Welcome to Gnostic Warrior Radio and Podcast, broadcasting from GnosticWarrior.com in San Diego, California, to around the world. In this episode, we have the pleasure of having a discussion with Daniele Bolelli. He is a writer, martial artist, university professor and podcaster. Daniele was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is the host of the Drunken Taoist Podcast and he has also written several books. We discuss his latest book, Create Your Own Religion: A How-To Book without Instructions, that he had published this past April and also his other books as well.
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).
After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology and earning graduate degrees at UCLA (in American Indian Studies) and CSULB (History), Bolelli began teaching at several colleges in Southern California. Unlike most scholars who tend to specialize in one particular field of knowledge, Bolelli adopted a "renaissance" man-approach to teaching that has led him to lecture on a wide range of subjects including American Indian history and philosophy, history of the United States, world religions, history of ancient Rome, history and philosophy of martial arts, the ethnic experience in the United States, world history, plus several courses on the relationship between cinema and history.
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