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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-19-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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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"?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 02:50 AM
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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.

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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.

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