The Best of the Best:

No. this is not a movie review. i wouldn't touch THAT movie (or its sequals) with a 10-metre stick if my life depended on it.

this is about Martial Arts. again.
this is a post that's been inside my head for soooo many months, its release was finally triggered just a few minutes ago, by the SoBster, in his Bruce Lee comment.

ahem. here we go:

ok, so who IS the best?

definitely NOT Bruce Lee.
he was ok, v.good, but not kick-ass. that would be one of the guys below.

(kick-ass = in my book, it means end-all and be-all. no.1 all the way baby, no excuses, no holding back. Maybe others have other definitions)

this is not a very simple question as it appears to be, and as a result, the answer will be complex and long-winded.


Being the best, is clearly being no.1, no ties or runner-ups.
Also, it also implies being the best all round fighter in the world, not just in an individual art.
this is sadly not the case, because we are only human (see exceptions below) and have our limitations and weaknesses. few have broken this rule: i know of three such people, and i believe there may be a few more.

1. Musashi Miyamoto.
Nuff said.
i will not write anything regarding his life or works because whatever i may write, it will come up short. i believe my friend KyuBei have researched this much better than me.

2. Masutatsu Oyama (Don't be a fanboy and believe all the legendary hype surrounding him, nor trust blindly the words of Jon Bluming&co.)

Sosai Oyama (1923-1994) was a Korean who moved to Japan, and studied Martial Arts proper. he did so many feats that are accredited by his critics before his supporters. such acts are stuff of legend. i will cite only one, verified by master Jon Bluming in his website, Sensei Bluming is the #1 Oyama critic, and one of his former star students:

"A fight never lasted more than three minutes, and most rarely lasted more than a few seconds. His fighting principle was simple — if he got through to you, that was it.

If he hit you, you broke. If you blocked a rib punch, you arm was broken or dislocated. If you didn't block, your rib was broken. He became known as the Godhand, a living manifestation of the maxim -Ichi geki, Hissatsu- or "One strike, certain death". To him, this was the true aim of technique in karate. The fancy footwork and intricate techniques were secondary (though he was also known for the power of his head kicks).

3. Fedor Emelianenko

born 1976.
Fedor has been considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world for the last three years by virtually all major Mixed Martial Arts publications: (1)
, (2)

i really don't want to talk more about him because he has a big fight coming one month from now and i don't want to jinx him. (silly, but we all have some kind of superstition)

once i was asked who in the world of Fighting today (Kyokushin included) would win over Fedor, i believe in my answer still, when i said:
"No-One. .. but if he was there when Oyama was still alive and in his prime, its about 70-30 in Oyama's favor."

i believe these three are in a league of their own. there will be just One Musashi, One Oyama and One Fedor.
You have been warned.
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