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7/31/2019 4:32:45 PM
Bruce Lee's Protege Recalls His Humility Amid

"Bruce Lee would have never said anything derogatory about Muhammad Ali because he worshiped the ground Muhammad Ali walked on. In fact, he was into boxing more so than martial arts," says Inosanto, one of only three martial artists who were trained by Lee to teach Jeet Kune Do at Lee?s martial arts institutes. Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy of martial arts drawing from different disciplines invented by Lee that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). More Information

12/13/2018 4:08:40 PM
FandangoNow and Amazon are distributing a new re-release of the classic, award winning indie film, THE SENSEI

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FandangoNow and Amazon are distributing a new re-release of the classic, award winning indie film, THE SENSEI. Written and directed by Diana Lee Inosanto (aka D. Lee Inosanto), the film takes place in 1985 Colorado, after a long-absent woman, proficient as a black belt in martial arts, returns home where she agrees, secretly, to train a bullied gay teen.
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9/29/2018 10:18:42 PM

Hey Martial Arts fans And all Weaponistas, just letting you know that I will be Guest Starring on Danny Trejo's show Man At Arms: Art Of War? that begins October 4th on the El Rey Network. I'll be appearing on Oct 17th (Weapons Of the Philippines) and the finale with Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo on December 13th (Paying homage to the Machete). Mark you Calendars! #ManatArmsArtofWar #ElReyNetwork #inosanto

10/5/2017 11:31:18 AM

In the summer of 1977, Dan Inosanto ran a secret martial arts training program for the Dallas Cowboys.
A training partner and prot?g? of Bruce Lee, 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.
Ward saw the potential benefits of martial arts training, especially for the team?s defensive line.
Other coaches ? and Inosanto himself ? were skeptical.

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10/5/2017 9:05:05 AM
Diana on Dr. Phil

Hey Folks, I did a light hearted segment on the Dr. Phil Show today tackling my fiercest opponent ?Age.? It was a fun piece with Dr. Phil and his amazing wife Robin McGraw who invited me on to try out her beauty and skin care products ?which I love! (I know, it?s such girlie stuff 🤷🏻‍♀️) Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil are the Executive Producers. Everyone was warm and friendly and I learned a lot from the experience.

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10/4/2017 2:01:26 PM
How Bruce Lees Protege Helped the Dallas Cowboys Win a Super Bowl and Changed the NFL

The Mark Gordon Company is developing the story of Dan Inosanto, the protege of martial arts master Bruce Lee.
A little-known true-life martial arts story is on the path to the big screen.
The Mark Gordon Company, the veteran production banner whose credits range from Saving Private Ryan to the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express, is developing the story of Dan Inosanto, the protege of martial arts master Bruce Lee.
Inosanto was a key instrument in a secret training program that led the 1976 Dallas Cowboys to win Super Bowl XII. Read More ...

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10/4/2017 1:59:37 PM
Diana Lee Inosanto teams up with Mark Gordon & Company

Diana Lee Inosanto teams up with Mark Gordon & Company to Develop and produce a movie on her father, Dan Inosanto and the Dallas Cowboys. More Information

7/18/2017 2:51:47 PM
Bruce Lee Protege, Who Helped Cowboys Win Super Bowl, to Get Film Treatment

The Mark Gordon Company is developing the story of Dan Inosanto, the protege of martial arts master Bruce Lee.

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11/17/2016 8:27:08 AM
Diana celebrates Filipino American History Month at the White House

