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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 1 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee.
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 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.

 2 Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris.
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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: March 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States

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.

 3 Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz.
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockton

 4 Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen.
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Choreographer, Martial artist, Judoka, Karateka, Taekwondo athlete, Thai boxer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guangzhou

 5 Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier.
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

 6 Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus
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 7 Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan.
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

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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 8 Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ferguson
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 9 Yip Man

Yip Man.
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Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan
Died: December 2, 1972

Yip Man was a Chinese martial artist best remembered for teaching martial arts to the famous Chinese American martial artist, Bruce Lee. Yip Man is credited with teaching not only Bruce Lee but also many other students who went on to become martial arts masters. A biographical martial arts film titled Ip Man was inspired by his life and career.

 10 Gina Carano

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

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.

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 11 William Zabka

William Zabka
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 12 Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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Famous As: Martial Artist & Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sint-Agatha-Berchem

Belgian actor,Jean-Claude Van Damme is best known for a string of martial arts films. He started his career as a karate fighter and competed in a number full-contact and semi-contact matches. Later he took up acting and became a star with the 1988 Hollywood film, Bloodsport. Cyborg, Lionheart, Double Impact and Universal Soldier are some of his notable films.

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 13 Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hounslow, England

 14 Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States

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.

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 15 Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins
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Famous As: Actor, Martial artist, Film actor, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: June 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield

 16 Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Podcaster, Promoter, Politician
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milwaukie
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 17 Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

 18 Randy Couture

Randy Couture
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Military personnel
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States

 19 Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isla Vista, California, United States

 20 Junior dos Santos

Junior dos Santos
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Famous As: Boxer, Mixed martial artist, Coach
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caçador, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
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 21 Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver

 22 B.J. Penn

B.J. Penn
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Writer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kailua, Hawaii, United States

 23 Jet Li

Jet Li.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China

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.

 24 Kelvin Gastelum

Kelvin Gastelum
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Jose
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 25 Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 26 Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi.
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Famous As: Swordsman & Warrior
Birthdate: 1584 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: June 13, 1645

Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese swordsman, writer, strategist, and philosopher. Widely regarded as a Kensei, Musashi became famous through his stories of bravery, which involves his undefeated streak of 61 duels. He is also credited with founding the Niten Ichi-ryū school of swordsmanship. His life has inspired several films, TV series, stage plays, and video games.

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 27 Tony Jaa

Tony Jaa
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Surin, Thailand

 28 Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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 29 Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort
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Famous As: Boxer, Judoka, Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 30 Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Illinois, United States

 31 Frank Dux

Frank Dux
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Famous As: Sportsperson, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 32 Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States
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 33 Bolo Yeung

Bolo Yeung
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guangzhou

 34 Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy
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Birthdate: September 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Luis Obispo
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 35 Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 36 Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
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Famous As: mixed martial artist, kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin
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 37 Johny Hendricks

Johny Hendricks
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: September 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ada

 38 Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sioux Falls, United States

Shayna Baszler is an American WWE wrestler and former WWE women's tag team champion. Before signing with WWE, Baszler was a mixed martial artist. She served as an important spokesperson in a movement, which was initiated to create an athletic commission for combat sports in South Dakota. A multi-talented personality, Shayna Baszler is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

 39 Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colorado Springs

 40 Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer
Birthdate: July 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spanish Town

 41 Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

 42 Brett Dier

Brett Dier.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Canadian actor Brett Dier is best known as Michael Cordero Jr. from the popular series Jane the Virgin. Fans also loved him in the Canadian series The L.A. Complex and Bomb Girls, and as C.B. in the sitcom Schooled. He has appeared in several TV movies, too.

 43 Cat Zingano

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

 44 Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Niagara Falls

 45 Carlos Condit

Carlos Condit
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: April 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albuquerque

 46 Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Model, Karateka
Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colorado Springs

 47 Li Ching-Yuen

Li Ching-Yuen
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Famous As: Herbalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Chongqing, China
Died: May 6, 1933

 48 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film actor, Television actor, Karateka
Birthdate: September 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Higashi-Azabu

 49 Maurício Rua

Maurício Rua
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curitiba

 50 Eddie Bravo

Eddie Bravo
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Ana
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