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Let's name names, who is your "reliable source"? Why so secretive?I'll back Philip up regarding Delgado being the 1st choice for WOTD. I was informed of this info from a very reliable source back in the late 80's
Sorry Chris maybe I worded my initial reply all wrong and what I should of said was......And the source is...?
I know that Davis Miller is not well-respected amongst Bruce Lee historians, but he stated that Louis Delgado was Lee's first choice to play the villian in WOTD. Davis planned on interviewing Louis for his book on Bruce Lee when fate took a nasty turn and Delgado died of AIDS. Bruce worked out with 4 of the premiere point fighters of the 1960's. He sparred with Delgado and Norris, and did drill-oriented work with Lewis and Stone. For the most part, these workouts occurred at Lee's home in Culver City.Let's name names, who is your "reliable source"? Why so secretive?
Yes Bruce did teach these great guys. What people don't realise was that Karate Tournaments back in the 1960's were mostly not full contact. Unless someone got carried away like Joe Lewis :-). Matches were marked/won on points by weather or not the judges believed that you would have hit your opponent with your punch or kick. A ref would try to stop both participants before they hit each other. People say that Bruce never partook in these tournament so they diminish his skill, but the truth of the matter is that there would have been no point for Bruce to partake in karate tounements because he would have got disqualified. Bruce was training for real world combat and not for point fighting. Only after Bruce helped Joe Lewis adapt his martial arts technique to incorporate boxing suddenly did kickboxing really take off in the early 70s. And this paved the way for Benny the Jet & Bill Superfoot Wallace etc ect. Bruce helped these Karate champions adapt and evolve their fighting styles which is what JKD was meant for. It was meant for seasoned martial artist who had a solid root foundation in whatever form of martial art they had, not as its portrayed today which is as a stand alone fighting art. What we have today is Dan Innsanto's version of JKD. Bruce taught these great guys and they learned greatly from him but he also learned greatly form them. The more time he spent with them, taught them and pushed them, the more they evolved and the more Bruce had to evolve and grow so it was a mutual teaching. As a side note, Bruce started to teach JKD to non martial artist purely because in the late 1960s Bruce was going through a somewhat hard time and he was trying to promote himself. So Bruce decided to try to teach his way to gain more income. Note how when he became super successful after FOF, he decided to close his schools.This is a proof that Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, Mike Stone were Bruce Lee's pupils. Audio- Bruce Lee read the article in Washington Star (1970) stating the fact. Pages of Bruce Lee's diary of clearly seen the appointments for the trainings with them.
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