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Who are the Jiu Jitsu/MMA heros?

    Wed, 2006-09-27 12:24 — Gumby

    Got to thinking after re-reading my Blog entry and reading some comments made: My Real Start in Martial Arts

    Point being, I didn't want to judo when I was younger, I wanted to do Karate because of Bruce Lee (which doesn't make sense either).

    If someone young want to get into martial arts, who are their role models going to be now?

    I don't know if any of the MMA stars qualify, because I don't know if MMA is appropriate for young children (then again, neither were Bruce Lee movies). If there is an MMA/Jiu Jitsu star that qualifies, it would have to be Royce Gracie, although he may have lost some luster after losing badly to Matt Hughes.

    Maybe the PowerRangers? Final Fu? I don't know, I don't really have a good answer for this. But to a large extent, someone who can capture kid's imaginations is going to have to step forward to really take this sport to the new next level.

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    As far as having children look up to someone, I would have to say Matt Hughes. He has a clean cut all american small country town look about him. He is a good fighter (but I think BJ Penn can still take him), and he does not get in trouble in the press. I would like a fighter who does not come accross angry but as a role model. :cool:

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    Bruce Lee

    After all MMA is really the essence behind Jeet Kun Do. Don't be so rigidly loyal to one style that you miss out on the effectiveness of others. Funny how the rest of us caught on 20 years after Lee's death.

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