Member Since: 5/27/03
In my case, I wish I had gone to a boxing gym instead of a karate dojo.
Demitrius Barbito - As John points out, I really was talking about the media hype and not the man himself.
I was a little boy with an abusive/violent father. Bruce Lee was able to beat up 50 guys at a time by himself. That was VERY attractive to me. Now, unlike other stars people actually made him out to be "the king of kung fu" and the nonsense I read in the magazine (and was later told by instructors) was that he could beat anyone and could hit "harder than any living heavy weight boxer".
I went for it hook, line and sinker... And so did the rest of the world.
My nut job of a father used to watch boxing constantly. I watched it with him. He constantly told me "boxing was the greatest combat art eva" (circa 1975). I always said it was "not as deadly as Bruce Lee" blah, blah... I wrote it off as a spectator sport and looked at JKD as something "suprahuman" (as I was told to think of it).
The problem is that even in peer reviewed journals of the time nobody questioned JKD. It was just Bruce Lee, King Of Kung Fu, Deadliest Man Alive, 1 inch punch etc...
I really do wish (in the spirit of this thread) that someone could have guided me in the spirit of truth.
But hey it was the 1970's...<br type="_moz" />
nowaydo - ^^^^^^^^
No one thinks that anymore.
People either see him as actor or actor/martial artist.