He never believed in dead training at all, and trained with the WC people because they were active inter-kwoon fighters.Quote:
But imagine if Bruce had continued to champion things like Wing Chun, centerline fighting, and dead training? Yikes, that's an ugly world to imagine...
For good or ill, WC is a core component of Bruce's art.Quote:
That's why we should all remember and love Bruce. He boldly defied the Evil Chun and pointed to Western fighters and said "ah, there can be better ways than those of the Eastern Masters".
Royce fought in UFC 1-5, and Jimmerson was the only striker he faced who hadn't already started cross training in grappling.Quote:
The strikers in UFC1-10 were clueless about that, and learned that lesson the hard way when a tiny Brazilian tied them up with his limbs.
Gordeau was training with Remco and Hammaker, Ichihara was cross trained in Judo, Delucia had been practicing with the Gracie Basics set for more than a year, Pat Smith was practicing Yudo, Kimo had the Gracie instructionals and was working out with grapplers, as was Hackney. I suppose you could say that Van Clief was a grappling noob, but even he had BB's in JJJ and Aiki-JuJutsu. It's not that Royce opened those guy's eyes to grappling, it's that they were grappling n00bs compared to him. Yes Royce made them look bad, but he made Shamrock look bad too. Royce was just plain better prepared.
If you followed martial arts in 1991-92 you knew who the Gracie brothers were, and if you didn't own the In Action tapes and the Gracie Basics tapes, chances are you knew someone who did. Hell, a lot of us bought UFC I because there was a Gracie in it.
The take home message from the early UFC's was not so much that grappling was important for mixed-styles competition, but a realistic assessment of just how important it really was.