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“Dan is a phenomenal martial artist . . . He’s a fierce competitor, deeply perceptive, with a philosopher’s soul that gives his martial style a unique resonance.”
–Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
Daniel Caulfield has been studying the martial arts for 25 years. He holds a shodan (black belt) in Aikido through Hiroshi Ikeda (2000), has over ten years of Tai Chi experience under several of Cheng Man Ching’s direct students including the renowned Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, and has studied under Brazilian Jiu Jitsu luminaries Marcelo Garcia, John Machado and Jucao Brites. Dan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Jucao (Ailson Henrique) Brites.
From 2002 through 2004 Dan represented William C.C. Chen’s push hands team, competing nationally and internationally. After winning the gold medal in his weight division in 2003, he went on to place first in every weight division at the 2004 AAU championships. Later that year he claimed two silver medals at the push hands world championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
After a seven year layoff from competition, Dan began competing again in 2012. He has taken IBJJF golds at the purple, brown and black belt levels, most recently at the Boston Summer International Open IBJJF Competition in August, 2016.
Dan is a graduate of Naropa University (2000) where he earned degrees in Traditional Eastern Arts and Buddhist and Western Psychology.