Sifu Freddie’s Message To Shannon Lee
Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee said,
“My dad would have really enjoyed UFC, I think he was very into real combat, his art is all about being a complete fighter and being able to handle yourself in any situation you find yourself in. This (the UFC) is really the closest you can get to it.”
Ms. Shannon Lee I completely disagree with you. You may be Bruce’s daughter by blood but that does not mean you know anything about true Martial Arts. The spirit of the Martial Arts is not passed on by blood, but the understanding comes from within and it’s an individual experience. Yes, Bruce was into studying real combat but UFC is not real. His art is not about being a complete fighter, his art is about being a complete HUMAN BEING. And yes, he teaches to be able to handle yourself in any situation you find yourself in by learning “The art of fighting without fighting” (as he stated in his film, Enter the Dragon). Bruce Lee’s movies, his writings (and interviews) speak for him. Sorry Ms. Shannon Lee, you don’t have to speak for him… And UFC is NOT the closest that you can get to real fighting. Real fighting only occurs in real life – away from the cameras. In real life, real fighting occurs spontaneously, not in controlled environments designed for entertainment for profit. Real fighting many times will involve real death and real jail time.
Bruce’s movies portray something much more real than UFC will ever portray.
Sifu Freddie Lee
[Thoughts via FMK’s Facebook. 1//10/12]
“To me, ultimately, martial arts mean honestly expressing yourself… Now it’s easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling… but to honestly express oneself – not lying to oneself. And to express myself honestly; that, my friend, is very hard to do.”
(Bruce Lee, “The Lost Interview. Aired in 1971)