No matter the year – Broken Rythmn is key
No matter the year, prehistoric/Egyptian/Roman times etc, defending oneself without the knowledge of pre-training in any martial art or pugilistic system by its very nature gives freedom to the one defending as they are not constrained by technique strategy or any facets that come with learning the arts. They are simply behaving, reacting, surviving naturally to what ever may come their way.
Bruce Lee along with many others saw that somewhere along the line martial arts in his time had quite simply lost its direction and was quite frankly light years away from being natural or practical for survival in a street attack situation. Bruce, like many others, realised that the beauty of the martial arts lay in being able to learn how to defend yourself more efficiently and effectively but being able to unlearn the unnatural elements that prevent you from being free of natural thought and action. One of the many ways the enlightened martial artists set about doing this was to analyse differing methods of martial arts/pugilism, but it must be made clear that it is not humanly possible for one person to learn and study thoroughly all the martial arts of the world as there are thousands upon thousands of variations from country to country.
All the while there were still many individuals who had no training in the normal sense of martial arts training, more your street fighter training(broken rhythm) but they could dispatch formally trained artists with ease. Bruce Lee and others knew this fact and they were wise enough to appreciate the fruitfulness of what they had learned.
So what then to do with that new found enlightenment, do they go out and take on all comers (street fighters included) or do they take a risk and push forward and let the world know what they have seen and learned to better improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all martial arts.
I would like to think that the genius of Bruce Lee’s search to better himself and his art influenced the way forward for the martial arts in general including the possibly misconstrued practice of mixed martial arts, the rest is history.