Happy Birthday Guro Dan Inosanto

Guro Dan Inosanto – An Octogenarian Bad-Ass

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Guro Daniel Arca “Dan” Inosanto was born in Stockton, CA on July 24, 1936 to Sebastian and Mary Arca. Guro Dan is, without doubt, one of the most renowned, experienced, versatile and finest martial artists in the world. He is an expert in numerous martial arts disciplines – including Jeet Kune Do, Arnis & Silat.

Guro Dan began training in martial arts at the age of 11. He first received martial arts instruction from his uncle who taught him traditional Okinawan Karate and later also Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. He was a student of the late Ed Parker, from whom he received a shodan rank in American Kenpo.

He was one of Bruce Lee’s closest friends and he is is one of only three instructors personally certified by Bruce Lee to teach his system of martial arts. Bruce and Dan not only trained together, but they also learned from one another. In fact, he started Bruce’s training with the nunchaku  – and we were all mesmerized by Bruce’s phenomenal performance in Game of Death.

Jeet Kune Do is often credited with paving the way for modern MMA. Guro Dan became the principal spokesperson, historian and expert for Jeet Kune Do after Bruce Lee’s untimely death (July 20, 1973).

Dan Inosanto and Bruce Lee

In the summer of 1977, Guro Dan ran a martial arts training program for the Dallas Cowboys. He was brought on by Bob Ward, a college friend who had taken lessons from Inosanto in the past and was the team’s conditioning coach.

A former football player himself, Guro Dan helped coach the Cowboys by using techniques culled from a variety of disciplines … including wing chun and hubad hand drills from Filipino martial arts. His training would help the Cowboy’s Super Bowl-winning “Doomsday Defense” win the 1978 Super Bowl.

Guro Dan continues to teach around the world and he remains an integral part of the OC Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts Family’s Legendary Lineage.  In fact, our very own Founder and Head Instructor Guro Daniel Sullivan obtained his Senior Instructor certificate under none other than Guro Dan Inosanto.

Guro Dan not only trained OCKMMA’s very own President & C.E.O Robert A. Freeman, Esq., but Guro Dan was his 6th grade Physical Education teacher at Malaga Cove Junior Hugh School in Palos Verdes, California.

“Guro Dan started me on life-long martial arts journey”, says Robert. “Due to this great man’s guidance and mentorship, I developed the confidence and self-respect to become a fighter, a lawyer, a mediator for the Supreme Court of Nevada and a judge. He is also why I became the owner of OC Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts”.

It is with great respect, love and honour that the OCKMMA Family celebrates Guro Dan’s 81st birthday!