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#353131 - 08/10/07 01:25 PM Re: Is JKD the Father of MMA??? [Re: MattJ]
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Asking if JKD is the father of MMA is like asking if James Brown is the father of soul. He wasnt the first to do it, but he was effective at what he did, he was true to his own personal beliefs and did it his way, and he inspired others to follow in his footsteps, to create and improve on their own. Just like Bruce Did with JKD. So Id say yes JKD is the father of MMA whether it was here first or not isnt relevant. Whats relevant is what it contributed to the MA world, particularly in the west at a time when little was known about any martial arts.
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#353132 - 08/13/07 04:05 PM Re: Is JKD the Father of MMA??? [Re: Chen Zen]
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I'd agree with Chen in that Bruce Lee was such a owerful symbol to many people and brought many people into MA that his philosophies have helped shape modern training methods and Western attitudes to multi-style training etc.

One question, tho'. Have there been any major MMA competitors who claimed to be from a (solely) JKD background?

Funny, I always thought the term MMA refered to the mix of styles within the ring rather than the mix of styles a competitor has trained in.
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