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Guro Dan Inosanto for “The Bladed Hand”

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This video features an excerpt of the documentary, ‘The Bladed Hand’ on Filipino-American martial arts guru Dan Inosanto. It was shot by Jay Ignacio.  

Dan Inosanto’s daughter, Diana Lee Inosanto comments that her father was one of the few Filipino-Americans who was responsible for preserving the Filipino heritage in the United States, more precisely in Hawaii and California. She also reveals the Bruce Lee was her honorary uncle and godfather. Thus, she was born and raised around martial arts.

We learn that Dan Inosanto is one of the most influential martial artists in the whole world. His students address him by ‘Tuhon’, ‘Sifu’ or ‘Guru’.  He collaborated with popular martial artists and conducted seminars in order to introduce FMA to the whole world.

It is also revealed that Bruce Lee changed Dan Inosanto’s life and they became very good friends. Dan started studying with Bruce Lee in order to understand his philosophy of martial arts. He assisted Bruce Lee at the Sing Lee Theatre in Los Angeles for about 10 days.

We also see the master teaching various drills to his students and explaining the principles of Jeet Kune Do.

Dan taught Bruce Lee the art of stick fighting and they spared a lot without using any protective head or body gear. This proved that Bruce Lee really liked Filipino Martial Arts.

It is revealed that Dan Inosanto paid many Filipino Martial Artists to come to his academy and teach their style. This contributed a lot toward the popularity of FMA in the world. In fact, people fell in love with FMA once they discovered this incredible hidden art.

We also learn that master Dan has always been open about promoting instructors who taught Filipino Martial Arts and giving them their due recognition. He also encouraged people to study under these instructors. This is what made him so unique in the world of martial arts.

Film-maker and Jeet Kune Do instructor Ron Balicki reveals that Bruce Lee also looked into Eskrima, Sikaran, and Silat apart from FMA.  

3 key points –

1. Dan Inosanto preserved the Filipino heritage in the United States of America.

2. Dan Inosanto was responsible for introducing Filipino Martial arts into movies, television, military, law enforcement and even the NFL(National Football League).

3. Filipino Martial Arts were a part of Jeet Kune Do.

“Let us honor Maestro Dan for his contributions in making the FMA, the Filipino Martial Arts known in the Western Hemisphere because without him this would have been just simply some obscure fighting method. ”

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