Dan has been coaching and has continued training in the martial arts for 46 years and has coached and trained with some of the greatest martial arts masters in the world today including Master Pedro Sauer, Master Rickson Gracie, Grandmaster Hou Shu Ying, Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee), Grandmaster Dionisio (Juny) Canete , Grandmaster Mike Moore, Grandmaster Mia Roshi, Grandmaster Paul Jahalamine, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Joe Lewis and many others.
Dan has worked extensively with military groups in Utah, including the Army Special Forces and various groups from the Navy SEAL teams. He has also trained DEA, U.S Marshals, FBI and CIA agents in Utah. Dan has trained the police in Provo, Orem, the Sheriffs department in Salt Lake City, POST (Police Officer’s Standard Training) in SLC, and also the Salt Lake City, Murray City, Sandy City, Draper and West Valley police Departments over the years in various capacities.
He personally trained many of the early fighters in the UFC including Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Shultz, Dave Benatou, Josh “the Peoples Warrior” Burkman, Mike Whitehead, Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard’, and Olly “The Menace” Bradstreet to name a few.
Today Dan’s focus is on helping inner city youth in Salt Lake and surrounding communities by providing martial arts and jiu-jitsu programs to those who cannot afford martial arts instruction. Martial arts has a natural appeal for youth. We have found that our instructors develop powerful bonds with every student at the academy, but especially with our youth practitioners. We leverage this connection to help develop the child’s character for success in all aspects of life.
Dan’s Martial Arts background.
- Coach for U.S. Olympic National Full Contact stick fighting team
- Personal Coach for 5 National Champion Full Contact Stick fighting members
- U.S West coach for U.S. National Full contact team competing in Philippines (team won the World championships)
- 1st and only Foreign Student of Grandmaster Hou Shu Ying of Beijing, China (Ying Chi Gong)
- 5th Degree Black Belt Mokuriaken Kempo (Highest Rank)
- Senior Master Instructor, Shihkeafma (Filipino Martial Arts) NARAPHILL
- Phase 5 Instructor (Highest) Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do
- Black Belt Instructor Gracie Jiu-jitsu under Pedro Sauer
- 7th Degree Black Belt Haikichido
- Black belts in Judo and Tae kwon Do,
- Developed Combat Physical Readiness program for 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
- Arrest Control Tactics Officer Instructor-Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) State Of Utah