Documentarian of "Deadliest Man Alive" defending himself from the "Black Dragon Fighting Society"

So-called "Austin Mayor" says:
200712031034 Floyd Webb is making a documentary about Count Dante, a notorious martial arts legend and icon of 1960s comic book ads: "Now... the world's DEADLIEST FIGHTING SECRETS can be yours.. FREE".

But William Aguiar III of the Fall River Black Dragon Fighting Society has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the documentary's website ( infringes on his copyrights.

Fortunately, the Stanford University’s Fair Use Project, Grand Master Lawrence Lessig's copyright dojo, has the film-maker's back.



  1. Jeez, I remember these ads in comic books. If I’d been a few years older, I might have ended up in this guy’s school; good deal that I didn’t move to Chicago until ’77.

  2. Why is that good Jack. If you had joined his school you would have got to train with people like Mike Stone and James Jones Jr.. You would have gotten to meet other legends like Ed Parker, Robert Trias, Jhoon Rhee and even Bruce Lee to name just a few. Don’t judge a guy by his advertisements.

  3. Johnpatricio @5, I think that the incident with the Green Dragons stuck in my mind when I read the Reader article. Lots of schools have legends visit and teach without deadly incidents. Heck, the Degerberg school in Lincoln Square had Superfoot Wallace drop in once in a while, and Wallace brought a friend of his, one John Belushi, by occasionally to work off some of his fat for a movie role. I wish I’d been around for that.

  4. Oh, OK Jack. I can understand that. I thought you were referring to the fact that he advertised in comics. A lot of people make fun of him for that. They don’t realize those advertisements made him very rich… and legendary. We’re still talking about him today!

  5. Thanks for the heads up johnpatricio .
    I found this on

    The Count was an expert in Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Boxing, Kempo, Karate, Yawara, Boxing and Wrestling. Additionally, he held a Black Belt in Aikido and a Masters Certificate in Kibo.

    I just find it interesting that the one sport that he is best known for is not represented in modern MMA. From reading more about him the guy apparently was a total badass.

  6. I’m fascinated by him, too by his unsung role in the culture (and I’m glad this film is addressing that!). It sounds like he just went off the deep end, mentally (and in the martial arts community, he wouldn’t be alone!). Can’t wait to see this movie, I’ve been following its story online.

  7. No Francis… not even the people being sued. The BDFS claims just about anything containing the Count’s photo or name. I can understand some of their concerns, but they really do push it too far.
    You can follow more about this whole lawsuit debacle at

    Please everyone, also feel free to join my yahoo group at and help me spread the word on other blogs and forums. It’s full of a lot of great newspaper and magazine articles about Count Dante if you want to learn more about this infamous individual.

  8. Hey Jack, I just remembered something interesting that I read in one of the Black Belt magazine articles on my site. You mentioned Bill Wallace. Wallace actually spent some time training with one of Dante’s student’s. Jim Concevic actually… the same guy who was killed during the “Dragon Wars”. Just thought that was an interesting point to bring up.

  9. Hello everyone, I am the filmmaker of The Search for Count Dante. Had I know what I know now…but I am hip deep in it now. The film will be finished. It will be the social critique I intent it to be. It is a wild story with some interesting characters and will adventures. Being sued by some misguided indiviuals is minor compared to the reality of this one man’s life.

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