Instead of reading, how about DOING?
He never claimed to have invented this. He even states boxers and wrestlers do this without thinking about it because it makes so much sense. News flash, Bruce Lee didn't invent it, either.
He seems to be repeating a philosophical concept from a very talented but short lived martial artist named Bruce Lee
Probably. Maybe people should stop worshipping him, then?
who I believe had more movie fights than real life fights.
Bullshit. "Old School" martial arts used sparring EXTENSIVELY. Not only that, but they CHALLENGED each other to see who's better. After all, teaching people martial arts was how they made money. Rivals were bad. When the war periods ended, people just didn't see a reason to learn to fight anymore. There really is no reason to know how to fight. It's just fun. Anyway, it went hardcore sparring --> dead patterns --> starting to see more sparring now.
This misses the mark considerably IMNSHO, considering that the "dead" martial arts have been very effective for many, many years (people couldn't fight effectively pre-UFC huh???) for fighting as well as non-martial aspects such as health, exercise, forging the spirit, learning culture, confidence, fun, social outlet, and etc. Many of these practicioners aren't interested in training for sport events and winning fake gold belts, much like MMA people aren't interested in participating in t'ai chi sensing hands tournaments.
Are you deaf or stupid? He said that it doesn't matter what style you do, it's HOW you do it. The only real difference between Shotokan Karate and Kyokushin Karate is that KK actually spars, whereas SK just stands in a line and screams. Trying to use your moves against someone who is trying to use his against you is how you really learn how to fight. Not standing in a line and punching in the air. That is the whole point.
The fact that MMA is a combination of mainly TMAs (http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=LearnUFC.Styles
) escapes some people, and they believe such combining is new and improved way of doing martial arts. They were, of course, beat to the punch by hundreds and hundreds of years.
Point out a "dead" thing in BJJ, then. What? Showing how to do an arm bar, or shrimping exercises that are meant to be a warm up anyway? What else you got?
I conjecture that if one were to point out a 'dead' thing in BJJ, JKD, etc., I imagine he'd call it something like a 'conditioning exercise', or say the the belts are 'for acheivement', etc. anything to explain the 'dead' away in what he practices.
Which holds would be moot?
One can appeal to early UFC all they'd like, but MMA events seem to actually be (d)evolving into mainly sporting events with weight classes, knowing your opponent in advance, dozens of rules, many which limit striking, limit holds, and if they weren't there would make many holds moot,
UFC is American. America is ego-driven and insercure. Get used to it. Watch some Pride. Different rules, too.
and a WWE-like atmosphere that comes off as an insecure display of aggression marketed primarily towards male teenagers.
Please, shut the **** up about realism in MMA unless you've actually done it. I've done real sparring. There is nothing fake about it. You get punched, you get thrown, you hit the ground, and you get hurt. The only difference is that you probably won't die. But that's not what's running through your mind, anyway. You're worried about not losing your teeth.
I attempt to explain my beliefs on the relationship between the contact allowed and the situation at http://www.statisticool.com/fights.htm
to show why appealing to UFC-ish events is missing the point somewhat.
(deflates own head, steps off soap box)
Then you have completely missed the point. Go do a REAL martial art and then come back here.
Are the techniques good that he teaches and can one be trained there to be a great fighter and would the gym be recommended? All sources point to YES!!!. I just don't think it is anything new, and don't think it makes other martial arts 'dead' in the slightest.