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Martial Arts Royalty and the Legend Behind "Ahsoka's" Chilling Villain: Diana Inosanto

Updated: Oct 30, 2023


Diana Inosanto on the set of Ahsoka via StarWars.com


If you aren’t in the martial arts world, you might not notice that the driving villain of the Ahsoka Star Wars series on Disney+ is actually a martial arts legend from a lineage of martial arts legends. Diana Inosanto isn’t just acting as a fighting arts master, she is one. She plays Morgan Elsbeth, a cool, steely, formidable antagonist to Rosario Dawson’s titular character. Despite the character’s wicked ways, she’s a badass in Star Wars canon as a force-sensitive human Nightsister.


In the world of martial arts and entertainment, Diana Inosanto has emerged as a dynamic force to be reckoned with. Known for her martial arts prowess, acting talents, and impressive lineage, Diana's journey in the film industry has been shaped by her dedication to martial arts, her famous father Dan Inosanto, and her partnership with husband Ron Baliki.





Raised in an environment where martial arts was not just a passion but a way of life. Diana's martial arts journey began at an early age, as she was introduced to a world of discipline and dedication by her father, the legendary martial artist and actor Dan Inosanto training partner of Bruce Lee. Under his guidance, Diana honed her skills and developed a deep appreciation for martial arts as both a physical discipline and a spiritual practice.


Her training encompassed various martial disciplines, including Jeet Kune Do, Eskrima, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai, among others. Diana's commitment to mastering these arts was evident, and she soon became a skilled practitioner, earning recognition and respect within the martial arts community.


Diana Inosanto's versatility extends beyond martial arts. She has proven herself as a multifaceted talent in the world of entertainment. Her roles in movies like "The Sensei" and "The Hunted" showcase her acting prowess, while her martial arts skills bring an authenticity to her on-screen performances.


However, one of her most notable achievements has been her role in the critically acclaimed series "Ahsoka." Diana's portrayal of a powerful and skilled warrior in the show has garnered praise for her dedication to authenticity and martial arts expertise. "Ashoka" not only highlights her acting abilities but also her deep-rooted connection to martial arts, a tribute to her father's legacy.


In addition to her accomplishments in martial arts and acting, Diana Inosanto's life and career are closely intertwined with her husband, Ron Baliki. Ron is not only her life partner but also her training partner and collaborator in the entertainment industry.


Together, they have founded the Diana Lee Inosanto International Martial Arts Center, where they continue to promote and teach martial arts to enthusiasts of all levels. Their partnership extends to their work in film and television, where they share a passion for bringing authentic martial arts action to the screen.


As Diana Inosanto continues to make her mark in the world of film and martial arts, she not only honors her father's legacy but also creates her own, inspiring future generations of martial artists and actors to follow in her footsteps. With her unique blend of skill, authenticity, and a strong sense of heritage, Diana Inosanto is a force to be reckoned with, leaving an indelible mark on both the martial arts and entertainment worlds.


Check out Diana Inosanto videos with Ron Baliki here: https://www.youtube.com/@blackbelt_magazine



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