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

More From 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.

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
Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
American

Nate DiazNate Diaz
American

Tiger ShroffTiger Shroff
Indian

Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
American
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
American

Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
Spanish, Japanese, American
Nick DiazNick Diaz
American

Iko UwaisIko Uwais
Indonesian

Donnie YenDonnie Yen
Chinese
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
British

Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
American
Michael BispingMichael Bisping
British

Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
British

Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
American
Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
American
Continue Reading Below

Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
American
Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
American

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
American

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
American

Randy CoutureRandy Couture
American
William ZabkaWilliam Zabka
American
Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
American

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
American

Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
American

Demetrious JohnsonDemetrious Johnson
American
Vidyut JammwalVidyut Jammwal
Indian

Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
-

Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
American

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Japanese, American

Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
American
Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
Brazilian

Lewis TanLewis Tan
British
Cub SwansonCub Swanson
American

Jody HillJody Hill
American

Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
Brazilian
Ip ChunIp Chun
-

Catriona GrayCatriona Gray
Australian, Filipino
Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
Bulgarian

Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
Brazilian

Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
American

Johnny Yong BoschJohnny Yong Bosch
American

Frank MirFrank Mir
American
Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
American

Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
Brazilian

B.J. PennB.J. Penn
American

Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Brazilian
Frank DuxFrank Dux
American

Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
British
Joe LauzonJoe Lauzon
American

Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
American

Stefan StruveStefan Struve
-
Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
American

Bas RuttenBas Rutten
-
Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
American

War MachineWar Machine
American

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
Swedish
Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
American

Ip ChingIp Ching
Chinese
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
American

Dan HendersonDan Henderson
American

Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
American

Austin St. JohnAustin St. John
American
Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
American
Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
Brazilian

Carlos GracieCarlos Gracie
Brazilian

Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
American

Rashad EvansRashad Evans
American
Tank AbbottTank Abbott
American

Ben RothwellBen Rothwell
American

Babu AntonyBabu Antony
Indian

Uriah HallUriah Hall
Jamaican, American

Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
American
Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
American

Will Yun LeeWill Yun Lee
American
Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
Japanese

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
American
Thomas Ian GriffithThomas Ian Griffith
American
Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
American