About Sifu/Guro Dan Anderson

Sifu Dan Anderson is the founder and head instructor of Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy, New York City’s oldest training center for Martial Sport and Combat. In his two decades as an instructor, Sifu Anderson has created a true community of martial development and education. Over the years, he has had the privilege to teach thousands of students – helping them find their path, and gain lifelong knowledge in Mixed Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do (JKD) concepts, Filipino Kali, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Sifu Anderson was voted as NY1’s New Yorker of the Week for his women’s self-defense program. He has appeared as an expert in martial arts on Good Morning America, The History Channel, CNBC Business, CBS, NBC, the Bruce Lee Lives! documentary, as well as a large variety of publications.

Sifu Anderson’s science of movement, fighting, and strategy is an evolution of a global journey that has spanned continents and cultures. He has made it a lifelong goal to study and practice in the top martial arts of the world. Searching for world-class martial arts and mixed martial artists has led Sifu Anderson to become certified under some of the best practitioners of our time. He has also achieved certification under the direct lineage of his childhood hero, Bruce Lee.

Early on, Sifu Anderson began to search and train extensively with Guro Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s protégé) who is one of only three individuals certified by the late Bruce Lee to teach his art of Jeet Kune Do. Guro Inosanto is also the only person to ever receive instructor certificates in the three arts Sigung Lee taught during his lifetime. Sifu Anderson is a certified Senior Associate Instructor under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto in the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do Concepts (JKD) and Filipino Martial Arts.

Balintawak Eskrima is a powerful Filipino martial art based on the style of the legendary Eskrima fighter Doring Saavedra. Sifu Anderson is a private student of Grand Master Crispulo “Ising” Atillo. Sifu Anderson is currently an Eskrimador under Grand Master and is his New York City representative.

Sifu Anderson has dedicated over two decades to Muay Thai and has trained with Ajarn “Chai” Sirisute (President of the Muay Thai Association USA). He is also a master level instructor/Ajarn under International Muay Thai Champion, El Khattab Abdel Krim.

Sifu has trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with numerous world famous instructors. His Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey has taken him through decades of experience and exposed him to various different styles and families. Sifu Anderson was the first American to receive his Black Belt under Vitor Shaolin Ribiero.

Sifu Anderson has spent many years training and learning the art of Savate (French Kickboxing).

He is currently a Yellow Glove “Initiateur” rank in Savate under Professor Nicolas Saignac (one of the highest ranking Savate instructors in the US).

Sifu Anderson has trained with many notable instructors in a variety of arts ranging from Savate, Russian Sambo, Penjak Silat, Western Boxing, to many Kali systems.

He has also traveled to the Pramote Gym Buddhai Sawan Krabi Krabong school in Lad Prao Thailand to train with Ajarn Pramote Mesamana in the Thai Fighting system of Krabi Krabong.

With over 20 years of experience in the realm of martial arts instruction, Sifu Anderson has trained people from all walks of life. He has worked with members of several elite military units, choreographed movies, developed mixed martial art fitness programs for gyms, and self-defense programs for institutions like West Point, NYU, Bloomberg, and Kaufman Studios. His expertise has also been sought out by personnel from the upper echelons of law enforcement including members of the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, and the CIA.

In his martial sports career, Sifu Anderson has an impressive Pro/Am record in Muay Thai boxing and has also coached athletes to victory and Pro/Am belts in Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts.

For private lessons with Sifu Anderson, private workshops, seminars, or teaching and speaking appearances, please email  privatelessons@andersonsmartialarts.com