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Dan Inosanto
Born July 24, 1936 (1936-07-24) (age 73)
Stockton, California, United States
Occupation Martial arts Instructor
Spouse(s) Paula Inosanto, former wife Sue Inosanto
Children Diana Lee Inosanto, Lance Arca Inosanto and Danielle Inosanto
Parents Sebastian Inosanto, Mary Arca Inosanto

Daniel Arca Inosanto (born July 24, 1936) is an American Filipino martial arts (FMA) instructor from California who is best-known as a student of the late Bruce Lee and authority on Jeet Kune Do Concepts.[1]


Martial arts

Dan Inosanto teaches The Art and Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino martial arts, Shoot wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Silat, mixed martial arts and other arts at his Marina del Rey, California school, the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. He received a shodan from and was an instructor for Ed Parker in American Kenpo Karate before becoming a student of Bruce Lee.[2] Inosanto is one of three people allowed by Bruce Lee to teach his Martial Arts system, and the only one to be given Instructorship in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do of the third level.[1] Inosanto also studied with dozens of martial art masters elsewhere in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including Johny Lacoste (Kali, or Kamong Lihok), and Chai Sirisute (Muay Thai)[3] After Bruce Lee's death, he has become the principal spokesperson and historian for Jeet Kune Do.[1] He has had minor roles in a number of movies, including Bruce Lee's uncompleted last film Game of Death (1972). During this time period (1973–75), he also taught physical education at Malaga Cove Intermediate School in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

Always a student himself, he continues to train with many highly regarded martial artists. Consequently, he holds Instructor or black belt level ranks in numerous, different martial arts. In addition, he is well known for promoting the Filipino Martial Arts. He is responsible for bringing several obscure forms of the South East Asia Martial Arts into the public eye such as Silat, a hybrid combative form existing in countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.[citation needed] He has recently acquired his black belt in the Machado Family style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Notable students

Dan Inosanto's notable students include:

The full contact stick fighting organization known as "The Dog Brothers" emerged from the Inosanto Academy, Inosanto also trained the actor Denzel Washington for 8 months to prepare him for his role in the movie, "The Book of Eli."


  • "Filipino Martial Arts as Taught by Dan Inosanto" by Dan Inosanto ISBN 0-938676-01-6
  • "Absorb What Is Useful (Jeet Kune Do Guidebook Vol 2)" by Dan Inosanto ISBN 0-938676-03-2
  • "Jeet kune do" by Salem Assli and Dan Inosanto ISBN 2-7027-0693-2
  • "Guide to Martial Arts Training With Equipment" by Dan Inosanto ISBN 0-938676-02-4
  • "Jeet Kune Do: The Art & Philosophy of Bruce Lee" by Dan Inosanto ISBN 0-938676-00-8
  • "Jeet Kune Do: Conditioning and Grappling Methods" Intro by Dan Inosanto ISBN 0-9531766-5-7




  • Fight Science (2006)
  • Modern Warriors (2002)
  • Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (2002)
  • Bruce Lee in G.O.D.: Shibôteki yûgi (2000)
  • Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000)
  • Famous Families (1999) (The Lees: Action Speaks Louder)
  • The Path of the Dragon (1998)
  • E! True Hollywood Story (Brandon Lee) (1997)
  • Curse of the Dragon (1993)
  • Bruce Lee, the Legend (1977)
  • The Warrior Within (1976)
  • Life and Legend of Bruce Lee (1973)


Further reading

  • Kelly, Perry (2000). Dan Inosanto: The Man, The Teacher, The Artist, Paladin Press. ISBN 1-58160-079-8.
  • Balicki, Ron. Gold, Steven (2007). Jeet Kune Do: The Principles of a Complete Fighter, HNL Publishing. ISBN 9-531766-3-0


  1. ^ a b c Kelly(2000)pp.46-50
  2. ^ Kelly(2000)p.24
  3. ^ Kelly(2000)p.31
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kelly(2000)p.130
  5. ^ a b Kelly(2000)p.109
  6. ^ a b c Kelly(2000)p.131
  7. ^ Kelly(2000)p.142
  8. ^ Combs, Roger (2004), "Emerson Knives", Knives Illustrated 18: 36–41, 65–69 
  9. ^ Kelly(2000)p.136
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Black Belt Magazine (1997). "Inosanto International Martial Art Instructors Association". Press release. 
  11. ^ Kelly(2000)p.138
  12. ^ a b c Kelly(2000)p.133
  13. ^ Imada, Jeff (1984), The Balisong Manual, California: Unique Publications, pp. 130, ISBN 0865681023 
  14. ^ a b c Beasley, Jerry (2001), Jeet Kune Do Experience: Understanding Bruce Lee's Ultimate Martial Art, Paladin Press, pp. 216, ISBN 158160131X 
  15. ^ a b Mroz, Ralph (2004), "Karambits Invade US", Tactical Knives Magazine: 32–39 
  16. ^ Grahn, Andy. "Ultimate Fighter – Greg Nelson". Thai Boxing Association, U.S.A. Magazine. Thai Boxing Association, U.S.A.. Retrieved 02/05/2010. 
  17. ^ Kelly(2000)p.145
  18. ^ Kelly(2000)p.51
  19. ^ Kelly(2000)pp.74-77

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