Instructor's Bio

Dante Dionne, PhD, is the senior instructor of the Griffith Park Bujinkan Dojo (BJKNGP) and holds a 10th Dan (Judan) Shihan teaching license (shidōshi, 士道師) in Bujinkan (武神館) Budo issued by Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, Noda-shi, Chiba-ken, Japan.

Dante began his training in the martial arts in the 1970's. Achieving a black belt certification in Korean Tae Kwon Do and a Master teaching certificate in Golden Mantis Chi Gong by the age of 18. While teaching Chi Gong, Dante was introduced to Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi's Togakury-Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu (1984), which was later re-organized as Bujinkan Budo. After years of training in dozens of combat arts, Dante felt that he finally found the teacher and art that resonated with his Budo spirit.

Dante trained under Shihan Peter Crocoll in Phoenix, AZ. (80's-90's) where he was first introduced to Soke Masaaki Hatsumi at the Los Angeles Tai Kai in 1988. In the mid-90's, Dante took several years break (traveling musician & birth of sons), then resumed training under Shihan Andy Martin in Los Angeles, CA. (mid-00’s). Several years later, Dante was introduced to Shihan David Greenberg; whose generous guidance and playful spirit continues to provide much nourishment for Dante’s life-long passion for Budo.

After several years training under the tutelage of Shihan Greenberg, David returned to Israel and entrusted the continued dojo guidance to Dante. As senior instructor (dojo-cho) of Franklin Canyon Bujinkan under Moti Nativ's international dojo family tree, Dante continues to regularly travel to Japan and abroad, to train with Soke Hatsumi, the Japanese Dai Shihan’s, and other chief instructors around the globe. In 2017, prior to escorting BujinkanFC students to Japan for direct training with Soke and Dai Shihan’s, Griffith Park Bujinkan was established to provide members an additional location/day/time to train.

After over 30 years pursuing Dr. Hatsumi’s teachings for the sake of training, Dante has come out of the shadows. To honor Soke, and to share with the world, the great gift of joy and fulfillment that he has bestowed upon our many Buyu brothers and sisters across the globe.

As a complementary hobby, Dante began training prewar Kenjutsu (via Korea) in 2007 and holds the rank of Sandan in Kendo. In earnest of cultivating and exercising a playful spirit, Dante enjoys travelling Internationally (Japan, Korea, and the US) to compete in Kendo as a member of AUSKF, USKU, SCKO federations.

Professionally, Dante holds a doctorate in organizational psychology with a specialization in leadership. He is a global leader in technology innovation and has served as an adjunct professor and a visiting scholar at the Tokyo University of Science and the Vietnam National University.



Bios: Budo | Professional | Scholar | Personal


Dr. Dante Dionne’s Bujinkan lineage.

A few select memorable moments photographed across Dante’s Bujinkan career.




2015? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Soke (Dante right)

2014? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Noguchi Dai-Shihan (Dante right)

2015? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Arnaud Dai-Shihan (Dante left)

2015? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Shiraishi Dai-Shihan (Dante right)




2009? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Seneo Dai-Shihan (Dante far right)

2009? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) Someya Dai-Shihan (Dante far left)

2010? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) Noguchi Dai-Shihan (Dante far left)

2009? Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Soke (Dante far right)


2011 Los Angeles with Shihan’s Michael Glenn & Paul Masse

 2018 Hombu (Noda-shi, Japan) with Shihan Peter Crocoll






Dante (1988) @ Los Angeles Tai Kai (above). Soke drew (& signed) an excellent caricature of Dante (left) on Dante’s Tai Kai t-shirt



(2013?) Soke painted beautiful scroll with Dante’s Budo name石龍 Sekiryū (Stone Dragon)


Some select photos of Dante trying to emulate and pass along Soke’s teachings.

Soke demonstrating



Dante (Phoenix, 1987?) demonstrating Ninja To-saya uchi to private training group

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1996?) demonstrating Kusari Fundo Sokuyaku Geri

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1995?) demonstrating Kasumi Ninja-To

Soke demonstrating



Dante (Phoenix, 1987?) demonstrating Suwari Geri Ninja-To Waza

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1996?) demonstrating Seigan Rokushaku-Bo (yokomen uchi)

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1996?) demonstrating Hicho Tanto Waza

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1996?) demonstrating Kyoketsu Shoge Waza

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1996?) demonstrating Shuko Ten-Tobi

Soke demonstrating



Dante (1990-1996?) Suwai Geri Waza


Some select photos of Dante teaching Bujinkan techniques.

2017 Dante demonstrating Rokushaku-Bo Geiko (6' pole)



2017 Dante demonstrating grappling (Muso dori taijutsu)

2017 Dante teaching Yari-Jutsu (spear)



2017 Dante teaching grappling (Taki-ori taijutsu)

2017 Dante demonstrating Kyoketsu Shoge (rope & dagger) Randori



2017 Dante teaching rope restraint (Nawa-jutsu)


Some select picture of Dante’s teachers.

Peter Crocoll (1989?) Winter seminar, Tucson, AZ 



Peter Crocoll (2017) awarded Dai-Shihan, Noda

(2014?) David Greenberg Sensei demonstrating (Dante’s son)



(2013?) David Greenberg Sensei demonstrating

(2008?) Andy Martin Sensei demonstrating



(2010?) Andy Martin Sensei demonstrating