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I know you know already. Your patience is appreciated. But Dan Inosanto is very important.

And while that part is known, it might be worthwhile to suggest a connection to MMA. Not meant here is that obvious connection that most agree (and strongly assert) exists. Namely, that MMA's history is inexorably linked to Bruce Lee and of course Inosanto his most famous baton-carrying (Kali/Arnis/Eskrima stick?) student. Every fan of MMA shouts at the screen and at any poor soul joining them in the umpteenth viewing of any of the Dragon's films with grappling; "See, I told you! MMA!" Guilty as charged here.

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A wooden nunchaku once owned by legendary martial arts film star Bruce Lee went for a whopping $83,200 last week at Julien's Auctions. Sold during the two day Hollywood Legends & Luminaries/Hollywood Sci-fi, Action, Fantasy and More event, the nunchaku was estimated to value around $2,000 but brought in more than 40 times that amount.

It's been reported the weapon was in the possession of Lee's student, Taky Kimura, who passed away earlier this year. Though it doesn't appear to have ever been used on film, Kimura certified the nunchaku was owned by Lee from the mid 1960s up until his death in 1973 and the actor regularly practiced with it. The highest ticket item at the auction was a Walther P5 pistol used by Sean Connery in his final appearance as superspy James Bond during the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, which sold for $106,250.


As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh I tended to avoid competitive sports in favor of watching TV shows. When I first saw the Green Hornet series in the Fall of 1966, Bruce Lee as Kato captured my imagination immediately with his mastery of martial arts. The next day I talked about learning karate at school where I had just started the 7th grade. My friend Arnold told me he was going to a new judo class on Saturday at our local Jewish Y. It was a course for $10 for 10 weeks so I asked my dad if I could also go and he agreed.

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Entrepreneur Jason Kothari has acquired the rights to The Silent Flute, a movie script co-written by Bruce Lee which Lee biographer Matthew Polly has described as "the most ambitious and avant-garde kung fu screenplay ever written." Kothari plans to adapt the idea into a limited series.

Lee originally created the script along with his students, screenwriter Stirling Silliphant and actor James Coburn, to be his first major role in Hollywood films, though Coburn was to star as the hero who goes on a mystical journey to acquire "the Bible of Martial Arts." The movie Circle of Iron, starring David Carradine and loosely based on The Silent Flute, was made into a film several years after Lee's death but proved a critical and commercial failure.

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