Dan Inosanto

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Dan Inosanto
Born (1936-07-24) July 24, 1936 (age 80)
Stockton, California, United States
Occupation Martial arts Instructor, Actor
Spouse(s) Paula Inosanto, former wife Sue Inosanto
Children Diana Lee Inosanto, Lance Arca Inosanto and Danielle Inosanto
Parent(s) Sebastian Inosanto, Mary Arca Inosanto

Daniel Arca "Dan" Inosanto (born July 24, 1936) is a Filipino-American martial arts instructor who is best known as a training partner of Bruce Lee. Inosanto is an authority on Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts including Eskrima and Silat.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Dan Inosanto began training in martial arts at the age of 11 receiving instruction from his uncle who first taught him traditional Okinawan Karate and later also Judo and Jujutsu. He was a student of Ed Parker, from whom he received a shodan rank in American Kenpo.[2] Inosanto is one of three people who have been appointed to teach at one of the three Jun Fan Gung Fu Institutes under Bruce Lee; Taky Kimura and James Yimm Lee are the other two people. Inosanto studied with different martial arts masters elsewhere in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including Johnny Lacoste, and Chai Sirisute.[3] After Bruce Lee's death, Inosanto became the principal spokesperson and historian for Jeet Kune Do.[1] He has had minor roles in a number of films, including Bruce Lee's uncompleted last film Game of Death (1972). During this time period (1964–75), he also taught physical education at Malaga Cove Intermediate School in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

Inosanto is one of three instructors personally certified by Bruce Lee to teach his system of martial arts.[4] The film I Am Bruce Lee provided Inosanto an opportunity to reveal a little-known fact about the friendship the two men shared. Inosanto was teacher to Bruce Lee, introducing him to nunchaku. Inosanto explained that he introduced the weapon to Lee, taught him the basics and some exercises to get him started on his weapons training. The Game of Death movie, one of the most recognizable of the Bruce Lee films, showcases the use of the nunchaku by Lee and Inosanto. The credit for nunchaku's introduction to Lee in the first place belongs to Inosanto. He is featured as the Black Belt Magazine's 1996 "Man of the Year".

Inosanto holds Instructor or black belt level ranks in several martial arts.[citation needed] He is 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 such 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. He trained Shoot wrestling under Yorinaga Nakamura. Currently he is the vice-president of Lameco International, carrying on the Eskrima of the late Filipino martial artist Edgar Sulite.

Notable students[edit]

Inosanto teaches The Art and Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Shoot wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Eskrima, Muay Thai, Silat, mixed martial arts and other arts at his Marina del Rey, California school, the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts.

Dan Inosanto's notable students include:



Full filmography for Dan Inosanto at the Internet Movie Database



  • I Am Bruce Lee (2012)
  • 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)



  1. ^ a b Kelly 2000, pp. 46–50
  2. ^ Kelly 2000, p. 24.
  3. ^ Kelly 2000, p. 31.
  4. ^ History and Description of Jeet Kune Do, http://www.traditional-dojo.com/History_Jeet_Kun_Do.html
  5. ^ a b c d Kelly 2000, p. 130
  6. ^ a b Kelly 2000, p. 109
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  8. ^ Kelly 2000, p. 51.
  9. ^ a b Kelly 2000, p. 133
  10. ^ Video on YouTube
  11. ^ April 2008 Black Belt magazine cover story
  12. ^ Imada, Jeff (1984), The Balisong Manual, California: Unique Publications, p. 130, ISBN 0-86568-102-3 
  13. ^ "Jeff Imada". IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Beasley, Jerry (2001), Jeet Kune Do Experience: Understanding Bruce Lee's Ultimate Martial Art, Paladin Press, p. 216, ISBN 1-58160-131-X 
  15. ^ "Damon Caro". IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Kelly 2000, p. 131.
  17. ^ Combs, Roger (2004), "Emerson Knives", Knives Illustrated, 18 (2): 36–41, 65–69 
  18. ^ Kelly 2000, p. 145.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  20. ^ "About East West Martial Arts". Ewmaa.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Seaman, Kevin (2011), Jun Fan Gung Fu Seeking The Path Of Jeet Kune Do, New York: Center Line Press, p. 180, ISBN 978-0-9839214-0-0 
  22. ^ Grahn, Andy (2008), "Greg Nelson: Ultimate Fighter", MMA Writer, inosanto.com 
  23. ^ "Comments". M.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 

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