posted on Jul, 24 2016 @ 10:47 PM
a reply to: TorqueyThePig
Wait wait wait, the
American Top Team (ATT)? Heck yeah! Nunes just won the women's 135lb belt. Much respect (though I think Lawler's losing to
But yeah, I think a lot of people are still caught up in the mystique & legend as opposed to looking at the modern reality. The whole unspoken point
of "MMA" is to test all of the world's combat styles and create the ultimate hybrid fighting form. Mystique and legends mean nothing; the techniques
have to be tested in live combat against other experts from various fields to determine their worth.
Don't get me wrong, I have a certain respect for anyone who dedicates him/herself to any form of athletics, including traditional fighting styles,
gymnastics, yoga, and much more. But I've also concluded that many of the modern versions of those fighting styles were meant to protect practitioners
against "normal" people. So they typically work in that regard. But their deficiencies become a lot clearer when faced with people who can physically
and stylistically exploit their weaknesses (because all styles have weaknesses).
All of that leads to my simple view of Bruce Lee. He was a great entertainer, incredibly charismatic, was incredible compared to the competition of
his time period (though he never fought the Gracies or Vale Tudo fighters), and was a great martial arts philosopher for his time. But none of that
would matter against today's elite MMA fighters at pretty much any weight class.
Or to be blunt, I'd have to see his feats in the cage or ring against today's well rounded fighters to believe them. Because for now, it's just
propaganda and hyperbole. People act like the laws of physics don't apply to him, which is ridiculous. Also, if his styles and philosophies were as
unbeatable and unblockable as his fans claim, why hasn't Jeet Kune Do achieved anything significant in the world of competitive fighting? If it's so
great, Jeet Kune Do practitioners should be dominating boxing, kickboxing, and MMA. After all, everyone claims Lee's techniques were so much better
than all of the other arts. But where's the proof? (And before people say real Jeet Kune Do is too dangerous because it has "illegal" strikes like eye
gouges and throat strikes, so do the other martial arts.)