Media Part 3/6 - Dan Inosanto and Diana Lee Inosanto Interview



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In Hollywood back in the 60’s and 70’s there were not a lot of minorities or martial artists. Most stunt people were either rodeo people, acrobats or gymnasts with no martial arts skills on the screen. Bruce Lee paved the way. Many attribute Bruce as a guide, not only for martial arts, but inspirational regardless of the field they were in. He paved the way for people to bring people together. Steven Seagal has said he wouldn’t be where he is today without Bruce Lee. So grateful. Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van-Damme – a lot of people used Bruce as a guide to see what could be done and continue to pave the way.

Diana remembers some of the people in her life as a young girl including Kareem Abdul-Jabar who at that time was known as Lew Alcindor, a freshman at UCLA. Bruce was training “Lew” but had no idea who he was. Guru Dan knew who he was and explained to Bruce that he was a highly touted basketball player and asked if he could come watch him train. He remembers Kareem picking up Diana as a young girl and placing her on the roof of Bruce’s house and then gently setting her down. Because of Bruce Lee, Guru Dan had the opportunity to meet other well- known stars, such as Steve McQueen, James Coburn; people he wouldn’t have met if not for Bruce Lee.


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