Lee is probably the most influential if not the most famous martial artist who ever lived. The charisma and excellence which he portrayed in his films has been an inspiration to many people. A common question which has been asked since he passed however, is how would he fair out against some of today’s MMA fighters.

Well in order to answer this question, you have to do some studying on Lee. If you do this you will come to understand that Lee was not one to stick to what he knew.

His formal training was in Wing Chun from Sifu Yip Man. However, as he continued through his training, he studied many aspects of other arts using what he considered useful and practical for him and disregarding what he thought was not.

If you have read some of his books you will quickly see that the style of martial arts he portrays in them is completely different to what he shows in his movies. Flashy fancy techniques are definitely a hit in Hollywood, but not practical for real life fighting. Bruce Lee knew this and it is evident in his books.

Chances are, if Bruce Lee lived, he would have continued cross training, keeping what was useful and practical and disregarding what was not.

The following is a fight between Toney Valente vs Takayuki Kohiruimaki. Obviously Valente is portraying a fighter based on Bruce Lee’s movie performances.

Would Bruce Lee fight like this if he where alive and competing today. Persoanlly I think it is very doubtful.


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Zyaga said...

Here's a quote to think about, from Bruce Lee: "I don't believe in different ways of fighting now. I mean, unless human beings have 3 arms and 3 legs, then we will have a different way of fighting. But basically we all have two arms and two legs so that is why I believe there should be only one way of fighting and that is no way."

John Vesia said...

I watched some of that video. A good forward leg side-kicker is always hard to fight.

How would Lee fight today? Hard to say. Really, what would he think about todays fighters, in particular MMA players.

I'm sure he would have continued his philosophy about cross-training had he lived. Even though he espoused a "no-way" approach there were still elements of the original wing chun he learned that later became part of his JKD regimen.

MARKS said...

John , Good points. Im sure Lee would be pleased to see so many people cross training in MMA, however, many MMA fighters cross train just with Thai Boxing and Jiu jitsu without giving any other arts a second look. I dont think he would agree with this though.

Anonymous said...

yeah. i agree that lee would be pleased to see fighters cross trained in different arts as well. if you pit any fighter now against lee in his and their prime i beleive fighters to day will diffinitely have a very difficult time with lee.

Anonymous said...

The only thing this guy has in common with Bruce Lee is the yellow track suit

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