Originally Posted by PistolPete
Then again Bruce wasn't a traditional Martial Artist. Actually he was prob. the first MMA fighter.
This is almost 100% right... He was probably the first to openly admit and push the idea of using more then one art form. At that time in Tradational MA Most of the long time practicioners had the idea that our way is better then yours, even among similar styles . "My crane style is better then your Tiger style" Etc. Bruce realized early on that while seperate the styles were good they all had different flaws that could be exploited. Bruces goal was to study the syles find the weaknesses and then find the style that best exploited or covered up the weak area to make a more complete system.
It was during this the developements of what is now Jeet Kun Do that bruce realized his biggest concept. "Use Now way as way, Have no limitation as limitation" He realized that no style even his was perfect. as it all depended on one thing... THe person doing it. WHile his style was probably the easiest to adapt for most people it focused on real life and survivng an attack. (hence few sport practicioners of JKD)In latter life before bruce died he even openly admitted that JKD was imperfect (it lacked ground skills and in close or fighting from a clinch) Bruce was working to perfect it but not really to teach it as a set style but to be able to pass on all the best knowledge he could. He even once said and I paraphrase, that every fight is like a dance with a partner you never danced with before to music you never heard. Basicly meaning every fight is DIFFERENT no two are alike what works once may never work agian you must be like water and learn to adapt to every situation.
As for Bruce being the first to use multiple styles. Thats been happening for generations before Bruce. Bruce as said was just the 1st to openly say it and do it was a high level of success.