It was like a scene from those 80’s martial arts movies. The crowd was boisterous.
We were the “new guys”, all wearing our black uniform shirt, all advocating what most judge as an “incomplete” art.
They were calling us a “Bruce Lee Fans Club”. A Mickey Mouse club.
They were all seasoned fighters with skills ranging from Muay Thai, Boxing and Grappling. We, along with 1 Kyokushinkai Karate guy, were treated as outsiders. MMA guys feel that we don’t belong in the Octagon.
Until this happened:
The fight lasted roughly 2 minutes, we won by TKO fight stoppage. But keen observers noticed that it was already over after the 0:38 mark when our guy, Marjune, connected with two Jeet Kune Do Straight Leads (and non-JKD guys would describe those straight leads as “jabs”).
The crowd was silent after the win. It was that quick and doubters during the match were silenced.
Martin Tayag, from Team JMC MMA, was clearly the more experienced fighter. Although I can’t show the video in public, people who saw the fight clearly noticed the speed, footwork and distance control of JKD. Truly, a testament that JKD can be competitive in the MMA octagon.
Next stop: Muay Thai matches, boxing matches, traditional karate fights.
It’s about time the Philippine scene see the true Ted Wong-JKD, our science, our art’s simplicity yet precision delivery, and our aggressive spirit that adhere’s to our founder’s “no way as way, no limitation as limitation”.
We are here to prove that be it combat arts, self defense, sports or plain physical fitness, JKD works.
Who’s the Mickey Mouse club now?