the Path to Greatness
by Damon Caro
combat, I am reminded of a quote from a 'Jeet Kune Do
enthusiast" who had never met Sifu Inosanto, but felt
strongly that although an excellent instructor in an academic
sense, Sifu Inosanto was not a fighter. Having received
the energy that emanates from this man countless times,
I can only take pity on such an ignorant misrepresentation.
The kindness of a man's nature should never be confused
with the humble power of his skill.
Speaking of ignorance and misrepresentation,
there also exists a great deal of discrepancy with respect
to the Jun Fan Gung Fu Chinatown School. This facility was
founded by Si Gung Bruce Lee in 1967. During that time,
and for the three years to follow, this school was run by
one individual. Si Gung Bruce Lee personally chose Sifu
Dan Inosanto as the school's head instructor (below documentation
clearly validates this fact). Ninety-five percent of the
classes were taught by Sifu Inosanto, with Si Gung Lee providing
instruction on a periodic basis.
are but a few of the examples illustrating how those motivated
by envy and ignorance have attempted to malign the reputation
of Sifu Dan Inosanto. The informed need not hear any rebuttal:
they axe well aware of Sifu's honorable character and his
immeasurable contributions to the world of martial
arts. The ignorant -especially those with less-than-honorable
intent- will choose to ignore the facts and continue to
spread false information. Yet I and others believe such
malicious tongues will eventually be silenced ... the lies
serving to high light the ignorance of those who speak them.
Sifu Inosanto refuses to dignify such comments with a response;
although I admire this and all elements of his nature, out
of love and respect for him I feel certain truths should
be made very clear. He has long shed light onto the path
toward spiritual growth, and as a true mentor to many students,
his quiet manner and inner strength should he recognized
for what they are: personal greatness.