Bruce Lee’s techniques proven effective in MMA

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bruce Lee’s fighting legacy continues to strive.

The martial arts and movie legend continues to influence MMA fighters all over the world. The reason behind that? Most of Bruce Lee’s combat teachings are timeless, thus easily implementable in one’s arsenal and philosophy of fighting. His famous saying — ‘Be like water’ — wholeheartedly embodies Bruce Lee’s fighting mentality. To be able to adapt to any situation that might arise in a fighting contest was Lee’s leitmotiv and if you play close attention to it the similarities with what MMA is all about are stunningly striking.

The very first UFC event was held on November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. At the time, the reason behind the very existence of MMA’s first prominent tournament was to determine which fighting style was the best. What really worked. Plain and simple. You could say that the first UFC event was a laboratory, exclusively designed to establish new fighting paradigms. It wished to erase fighting obscurantism and come up with a scientific-like approach to martial arts.

You can see how the objective of the first UFC event resonates with Bruce Lee’s philosophy of fighting. Both the early UFC events and Bruce Lee wanted to see once and for all what was truly efficient in a fight. What, after trial and error, was proven to be inefficient was eliminated.

What Bruce Lee taught MMA fighters
What Bruce Lee taught MMA fighters

It is then no surprise that many modern MMA fighters take inspiration in Bruce Lee’s teachings. UFC superstars Jon Jones and Conor McGregor are prime examples of MMA fighters who strive to follow in Lee’s footsteps. For instance, Lee loved to utilize the oblique kick and the side kick to the knee; Jones and McGregor made those primary weapons of their arsenal, and with outstanding success.

The following video draws striking parallels between Bruce Lee’s favorite techniques and way of fighting and modern UFC fighters.

This is a must-watch.

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