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Dan "Danny" Inosanto (born July 24, 1936) is a
famous Filipino American martial arts instructor from
California who is perhaps best known for being both a
teacher (FMA) and a student of Jeet Kune Do/Wing Chun
to late martial artist Bruce Lee.

Martial Arts

Inosanto teaches Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Inosanto
Kali, grappling, Muay Thai, Silat, Tai Chi Chuan and other
arts at his Marina del Rey, California school, the Inosanto
Academy. He was an instructor for Ed Parker in American
Kenpo Karate before becoming a senior student of martial
artist Bruce Lee. Inosanto also studied with dozens of
martial art masters elsewhere in the United States,
Southeast Asia, and Europe. After Bruce Lee's death, he
has become the principal spokesperson for Jeet Kune Do.
 He has had minor roles in a number of movies,
including the Game of Death (1973).

Inosanto continues to teach and conduct seminars
 worldwide. He has been directly responsible for introducing
many prominent martial artists, including Pendekar Paul de
Thouars, Edgar Sulite, Ajarn Chai, Leo Gaje,
Herman Suwanda, and Maung Gyi to the general martial
arts community.

Himself the student of many highly regarded martial artists,
he holds Instructor or Black Belt Level ranks in as many as
7 martial arts. He is well known for promoting the Filipino
Martial Arts. He is responsible for bringing several quiet
and hidden forms of the Filipino Martial Arts into the public
eye and saving them from extinction. He has recently
acquired his black belt in the Machado Family style of
 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Notable Students

Notable students of Dan Inosanto include Erik Paulson,
Stephan Kesting, Burton Richardson, Larry Hartsell,
Jeff Imada, Brandon Lee, Paul Vunak, Pat Tray, Pat Finley,
Chris Kent, Cass Magda, Rick Faye, Greg Nelson,
 Ron Balicki, Tim Tackett, Mark Stewart, Pedro Rodriguez,
 Rick Tucci, Mark Mikita, Steve Grody, Ron Kosakowski,
Norman Wilson, Dwight Woods, Steve Tarani, Steve Fristoe,
Ernest Emerson, and Terry Gibson. In addition, the full
contact stick fighting organization known as
"The Dog Brothers" emerged from the Inosanto Academy.
Also, Norris Domangue, John Hackman, Jim Edwards, and Yvette Costales are all Inosanto trained and currently teach in Virginia at the Eastwind Academy of Martial Arts.

Today, Mr. Inosanto's son-in-law Ron Balicki conducts seminars, teaching the Inosanto fighting arts along with his wife Diana Lee Inosanto.


  • "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



  • Brazilian Brawl (2003) (V) .... Ruben
  • Out for Justice (1991) .... Sticks
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986) .... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
  • Sharky's Machine (1981) .... Chin No. 1
  • Long de ying zi (1981) (as Danny Inosanto)
  • Skirmish (1981)
  • Game of Death (1973) (as Danny Inosanto) .... Pasqual


  • Fight Science (2006) TV .... Demonstrates Kali Stick Techniques
  • Escape from L.A. (1996) (stunts)