How boxing influenced Bruce Lee’s fighting style

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The creation of the Jeet Kune Do also goes through the study of boxing.

We are all aware of how challenging boxing is on the body both physically and mentally and it has no case is a discipline that is often borrowed from fitness to improve one’s appearance.

So much so that many industry insiders as both practitioners and commentators and enthusiasts agree that it is probably the hardest sport to compete in.

Now someone could say but also MMA or Muay Thai, or the BJJ agree but I think they are still different ways of energy expenditure and also consider the number of shots.

The amount of effort, skill and dedication that he requires of his boxers is not second to any other sport, not even tennis, football, or basketball and it is no coincidence that those who try to do a structured boxing training even if trained immediately discover how the way the body draws energy in this sport is of an intensity that those who have never tried can not understand , that’s why it’s the sport that has enormous respect from all over the sporting world because those who have tried know what it means.

Look beyond appearances!

Also consider that it’s not just an athletic gesture but also strategy, you get shots, it really is not for everyone.

Boxing is one of the oldest combat disciplines, and has developed and improved following hundreds of years of sports practice but not only.

Nicknamed “the sweet science” or “the noble art”, it is a discipline that is continuously elaborated and perfected at every fight by increasingly performing and creative athletes and coaches who study every day new methods and strategies tailored to opponents and boxing styles, to get ready in front of the eyes of an audience exalted and excited by the sporting clash.

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All this and much more makes boxing one of the greatest activities to integrate with whatever martial art you practice and it’s no coincidence that it influenced one of the men who shaped the way we want to fight today, I’m talking about Bruce Lee.

Lee was a careful scholar of many martial arts, a forerunner of multi-disciplinary, the pursuit of real combat and athletic preparation for combat.

Every art teaches you something important and allows you to feel more comfortable in different situations!

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Lee’s inspiration continues

The impact of Lee’s unfortunately short but rich career is still present today and has influenced generations of martial arts practitioners.

Even today, almost 50 years after his death, he continues to inspire and be the subject of studies.

Countless books have been written about him and he has left behind beyond the cinema a trail of important students that continues to inspire fighters young and old.

About him beyond the cinema with remakes, books, video games, merchandising, etc. on Bruce Lee and his Jeet Kune Do.

Among the incredible things he has accomplished in his only 33 years of life is the development of the Jeet Kune Do, a combat discipline that shows both Lee’s respect for the traditional traditions of martial arts in the East and his openness to the innovations and discoveries of combat practices in the West.

Without much surprise, a central element of these Western disciplines is boxing.

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Dan Inosanto and Leo Fong

Dan Inosanto, Lee’s training partner, said of how while “most people are unaware of it, Bruce Lee was very interested in boxing, scientific boxing.”

In a YouTube video there is Leo Fong, a Golden Gloves boxer who was also one of the guys Lee trained with and who fondly recounts how boxing mattered in turning Lee into the star he would become and the creation of JKD.

Lee would go on to amass a huge library of books and videos, many of which were related to real boxing matches he analyzed scientifically.

It is usually said that on Wednesday he gathered friends to do a boxing marathon and already from there the infinite interest in the nuances of the sport came out in a clear way to learn as much as possible from the sport.

Lee’s first contact with boxing

Fong says that when Lee arrived from China he had a position developed through the Chinese discipline Wing Chun from which he had not yet evolved much.

His position was upright and Fong recounts how during the sparring his attacks scored because it was enough to take a step forward followed by a good left hook to hit him but also to change Lee’s style forever.

For Lee, this was anything but enlightenment.

Bruce Lee until then had not paid much attention to the characteristic of the Western fighting style called boxing!

Precisely for this reason the study of the art of combat is a path made of continuous research and curiosity!

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The dedication and obsession with boxing

It was this stubborn determination, this obsession, combined of course with all the skills he learned from other disciplines before his move to America (including the Cha Cha dance!), which allowed him to transcend and improve his kung fu training, in the Jeet Kune Do development process.

Bruce Lee would be in 2020, 80 years old today, if he had not died at the young age of 33.

His followers went in different directions after his death, all inspired and guided by his teachings and formation.

Unfortunately, it is not known how his discipline would have evolved under his control.

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Boxing Skills in Jeet Kune Do

Boxing is an integral part of the Jeet Kune Do.

Bruce Lee has studied Western boxing a lot, understanding its potential in the middle distance where boxing is its undisputed queen.

Boxing is a real school for the study of average distance and regardless of the art you practice it is a fundamental element of study that you have to integrate if you really want to understand and master this distance.

In all his books and personal writings you find many references on noble art, with detailed drawings on strokes, body and foot movements (footwork), dodges and evasions of blows, etc.

Any personal defense system that doesn’t integrate an advanced boxing studio within it doesn’t understand the importance of dominating the average distance where boxing is a leader and that’s still a long-to-short transition distance that you can’t avoid.

Study boxing and its natural evolution in dirty boxing,this is the best choice you can make today in striking.

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What we do know is that one of the disciplines that formed the foundations of JKD is boxing,the sweet science of boxing, would continue to transform with each fighter and evolve through every fight.

The phrase be like water“, as it is widely known, expresses the attitude it has carried with it throughout its life.

Now this is to tell you that regardless of your martial art or self-defense system, etc. the study of boxing is essential!

Stay Tuned!

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Written by Andrea

Istruttore e appassionato di arti marziali del Sud Est Asiatico e Fight Sport.

AM Praticate: Boxing, Kali, Muay Thai, Silat, Jeet Kune Do, BJJ, CSW, MMA, Self Defence, Fencing Knife, Stick Fighting.

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