In October 24, 2016, Diana Lee Inosanto had the honor of being a guest at the White House, joining Filipino American Leaders from across the country to celebrate Filipino American History Month. In attendance were Master of Ceremonies Host & Chicago celebrity Billy Dec, Apl.de.ap from Black Eyed Peas, and General Tony Taguba. Alissa Ko, Senior Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, greeted everyone at the top of the morning"s celebratory event. The program featured discussions with Administration officials on key issues of interest to the Filipino American community, as well as performances by distinguished Filipino American artists.
General Taguba inspired Filipino American leaders to reach out to Congress and the leadership of the House Republican Conference, to ask them to Waive Rule 28 and help pass the cosponsored Congressional Gold Medal Bill HR2737 for our World War II Filipino American Veterans.
Gen. Tony Taguba shared of the hardships for many World War II Filipino American Veterans and their families. He emphasized passionately their historical wartime service, particularly under the leadership of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During World War II the Philippines was a commonwealth under our US government. More than 260,000 Filipino service men and women were called into service. But their wartime service under the U.S flag has never been recognized.
These veterans fought and died along other Americans, defending America and the Philippines for the freedoms we treasure today. For those that survived, they became outstanding citizens, leaving their fingerprints all over our American culture and society. In the years following the war, some of these Filipino Veterans happened to be martial arts teachers, spreading their knowledge throughout the military, law enforcement and self-defense schools across the country. They have also indirectly left their mark in Hollywood, through countless action movies like SPY, 300 and the Bourne Identity that used exciting aspects of Filipino martial arts interwoven into action pack fight choreography.
Dan Inosanto (father of Diana Lee Inosanto), who is a veteran himself (101st Airborne ?Screaming Eagles?) continues to carry on the knowledge that came from these Filipino American WW2 Veterans around the world and has taught members of the Navy SEALS and other military branches, as well as Law Enforcement across the country. Ironically, Diana knew many of these Filipino American veterans as a child who were like family to the Inosanto"s.
Upon returning from Washington D.C. the Inosanto family went into action to spread a social media campaign among martial arts students, military friends and fans to help pass Bill HR 2737.
Several years ago, on October 14, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that restored the White House Initiative and President?s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to address issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

10/22/2016 2:13:47 PM
Walk On

Inspired by Bruce Lee"s "Walk On!" story.

Join me for the Walk On! Challenge fundraising and awareness campaign
This is an event asking people to set themselves a personal goal and take the first step towards that goal by walking on October 22nd, 2016.
Participants are asked to write down their goal on a pledge "Commitment Card" and share their goal with their family & friends on the day.
By writing down a personal goal on a pledge card and sharing it with your community either on 10.22 or between now and then.
The money raised from the campaign will be invested back the Bruce Lee Foundations Little Dragons and BLF Scholarship programs. The main goal however is to encourage people to be the best they can be and get after their personal goals!
More information is available here - bruceleefoundation.org/WalkOnChallenge.

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11/10/2015 10:48:40 PM
Diana Lee Inosanto moderates Q&A for AMC Into The Badlands

Diana Lee Inosanto moderates Q&A for AMC "s Into The Badlands: the exciting new Martial Arts TV Series since "Kung-Fu and Walker Texas Ranger".
Into the Badlands premieres Sunday, November 15th, 10 pm on AMC
Present at AMC"s celebratory event was the creators & producers of Into the Badlands: Miles Miller and Alfred Gough.
Other cast members were present too!
Leading Man Daniel Wu
Co-star Aramis Knight
And the powerful female cast members:
Sarah Bolger, Madeleine Mantock and Ally Ioannides

Also present, special guest attendee-- Hudson Yang from the hit ABC Television show, Fresh Off the Boat .

10/22/2015 11:53:04 AM
75th Bruce Lee Anniversary: Celebrating Self-Expression

8/28/2015 6:51:57 PM
Interview with Diana Inosanto

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8/27/2015 12:59:53 PM
Under the heavens, under the sky, there is but one family.

Under the heavens, under the sky, there is but one family. This weeks post celebrating @brucelees 75th Anniversary #28/75 features an interview I did with Diana Lee Inosanto (Dan Inosantos daughter and great friend to the Lee family). Diana reflects on what it was like growing up around our families and friends. Shannon Music is Somehow Now by our friend, the talented Mozez. You can find his new hit single Wings here -→ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wings-ep/id1018955895

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8/20/2015 8:13:18 AM

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8/20/2015 8:11:10 AM
Diana Lee Inosanto takes on bullies on the big screen

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8/11/2015 9:29:11 AM
First Pitch: Diana Lee Inosanto

Actress, stunt-woman and film director Diana Lee Inosanto, tosses out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field.

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7/27/2015 11:45:00 AM
5 Year Anniversary of The SENSEI with Diana Lee Inosanto.

