Dana Whites says "“Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts". - MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos
MMA Smacktalk MMA Smacktalk is for all the cheering, jeering, and smack-talking that you want. This is the stuff that isn't appropriate for the MMA Discussion forum. Rules are light, so if you don't have a sense of humor, then don't go here!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-19-2009, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Calfifornia
Posts: 162
Dana Whites says "“Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts".

Did anyone see that special on “How Bruce Lee Changed the World.” Dana White said that “Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts". I think Bruce Lee was ahead of his time, because he saw the limitations of just one discipline in a real fight. With that, he started to incorporate other disciplines into his fight style after envisioning the various scenarios of a real fight. In addition to Wing Chun, he started to learn boxing, wrestling, jiu jitsu, etc. Although he might be truly be the “father of mixed martial arts,” he is definitely a visionary. In “Enter the Dragon,” he submitted a dude via armbar.

Your thoughts on Dana White’s quote that “Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts"?

Bushido Rags Clothing Co.
LoganDaBoxer is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 01:50 AM
MMA Fanatic
pankration's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 34
Unquestionably. His embracing of different styles, his training, his discipline and his nutrition were 40 years ahead of the rest of the world. Keep in mind, especially you younger members, that Bruce Lee was criticized even derided by most of the martial arts world of the sixties and early 70's. It wasn't until "Enter the Dragon" (released AFTER his death) that the martial arts world started to change and even then it was slow. It took others like Chuck Norris, Jim Arvanitis, Remy Presas etc. to continue with the idea of uniting different styles into one. Although Dana White obviously knows his stuff, what he should have said was that Bruce Lee slapped the martial arts world awake with his revolutionary ideas but the true father of the MMA is Helios Gracie, the now deceased founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He was fighting anyone from any style in a full contact, no rules type of combat 60 years ago. His sons commercialized it into what has become the UFC.

For some great summertime reading go to:
If you love Greek history (think Troy, Alexander and 300) you'll love the new novel, PATRIDA, now with a free offer.
pankration is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 02:06 AM
MMA Patriot
americanfighter's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: louisville ky
Posts: 4,003
Yes it is true he is the father of mma I have read nearly all his books an he has always said I don't belive in styles don't limit youself to styles.

He took the kicks from tkd the punches from Kung fu foot work from western boxing knees and elbows from MT the takedowns from wrestling and the holds from Jui jitsu and formed his own style.

Many people belive he was poisend for taching martial arts and premoteing a mma style.

"The fat man flies at midnight"
americanfighter is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome