Bruce Lee is, in my opinion, the most influential martial artist of all time. Today, November 27th is his birthday and he would have been 72 years old today.
He has made such an incredible impact on the world of martial arts and society in general. I have always been heavily influenced by Bruce Lee in my own personal quest of martial arts. I’ve watched movies and read a few books about some of his philosophies on martial arts and life and he was so ahead of his time.
Lee didn’t allow himself to be confined to one particular style in his quest for the most applicable martial arts for combat. He would search for more and more ways to be more effective rather than sticking with “tradition.”
Mixed Martial Arts has gone through an evolution similar to that of Bruce Lees’ personal development in the martial arts. Here’s a video from Roots of Fight featuring Paul Lazenby, Eddie Bravo, and Ralek Gracie.