Sugar Ray Leonard Talks About Bruce Lee
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Boxing Legend talks about Martial Arts Legend (PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE COMMENT, THANKS):
Since i see the comments grown and grown from
"Lee vs MMA", "Lee was just an actor, no fighter or martial artist", to "Lee was the unbeatable fighting god", please take your time and read the following text. Maybe you can understand the difference between the martial artist, street fighter and actor. His 4 basic periods explained by James DeMile on his Wing Chun Do site:
1. THE HONG KONG PERIOD:
Bruce's basic foundation in Gung Fu. Bruce trained in many styles, finally accepting Wing Chun as the best.
2. THE EARLY SEATTLE PERIOD or BRUCE´s FIGHTING PERIOD:
Bruce had no awareness of who he was going to become. He was just a young kid with a dream to be the best. His pursuit of excellence as a fighter was fanatical. He trained with streetfighters hoping their input would challenge him to evolve his skills. Once he achieved the belief he was unbeatable, he set a new goal, to become the first Asian to achieve fame and fortune in Hollywood. In order to do that, he first had to escape from the restaurant where he lived and worked as a waiter and dishwasher.
3. THE JUN FAN PERIOD aka TEACHING PERIOD:
He was broke, he needed to earn money, so he decided to teach martial arts and charge a fee. (He never charged a fee in the early years). So he put together a style he called Jun Fan. (Jun Fan Lee was Bruce's given name). It was at this time that some of the early students began to question some of the techniques that Bruce decided to teach. They did not feel that the concepts were as practical as the early training. When Bruce was asked why he was changing what he was teaching, Bruce told DeMile, "Why should I teach someone to beat me?" For DeMile that was enough. Bruce would never again share his personal techniques. He would teach neat and interesting concepts, but he would leave out little gems that would always give him the advantage over any student. Fortunately for DeMile and a few others who knew of those little gems, the personal techniques of Bruce Lee will never be lost.
4. THE JEET KUNE DO PERIOD aka HOLLYWOOD PERIOD or ACTING PERIOD:
There are two elements to this level. First, Bruce was to collect, analyze and create a definitive martial arts system by studying all systems and accumulating vast sources of reference material so one day he could share the final results of his overview of the martial arts. This of course would take many years. Meanwhile, the movies. Bruce had been a child movie star and appeared in 17 films by the time he left Hong Kong at 18. He dreamed of becoming an American movie star. His whole focus on training shifted to doing things that were really designed for the movies. His more flourishing moves and kicks were for the screen rather than the street. As we know, he became a legend. After his tragic death, the family hired a writer, who was a non-martial artist, to go through Bruce's notes and create the book "Tao of Jeet Kune Do". This collection of Bruce's random thoughts and concepts borrowed from other martial artists, is the basis for the Tao of Jeet Kune Do. In Wing Chun Do's opinion, Jeet Kune Do does not really exist. If you talk to 10 different Jeet Kune Do practitioners you get 10 different versions. This difference is supposed to be explained by the philosophy that JKD is a style without a style. Do your own thing. That's great in religion, but if someone is going to kill you or your family, you should have something that is based on practicality rather than philosophy. The simple truth is that Bruce had a dream and when Bruce died, so did the dream. To add to the confusion was the fairy tale movie "Dragon", which was 99% incorrect. The only thing real was that he was married to Linda.
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Thanks for reading. Still you can build your own opinion, that s your right! And i don t wan t to push you to agree with this text.
It s just about re-think about some things.
If you do your research carefully, you should find out that Lei Siu Loong, which we know as "Bruce Lee", was not just a martial artist, just a street fighter, just an actor, just a philosopher, he was all in one, but to different times.
For my money, the cocky actor of 1972 during his "acting period" would lose a fight vs the tough street punk of 1962 during his "fighting period". Reason: The answere should be logical. ;-)