EXTREME THAI BOXING ACADEMY

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Guro Inosanto has over 40 years experience in the martial arts and is a world authority in Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Filipino martial arts.

Sifu Dan was originally introduced into the martial arts at the age of ten. During that summer he was taught Okinawa Te and Jiu-Jitsu by a local from his home of Stockton, California. That experience left a favorable impression on Sifu Dan but as boys will be boys he followed his interest in football and track for the next ten years. At Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington he won a track conference with 9.5 seconds in the 100 yard dash. His senior year he was the leading ground gainer for the football team. Later his primary career would be a Jr. High School Physical Education teacher.


​​After college in 1957 Sifu Dan took, up Judo from a man called Duke Yoshimura. He trained in Judo until 1959 when he entered the service to become a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. During his tour of duty he was stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While stationed there Sifu Dan was exposed to various styles of Karate with exposure to some other arts as well. It was at this time Sifu Dan got his first look at Kenpo Karate.

In 1961, Sifu Dan was discharged from the military service and he moved to Los Angeles, California. He looked for an instructor in the art of Kenpo. This search would lead him to path that would change his life. Sifu Dan found the "Father of American Karate", Kenpo Instructor Ed Parker. For the next several years Sifu Dan would train with Ed Parker and attain a black belt in the Kenpo system.

It was Ed Parker that first inspired Sifu Dan to study Filipino martial arts. Sifu Dan thought the Filipinos had some stickfighting called Eskrima. But Ed Parker informed him that there was a lot more than just stick work to the Filipino martial arts. Sifu Dan later went to his father, who in turn introduced Sifu Dan to many Escrimadors in the local Filipino community. The three of the most prominent where Max Sarmiento, Angel Cabales, and Johnny Lacoste.
In 1964, Ed Parker was organizing his International Karate Championship. During that time Ed Parker needed someone to escort one of his out-of-town guests around town. So Sifu Dan was assigned the task to take care of Sifu Bruce Lee for the weekend. From this meeting Bruce Lee and Sifu Dan started a life long friendship.

In addition to having studied over 20 methods/styles of Filipino martial arts (being an instructor in several), he is an instructor in Muay Thai under Master Chai Sirisute, an instructor in Pentjak Silat under Pendekar Paul De Thouars and Pendekar Herman Suwanda, an instructor in Shoot Wrestling (Shooto) under Yori Nakamura. 

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 student of 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. 

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 seven 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.

Sifu Dan has worked both in the television and movie industry as a stunt man, fight choreographer, and trainer on numerous projects. In addition to this SIfu Dan has several instructional videos and has authored several books: "A Guide to Martial Arts Training", "The Filipino Martial Arts", "Jeet Kune Do", and "Absorb What Is Useful".

SIfu Dan has also received the following awards from Black Belt Magazine's Hall of Fame: 1996, - Man of the Year, 1988 - Weapons Instructor of the Year, 1983 - Instructor of the Year, and 1977 - Jeet Kune Do Instructor of the Year.



We are all climbing different paths through the mountain of life, and we have all experienced much hardship and strife. There are many paths through the mountain of life, and some climbs can be felt like the point of a knife. Some paths are short and others are long, who can say which path is right or wrong? The beauty of truth is that each path has its own song, and if you listen closely you will find where you belong. So climb your own path true and strong, but respect all other truths for your way for them could be wrong. - Dan Inosanto

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AJARN, GURO DAN INOSANTO

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