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

Gina Carano Gina Carano
American

Jackie Chan Jackie Chan
Hong Konger

Jet Li Jet Li
Singaporean

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American

Brett Dier Brett Dier
Canadian
Joe Taslim Joe Taslim
Indonesian

Yip Man Yip Man
Chinese

Yuen Biao Yuen Biao
Canadian

Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
American

Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar
Canadian, Indian
Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
American

Donnie YenDonnie Yen
Chinese
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
American

Tiger ShroffTiger Shroff
Indian

Nate DiazNate Diaz
American
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
British

Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
American
Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
British

Catriona GrayCatriona Gray
Australian, Filipino

Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
American
Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
American
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Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
American
Ip ChunIp Chun
-

Michael BispingMichael Bisping
British

Nick DiazNick Diaz
American

Ip ChingIp Ching
Chinese
Vidyut JammwalVidyut Jammwal
Indian

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
American

Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
Spanish, Japanese, American

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
American

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
American
Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
Brazilian

Randy CoutureRandy Couture
American
Johnny Yong BoschJohnny Yong Bosch
American

Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
American

Iko UwaisIko Uwais
Indonesian
Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
American

Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
American
Frank DuxFrank Dux
American

Demetrious JohnsonDemetrious Johnson
American

Rashad EvansRashad Evans
American

B.J. PennB.J. Penn
American

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Japanese, American
Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
-

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
Swedish

William ZabkaWilliam Zabka
American

Josh ThomsonJosh Thomson
American
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Brazilian
Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
American

Will Yun LeeWill Yun Lee
American

Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
Brazilian

Bas RuttenBas Rutten
-
Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
American

Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
American
Frank MirFrank Mir
American

Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
American

Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
British
Stefan StruveStefan Struve
-

Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
Brazilian
Dan HendersonDan Henderson
American

Babu AntonyBabu Antony
Indian

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
American
Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
American

Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
Brazilian
War MachineWar Machine
American

Austin St. JohnAustin St. John
American

Uriah HallUriah Hall
Jamaican, American

Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
American
Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
American

Matt SerraMatt Serra
American

Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
American

Gene LeBellGene LeBell
American

Don FryeDon Frye
American
Ben RothwellBen Rothwell
American

Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
Brazilian
Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
American

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian

Dan SevernDan Severn
American
Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
American

Roger GracieRoger Gracie
Brazilian
David RamseyDavid Ramsey
American

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
Japanese
Tank AbbottTank Abbott
American

Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
Brazilian

Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Brazilian
Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
American

Rener GracieRener Gracie
American
Wong Jack ManWong Jack Man
American