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Bruce Lee died on 20 July 1973 in Hong Kong.

When Lee discovered martial arts as a teen, it was a collection of countless strictly organized and controlled contradictory sets of beliefs and practices, each of which believed itself to be clearly superior to the others. It was, truly, a field in which everyone was better than average.

He left a legacy that truth in unarmed combat lay outside of fixed systems. 20 years before UFC 1, Lee showed the world a contest with fighters in fingered gloves, using strikes, takedowns, and tapping out to submissions on the ground.


In short, he left a world that was ready to embrace mixed martial arts.

When MMA came along, a new system was created for the refining of technique. It is as simple as wheels on luggage - to figure out if something works in a fight, just fight. If a technique doesn't work for you, you'll know, because you will get hit in the face.

The name Bruce Lee gave to his approach - Jeet Kune Do, or The Way of the Intercepting Fist - captures that reality.

And if there was no Bruce Lee, you wouldn't be reading this here, as there would be no UG.

Bruce Lee's younger brother Robert and his sister Phoebe were in Singapore to speak at ONE FC’s Asia MMA Summit, a two-day conference for the sport that featured luminaries such as Renzo Gracie and Rich Franklin. If Bruce Lee were still alive, he would be involved in modern MMA, according to his brother.

“Spirit-wise, he would support it 1,000 per cent,” added Robert, 64. “It’s what he came up with."

Addressing an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 400-strong, the Hong Kong-born Lee siblings shared their experiences growing up with Bruce, and discussed the martial artist and film star’s influence on MMA via his philosophy of Jeet Kune Do – which seeks to most effectively synthesize multiple forms of martial arts for various situations.

“He changed me a lot. He loved me a lot. He showed me how to find myself….,” said Robert, softly.

The two also shared a healthy dose of sibling rivalry.

“He was always the star of the party, catching everyone’s attention,” laughed Robert. “I’m always left out, but I don’t mind! That’s how he is. He’s got the charisma.”

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5/7/13 7:51 AM
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He'd definately be a great coach/master/sifu that's for damn sure.
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He'd be a champ that's for sure Phone Post 3.0
5/7/13 8:09 AM
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LOL, he would have continued acting and pretending to be a fighter. There is a reason he didn't compete in kickboxing. Can't believe people still buy the hype.
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People seem to struggle to grasp the concept of what Bruce was about, especially on this forum.

He was about using what is useful and discarding what is not.

For his era and up until recently that was a crazy way to look at Martial Arts.

He should be respected because without him Martial Arts may still be an obscure pastime practiced by few.
5/7/13 8:23 AM
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5/7/13 8:25 AM
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Great piece, thanks.

Bruce Lee, the greatest ever.
5/7/13 9:22 AM
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was that really bruce doing that gymnastic move at the end?
5/7/13 9:29 AM
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Not trying to start shit here, but did he ever fight real/sanctioned fights, say kick boxing fights, karate tournaments, boxing matches?

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bruce was legit!, to say he was the God Father is ridiculous. he was a dedicated martial artist, prob one of the first to train like modern day mma'ers. I cant even imagine how good he could have been if he was still alive. IMO bruce was the equivalent of a "stand up" fighter vs a "ground" fighter. where the "ground" fighter won all the time. he would tear up those TMA'ers because of his cross training.
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Chinese martial arts doesn't translate well into sanctioned combat sports because they have a lot of dirty street fighting moves for life death situation. If Bruce Lee was in prime age at this time he could've been very successful, but to say he's definitely going to succeed or to become a champion is a bit far fetched.
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Deepy - 

Not trying to start shit here, but did he ever fight real/sanctioned fights, say kick boxing fights, karate tournaments, boxing matches?


Boxed in HS.

5/7/13 11:02 AM
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Deepy - 

Not trying to start shit here, but did he ever fight real/sanctioned fights, say kick boxing fights, karate tournaments, boxing matches?


MOst of his fights where unsanctioned. He used to street fight alot with other martial artist that he would challenge or they would challenge him.
5/7/13 11:03 AM
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I think he would have freakin loved NHB but get pissed as it got watered down as MMA
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razrtyrone - Chinese martial arts doesn't translate well into sanctioned combat sports because they have a lot of dirty street fighting moves for life death situation. If Bruce Lee was in prime age at this time he could've been very successful, but to say he's definitely going to succeed or to become a champion is a bit far fetched.

Its not just the moves in chinese martial arts are dirty. The problem is that alot of chinese martial arts are to stuck in their old ways and havent evolved or refined their martial arts. They have grown stale and wont work in mma. Thats the problem bruce lee had with them. After losing a fight he saw how much was wrong with chinese martial arts. Its one of the main reasons he started experimenting with other martial arts and developed jeet kune, a type of mma.
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OUTCOLD - People seem to struggle to grasp the concept of what Bruce was about, especially on this forum.

He was about using what is useful and discarding what is not.

For his era and up until recently that was a crazy way to look at Martial Arts.

He should be respected because without him Martial Arts may still be an obscure pastime practiced by few.

TTT!
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Munk - LOL, he would have continued acting and pretending to be a fighter. There is a reason he didn't compete in kickboxing. Can't believe people still buy the hype.

I think Bruce's Brother meant that Bruce would be a huge fan of MMA when he said he would be 1000% into MMA.
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I read a book on him when I was young. Apparently, Bruce preferred an effective, KISS philosophy on fighting, but movie producers wanted flash. That is why he did a lot of high kicks and weapons in his movies - because he was told to. Also, with that clip above from ETD, you can see he was positively influenced by grappling.
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he would have owned the 135lb division.


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