American Female Martial Artists

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 1 Cat Zingano

Cat Zingano
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Broomfield

Mixed martial artist Cat Zingano, who currently represents Bellator MMA, is a world champion in the bantamweight and flyweight divisions and had begun training in martial arts at 12. A brown belt and a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, she also teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Thai, and wrestling.

 2 Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aurora, Colorado, United States

Michelle Waterson is a mixed martial artist. A former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion, Waterson was the world's best women's atomweight fighter between 2013 and 2014. In 2013, she won the Atomweight of the Year award at the Women's MMA Awards. She competes in the UFC where she is ranked in the top 10 in the list of current UFC fighters.

 3 Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee
Famous As: Actress, Martial artist
Birthdate: April 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Shannon Lee is the daughter of the most popular martial artist of all time, Bruce Lee. She followed in her father's footsteps to become an actress and martial artist. Shannon Lee is credited with upholding her father's legacy by serving as the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. She is also the executive producer of Warrior, a series based on her father’s idea.

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 4 Jessie Graff

Jessie Graff
Famous As: Stunt-Woman
Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Best known for being a top performer on the obstacles show American Ninja Warrior, stuntwoman and TV star Jessie Graff is a black belt in Taekwondo and is well-versed in other forms of martial arts, too. An aerospace engineering graduate, she has also been a competitive gymnast and a pole vaulter.

 5 Gina Carano

Gina Carano
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

A former mixed martial artist, Gina Carano went on to become an actress; she uses her martial arts skills to perform stunts in popular action movies. Before becoming an actress, she was quite popular in the MMA scene, being termed the face of women's MMA. In 2008, she was named in a Top 10 Influential Women list.

 6 Cynthia Rothrock

Cynthia Rothrock
Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: March 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Cynthia Rothrock was not just a mixed martial artist but has also acted in various martial arts films. The Black Belt Hall of Famer began training in martial arts at 13 and eventually ended up being one of the first women martial artists to be featured on the martial arts magazine covers.

 7 JuJu Chan

JuJu Chan
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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 8 Keiko Fukuda

Keiko Fukuda
Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 9, 2013

The highest-ranked female judoka in the history of the sport, Keiko Fukuda was also the last-surviving student of the founder of the art, Kanō Jigorō. Apart from breaking the male bastion of the judo circuit, she also penned books, launched a kata championship, and taught judo around the world.

 9 Dana Hee

Dana Hee
Famous As: Stunt performer
Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

 10 Carolena Carstens

Carolena Carstens
Famous As: Taekwondo practitioner
Birthdate: January 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winfield, Illinois, United States