I have had a couple of people ask me if Bruce Lee could really ‘Kung Fu Fight.’ Obviously, these guys weren’t martial artists, so I was gentle with them. Bruce had two distinct arts. He had his cinema art, which you saw on the screen, and which made him look like the baddest cat around. Then he had his real art, the one he used to be the baddest cat around. Everybody knows about his cinema art, but only JKD students, or very wise researchers, know of his real fighting ability. In 1958 the Little Dragon fought in the Honk Kong boxing championships. He knocked out Gary Elmes in three rounds using some rather vicious Wing Chun trapping maneuvers. In 1959, now a member of the ‘Tigers of Junction Street,’ Bruce was to fight in one of the infamous ‘rooftop’ matches Hong Kung was famous for. He was sucker punched, and became so angry he broke his attacker’s arm. In 1962 Bruce fought a Karate black belt named ‘Uechi’ in Seattle. The fight lasted all of eleven seconds. Bruce struck Uechi some 15 times, kicked him, and rendered him unconscious. Period. Bruce’s most famous fight was in 1964 with Wong Jack Man in Oakland (San Francisco?). There is a tremendous amount of controversy surrounding this fight, and, because of differing eye witness accounts, there is confusion to this day as to who the winner was. People from Mr. Lee’s camp state the fight lasted three minutes, and Bruce won. People from Wing Jack Man’s camp state that the fight lasted 25 minutes, and that Wong Jack Man won. While there is controversy, it should be pointed out that Bruce changed his training methods after the fight, and formulated his final version of Jeet Kune Do. Win or lose, Bruce was one to learn from his fights. There are also accounts of Bruce acccepting a challenge on the set of Enter the Dragon. He is reported to have handled all the other fellow’s attacks, then taking him down easily. And, the one fight not many people know about, a fellow invaded Bruce’s home in Hong Kong and challenged him to a fight. Bruce states that he had never kicked a fellow harder. Without corroborating accounts, it can still be surmised that the fight lasted the time it takes to do one kick. So, two arts, many fights, and a legend lives up to his name…these are the kung fu fights I tell people about when they are naive enough to ask whether Bruce Lee could fight. If you would like to know more about Kung Fu, and how to learn it well and fast, checkout the Shaolin Butterfly at Monster Martial Arts.
Everybody wants to know the secrets of the martial arts. There’s got to be martial arts secrets underneath all that punching and kicking, right? Well, it may be tough to take, but this article is going to point you in the direction of those hidden gems that only the mightiest of the martial arts masters know.
One out of a thousand people who start the martial arts get a black belt. This is a sad truth, and does not speak highly of the various arts, and especially of their teachers. So only one in a thousand people have penetrated their art and found the truth of the various taekwondo secrets and karate secrets.
Out of the thousand people who reach black belt, only one is a real black belt. A real black belt (one in a million) is one who has ‘matured,’ which is the actual meaning of the word ‘Dan,’ which is the oriental word for levels of black belt. To mature means to give up the desire to fight, to stop being childish, to take responsibility for one’s actions, and this is the indication that somebody actually understands the first level of mystery in the various types of martial arts.
Now, the plot thickens, for out of the people who learn the hard arts to this high level, only one out of a thousand will study another art to the point of understanding that arts mysteries! This is the second level: wudan kung fu secrets and aikido secrets. That’s one in a billion who will actually study to the point of understanding both the hard and the soft sides of the martial arts!
Now, of those billion people, only one in a thousand–that’s right, one in a trillion–will understand the truth of art. This means overcoming the slant and taint of art and style and such and actually seeing the true physics of the martial arts. The true physics start with such laws as ‘For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, but they evolve into ‘For every action there is a source point.’
Interestingly, one would think that Wudan based arts, or Aikido, or that ilk, would provide second level physics. Unfortunately, though one does see isolated incidents, the arts themselves are biased and slanted. Just as a person who thinks he is the only one…isn’t, so do arts which represent themselves as the only one…aren’t.
Interestingly, and here is the crux of the problem, of the few people who do become capable, and who do manifest the second level of physics, none understand it. They teach through mysticism, you see, and do not offer concrete science for explaining what they are doing and why. For there to be a true art there must be a science, a system backed up by a method which works every time, and which leads one through and to solid manifestation of the second level of physics.
So one in a thousand actual learns an art, and one in a million actually becomes an artist, and one in a billion actually can do something which is mystical, which means they can do something which follows certain rules, but they have no idea what the rules are. And only one in a trillion has penetrated through to the third level of martial arts secrets. And if you want the secrets, study one art until you understand it, complement it with a second art until you understand it, then find the person who understands the science behind what you are doing, that is the only and true way to find out those fabulous martial arts secrets.
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