Date: SAT., Aug 8th,
Time: 7 pm - Until,
Location: Logan Theater 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
To purchase tickets please go to : http://www.flixoffury.com
Host: Chicago Film Critic and Martial Artist, Master Kirk Haygood with Flix of Fury Chicago Martial Arts Cinema Club
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6/25/2015 5:22:17 PM
Diana Inosanto the front cover of The Telegraph

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6/3/2015 10:10:48 AM

SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy opens Friday, June 5th. I trained her in the areas of Kali and I used Jeet Kune Do concepts to help her memorize her difficult fight scene--it was a 2 1/2 minute fight sequence! Not easy for someone with no martial arts training. But, I learned from my father how to tap into other people"s physical backgrounds. Thus, I knew she had a Tennis background, and through JKD concepts, I knew how to tap into this background and carry her through her fight scenes with Tennis associations. Overall, the drills from Kali helped me immensely in training Melissa, and I believe that"s why she could pick up her routine in a short amount of time. Best part of it all, her sheer desire to work hard. As for me, working with Melissa was such an honor, and I could not have had such an opportunity without stunt coordinator, J.J. Perry. In a climate like Hollywood, it is very hard for women to move up the ladder in directing, producing, stunt coordinating, etc and training the elite of Hollywood is no exception.. So, I was very lucky to have people that believed in me and saw past my gender. I am grateful to the the filmmakers of SPY, and that wonderful woman, who magically puts a smile on people"s faces, Melissa McCarthy.

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Melissa McCarthy and the Kali / JKD Connection from PointMan Productions on Vimeo.

12/16/2012 11:58:42 AM

The Sensei producing team along with director-writer, Diana Lee Inosanto were vindicated by their hard work when they were notified that The SENSEI was being used in a positive way to teach teens to stand up against bullying in a growing number of high schools across the country.
"Nothing makes me more happy as a filmmaker than to see my film being used as a tool for a higher good" said Diana Lee Inosanto. "These young people are the future and I believe they can create positive change in their schools by being aware and conscious of their fellow classmates who may be victims of bullying. More important victims have a right to defend themselves against hatred and"self-hatred".
"I have learned when young people are bullied they sometimes take to heart and believe the horrible things that a bully or bullies may say to them and that concerns me even more--that they would absorb such a harmful message and thus suffer the consequences of a low self esteem --courtesy of few, misguided and abusive individuals. That"s why I like martial arts. With the right teacher, I believe martial arts can help build character and a spiritual armor around a child"s self esteem."
"My hat also goes off to the teachers who are leading the way to deliver the message of awareness. Bravo to all of them!" THE SENSEI, by award winning independent filmmaker, Diana Lee Inosanto, is now available through iTUNES and retail stores around the country. Purchase of THE SENSEI DVD can be bought thru POINTMAN PRODUCTIONS as well.
International Online Distribution coming soon.

12/12/2012 8:11:34 PM
Co-Producer, Diana Lee Inosanto, and her fellow Producers celebrate the premiere of SINNERS & SAINTS on STARZ

There is a lot to celebrate this Holiday Season for Co-Producer Diana Lee Inosanto and the rest of the production team of SINNERS AND SAINTS, including her husband and fellow Producer, Ron Balicki.
This December, SINNERS AND SAINTS premieres on STARZ. Picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment last year, this intense, non-stop action flick stars Johnny Strong, as a hard-as-nails New Orleans detective with nothing to lose, who attempts to solve a series of brutal, fiery murders and stumbles into a deeper, more psychotic underworld.
Other cast members include Kevin Phillips, Oscar nominee, Tom Berenger , Costas Mandylor, Method Man, Sean Patrick Flanery, Kim Coates, Bas Rutten, Louis Mandylor, Jolene Blalock, and Jurgen Prochnow
If you havent checked out SINNERS AND SAINTS yet, it airs again on Dec.20 and Dec.23rd. SINNERS AND SAINTS is also available ON DEMAND and can be found in retail stores domestically and internationally now.
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12/12/2012 11:27:06 AM
Diana Inosanto highlighted in Black Belt Magazine as her father, Dan Inosanto graces the cover!

Diana"s written piece "Childlike Curiosity" focuses on being raised by her father, living legend, Dan Inosanto, in the new, January edition of Black Belt Magazine. Dan Inosanto graces the cover for the 4th time as the Hall of Fame Inductee and putting him in the same category as Chuck Norris, the only other martial artist who"s been inducted four times.
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2/23/2012 10:48:07 PM

