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.

John Smith : If Bruce was shown today's techniques whilst still using his own, he would 100% dominate the ufc today

5hari : Everyone should remember, Bruce was only 26 yrs old in this. His fighting way evolved a lot after that

Francesco Favro : he CLEARLY has ultra instinct

Adrian Ramos : Of course he would be dominant today. He is the master of speed and power. He's clearly toying with his students and holding back so much.

Big Boy : 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

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.

King Ownage : Bruce Lee definetly is the fastest fighter, his reaction time is almost instant. incredible! and the delivery of his strikes when he was reacting were fast too of course

Cavemantero : lol...this guy was the greatest athlete/martial artist in the world. UFC is a joke compared to him and everyone knows it. UFC fighters will tell you that. 99% of these UFC guys couldn't land a punch on him without getting knocked out clean. He didn't fight for sport probably because he would've killed people. No one can beat that technique and combination of speed and power from what I've seen.

阿修 : Bruce lee is fake ---some fat guy sitting on a couch

Ma Cica : Bruce Lee is like water.. He can adapt to any circumstances, even in today's MMA. Put any greats in any era, and they will adapt and be great. We all know how much he loves martial arts.

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.

santi 15 : "hE WAs JuST aN AcTor"

Placeholder Name : Only thing worse than casual MMA fans that only know Conor McGregor, is delusional Bruce Lee fans. Trust me, i'm a HUGE fan of his movies and they had a massive impact on me as a child, but let's not get carried away here.

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

zPulsar : lol Bruce Lee was taking it easy on this guy probably trying to train him. He was trained by Ip Man and would easily take out McGregor, you are uneducated if you think he wont stand a chance agains modern day ego driven MMA fighters

John Smith : I love his jab, ver unpredictable

Brandon Romero : If this was Bruce really using his JKD to its full advantage, he would be the aggressor, turning his defense into offense within the same timeframe. In a real situation, Bruce would eliminate that attacker very fast. Not play around like this sparring video that looks more like a lesson in letting his students fight him while using only defense and barely striking with a fast hit, and not his signature combos. In UFC the fight would be over fast and the attacker would be out in no time with a flurry of moves. This video looks like he is just playing around to have his sparring partner work on their technique. Mot UFC fighters look sloppy compared to his fluid moves.

Goldenblakcon : until he's in actual combat with skilled individual then its pointless to compare its on such baseless basis

Lucifer the Merciless Gladiator : 3:50 Bruce already saw that coming and did a counter before the other guy did.

unhealthycarrot : Conor Mcgregor's style is almost identical to Bruce Lee's lol

Aian Lacruzel : Grasping at straws. Shoulda woulda coulda. Let's judge him on his battles that he actually did that we can see. Not eye witness accounts, not sparring, exhibitions, hints nor traces. Actual matches on video. Either we know for sure or we don't. Let's not gift credit to unverified feats.

Spinning Back-Kick : Inconclusive. These are his students and he knows just about everything about them, so it wouldn't be hard to clown them. PLUS, they idolized him and sure as hell, not going to make him look bad, even if they could.

Imhim247 : Bruce Lee is a legend period.

TheWorldOfSolaris : Jeet Kune Do (Chinese: 截 道; Cantonese Yale: Jit6kyun4dou6; [tsìːt̚.kʰy̏ːn.tòu]), abbreviated JKD. Four ranges of JKD • Kicking • Punching • Trapping • Grappling According to Lee, this range of training serves to differentiate JKD from other martial arts. Lee stated that most but not all traditional martial arts systems specialize in training at one or two ranges. JKD wasn't developed until 1969. This footage was taken in 1967. JKD was a non-stop evolving art. Bruce was constantly adding new moves and taken away. In my opinion if Bruce was still alive JKD would be the baddest martial art of all time. Why do you ask? Because JKD was a never ending process and it was constantly evolving.

SOLJAH : Bruce Lee was a fighting god..simple

Reel Fishing : You can’t compare a person from 50 years to a person now , be he was way advance for his days

HAPPY POWER : My opinion: None of these “opponents” are skillful fighters. They’re slow. They telegraph their moves. Terribly. They leave themselves exposed when they block. Yes, Bruce was very quick. But, having fought quite a few guys who stand almost sideways, like Bruce does here,,...it would not have been difficult to drop him in a sparring match, or in a real street fight, IF one were very proficient in stone hard shin-to-shin kicks, leg hooks and sweeps. Not saying I could personally, just making some observations from experience. Does any footage exist of Bruce facing real opponents in no holds barred fights? If not, no one really knows anything.

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.

the notorious : Many comment says that this is not great yah true bcoz this is sparring . So pls stfu for people that never punch a person

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

Igo Dreamer : Great video analysis, man! Kudos!

Jaysen Ortega : Bruce was and still is the best of all time. Comparing him to UFC is disgraceful. He was a real fighter. People challenged him all the time. Watch a biography or two people who really knew him will vouch. Who knows how much further his abilities would’ve gotten.

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

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.

Jediah Matthew : HE NEVER ACTUALLY FAUGHT. THAT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE. (GOOD THEORETICAL TEACHER, WHO NEVER ACTUALLY FAUGHT TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, AND CERTAINLY NOT RECORDED). He’s not great by any measure in terms of being a fighter.

iamnobody2 : a lot of people think bruce lee didn't know how to fight? like... what? i mean, of course hand to hand combat has evolved since his day, but he was as smart quick and deadly as anyone of his time

ALLAN FRASER : I don't see anything special here,,good sparing ,,but not great

Jason Hong : Can anyone explain why there are no one else better than bruce lee in century to come? Do we actually have a fighter now that can do this much as bruce lee? If you watch enough documentary about him and what those hong kong martial artist said about him, u will know in this video it wasn't even his 10%. He is not a "natural" counter striker. It's wing chun, the way wing chun works is more powerful with counter strike than initiating a fist forward. Bruce lee however had more up his sleeve and he is very good at striking.. Alot of people whom he worked and trained with said that he is more into the art than the fight. If bruce lee were to attack his student in this video the student wouldnt last 3 second.. 7.442 billion population as of 2016 yet no one is near the way bruce lee fought.

james martin : Bruce Lee was great. Great at sparring. As far as I know he was never in a tourney or a real fight. If you disagree cite it with video, pictures or credible unbiased accounts. BL is a fraud. What a joke.

Sui G : He was a martial arts icon and revolutionary. But I still hate the people who hype him. I’m sorry people.

Ball_Till _I_Fall : Bruce = Toph One Step Ahead

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.

TheZXKUQYB : As Mickey Goldmill said in Rocky II, "Speed, Speed, SPEED!"

Saucy Puh-Tay-T0e : Bruce Lee is like the best fighter in my opinion

AKS : He never competed or fought professionally, so we will never know.

Korrina Horn : There's a video of Bruce Lee hitting a punching bag that reveals that he isn't as quick or heavy handed as many seem to think. Still, this proves that he was more than an actor.

Dean Natuno : *FINALLY, a legit analysis*

Enrique Ferreira : Ok, where can I see the full video in silence and specially no stupid editing?

GHOST _4466 : He switches styles at one point he sticks his head out in front similar to mayweather and McGregor for the pull counter damn BRUCE LEE is a LEGEND