Internationally Famous Filipino – Dan Inosanto

Dan Inosanto – Martial Arts Expert


In history, there are a lot of Filipinos whom the world can consider as “great fighters”. Fighters like our late heroes, who are brave enough to face battles despite several disadvantages. This is, however, also true in the art side of fighting – or something called “Martial Arts”. And there’s one name to remember…. Dan Inosanto.

Filipino-American, Daniel Arca Inosanto (born July 24, 1936) is an international martial arts (FMA) practitioner and instructor from California. He is most widely known as a former student of the late Bruce Lee and one who had authority on “Jeet Kune Do” concepts.

Seeking to improve his knowledge in the field, Dan also tried to learn and master the Asian, American & Brazilian disciplines such as Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Areas in which he holds numerous belts with in martial arts.

He was also an accomplished weapons practitioner as he showcased in a lot of films he has played roles and stunts with.

Movie Highlights:

  • Big Stan(2008) …. Knife Guy
  • Redbelt (2008) …. Joao Moro
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (as Daniel Inosanto)
  • Game of Death (1972) (Filipino fighter)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996) (stunts)
  • The Green Hornet (1 episode, 1966) (fight double)

Some of his appearances with famous movie stars on screen includes giving detective Burt Reynolds a grisly “manicure” before being speared to death in “Sharky’s Machine” (1981) and clashed pool cues with Steven Seagal in the violent “Out for Justice” (1991).

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


Always a student himself, Dan continues to train with many highly regarded martial artists and thus currently acquiring the “black belt” in the Machado Family style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Yet another well deserved “black belt” .

As a Filipino, he was determined to help promote the Filipino Martial Arts, and helped brought several obscure forms of the Filipino Martial Arts into the public eye and saving them from extinction.

Dan Inosanto was also a proud Father of Director, Actress and Stuntwoman, Diana Lee Inosanto, more known as D. Lee Inosanto. (which I will be blogging about soon).

A Student. A Teacher. A Master. Dan Inosanto.