Frank Dux: Real Hero, Greater than Fiction!
by Gordon Richiusa

 


Grand Master Frank Dux

             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.

 “Because 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.

“Bruce 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 Beach Internationals.

Moore 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. Moore defeated Stone in the first round, only to be faced by Frank Dux who had unexpectedly showed up afterwards challenging Moore . 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. Moore 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 directly by Kano 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 Moore ’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 Lawrence Day.

The 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.

Notwithstanding, 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. 

Bruce 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 on Lankershim Blvd , in North Hollywood , California , Sensei Bill rolled up his blinds so Dux could watch and learn.

Vic 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. Moore 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, Moore predicted Frank Dux as the up and comer to watch.

             Frank Dux was the only person Moore 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 fighting career. Moore 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."