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

Gina Carano Gina Carano
American
Jet Li Jet Li
Singaporean

Brett Dier Brett Dier
Canadian

Jim Kelly Jim Kelly
American
Joe Taslim Joe Taslim
Indonesian

Yuen Biao Yuen Biao
Canadian

Yip Man Yip Man
Chinese

Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar
Canadian, Indian
Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
American

Tiger ShroffTiger Shroff
Indian
Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
American

Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
American

Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
British
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
American

Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
American
Donnie YenDonnie Yen
Chinese

Nate DiazNate Diaz
American

Michael BispingMichael Bisping
British
Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
British
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Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
American
Frank DuxFrank Dux
American

Vidyut JammwalVidyut Jammwal
Indian

Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
American

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
American
Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian

Randy CoutureRandy Couture
American

Demetrious JohnsonDemetrious Johnson
American

Nick DiazNick Diaz
American

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
American
Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
-

Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Brazilian
Iko UwaisIko Uwais
Indonesian

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
Swedish

Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
American
Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
Spanish, Japanese, American

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Japanese, American
B.J. PennB.J. Penn
American

Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
Brazilian

Ip ChunIp Chun
-

Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
American

Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
Brazilian
Johnny Yong BoschJohnny Yong Bosch
American

Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
American

Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
British

William ZabkaWilliam Zabka
American
Will Yun LeeWill Yun Lee
American
Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
American

Uriah HallUriah Hall
Jamaican, American

Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
American

Clay GuidaClay Guida
American
Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
American

Dan HendersonDan Henderson
American
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
American

Frank MirFrank Mir
American

Bas RuttenBas Rutten
-
Ip ChingIp Ching
Chinese

Don FryeDon Frye
American
Rashad EvansRashad Evans
American

Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
American

Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
American
Mike PolchlopekMike Polchlopek
American

Gene LeBellGene LeBell
American
Matt SerraMatt Serra
American

Dan SevernDan Severn
American

War MachineWar Machine
American

Ben RothwellBen Rothwell
American
Babu AntonyBabu Antony
Indian

Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
American

Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
American

Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
Brazilian

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
Bulgarian
Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
Brazilian

Mark ColemanMark Coleman
American
Tank AbbottTank Abbott
American

Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American

Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
American
Matt HamillMatt Hamill
American

Linden AshbyLinden Ashby
American
Wong Jack ManWong Jack Man
American

John TentaJohn Tenta
Canadian
Victoria PrattVictoria Pratt
Canadian

Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Brazilian

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
Japanese
Billy BlanksBilly Blanks
American

Robin ShouRobin Shou
-
Austin St. JohnAustin St. John
American