Frank Dux, Kumite Champion

As a true JCVD fan, I am a believer in the legacy of Frank Dux. Many, if not most people, accept that the story of Frank Dux in the movie “Bloodsport” is in fact based on the real life events of a guy named Frank Dux who competed in an event called the Kumite.  I mean hell, if they roll text at the end of the movie that represents something as a fact – then it must be a fact.  However, I decided that I wanted to know more about the man who JCVD brought to life so I did some research.

What I found was not great, if you do a search on Frank Dux one of the things that you come across is a LA Times article. If you follow the link to the LA Times article you will learn the following potentially disturbing parallels between Frank Dux and Sensee John Kreese of the Cobra Kai Dojo. Here are some of those disturbing parallels:

  1. John Kreese ran a bunch of “martial arts for the elite” dojos in California, which apparently is what the real life Frank Dux does.
  2. The real life Frank Dux claims, but is unable to substantiate, tremendous success as a martial artist; Sensee John Kreese was exposed as a fraud when he was confronted by Miagee in the parking lot after the tournament in Karate Kid (to be clear this scene occurred at the beginning of KK2, as  a continuation to the end of KK1 – and we are talking about the “real Karate Kid” not the Jaden Smith thing).
  3. The real life Frank Dux claimed to fight in SE Asia, but military records demonstrate that he was never near there in his career.  Sensee John Kreese made similar claims about his military service; though we never get direct evidence to the contrary it’s pretty clear this guy never sniffed the battlefield in Nam.  All we get is his douche-bag war buddy in KK3, that story line made zero sense.

I am starting to think that Frank Dux had more than one movie character inspired by the “macho fantasy” of Frank Dux. Karate Kid gave us Sensee John Krese who resembles the Frank Dux of the real world, and “Bloodsport” gave us the fully imagined Frank Dux. So as a JCVD fan, and as a Karate Kid fan I am confronted with a bit of a paradox when I sort through this LA times article on Dux.

Sensee John Kreese

Here is what I am choosing to do, and I welcome your input / questions / challenges of my choice. The bottom line is that I have too much invested in the “macho fantasy” that is “Bloodsport.” I have based some of my own warrior code on the principles set forth in “Bloodsport.” For example, you can’t just train for the “ideal situation.”  What if you find yourself blinded by a nefarious Korean dude who fights dirty in a deadly full contact mixed martial arts fight? It is for this reason that I also train blindfolded, as JCVD’s Frank Dux did in “Bloodsport.”

I simply don’t want to believe the facts reported in this LA Times story. I would rather believe that Frank Dux still holds the records for fastest knockout, most knockouts, most victories, etc.  I also want to believe that he was successfully able to honor his Shidoshi with a Kumite win, the first Kumite win ever by a non-asian fighter.

It’s a surprisingly simple choice. Do we really want to believe that Frank Dux was a bunch of “macho fantasy.” Sensee John Kreese has absolutely zero redeeming qualities, the guy can’t fight, he probably lied about going to war, the country club blue bloods that he trains in Karate Kid I are the only people “street ignorant” enough to buy into his “macho fantasy” (i.e. Mercy is for the weak).  By choosing to beleive that Frank Dux is a fraud, I am basically choosing to identify with the spoiled ass-clowns who beat up Daniel Laruso in Karate Kid. It’s not an option.

I have seen “Bloodsport” over 25 times, if it were on TV right now I would watch it. There is literally NOTHING about the movie that I don’t know, and yet I can’t turn the channel. For some reason in the summer time the movie is on 5 times a week on Spike TV. Pretty soon they are going to launch a child network called “Bloodsport,” which I will tune into. I have tried to learn the “Dim Mac,” or “Deft touch.” I have tried to tie my ankles to palm trees to see if my groins can get strong enough to pull two trees down from a split position. I can’t accept that the article is true.  So I am choosing the JCVD version of Frank Dux over the Martin Kove version. I recognize the facts presented in the LA Times story are overwhelming, but it is my life and selective ignorance can be just as blissful as actually not knowing something.

I welcome your thoughts on this, what would you do? Is this a moral / ethical issue? Do you want to believe that Frank Dux was a Kumite legend, or do you want to believe he was the product of a “macho fantasy?”  Kumite, Kumite, Kumite, Kumite….

2 Responses to Bloodsport is a true story, right?

  1. frankdux says:

