When talking about martial arts, it’s never long before Bruce Lee is mentioned. There are many myths and legends around his exploits and many with strong opinions about his abilities. It’s said that he had to slow down his punches so that the cameras could capture them, but one thing is sure … his movies in the 1970’s gave martial arts a huge boost in the west.
But was he a fighter, or an actor? Could he use his ‘one inch punch’ in a real match? It’s certainly true that his excellent philosophy of taking the best out of other martial arts, and putting them together into a new style was something that’s happening today, but his resulting style (Jeet Kune Do) was still heavily influenced by his core art of Kung Fu.
How would he do in the modern day LFS? It’s difficult to say, as he never was a professional fighter and therefore has no fight record. There’s little information about any fights he may have had in his youth, and anything he did behind closed doors is controversial with conflicting reports. He was certainly adding groundwork into his repertoire before he died, but we’ll never know if he could’ve competed with the stars of today. What do you think?