Bruce Lee in full contact Jeet Kune Do sparring!

A rare must watch footage!

The difference between a movie fight and a real brawl is so immense that many people think movie martial artists just can’t fight in the ring not talking about the street. However, even if there’s only one person who was equally good at dismantling enemies in the movies and sparring with real opponents, that person is Bruce Lee.

Jim “the Dragon” Kelly who acted with Bruce in “Enter the Dragon” (1973) which nowadays has a cult status, praised Lee as one of the best men to spar with. “Bruce Lee was unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable, guys. You don’t know how great this guy was. I’m not talking about the actor, I’m talking about the martial artist, guy who knew the stuff. Bruce Lee was untouchable. The speed, the timing, the technique – unbelievable. He could spar with anybody, any size, it didn’t matter what size you were. He could go hands only or he could go hands and feet and he was way above everybody”, Kelly stated in one of his interviews.

An iconic martial artist, Bruce Lee managed to do so many things in only 32 years of his life – some people grow old and don’t do a tenth of it. He was an actor, a philosopher, a poet but what’s more important for combat sports community, he was the founder of Jeet Kune Do or JKD (Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do since 2004), an eclectic fighting art. His approach to a fight was maximum speed combined with the minimum movement, intercepting the opponent’s attack and countering at once. This video shows Bruce Lee demonstrating Jeet Kune Do in a full contact sparring. Actually, according to Bruce, Jeet Kune Do could be used in any of the existing martial arts as it’s more of an approach and ideology than of a fighting system. He described it as follows: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. That water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend”. Very poetic and yet clear, isn’t it?