So Chael used to talk about Bruce Lee in the positive, but there is a movement now to just act like Bruce was only an actor. There is a HUGE emphasis on suggesting people have to compete to prove that they could fight. And while I agree it's certainly an indication, it doesn't mean someone could not defend themselves. The comment section is riddled with people who fail at just some basic facts. My understanding is: 1. Bruce Lee apparently did some amateur boxing in Hong Kong? 2. Hard sparring was a common thing he participated in during his own training and with his students. He says in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do frequently that hard sparring is vital. 3. That while he did not compete, a lot of this had to do with not wanting to develop muscle memory for rule sets. Some of his fundamental strikes are not legal in any competition. (Eye gouges/pokes, pulling hair, etc.) And while yes I know practicing these things without being in an "alive" environment doesn't help you get good at them there are things that someone can do that we don't do in competition because they are too likely to seriously injure competitors. This is just common sense. My comment was that people should talk to people who actually knew him and trained with and around him. he was not a competitive fighter but he absolutely could fight, and did fight on multiple occasions. And he influenced and trained competitive fighters like Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, etc.