Michael Bisping Defends Bruce Lee’s Martial Arts Legacy


Michael Bisping credits Bruce Lee’s genuine martial arts knowledge.

Bruce Lee’s legacy has taken a hit in recent years with the evolution of mixed martial arts, seeing his fighting style as ineffective for training.

Although Jeet Kune Do has a basis in several martial arts disciplines, an MMA fighter is unlikely to go far with this as their primary discipline…although there are a few exceptions.

Michael Bisping, however, came to the defense of Bruce Lee, saying that martial arts is not just about fighting.

“Being a great martial artist and being a great mixed martial artist are very, very different things,” Bisping said on his Youtube channel.

“You don’t have to be a great fighter to be a great martial artist and you can be a great martial artist without being a great fighter. The two aren’t mutually exclusive, but there are still a lot of people who claim to be great fighters.

Lee isn’t the only one who has fallen into the category of “fake” martial artists, with other characters from the past being constantly questioned about their abilities if they were to fit into an octagon these days, which is a pretty standard. unfair to establish for a specialist.

“Bruce Lee was a great martial artist but he was not a fighter.

“Jean Claude Van Damme was an actor who had real kickboxing experience but I’m glad he stayed and spent his time in movies, I think he was better served there.”

‘Kung Fools’

There are, however, more old-school “martial artists” who seemed to invent their disciplines and stuff their record with deceptive methods to make it look like they knew what they were doing. A category from which Lee deserves to stay as far away as possible.

“It’s hard for young MMA fans to pull off, but before the UFC was where martial arts style would be tested against martial arts style, it was almost impossible to tell what was a real claim and what was pure fantasy.

“Let me tell you, there were people there who claimed utter nonsense.”

Recent pop culture may be starting to group Lee with these characters, with Lee having been portrayed as one of those overconfident fakes. More recently, Lee was mocked in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” for this exact reason.

Bisping’s joke about fake martial artists is awfully close to what Lee made fun of in the movie. Whether he could have been a top fighter is a question, but the category he seems to fall into now might be the one he doesn’t deserve.

“I remember growing up in the 80s and 90s, martial artists would say they had to register their hands as lethal weapons…Which government department was supposed to do the paperwork for that.”

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