In the 60S and 70s John Keehan was one of the most notorious figures in American
martial arts. He ran dojos and had sidelines in salons and porn shops. He took a
pet lion cub for strolls by Lake Michigan. He trained minorities and caught flack
for it, and after one fight—part of Chicago’s “dojo wars” of the 60s and 70s—he was
implicated in the death of one of his students.
He was also a fierce self-promoter: comic-book readers might know him best as Count
Dante, the persona Keehan used to sell membership in his Black Dragon Fighting Society,
as well as a pamphlet, World’s Deadliest Fighting Secrets, that promised to teach
readers how to maim, disfigure, and kill.
This site is dedicated to preserving the history of The Black Dragon Fighting Society
and its founder, John Keehan (aka Count Dante).
Keehan with a diverse student body and pet lion (circa 1965)
Keehan demonstrating “Monkey Stealing a Peach” in his book, “World’s Deadliest Fighting
It is with sadness we report the passing of Sijo Adrian Emparado on April 5, 2009.
The BDFS extends its condolences to the family and students of Sifu Emparado.
NOTICE: The Black Dragon Fighting Society International is a registered international
organization domiciled in South Africa (PTY, Ltd). The original members of the BDFS
listed herein have been granted permission to operate under this organization, with
all the rights and privileges therein.