FRANK DUX: BEYOND BLOODSPORT
Frank Dux born in Toronto, Canada, in 1956, is the eldest son of Holocaust survivors. In the early 1960’s, the Dux family settled in the heart of California San Fernando Valley, what is referred to by martial art scholars as the “Valley Of Champions.” Since the San Fernando Valley is where leading martial art trade magazine and book publishers were located, becoming a figurative Mecca for leading Martial Art Masters and Competitors. Most of which, were teaching within a short distance of each other.
Unable to afford the tuitions to formally enroll in commercial schools shaped Frank Dux into becoming the Mixed Martial Art archetype, not fixated on pursuing any one style. Acting contrary to the then popular belief of puefecting “purity and tradition;” what Bruce Lee referred to as the “Classical mess.”
Frank Dux began his study by auditing the various styles of such greats as Bill Ryusaki, Bob Ozman, Bong Soo Han, S.B. Moon, John Leone and many other martial legends. Frank Dux who studied from them, stood on the outside looking in, the sidewalk his mat. In a 2002 documentary on no-holds-barred Kumite (that forms the basis of Bloodsport and MMA) Grandmaster Bill Ryusaki, sidekick to Bruce Lee and teacher to such Champions as Cecil Peoples and Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, says:
From 1975 to 1980 Frank W. Dux fought 329 matches.
He retired undefeated as the World Heavy Weight
Full Contact Kumite Champion.
Mr. Dux still holds four world records:
Fastest Knockout - 3.2 seconds
Fastest Punch with a Knockout - .12 seconds
Fastest Kick with a Knockout - 72 mph
Most Consecutive Knockouts in a Single Tournament - 56
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