Darn! First Degree Black Belt
Four years after his Mikey convinced him to train in Karate with him, Dan made 1st Degree Black Belt. Here he kneels at his Dojo (martial arts studio) surrounded by many of his teachers on the day he made First Degree Black Belt. He's currently working on his 2nd Degree Black Belt.
Left to right: Master Daniel Amaguana, Mr. Peter, Ms. Susan, Mr. Spencer, Ms. Jocelyn, Ms. Lidia and Ms. Stephanie with Kaylee.
Someone once said Dan was a martial artist with a writing problem. Beginning at age 10 with foil fencing, he next trained in Judo under the famous Judo and Jujutsu Master Paul Turse and other Senseis. A little while ago a young man named Mikey hoodwinked him into training in Grand Master Amaguana's Dojo, where the Fifth Degree Black Belt Master teaches a combination Tang Soo Do Karate, Krav Maga, Kick Boxing and Far Eastern Weapons. He got thoroughly hooked. Dan is currently training for his Second Degree Black Belt.
posing with one of his newest Black Belts on October 15, 2016.
Beware of a writer whose only passion is writing
Grand Master Paul Turse
Dan's first Martial Arts teacher, friend and fellow writer is featured as Jude's Sensei in "Insurrection: Mile-High Blood." In real life, Sensei Turse holds an 8th Dan in Judo and a 6th Dan in Jujutsu. He also has a PhD in Education from Columbia University. Get his full history and books at www.facebook.com/paul.turse