How Good Really was Bruce Lee? | Real Sparring Analysis

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Dean Natuno : You all should read *"The Tao of Jeet Kune Do"* It would make you understand more of why Bruce fights like that in the video.

Jeremy D : He would be dominant today, too. He might look a little different, but the blinding speed from all that training would not let him down.

PlanetJigobotTV : Bruce's kicks were so fast!!! Dame that jab was crazy. Right now Bruce Lee would be the greatest UFC trainer today.

Secret Wars : Give Bruce Lee one modern day MMA camp would soak up everything learn everything from footage on his opponent and he would beat anyone in and around his weight class today 125 to 170

dragonslayer015 : Well it's a good analysis, but because it was sparring with a student it seems like he was holding back. Pretty sure if it was a real fight Bruce will be doing much more.

poot111111 : Well I don't think I have ever sub'd a channel from only 1 video until now!

Tony Rbinson : A modern MMA fighter goes off balance or abandons stance n opens up for a counterstrike when he kicks. Bruce kicks but remains balanced and 100% concentrated and u can't counterstrike him. BL is legend. Father of Martial Arts

Atti Ylänen : Bruce Lee never thought he was invincible like some of his fanboys think. Bruce was all about realism. - 1987 book, The Making of Enter the Dragon

SuperBGaming _ : Bruce Lee has ultra instinct

K Law : It just shows how stupid people are to think that this legendary man was not a real fighter, without any doubt he was a "real" fighter. Just because they did not see him perform in any championship matches like a Chuck Norris or some other champion is just silly, he was already beyond those type of matches as he was a master of the art by then. He showed supreme confidence in his ability unlike anyone I've ever seen, his speed was unlike anyone I've ever seen, and for such a small man he hit with devastating power for that size. What this guy giving the analysis doesn't realize or maybe he does is that Bruce's supreme confidence allowed him to do things that most people could not do, this is why he's doing things like walking sideways and crossing his legs. He knows full well that his abnormal speed (best way I can phrase it to say how ridiculous he was-Lol) allows him to recover easily if attacked by someone while walking and crossing his legs and being off stance like that. The guy was just a pleasure for me to watch, just like watching Michael Jackson perform at his art also was a gift to me to watch. People so supremely gifted at what they did it was just a treasure for us mere mortals to behold. Lol

OG Gaming : After reading a lot of these comments I have to say one thing about this whole Bruce Lee vs modern day fighters thing. You all realize that its not like Bruce Lee wouldn't be learning and improving on his technique to this day, right? He would not only have access to the same teachers, coaches, and schools of thought in regards to MMA, but he would be above average because he was not just a student, he was an innovator. The thing that separates the lesser and average MMA fighters and the great ones is the great ones innovate, they branch out and learn things that are currently not being used in the sport and try to make them work to their advantage. This is exactly what Bruce Lee was doing during his time. If he was alive today, and somehow still in his prime (around 30) he would be one of the top MMA fighters in the world if he participated in the sport. His mentality and thus his approach to Martial Arts was what was truly light years beyond anyone else during his life... one can only speculate what he could bring to the table in modern times. But, scientifically we can look at the data, see how he was and how he thought back then, and easily make the educated guess that he would bring something very special to the world of MMA if he were alive today. Even as a coach.

Torin Rodriguez : This wasn't Bruce Lee at full speed, my father saw him in action and said this film doesn't show him at full speed, Bruce would destroy any current fighter according to my dad and others that saw him then. There are few that could go toe to toe with him even in today's era. I unfortunately was born in 1972 and didn't have the opportunity to see him myself but I do have the picture's that my father took of him, you could just tell he was the real deal.

R J : Bruce was very smart and dedicated. With time to adjust to today's UFC fighters, I think he'd do well. Who out there has his speed? It's insane. And he has power. I'd like to see him and Conner have a go at the appropriate weight.

Arber Sh : He can beat conor mc gregor and floyd mayweather easy

Deniz Li : your mic is really good.

Imhim247 : Bruce Lee is a legend period.

Jack Ripper : He wasn't missing with those head kicks, he didn't want to connect! You don't display precision like his, then complete misses like that. The speed with which he kicks, those opponents are not moving their heads fast enough to avoid. There is also a video somewhere here on youtube where they study his influence on todays mma and he is the Godfather of it!

lycan gypsy priest : great video and commentary

John Smith : You are a traitor to Bruce Lee. How dare you say Bruce Lee is not the greatest of all-time who could easily beat anyone today? He is the king, you are a worm!

Xgetecca : Thank u, beautiful

Martial Madness : Bruce is showing in this demo how to Intercept. It's not a fight. His real fighting on footage specifically the sparring with Kenpo gloves and no shirt with his student wearing head gear has yet to be released. That was full contact fighting but stills can be seen in his books that have been published. Check them out! It was the Western form of martial arts (point contact system) that was behind it's time. That's why Bruce's Way of The Intercepting Fist was so effective at these tournaments and why Joe Lewis and Chuck Norris became number one. You could still train and fight within the context of bound rules and still be an effective fighter. In Thailand for example they were training and fighting like MMA does now back when Bruce was alive. So these movements weren't anything new to fighters of the far East who had been trained more effective and realistic style fighting. Bruce was the one to translate it to Western audiences. What your are seeing is a single digits percentage of what kind of fighter he was. Check out his Longbeach International footage.

Rev. James C : How do we know this is him?

kristie estrada : Bruce lee was not all that great!

