List and biographies of world's most famous martial artists.

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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.

Bruce Lee Bruce Lee
Chinese, American

Jackie Chan Jackie Chan
Hong Konger

Jet Li Jet Li
Singaporean

Gina Carano Gina Carano
American

Joe Taslim Joe Taslim
Indonesian

Yuen Biao Yuen Biao
Canadian

Yip Man Yip Man
Chinese

Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
American

Nate DiazNate Diaz
American
Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
American

Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
Spanish, Japanese, American

Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
American

Donnie YenDonnie Yen
Chinese
Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
American

Nick DiazNick Diaz
American
Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
American

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
American

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
American
Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
American

Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
-
Michael BispingMichael Bisping
British

Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
British

B.J. PennB.J. Penn
American
Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
Brazilian

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
Swedish
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
American

Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
British

War MachineWar Machine
American

Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Brazilian
Randy CoutureRandy Couture
American
Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
American

Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
American

Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
American

Frank DuxFrank Dux
American
Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
American

Lewis TanLewis Tan
British

Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
American

Bas RuttenBas Rutten
-

Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
American
Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
American

Johnny Yong BoschJohnny Yong Bosch
American
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Japanese, American

Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
American

Clay GuidaClay Guida
American
Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
Brazilian

Jim KellyJim Kelly
Australian, American
Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
American

Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
Brazilian

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
American

Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
American

Gilbert MelendezGilbert Melendez
American
Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
American

Frank MirFrank Mir
American

Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
American

Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
American
Dan HendersonDan Henderson
American

Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
American
Gene LeBellGene LeBell
American

Uriah HallUriah Hall
Jamaican, American

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
Bulgarian
Matt MitrioneMatt Mitrione
American

Rashad EvansRashad Evans
American
Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
American

Dan SevernDan Severn
American

Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
Japanese
Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
American

Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
Brazilian
Stefan StruveStefan Struve
-

Ben RothwellBen Rothwell
American

Ip ChunIp Chun
-

Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
American
Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
Brazilian
Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
Japanese

Matt SerraMatt Serra
American

Thomas Ian GriffithThomas Ian Griffith
American

Rener GracieRener Gracie
American
Don FryeDon Frye
American

Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
Brazilian

Cub SwansonCub Swanson
American

Chris LebenChris Leben
American

Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
American
Kenny FlorianKenny Florian
American

Evangelista SantosEvangelista Santos
Brazilian
Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Brazilian

Tank AbbottTank Abbott
American
Josh ThomsonJosh Thomson
American
Cung LeCung Le
American, Vietnamese