The transcript below is from the video “The King Of Lethwei’s JeetKuneDo KungFu ● BRUCE LEE LIVES” by MindSmash.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Pre-Covid before the world went into chaos, I remember Lethwei’s popularity rising rapidly because of one man who reigned atop it as a king. Dave Leduc is the King of Lethwei, and intruigingly enough, he knows Sanshou or Sanda Kung Fu similarily to Cung Le, but beyond that, he also has Bruce Lee’s martial art under his belt: Jeet Kune Do. It’s not something someone would notice at first, but the moment you point it out, you start to notice how he’s flowing into Bruce Lee’s low side kick and using it to set up a whole unorthodox arsenal of technique. Truly, Bruce Lee’s philosophy and technical understanding live on today as strong as ever, even amongst the worlds greatest martial artists, with this segment here focusing on one who took it to Lethwei… That said, thank you for joining me on this breakdown as we take a closer glance.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Yellow! Many of us have seen a fighter actually striking the focus mitts with his head and we thought it was intriguing, the novelty of it and the fighter’s effort towards building his brand had to go viral for a period of time, pre-COVID. Even before I saw the fad, I knew this man had a crazy level of hunger, a crazy work ethic, with the amount of effort he was putting forward towards bringing his sport to a wider audience. I remember him especially because he threw an intriguing sidekick that was first feigned as a low kick which meant to me that he was a more open-minded martial artist.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Thus, the moment I looked into his actual fighting style I was straight up blown away. It was far more than just a head butter sidekick that I found. He was a far more complete fighter than I ever could have predicted. Both stylistically and mentally. This man was just very remarkable. Just watch his full-length fight. I’ll leave a link in the description below. It could almost pass as a highlight reel just by itself with his overall work rate, picking his shots against the openings presented.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Dave Leduc, he touches his opponents at the ranges presented with his lankier attributes, which in turn sets up higher levels of commitment at closer ranges. Either as a counter to his opponent’s attempt to force their way in. Here, landing a long-left hook, noting his opponent’s attempt to time against the teep or he can make reads in regard to higher flinching and time you against that programming. Here he faints that teep with a chamber then slips into his left. One of his go-to defenses is the pull, which goes very well with his overall style, as he effectively manages space, pressure created through teeps and of course his capacity to land counters. It just creates this field of respect.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Watch. Here. A low kick without setup. Dave Leduc sees it a mile away, which leads to a clean counter via overhand. It’s easy to see Dave Leduc is not necessarily an explosive fighter. Instead because he’s very calm and relaxed, the damage he deals is a by-product of his clean technique. The efficient kinetic linking which effectively leverages his mass from the ground up. Precision and technique are his go-to and his present calm methodical approach, allows him to pick these shots in the first place. The man is a Samurai, who with his relaxed disposition and lanky attributes is leveraging a fluid intelligence.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Watch how he flows into this sequence here. It is a compilation of reeds which has him land a beautiful left hook, fainting the tip with a chamber. Dave, he tries to come in with an elbow but once again his opponent pulls exiting what they check. Dave remembers his opponent doing this thus, without even looking at his opponent, he knows he’s fading away. Shift to close that space massive load up in the new backhand. Boom! His opponent could not even react until it was too late.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Dave Leduc lands the sequence again in the fight reading his opponent’s pull to the elbow. The lost art of shifting using the elbow to load up the lead, following through with the shift to cover that space. Boom! Novelty. His opponent realizing that it isn’t working playing the more technical game versus Dave Leduc, he does attempt to turn this bout into more of a fight. And he does actually catch Dave Leduc doing this, but even that starts the weather. Thus, despite his opponent’s more aesthetic physique, Dave Leduc was just a more complete fighter with a higher fight IQ and just a vaster arsenal. Overall, calm and present, flowing into openings, making adjustments against [inaudible], flinches and reactions. Over time it all snowballed into a win for Dave Leduc. Securing the boat via fourth knockdown rule.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

You know, you feel a real vibe with this man. It’s like he was faded for a loth way but intriguingly that’s not his only style. Dave Leduc also has Sanshou and Jeet Kune Do under his belt. I don’t know why he reminded me of Cung Le at first, but this starts to make a lot more sense to me. From what I can tell, Dave Leduc and Cung Le have the same fight philosophy.

Cung Le (Mixed Martial Artist):

“Confidence alone wins a lot of fights. I just want to see enough, the movement, the angles and uh, you know, you, you over study it, for me, sometimes you know, you tend to look for things and in a fight you don’t want to look for things. You want to be, take what’s open and defend what’s coming.”

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

The greatest Sanshou fighter of all time. That’s just it. They aren’t looking for something specific but instead taking what is available in the present moment and snowballing off reads made in that present. Even if Dave Leduc had an excellent marketing campaign clapping folk smiths with his head, clearly, he’s far more than just that. He’s a fluid stand-up artist with a remarkable arsenal in compliment. I look forward to his future as current King of Lethwei. With the world caught up in this craziness and chaos, when a bit more order is set and this man returns, definitely I’ll be watching.




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