Bike Maurice : As much as I cherish Bruce Lee this opponent wasn't very skilled 🐯

Julian Alejandro Fonseca Bulla : Awesome analysis

Dean Natuno : *FINALLY, a legit analysis*

Jason Covers : I love Bruce lee but a sparring match against a student that has alot of respect for him and will almost certainly be holding back , simply doesn't count. You can even see the staggered hesitation with the students which i recognise from martial arts class experience etc.If it was against someone that REALLY wanted to beat him then that would be much more telling. His movement is great though of course.

Scott Whiteford : One of the best pieces of analysis I've seen, very neutral. It shouldn't be the case that if you don't accept the "gospel truth" that Bruce Lee is the greatest ever then you are open to abuse. At the same time, to think he was only "good for the movies" and wasn't influential is highly ridiculous. Very much ahead of his time, and we might not have had the likes of UFC if not for him. Great video. And massive Bruce Lee fan btw.

James Slaughter : The bleed kicks 🕺🏾 does work I have been seeing that for years iam 53 years old so I know 🕺🏾long time u well never forget that 4real Bruce Lee is the KING 💪🏾of Martial arts and I dont care what anybody have to say 4real now Jet lee is fast too but he Retired do to a bad Illness 😪😢😭 and Mr. Ho Chung TAO who played as Bruce Lee is very good also kungfu 🤜🏻he did a lot of 🎬🎥 too its just my opinion 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👍🏾👌🏾🤘🏾🤟🏾✌🏾😁😎

Joshua Norris : Nice commentary. I enjoyed your descriptions. Those jabs are sick. You mentioned how his legs were crossed when he would "walk" sideways. I think this is because he wanted to bait an attack. And taunt them, because he knew his distances really well. Like you said, he preffers to counter-attack. And he even sticks his head out and stuff. Im tellin you, when he does that he is SUPER ready to be attacked. Its risky because you have to get close enough to bait them. But its still better then attacking first Maby? :)

Wang Chung : As Weasle said, THIS WAS 50 YEARS AGO. Anyone who says he wasn't ahead of his time would be dishonest or ignorant. Lee was on cruise control here as he ALWAYS was. If you listen to any interview with his peers, they will tell you that, had he wanted to, he could've killed them. His "jab", in this video, was not a jab really at all but him using his lead hand as a counter weapon. He could KO someone with his lead hand faster than most boxers can throw a flicking jab to set up a punch. There are videos of him using a jab and it is lighting quick but, in almost all sparring situations, he reverts to countering, using his lead hand to impede his opponents progress and devastating him at the same time. He could knock a opponents down with a 2" punch. He could counter with a kick as fast as boxers counter with punches-faster than most of them. He is holding back on the power of his kicks in this video or else the sparring would be over in seconds. It's amazing that he could pull kicks and punches while still going full speed.

FitnessBKS : Great analysis. Throughly enjoyed it!

Francesco Favro : he CLEARLY has ultra instinct

Igo Dreamer : Great video analysis, man! Kudos!

Nik Zutshi : When I saw the footage of these fights separately on Beerdy's channel, it was very clear he was toying with his students. You could tell he was holding back. There's a tentative nature about him but also a playful aura about him when you watch him. Great man, Bruce Lee.

Patriot Priest : Bruce did think outside the box, and he did do a lot to put martial arts on the map, but taking a look at this video would only show you that an aggressive fighter who can also fight on the ground would have been able to handle Bruce or any fighter like him. Bruce was fast, yes, but so are lots of folks. Bruce was powerful for his size and frame, yes, but so are lots of folks. You can't be a counter puncher and think that you're not going to get hit. It only takes one good shot and you're out. He's sparring with a student of his who probably is afraid that Bruce is going to light him up like a Christmas tree. If he were alive today he would tell you to practice your punches, kicks, and of course your ground game in case you get taken down. Practice balance, power, and of course work on your speed. "A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence." - Bruce Lee There are certain fundamentals that need to be learned by every student of martial arts, but then he/she needs to find their own style to suit their physical and psychological strengths and weaknesses. "Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own." - Bruce Lee The techniques must be trained and understood before the decision is made to either discard or use it.

CryptoHound : This was a teacher to student training. Not an actual match. Great points here though. However a true combat situation would be needed to actually analyze what his true capabilities were. As a fighter and a man of philosophy, he shall remain a legend. One who will be discussed and compared to others in the generations to come.

T0mN7 : I'm not near as fast or as trained as he was. But I'm glad to know that I've been taught the same principles and the best way to fight... (like he does).

willieboy : very nice well done explanations and break downs .....

tubekyle2 : Am I the only here thinking that Bruce Lee wasn’t even remotely serious in these sparring matches?

HAYABUSA 99 : Bruce Lee 🐐

Eric Wise : The Demetrius Johnson comment is just plain dumb.

joe47771 : @TheWeasle thanks for the great analysis!

Kekoa Kawakami : Awesome vid! Love the content brother... one thing I was thinking about is tj dillashaw.. dude likes to switch stances to create and angle and throws that power roundhouse... almost looks like he over commits sometimes but he's been catching people

Daniel K : His body language in this spar shows he's not taking it very seriously in my opinion. I believe he's not particularly trying here, and not even approaching full speed.

matt wong : Bruce was just taking it easy because it is his Student

Kidd Gray : Great job much respect

Epic SB : Bruce Lee would beat a shit load of UFC fighters and MMA fighters

Eugenio Rivera : Excellent analysis.

bastiaan0741 : Bruce has such an elegant stance; as if he was fencing.