Daniele Bolelli: Not Afraid
By David Newell
Daniele Bolelli is a writer, martial artist, and university professor. He is the author of several books on philosophy, and martial arts, including On the Warrior's Path. Known for his writing since the 1990s in Italy and the early 2000s in the United States, Bolelli rose to greater public prominence in the 2010s, beginning with his appearances on popular podcasts such as The Joe Rogan Experience. He went on to create his own podcasts, and has hosted The Drunken Taoist since 2012 and History on Fire since 2015. Bolelli has trained in several styles of martial arts including kung fu san soo, taijiquan, baguazhang, xingyiquan, submission wrestling, Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and judo. He holds a fifth degree black belt in kung fu san soo-a style that he has taught for several years at UCLA's John Wooden Center. Bolelli also coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA). His fourth book - Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting published in 2015 - is an autobiographical tale on the theme of facing fear which discusses Bolelli's experiences in martial arts, the death of his wife, and his raising his daughter as a single parent. He was featured in "I Am Bruce Lee" which broke Spike TV's rating record for documentaries. He has appeared as a guest on popular podcasts such as Duncan Trussell's, Adam Carolla's and Joe Rogan's.