Was Bruce Lee ACTUALLY a good fighter?
Bruce Lee is for sure an icon in the martial arts world and definitely helped to popularize the martial arts in the west with his films, but was he REALLY a good fighter?
In this clip from podcast Louder with Crowder, we see podcast host Steven Crowder and his team breakdown Bruce Lee’s actual fighting background as well as debunk some myths associated with his fighting ability.
As Steven and his team point out in the video below, most of Bruce Lee’s alleged ‘fights’ are all hearsay and there really is no proof of his supposed amazing fighting ability. It is all witness testimony, mostly by his students and friends, which doesn’t really mean anything.
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that those fights for sure didn’t happen but there most likely is some hyperbole and exaggeration involved.
Bruce Lee also did not have a competitive fighting background of any kind. That makes it very unlikely that he was the incredible fighter like the stories have you believe as again there is no proof.
With all that being said, however, it is important to point out that at the time, martial arts were still in its infancy in many ways. It really wasn’t until 1993 when the first UFC came about that we all really found out what works and what doesn’t.
Had Bruce Lee still been alive, he most likely would have realized the importance of grappling, and much like his contemporary, Chuck Norris, would have very likely added that to his repertoire.
Regardless if Bruce Lee was an amazing fighter or not, it really doesn’t take away from his place in the history of martial arts. He was a pioneer in many ways and made the martial arts cool. Through his films, he also inspired many of us to take up the martial arts and begin our martial arts journey so even if he wasn’t the best fighter he still left his mark.