Acclaimed Documentary Premieres ON Wednesday, March 7 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) With Limited Commercial Interruption Film Features Appearances By Kobe Bryant, Manny Pacquiao, Mickey Rourke, Gina Carano, Taboo, Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White, MMA Fighters Cung Lee, Academy Award nominated actor Mickey Rourke, Emmy Award winning actor Ed O"Neil, boxer Ray" Boom Boom" Mancini, and writer & director Reginald Hudlin.
In addition to the roster of celebrities, the people that knew Lee best, his daughter Shannon Lee and wife Linda Lee Cadwell, as well as a host of of his friends and associates including legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto, god-daughter Diana Lee Inosanto, Bob Wall, Richard Bustillo and Gene LeBell offer rare insights into his private life. Their perspectives, in combination with rarely seen archival footage, classic photos, and cutting edge visuals ad graphics, help "I Am Bruce Lee" go more deeply into the story of this legendary master than ever before. "I Am Bruce Lee" is currently in its theatrical run.
Produced by Derik Murray ("Legends of Hockey," "Facing Ali"), Network Entertainment, Bruce Lee Enterprises and Leeway Media Group in association with Spike TV, the film is directed by Pete McCormack ("Facing Ali," "Uganda Rising") and tells the amazing story of one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, Bruce Lee. "I Am Bruce Lee" offers a compelling and visually stunning uncovering of Lee"s life, his enormous impact, and his ever-expanding legacy in the world of martial arts, entertainment, and beyond -- despite his tragic and sudden death at the age of 32.
Spike TV"s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV"s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

9/26/2011 12:24:46 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C--On October 6, 2011, Diana Lee Inosanto will be awarded The American Courage Award by the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) in Washington D.C, for the civil rights themes in her critically acclaimed movie "The SENSEI" in which Inosanto wrote, directed and produced as well as co-starred. The SENSEI is a coming of age film about a bullied gay teenager, set in 1985 when AIDS first devastated American communities.
In spite of great obstacles incurred by the surrounding controversy of making The SENSEI, Inosanto"s tenacious dedication to the cause of civil rights and use of incredible creative aptitude to deliver the message of advancing social justice is why AAJC honors her with this award.
The American Courage Award is given to an individual, company, or organization that has shown extraordinary courage or commitment to the cause of civil rights, a leader who has taken an important stand, an activist who overcame extraordinary challenges, an artist with a unique vision, or a journalist breaking an important story.
In order to make The Sensei a reality, Inosanto had to overcome many obstacles. School officials in two Colorado school districts, including Jefferson County, refused her permission to film, deeming the content of her film too controversial and subsequently resulting in the loss of one of her films major funders. In addition, Inosanto would also have to endure death threats for her making of The SENSEI. Nevertheless, Inosanto persevered. Undaunted, she did not let these setbacks keep her from delivering her powerful message of tolerance.
The 15th Annual American Courage Awards reception will culminate with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the AAJC. The AAJC is building off a great event last fall in which they honored Lt. Dan Choi, and Dr. Franklin Odo. This year Inosanto will be joined by other awardees that include Wade Henderson , who will receive the Distinguished Service Award, Congressman Mike Honda, & President and Executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Stewart Kwoh-who will both receive the President"s Award, and Comcast NBCUniversal will receive the Bridge Builder Award.
The public is welcomed to join the AAJC at 6:30 p.m. at t he Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the 15th Annual American Courage Awards where there will be a celebration of the 20 years of advancing equality and justice. For further details, please visit www.advancingequality.org or follow on Facebook (Asian American Justice Center) and Twitter (asianamjustice). You can also contact Kristen Stehling at (202) 292-2300 x131 or kstehling@advancingequality.org. http://aajc.schipul.net/20th-Anniversary/

9/24/2011 10:57:50 AM
ARTICLE I WROTE ON GIL JOHNSON / Man Behind the Tao of JKD book

