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Which martial art or martial artist has made the greatest influence in modern times?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by raffster, Mar 12, 2004.

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  1. raffster

    raffster IncGamers Member

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    Which martial art or martial artist has made the greatest influence in modern times?

    Bruce Lee (Jeet Kwon Do)?
    Carlos Gracie (Braziian Jiu-Jitsu)?
    Masaaki Hatsumi (modern day Ninjitsu)?
    Funakoshi Gichin (Shotokan Karate)?
    Shaolin Kung Fu revivals?
    Other?

    and why?

    (I apologize if this poll didn't come out right, it's my first time to make a poll). But please reply anyway. I'm curious what you guys think.
     
  2. Technetium

    Technetium IncGamers Member

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    I have no idea, but as far as cinema goes, Jackie Chan is responsible for injecting comedy into martial arts movies and I think he's done more for the genre than Bruce Lee, even though Lee started it. Neither are my favorite, though. That would be Sonny Chiba.
     
  3. TurdFergusen

    TurdFergusen Banned

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    Billy Blanks (Tae Bo)
     
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    Freemason Banned

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    The entire Hong Kong movie industry.

    And Turd, would you get rid of that avatar? That guy looks WAY to much like me. Other than the hat. I wear a big floppy bonnie hat
     
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    Technetium IncGamers Member

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    I'm guessing his avatar is Norm MacDonald, because Turd Ferguson is a name that Norm MacDonald acting as Burt Reynolds decided to call himself during SNL once.
     
  6. Freemason

    Freemason Banned

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    It's creeping me out. :grrr:
     
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    the 'tar stays, you go!
     
  8. Drosselmeier

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    BJJ all the way.

    The Gracie clan pretty much created mixed martial arts.
     
  9. SomeCanadianGuy

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    I don't really know that much about martial arts (never was a really big kung fu movie fan...) aside from the little I've learnt from my judo teacher Akio Nakamura. Late 40's, I really consider him to be most impressive. Dan 6 judo blackbelt, dan 3 karate black belt (or maybe it's the other way around... I can't remember right now...), the man is completely crazy. He even trained the Canadian Olympic Judo team way back in 1976, he's said. So, from my point of view, he's the only martial artist I can say that I admire.
     
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    Before Bruce Lee started flouting tradition Kung Fu could only be taught to those of chinese desent. In fact when Lee was teaching in his frist school on the west coast(San Fran I think) he was formaly chalenged and had to kick the sh.. tar out of another master to be allowed to teach non-orientals.
    Point, Set and Match. Lee :winner:
     
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    Gracie, baby! Anyone that's ever seen a heavyweight tap for a guy half his size knows what I'm talking about. There's a damn good reason every MMA fighter that ever gets a win in any organization drills BJJ as much as they do stand up. They don't even refer to BJJ moves by the fighting style anymore. It's just assumed that everyone fighting and watching knows the key BJJ positions and holds, that's how universal it's become.
     
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    Oh i'll get rid of the avatar, for a hefty sum of course, perhaps somewhere around $Texas.
     
  13. publius

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    I'd have to say Bruce Lee is almost singlehandedly responsible for the rise in popularity of Martial Arts in the west.

    While I respect the Gracies a lot as martial artists, I don't think they should be credited for MMA, and for good measure, as I find it rather overrated. It is mainly people trying too hard to be good at everything and sacrificing development of martial skill.
     
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    xXxDraGoNxXx1123 IncGamers Member

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    Bruce Lee hands down(see DraGoN ^_^)! No single martial artist in at least the last 500 years has come close to accomplishing as much as Bruce Lee did.
     
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    Bruce lee is sort of dead. Should he count?

    Why isn't Jet Li on that list? Or did you mean for him to be included under the shoalin category? Because i'm quite sure he earned the priviledge of not being lumped together with some no-name fruit loops.
     
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    Well there's something always overrated about a dead man. See my avatar.
     
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    The question is which artist has had the greatest influence in modern times, I think. So a dead guy could in theory be in the running. I just don't feel that a guy that died over 30 years ago has quite the same amount of influence over martial arts as the people who are currently actively shaping it around the world.

    I mean, you know, Gracie influence isn't just restricted to MMA competitions. These guys train freakin' militaries, including ours.
     
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    I´m just waiting for someone to claim that Lee could have beat up Mike Tyson. I don´t think we really got to the bottom of that discussion last time around.
     
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    Haha. Oh man, here we go.

    If Bruce Lee were alive today, I think he could beat up all of the Power Rangers at once.
     
  20. xXxDraGoNxXx1123

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    Yes but... Gary Coleman could beat up all of the Power Rangers at once....
     

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