People often wonder if Bruce Lee, the man who mainstreamed martial arts film, could win a real fight. There has been some debate over the years as to what type of fighter Lee might have actually been had he not died at the young age of 32 years. Regardless of what people think about his true fighting abilities, he is the main reason that many martial artists began practicing martial arts in the first place.
- Bruce Lee’s tragically early death allowed a large amount of mythos to develop around a man who was ultimately human and fallible.
- Lee’s athletic prowess on screen and his cinematic charisma allowed fans to forget that Lee had not forged an actual fighting career that did not allow for second and third takes.
- Gene LeBell, who was renowned as a Hollywood stuntman, besides being a close friend of Lee’s, once made an ill-received off the cuff comment that a student of his could “kick Lee’s ass.”
“And fighters who think of themselves as Lee’s fellow travelers aren’t limited to MMA.”