On the eve of the new rendition of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, public awareness will be awakened again to the legendary man known that this book was by-- Bruce Lee. I smile, thinking back to when I was a child and I called this special human being "Uncle Bruce". But, there was another special human being that I regarded warmly in that same family spirit. And, when looking closely at the Tao of JKD, this other person was behind the scenes as well--a devotee who used his time and energy to building the most prolific and modern book in martial arts history. This unsung hero deserves to be remembered within the chronicles of the JKD world. His name is Gilbert Johnson.
But who is Gilbert Johnson? Why is he of major significance? Let"s begin with the facticity that Gilbert was specifically chosen by Linda Lee to carefully and delicately tend to the sea of papers reflecting her now, late husband"s thoughts, words, and insights to share with the world. The monumental task of organizing and preserving these writings by my Honorary Uncle would become a sacred endeavor for Gilbert-- he was co-editor to the Tao of Jeet Kune Do (and later the book, The Filipino Martial Arts by my father, Dan Inosanto). As an accomplished martial artist on his own terms, he was an inquisitive human being, and connected very much with the teachings and principles of Jeet Kune Do.
But before this mission of anthology with the Tao of JKD, Gilbert was a gifted writer and independent journalist who frequently wrote for Black Belt magazine and other publications during the 1960"s-1970"s. According to his family member, Gilbert experienced several life threatening events in his lifetime, but he managed to survive those. As a freelance journalist, Gil also threw himself smack into the middle of the 1979 protests in Isfahan, Iran and survived to write of his account of the Iranian Revolution. Perhaps having served in the military, Gilbert was prepared to boldly and resiliently come face-to-face with the world.
Still, Gilbert managed to have a big heart. He wanted to help people. Gilbert tried to share his enthusiasm and friendship with others no matter how old --or young. I adored this man as a child growing up. He inspired me through the pure essence of his kindness.
But, by the time the 1980"s rolled around, the AIDS epidemic started to ground itself in the states. In those days in US history, AIDS was labeled the gay disease despite that in other countries it was a heterosexual disease. Sadly, Gilbert was one of the first people I knew to contract the disease via a blood transfusion he needed after being involved in a car accident and because of this, he quickly understood the discrimination and prejudice encountered by people who have contracted AIDS or the HIV virus. As a result he became an activist to make people aware that AIDS is not a gay disease and can affect anyone, that compassion is needed, not hate. In my film, The Sensei, this historical attitude has been reflected within the martial arts world, with school owners dealing with a gay student in the dojo. As a writer, director & producer he would challenge me-- mind, body and spirit--to address the prejudice that has touched the martial arts community in this way.
As a close family friend to my father and the rest of the original JKD family, Gilbert was a brilliant choice by Linda to meet the challenges of putting together the most soul searching and significant writings of my godfather. He tirelessly worked and employed the work habits of a researcher and detective studying and training with my father and the other JKD students at our family academy, humbling tucked away at that time, at our home"s backyard in Carson, California. He wanted to understand and explore through all his senses what my uncle was saying through these precious and profound documents that were left behind. And when he was done categorizing and carefully arranging the chapters of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, I liken it to a doctor helping to deliver a child into the world. It has been 35 years since the Tao of Jeet Kune Do was born into the public eye--I am glad that such writings will be exposed to a new generation--and that Gilbert has a place in martial arts anthology of such ground breaking and spiritual knowledge for the world to see.
---Diana Lee Inosanto

7/12/2011 2:38:08 PM

You may see me and Dad on one of the series episodes discussing my Honorary Uncle"s (Bruce Lee) influence (or I might have ended up on the cutting floor of the editing room), but either way, there are lots of great interviews with some impressive people in our pop culture discussing him in this series.

7/1/2011 11:21:28 AM
Diana is First Woman to get the Maverick Award

July 30th, 2011 at AOF International FIlm Festival, I will be the first woman to receive the Maverick Award for my work and history in the entertainment field. I am very honored and I hope this achievement will open the door for other women down the road.

12/5/2010 2:41:21 AM
Diana Lee Inosanto writes foreward in the newly released BRUCE LEE: CONVERSATIONS ~ Now available in bookstore world wide

Diana Lee Inosanto writes the foreward in BRUCE LEE: CONVERSATIONS by Fiaz Rafiq. "An excellent insight in Bruce Lee"s influence on some of today"s top stars-and a new perspective on the man himself." - Men"s Fitness

12/5/2010 2:36:13 AM
Diana Lee Inosanto in Special U.K. Edition DVD of HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD

Diana Lee Inosanto will be appearing in the U.K"s Special Edition of HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD. Extended Bonus Interviews include Ms. Inosanto, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with other appearances by Jackie Chan, John Woo, Donnie Yen, Brett Ratner and of course his wife Linda and daughter Shannon Lee.

12/4/2010 11:53:42 PM
END BULLYING ~The SENSEI - the Award Winning Independent Filmmaker D. Lee Inosanto

THE SENSEI, by award winning independent filmmaker, D. Lee Inosanto, is now available
The Anti-bullying film that teaches through martial arts cinema and philosophy the destruction of bullying and the path to empathy Purchase of The SENSEI DVD can be bought thru Pointmanproductions.com. In addition, online streaming of The SENSEI can be purchased at I-Tunes.com,
International Online Distribution coming soon. THE SENSEI ON iTUNES