Daniele Bolelli is an Italian writer, martial artist, and university professor. He is the author of several books including On the Warrior's Path.
Bolelli was born in Milan, Italy, in a family of writers. His father, Franco Bolelli, is one of the most influential modern Italian philosophers. His mother, Gloria, is the author of four books and a freelance journalist. After high school, Bolelli moved to Los Angeles, where he began attending Santa Monica College. He later graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology, and continued his graduate work at UCLA (in American Indian Studies), CSULB (History) and Cardiff University (History.) He currently lives in the Los Angeles area.
When he was only 20 years old, Bolelli co-authored his first book Mitologie Felici, which was published in Italy. He later co-authored two more books in Italy Starship, and Frontiere. His first solo book, La Tenera Arte del Guerriero, was published when Bolelli was 22 years old. This work, which is a philosophical exploration of the martial arts, went on to become a cult classic in Italy even outside the confines of martial arts circles. Bolelli later translated it into English and added three additional chapters. The end result was published in the United States in 2003 under the title On the Warrior's Path. Two new chapters were later added for a second edition published in 2008. A Russian edition of On the Warrior's Path was published in 2011, and the new updated Italian edition was released in 2013.
In addition to continuing to write for several magazines, Bolelli recently finished a book on comparative religions It was published in Italy in 2011 under the title iGod: Istruzioni per l'Uso di una Religione Fai da Te. This book was released in the United States in 2013 under the title Create Your Own Religion.
Bolelli regularly teaches at several colleges and universities in Southern California. Unlike most scholars who tend to specialize in one particular field of knowledge, Bolelli adopts a "renaissance" man-approach to teaching that has led him to lecture for very diverse departments such as History, Social Sciences, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and World Arts and Cultures. The very wide range of subjects he teaches include American Indian history and philosophy, history of the United States, world religions, history of ancient Rome, history and philosophy of martial arts, the ethnic experience in the United States, world history, plus several courses on the relationship between cinema and history. Perhaps even more peculiar than his unusually extensive repertoire is Bolelli's lecturing style. Much like his writing, in fact, his lecturing style combines discussions of complex, deep subjects with much humor and "street lingo." For this reason, he has been defined as "half stand up comedian and half Zen master." This odd mix has made him extremely popular among students.
Bolelli has trained in several styles of martial arts including kung fu san soo, taijiquan, baguazhang, xingyiquan, submission wrestling, Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and judo. He holds a fourth degree black belt in kung fu san soo—a style that he has taught for several years at UCLA's John Wooden Center. Bolelli also coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA). His MMA role models are Genki Sudo, Evan Tanner, Rumina Sato and Kazushi Sakuraba.
Bolelli was featured in I Am Bruce Lee which broke Spike TV's rating record for documentaries. He has appeared as a guest on popular podcasts such as Adam Carolla's, Joe Rogan's and Duncan Trussell's. On Jan. 24, 2012 an interview with Daniele Bolelli about his new book 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion was published in Wired magazine.
In October 2012, Bolelli began his own podcast named The Drunken Taoist Podcast. Little over a month after its debut, The Drunken Taoist Podcast was ranked number 1 in the world in the Philosophy section of iTunes.
- Bolelli, Daniele. On the Warrior's Path Blue Snake Books, 2003 (first edition), 2008 (second edition) ISBN 978-1-58394-219-2
- Romagnoli, Gabriele. "Un Nerd Guerriero". GQ: n. 113/2009. Also found at http://www.menstyle.it/cont/sport/sport/0902/0402/karate-simone-bolelli-un-nerd-gu.asp
- www.danielebolelli.com (official website)