Chuck Norris says people want to know one thing – could he have beaten Bruce Lee:
Many have opined about the answer. Some even indicted what I haven’t said. For example, contrary to the Toronto Star’s recent report, I have not admitted that I “would be no match for Lee in a real fight.”
The truth is Lee was a formidable opponent with a chiseled physique and technique. I totally enjoyed sparring and just spending time with him. He was as charismatic and friendly in the ring and at home as he was on film. His confidence and wit were dazzling and sometimes even debilitating to others — saying things to others, such as: “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”
Lee was lightning fast, very agile and incredibly strong for his size. He was also a master marketer — a fact demonstrated by his ability to talk the world karate champion at the time (me) into being defeated on-screen!
However, many today don’t realize he never competed professionally. If he had, I believe he would have been a world champion.
Blah, blah, blah…answer the question, Chuck:
So, would I have beaten Bruce Lee in a real competition or not? You’ll forgive me for answering with another Bruce-ism: “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
Chuck has a really good column over at Townhall.com. I especially enjoyed reading this one. Nice work, Chuck.
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