This week’s episode of The Bruce Lee Story: As Told by You–Episode 5, brought to us by Round 5 and aired on collectbrucelee.com, features current UFC fighter Matt Mitrione and The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 contestant Andy Main, speaking about Bruce Lee's affect on the future of Mixed Martial Arts and the world.
Main speaks quietly, calmly and almost solemnly about his hero and the man who has inspired the universe.
“Bruce Lee has been an icon for martial arts in general and for me personally. I believe that Bruce Lee was really the first true mixed martial artist.”
What are the first words that come to mind when you think of Bruce Lee?
To Mitrione, they are “legend, originator…just one of a kind.”
Many people, both fighters and fans alike, may not have known that Lee regularly incorporated various forms of grappling into his training regimen.
“I have his book–The Tao of Jeet Kune Do–it’s still underneath my bed and I remember reading through it.
“That was actually the first exposure to grappling that I ever had…I don’t remember if it was takedowns, but it was some forms of grappling in the book. So, it was really awesome,” remembers Main.
No matter whom you ask about what Lee means to them, you will undoubtedly receive a unique answer in reply.
“Bruce Lee has impacted me in several ways, but more than anything else it’s the consciousness of unconscious movement; letting whatever happens happen, but making sure you’re always in control of whatever the situation is,” comments Mitrione.
The creators of this series, Round 5, a Canadian Mixed Martial Arts toy company would love to hear from the readers on how Bruce Lee has affected their lives.