Summary: Only a 4 stars cause I wanted MORE.
Comment: Finally, I got this book. I was looking for it forever. It definitely has great info on Guro Dan. Having met him in 2006, what the author tells in this book is true. Guro Dan is a great man, a great martial artist and the humblest man you'd ever meet. The book has great stories from the earlier days to the Bruce Lee days to Guro Dan's path of touching different peoples in different walks of life. I thought it was well put together. I would love the opportunity to talk to Guro Dan once again. Get the book, it's a good read.
Summary: A LONG overdue biography to the TRUE JKD man
Comment: Bruce Lee is amazing. He was before his time. Dan Inosanto, however, is beyond anything I have ever experienced. Having gone to seminars to train with the man himself, I can truly say this man is responsible for the JKD we know and also one of, if not THE, most well-read, experienced, and talented martial artist to date.
This book, although a LITTLE thin, is a wonderful read and addition to any martial artist's collection. He is, afterall, THE martial artist of our time. READ IT!!
Summary: Could have been better
Comment: This is a fair book about an extraordinary man and martial artist. Although I learned a few things about Dan Inosato that I didn't know from reading magazine articles, I wanted more. I was left feeling that the overall presentation was flat, almost lifeless at times.
Inasanto is an incredible, tireless martial arts master who is an icon in the martial arts world. I didn't feel that energy in this read and I was left wanting it.
The positives are that you will learn much about him, including some of his human weaknesses. But mostly you will learn that he is a driven man, who even now, in his 60s, is willing to be a student and learn from others.
I recommend this book, I just wish it had a little more spark.
Loren W. Christensen, author of FIGHTER'S FACT BOOK
Summary: An excellent overview of an exceptional martial artist
Comment: This book is an excellent general biography of a great martial artist. It covers his life before and after Bruce Lee, touches on his progress since Lee's death and has some very interesting interviews and quotes. The book is a fine tribute to a humble, talented person and instructor.
Summary: Dan Inosanto - The Man, the Teacher, the Artist
Comment: I was very excited to see that a biography has been written about Guro Dan Inosanto. He has led (and continues to lead) a fascinating life and influences a great many people through his passion for the martial arts. This book is a pleasant read, serving as an overview to Guro Dan's life-long journey in the martial arts. Much of the information in this book will be familiar to those who have read other interviews with Guro Dan. It's no surprise, there are no secrets. His hard work, dedication and humility are expounded upon throughout the book. It is well researched, with an extensive bibliography, and contains excerpts from interviews with Guro Dan and many of his students. One of the most interesting sections of the book, in my opinion, is the partial list of his many teachers. Overall, a good, light read for a sunday afternoon.
Respectfully, Chris H. student: EEMD, Boston (JKD/FMA)