BADGER: IMO, the most overlooked aspect of Bruce Lee is that he created a unique martial art at the tender age of 25. Despite his youth, portions of his art were already battle tested in the streets of Hong Kong and Seattle. It speaks to his genius that he was constantly evolving and improving upon techniques that, for the most part, had saved his bacon. Right or wrong, Bruce Lee's approach to teaching JKD, was to teach different methods to different people. For example, he only taught the full pendulum footwork to Ted Wong because Wong was small and relied on his ability to get in and out. The 5'11" 220 pound Bob Bremer was taught the Hammer Principle due to his ability to crash the line.
James DeMile recalled his experiences at a convention in the early 90's that focused on bringing in Bruce Lee students from Seattle, Oakland, and L.A./Chinatown. After watching students from each time period perform certain techniques, DeMile was struck by the vast differences between the fighting methods of each time period. DeMile added, "It amazes me that every one of these students was taught by the same man." Fortunately, the passing of time has allowed JKD instructors the luxury of choosing their own path. Some focus on the Jun Fan Gung Fu aspects of JKD, while others feel that the L.A./Chinatown JKD methods are more effective.
There is a uniformity, however, in the delivery system of JKD. Bruce felt that his updated Bai Jong stance helped to protect vital targets and was a far more efficient way of delivering effective kicks and punches. The raised rear heel acted as both a pivot mechanism (e.g., overlapping circles maximizes body torque) and a means of engaging what he called the "spring load." JKD is certainly not for everyone, but couldn't the same be said of any martial art? IMO, the key is the individual and not the martial art, and creating a list of the best or most effective martial art(s) is a study in futility.
Believe me, do not believe this propaganda. There is no real fight on television . Joe Lewis said an interview 'I would only fight with Gracies in a fight without rules'. He knew he would be defeated in a rules fight and would be the winner in a no-rules fight. In UFC fights they constantly need to stop the fight when a fighter involuntarily hits the eyes of their opponent. In a real fight no one will stop the fight when someone hits your eyes in a real fight when you have a person as fast as Bruce Lee trying to hit your eyes you have a very serious problem. Joe Lewis said in an interview'I did not have a great time in the ring actually I never liked hitting people`. Fighting is a very serious thing, beating other people is a very serious thing, it's not entertainment for idiot kids. Fighting leaves sequels that are going to be carried for life, a genius like Bruce Lee was never going to enter a stupid egos competition.