who wasn't inspired to take martial arts because of him, or actually that interested in his movies (when i was a kid)?
as an adult, i appreciated the game that men had in the game of death, and i thought beating on chuck norris was entertaining, but really, it wasn't my favourite movie. neither was the the 7 deadly venoms, which was a boring piece of shiite.
japetto, i don't deny he influence a lot of people, including many forum members, that's why i was wondering if i was in an extremely small minority.
knee bar, i know he was a head of his time in north america, but i know in asia, peeps were cross training in judo, and full contact karate, or combining chinese boxing and wrestling styles before he was born, and participating in full contact matches.
i have to confess, i enjoyed jackie chan movies much more as a kid, than bruce lee movies. but that's just me.
Don't let it bother you. Most Bruce Lee fans are probably a bit older than yourself.
I was 12 when he died. I imagine it's hard for guys much younger than me to put themselves into a world with no Kung Fu TV show,Ninja Turtles,Jet Li,etc.
As young martial arts enthusiasts in the early seventies, we didn't have all the references some of you take for granted. Chuck Norris was a guy who was for real, not a movie guy for those of us who went to tournaments back then and followed him,Mike Stone,Joe Lewis,and others in competitions. Return of the Dragon was weird to watch, because it probably wasn't a movie Bruce wanted to release in the states, but it was obviously beyond his control by then.
Bruce is a lot like Jimi Hendrix. To argue his place in history is to expose your lack of perspective and understanding of the time that immortalized him. If you are under an age that was there, it's perfectly understandable.
I never cared for him, didn't need his inspiration and owe him nothing. He was and is way, way overrated. Never really fought anyone, not nearly the innovator people say he was, and would have been stomped by any decent MMA fighter.
No. Not at all.. In fact, before I knew his contributions to MMA and cross-training, he was what I wanted to bring down. I've always wanted phoney tma guys to be exposed, and before I was more knowledgable, Bruce Lee represented them. UFC number 1 inspired me.
So far ahead of his time. His approach to research and development, work ethic, and philosophy are to be emulated by those who want to improve rapidly as a fighter AND as a person. I hope MMA evolves to include an emphasis on personal development as well as fighting skill development. TTT for Bruce Lee the fighter/philospher.