Ok, yeah, I know, this thread has been done..too bad, moving on....
So, I keep hearing this nasty rumor that Jeet Kune Do sucks ass, and that a JKD man would get smashed in MMA. Hhmmm, well, that would depend on what "JKD" you were talking about. If you're talking about the rediculous articles on JKD posted in most magazines where they show 2 idiots doing trapping hands in what they think is a street fight, yeah, that's get your arse kicked. If you mean the folks who still believe in the mystical "One In Punch", oh yeah, ass kicked. And those JKD goofballs who parctise Kali flowing techniques all day then when they spar with a stick, it looks like 2 retards with a stick fighting over a "pretty birdy", then of course, that sucks. But when little Bruce popped up with JKD(via SunTsu Art Of War, Wing Chun, Boxing, etc...), he first and foremost said it wasn't a style, yet it was about taking what was usefull and disgarding the rest. Muay Thai has crap in it that would get you smashed in a MMA fight, yet MT is one of the most effective methods used in the ring. Same said for BJJ, wrestling, boxing, and every other well known fighting art in the world. Todays fighters have become great because they knowingly or un, took on the concept of JKD, cross trained, and learned what worked and what doesn't.
If todays MMA fighting art could be named, it would have to be called JKD because it is what Bruce always talked about happening with the martial arts. He also maintained that JKD was NOT a style. Rather one's personal expression of him/herself. He was the FIRST to advocate cross training in the arts, leaving behind "katas", and put more enphasis on things like cardio, weight training, and sparring; again, the FIRST to do so. So, even though we see different inturpretations (ie Randy Coture, Vanderlei, Tito) we still see true JKD shining through because each one of those fighters, although are stronger in a certain aspect of the martial arts, have worked on becoming more proficient in all aspects of empty hand combat.
So, keep denying it, keep beashing it, but in order to become truly succesful at MMA fighting, you're gonna have to give in to the JKD logic. Now my little trolls, go to work!
PS This is NOT a thread saying how good or bad Bruce was as a fighter, or whether or not he'd kick Yves Edwards ass if he were alive today. It's commenting on what his concept of JKD was to be about. Sorry to take awy that bit of candy for my trolls out there.