Long before the MMA (Mixed martial arts) craze hit America, Bruce Lee combined various disciplines and
techniques into his own personal style, which he often added to by adapting to
the fighting approaches of many different opponents. "He had built his own
style, ... more as it were," concurred co-star John Saxon. "He had developed his own
ideas, and they worked splendidly for him." Many purists did not appreciate his
multi-faceted mix, but Lee thrived on it.
Actor Bob Wall said that Lee was a brilliant, well-read athlete who was very
bright and very determined. "A little-known fact is that he was the 1958 cha-cha
champion of Hong Kong," revealed Wall. "He studied fencing and was very eclectic
and had wide interests. He oozed talent. Clearly you see it on screen. I do a
lot of Bruce Lee seminars all over the world, and I
always tell people that they love him for his great body, his charismatic screen
presence and his marrying of ballet with martial arts, but if you took all that
away from him you would have loved to hang with him because he was a good guy.
He was kind, funny, well-read, charismatic, he was a real package."