If you are a part of the “now generation” of martial artists
then in all likelihood you and your teachers were influenced by Bloodsport,
the 1988 motion picture based on the true story of a martial art
Living Legend, Hanshi, Frank W. Dux. The cult film Bloodsport
owes its origins to Black Belt magazine where Frank Dux and the
International Fighting Arts Association/Official Black Dragon
Fighting Society is debuted in the November 1980, issue.
this is a true story of a martial art great, Bloodsport
became the most globally syndicated and viewed martial art film
in television and film history! No
other comes a close second!” says the former Warner Bros
VP of Marketing and Advertising, Joseph Sinda AKA “Doc
Hollywood.” Warner Bros is the film studio that distributes Bloodsport
and the martial art classic Enter
The Dragon starring Bruce Lee.
Lee officially requested Warner Bros to help him find Frank
Dux,” says the former Warner Bros. VP, Joseph Sinda. Sinda
attributes this to the fact the Warner Bros action star had been
told over the years how there existed a teenager who was big and
way faster than the “The Dragon”. Bruce Lee’s sources
being none other than Martial Art legends Bill Ryusaki and USKA
Karate Champion Victor Moore just to name but two.
The Warner Bros VP, Sinda
insists Bruce Lee had no choice but take the claim seriously
given the fact Vic Moore had bested Bruce Lee in a test of speed
four (4) out of six (6) times in an exhibition, at the 1969 Long
fought and defeated Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Bill
“Superfoot” Wallace and many others renowned for their
lightening fast speed. It
is Vic Moore who put an end to Mike Stone’s undefeated winning
streak of 91 fights.
defeated Stone in the first round, only to be faced by Frank Dux
who had unexpectedly showed up afterwards challenging
. They fought for fifteen minutes or more says Vic Moore and
Lawrence Day. Vic didn’t realize it at the time but Dux was
only thirteen at the time.
thinking he was faced with a cocky 17 maybe 18 year old young
man given Dux athletic build and height.
The Moore/Dux fight resulted in Dux coming to the attention of
martial art Jujitsu and Judo legend Jack Senzo Seki (trained
Jiguro/founder of Judo) as well as Senzo Seki’s father, Senzo
Tanaka. Impressed they became Frank Dux first formal teachers in
the martial arts. That is, in addition to the Black
Dragon Fighting Society members who’d made up
’s entourage. The Dux Moore fight was viewed as an initiation
by the BDFS. “It had
made Frank Dux the youngest BDFS member in our history,”
boast BDFS original members Don Miskel. Ernie Reynolds and
BDFS was founded by John Keehan AKA Count Dante and is viewed by
some as the toughest crew in the martial arts world since it was
willing to escort Vic Moore and other minorities into whites
only hotels so they could be allowed to compete. This occurred
during an era where if you were black you rode in the back of
the bus or had to accept the best you could attain was third
place. Complain you faced being ball batted. The BDFS was
regularly outnumbered ten sometimes twenty to one and stood firm
and willing to fight for racial equality when they walked into
the whites only tournaments. Having never backed down, they
looked for raw grit not trophies. Turning away many a martial
art champion because they lacked the same resolve.
Frank Dux incredible speed and determination caught the
attention of not only BDFS but also many school owners as well
given the fact he could be seen auditing their classes. “The
sidewalk was his mat,” Bill Ryusaki recalls how Dux was too
poor and shy to walk in and ask to enroll.
Lee would occasionally visit sensei Bill and just miss running
into this amazing kid who was lightning fast. After cleaning
Bill Rysaki’s Ryu Dojo
windows or sweeping the sidewalk in front of the school, located
, Sensei Bill rolled up his blinds so Dux could watch and learn.
Moore is the first fighter along with martial art legend Joe
Lewis to debut Professional Kickboxing. This occurred on the
Merv Griffin show in the early 1970’s. Frank Dux credits
Lewis, Moore and Ryusaki fighting styles as having given him the
right tools to become a champion.
will often talk of Dux following him around like an oversized
puppy with sharp teeth and hungry eyes, studying Moore’s and
Joe Lewis every move. Paying attention to Dux’s progress,
predicted Frank Dux as the up and comer to watch.
Frank Dux was the only person
says he couldn’t defeat and proclaims in the 2009 December
issue of Amsterdam News
as well as in the soon to be released Put Up Your Dux documentary, Frank Dux has the distinction of being
the most memorable opponent in Victor Moore’s illustrious
says without a doubt and not trying to take anything away from
Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Bill Wallace,
etc. that "Frank Dux was pound for pound the best fighter
he'd ever fought or had ever seen."