bruce lee was an amazing martial artist, among one of the great innovators of modern times. he realized the true nature of the martial arts is combat and to be successful in combat when facing any opponent you have to know how to adapt. and adaptation is the very essense of his system. he realized that to be a complete fighter you had to look at each range of attack and intergrate the art that best worked in that range, ex. striking range, boxing is considered the best striking range art, trapping-wing chun, and so on..
add his celebrity as an actor and you have a great podium to promote your style and martial arts in general.. no one did that better than bruce lee, his charismatic nature and logical philosophies made him the poster child for modern day mixed martial arts..
he brought the martial arts to mainstream america, and for that i personally am truely greatful..