Martial Artists

Martial artists are the individuals who practice any formal system of combat as a means of self-defense, for achieving better fitness and health or for mental and spiritual development. Martial artists also take part in competitions where they showcase their expertise in specific combat forms. The history of martial arts is an ancient one, various forms of martial arts originated in Egypt and China more than 4,000 years ago. In Europe, the earliest recorded account of martial arts originated in Greece. Even though martial arts have been around for centuries, it was only during the mid to late 19th century that they began to emerge as modern sports. Some of the most popular forms of martial arts are judo, karate, kendo, boxing and fencing. A true martial artist is a warrior who practices combat as an art. Martial artists need to possess a high degree of physical stamina and endurance along with mental agility, discipline, self-confidence and perseverance. A good martial artist is well aware of the history, traditions and values of the art he practices as they might be required to disseminate this knowledge to others. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous martial artists from all over the world.

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1Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthday: 27 November 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Chinese, American
Died: 20 July 1973

An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.

2William Zabka

William Zabka
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 20 October 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

3Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Boxer
Birthday: 12 November 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

4Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 09 September 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Indian

5Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva
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Famous As:
Birthday: 12 November 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Brazilian

6Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthday: 07 April 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hong Konger

Jackie Chan is a martial artist, actor, film director, screenwriter and singer and is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing and innovative stunts in his films, which he performs himself. Rumble in the Bronx, Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour are some of his popular Hollywood films. He has a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

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7Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Choreographer, Martial artist, Judoka, Karateka, Taekwondo athlete, Thai boxer
Birthday: 27 July 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Chinese
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8Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthday: 20 March 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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9Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 03 July 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

10Vidyut Jammwal

Vidyut Jammwal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 10 December 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
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11Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 10 April 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A multi-talented personality, Steven Seagal started his career as a martial artist; he is the first foreigner to run an aikido dojo in Japan. He then showcased his skills in many of his films. Also a skilled guitarist, Seagal has worked with legends like Stevie Wonder. A well-known animal rights activist and environmentalist, Seagal holds American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship.

12Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris
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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthday: 10 March 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

A black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu jitsu and Judo, Chuck Norris is an American martial artist, screenwriter and a popular action film star. He has won many martial arts championships. He later founded his own discipline, Chun Kuk Do. He has also written books on martial arts, philosophy, politics, Christianity, plus Western novels and biography.

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13Gina Carano

Gina Carano
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthday: 16 April 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

14Jet Li

Jet Li
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 26 April 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Chinese, Singaporean, American

Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.

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15Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthday: 17 April 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

16Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthday: 17 May 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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17Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer
Birthday: 29 March 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

18Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 02 March 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

19Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins
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Famous As: Actor, Martial artist, Film actor, Taekwondo athlete
Birthday: 17 June 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

20Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthday: 16 April 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

21Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Podcaster, Promoter, Politician
Birthday: 03 April 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

22Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthday: 28 February 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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23Kelvin Gastelum

Kelvin Gastelum
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthday: 24 October 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

24Junior dos Santos

Junior dos Santos
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Famous As: Boxer, Mixed martial artist, Coach
Birthday: 30 January 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Brazilian
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25Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthday: 20 March 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

26Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi
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Famous As: Swordsman & Warrior
Birthday: 1584 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 13 June 1645
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27Joseph Benavidez

Joseph Benavidez
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthday: 31 July 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

28Alexander Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthday: 15 January 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swedish
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29Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Boxer, Aikidoka, Judoka, Karateka, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthday: 02 August 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

30Maurício Rua

Maurício Rua
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer
Birthday: 25 November 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian
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31Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthday: 08 August 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

32Frank Dux

Frank Dux
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Famous As: Sportsperson, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthday: 13 July 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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33Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 26 February 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish, Japanese, American

34Ip Chun

Ip Chun
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Famous As:
Birthday: 31 July 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality:

35Thomas Ian Griffith

Thomas Ian Griffith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 18 March 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

36Randy Couture

Randy Couture
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Military personnel
Birthday: 22 June 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

37Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Model, Karateka
Birthday: 06 January 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

38Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Johnson
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Famous As: mixed martial artist
Birthday: 13 August 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

39Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthday: 16 November 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

40Bolo Yeung

Bolo Yeung
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthday: 03 July 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality:

41Antônio Rogério Nogueira

Antônio Rogério Nogueira
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Famous As: Boxer, Judoka, Mixed martial artist
Birthday: 02 June 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian

42Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Karateka
Birthday: 17 December 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

43Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthday: 20 June 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

44Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 12 February 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indonesian

45Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer
Birthday: 31 July 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican, American

46Ip Ching

Ip Ching
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Famous As: martial artist
Birthday: 1936 AD
Nationality: Chinese

47Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 06 January 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

48Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthday: 27 January 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

49Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthday: 14 May 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

50Josh Barnett

Josh Barnett
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer
Birthday: 10 November 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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