    The trouble with celebrity it makes you a target of sensationalism; libel and slander due to loopholes in the law. In as much as, all a reporter has to do is be able to cite two corroborating sources (paid for or manufactured) by which to elude prosecution. And while the falsehoods that appear in the Los Angeles Times results in court proceedings of libel and slander that verify my accomplishments and prove this story is a fabrication this goes entirely unmentioned by those who repeat the slander and libel of me as is occurring here, now. If you want to be acquainted with the factual history of myself go to http://www.frannkwdux.com as the links there contain actual court documents and records that prove up my bona fides.
    In my case there exist several books and articles sourcing each other but they are a proverbial snake eating its tail as they all lead back to and make use of a single source, a May 1st 1988, Los Angeles Times editorial, entitled: NINJA: Hero or Master Fake?: Others Kick Holes in Fabled Past of Woodland Hills Martial Arts Teacher. This work is legally couched in a manner so that I may not defend my reputation through litigation. It is crafted at a time I am pigeon holed and left unable to respond in the media. It is released when it can do the most damage, when my business competitors who appear as experts in the article are conducting a huge gathering near my business, as being advertised in the newspaper.
    Unrelated legal proceedings involving the libel and slander of me committed by those who are repeating the allegations that appear in this article, establish John Johnson had announced his actual malice for me. He said this to martial art patriarchs like Grandmaster, Ed Parker.
    Mr. Parker corroborated my representations and refused to back down to John Johnson when attempting to coerce him, like others, where it seems Johnson was trying to get them to change their story or remain silent in the future. Several have provided me statements under penalty of perjury as to how Johnson attributed statements to them they didn’t make. They complained to me of Johnson’s deceptiveness, having altered their words and juxtaposed statements to render a different meaning. Their outcry resulted in my attorney and I taking a meeting with the journalist and the newspaper’s editor prior to the publication of this hatchet job.
    At that meeting the reporter and editor refused to view my fight tapes and honor their commitment to allow me to inspect and respond to all the alleged evidence they gathered against me, including alleged military records they claimed were in their possession. My attorney suspects their refusal was done to shield them from litigation as well as protect the slant of the story that was quickly evaporating for them with my presentation of material facts that exposed what they had shown me that is in their possession was fabricated evidence. I also exposed how their alleged expert witnesses are not credible and stood to financially benefit by being my business competitors.
    The crux of the article rests with John Johnson warranting he acquired a trophy receipt from a trophy manufacturer, Mr. Moody, who is quoted in the article saying he “partially made my trophy.” The reporter asserting that I purchased my world championship trophy near my home and thus I am a fake. When I contacted Mr. Moody he denies he provided him the receipt and states further he read the article and was quoted out of context, as he related how he had merely informed John Johnson that he had repaired my trophy, which was damaged in the burglary and vandalism of my martial art school, hence Moody’s statement he “partially made it.”
    Court proceedings of Libel and Slander (i.e. Frank Dux vs. Robert Brown, Alexander McColl, Larry Baily and Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Case No: BC198883, Superior Court Of California, Los Angeles County) reveals what the reporter is purporting to be a legitimate receipt is nothing more than a Xerox copy of a receipt that anyone could manufacture on a home copier and on its face this alleged evidence is not credible. Given, the so called evidence being used against me misspells my name as DUKES not DUX; it is dated originally 1982 when presented to me and my attorney in the newspaper’s editorial offices where I point out a photo of my trophy is featured in the November 1980 issue of Black Belt magazine. Notably, it is entered into evidence in another litigation where the date is altered to reflect 1979, whereupon I point out the person altering the document is unaware of the fact that while the photo of my trophy appears in the 1980 issue of Black Belt it was photographed in 1976 by their photographer as well as other photo journalists. The November 1980 Black Belt magazine article corroborates my titles, world records when the event is still ongoing.
    Notwithstanding all this there does exist a single more compelling material fact that seems to me it clearly indicates the reporter is not trustworthy, being absolutely deceptive and acting with actual malice towards me. That helps prove up the theory he is a hired gun that will stop at nothing to damage my credibility as a teacher of ninjutsu who is in the process of writing a book that potentially could upset the status quos and turn the martial art industry on its ear (this work, herein).
    There is no escaping the glaring fact the reporter’s Xerox copy of a trophy receipt is for a standard three-tiered trophy described as having two gold cups and four judo figures and whereas, my trophy as featured in Black Belt magazine (which the reporter quotes from) is a two foot wooden pedestal with a huge silver cup on top. The receipt is not even for the same trophy. Why would anyone claim that I purchased my trophy near my home and purport this to be credible evidence unless it was their intent to irreversibly harm me, especially, in light of the article’s title.
    However, this isn’t the only piece of fabricated evidence the reporter makes use of. He claims further in his possession is my advertising handbill that proves I am misrepresenting myself, as in making claims of my being a Vietnam War Hero and Medal of Honor winner. I suspect this was manufactured not to hold me up to mere ridicule but to see to it that I am falsely arrested. In this society, being charged is enough to be saddled to the crime forever – tried and convicted in public. John Johnson being a professional journalist was well aware of how damaging that would be to me.
    Like the trophy receipt it seems the origin of the handbill used to attribute to me claims I did not make leads only back to the reporter. The handbill makes use of a photo of me taken by none other than a Los Angeles Time’s newspapers photographer. The same photo that appears in the handbill (referenced in the LA Times article) appears again in the original printed version. The photo being under the sole control of the Los Angeles Times indicates the reporter fabricated the handbill in order to reference it in his story, attribute false claims to me he could “DISPROVE” and thus hold me up to further ridicule. The photo of me does not appear in the republications of the article with this incriminating fact being made known to others. In my mind the newspaper is engaged in covering up the deceit and how it manufactured the evidence against me by perhaps which to elude being held accountable – as in claim they had relied on corroborating sources that appeared credible at the time.
    The reporter to beef up his claim I was misrepresenting my military service falsely and maliciously represents that I had presented him with newspaper clippings detailing my military exploits for newspapers that he claims don’t exist. This alleged exchange of documents never occurred between us. Thankfully, I never met with him alone as others can attest to this.
    Over the years, I have ousted persons impersonating me and exposed many other forms of fabricated evidence and devices being constructed and used to attribute to me statements I did not make in order to portray me in a bad light. Such as, there now exists a work entitled The Complete History of The Ninja by Frank Dux that is published without my knowledge or consent. Like any other unauthorized and fraudulent publication it creates confusion and chaos in the marketplace. It can be used to lead others astray and prevent publication of my work finding its intended audience as well as attribute to me statements I did not make in order to hold me up to ridicule.

  2. Aaron says:

    I feel like Frank is missing the point of your original post. You have already decided that the article is slanderous. You and Frank are on the same team here. Although, you might want to rethink that now…

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