Dante & Japanese Martial Arts
Dante began training in the much guarded practice of the Ancient Egyptian Temple Guard in 1982. Those teachings, inspired him to begin his training (1984) in Togakury-Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu, later re-organized by current Soke Hatsumi Masaaki as Bujinkan Budo.
Above: 1989 Dante employing running up tree evasive maneuver to avoid the opponent's sword strike - [Dante above right]
After a short stint training with a couple of Black Belts that trained under Steven Hayes, Dante moved to Phoenix, AZ. and began training under Dai-Shihan Peter Crocoll (until mid 90's). Dante was first introduced to Soke Hatsumi Masaaki at the Los Angeles Tai Kai in 1989.
After several years break (traveling musician & birth of sons), Dante returned to Los Angeles where he resumed training under Shihan Andy Martin and Shihan David Greenberg.
After several years, Shihan Greenberg returned to Israel and entrusted the continued dojo guidance to Dante.
As senior instructor of Franklin Canyon Bujinkan and Griffith Park Bujinkan, Dante continues to regularly travel to Japan and abroad, to train with Soke Hatsumi Masaaki, the Japanese Dai-Shihans, and other chief instructors around the globe.
Dante also began training prewar Kenjutsu (Kumdo) in 2007 as a member of USKU (and later with SCKO and AUSKF Kendo Federations) and enjoys competing in modern Kendo Internationally in Japan, Korea, and across the US.
For more information on Bujinkan (aka Togakury-Ryu Ninpo) go to www.bujinkan.com
For more information on the Temple Guard see The international standard Bible encyclopedia By Geoffrey W. Bromiley
SELECT PHOTOS OF DANTE'S TRAINING IN JAPANESE ARTS
Below: 2013 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Soke Hatsumi
Below: 2014 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan and Kote Ryu Soke Noguchi Sensei
Below: 2015 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan Shiraishi Sensei
Below: 2015 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan Arnaud Sensei
Below: 2009 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan Somea Sensei
Below: 2009 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan Senou Sensei
Below: 2014 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan and Gyokko Ryu Soke Nogato Sensei
Below: 2010 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Dai-Shihan and Kote Ryu Soke Noguchi Sensei
Below: 2009 Hombu Dojo Japan after class with Bujinkan Soke Hatsumi - [Dante far right]
Below: 2009 Hakodate, Japan after practicing with Saporro University Kendo Team - [Dante seated right]
Below: 2008 - Dante at Osaka Kendo training in Osaka, Japan
Below: 2008 Iga Ueno, Japan Dante scaling Iga Castle
Below: 1988 Los Angeles Bujinkan TaiKai - Soke drew an excellent Caricature of Dante!