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 Gina Carano

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Bruce Lee

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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Chinese, American
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.

 3 Jackie Chan

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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hong Konger

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.

 4 Akshay Kumar

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Indian

 5 William Zabka

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 6 Olivia Munn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 7 Steven Seagal

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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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 8 Chuck Norris

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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: March 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

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 9 Jorge Masvidal

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Boxer
Birthdate: November 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 10 Jet Li

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Chinese, Singaporean, American

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.

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 11 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
Nationality: Chinese

 12 Nate Diaz

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 13 Chael Sonnen

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Podcaster, Promoter, Politician
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 14 Donald Cerrone

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 15 Thiago Silva

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Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Brazilian

 16 Daniel Cormier

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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 17 Michael Bisping

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 18 Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer
Birthdate: July 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican, American

 19 Tiger Shroff

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 20 Scott Adkins

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Famous As: Actor, Martial artist, Film actor, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: June 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 21 Anthony Pettis

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 22 Joshua Waitzkin

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 23 Cristiane Justino

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: July 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian

 24 Miyamoto Musashi

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Famous As: Swordsman & Warrior
Birthdate: 1584 AD
Nationality: Japanese
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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 25 Demetrious Johnson

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Famous As: mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 26 Frank Dux

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Famous As: Sportsperson, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 27 Vidyut Jammwal

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 28 Alistair Overeem

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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 29 Junior dos Santos

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Famous As: Boxer, Mixed martial artist, Coach
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Brazilian

 30 B.J. Penn

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Writer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 31 Daniel Bernhardt

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Famous As: Actor, Martial artist, Model
Birthdate: August 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Swiss

 32 Nick Diaz

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Boxer, Aikidoka, Judoka, Karateka, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: August 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 33 Tyron Woodley

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 34 Iko Uwais

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indonesian

 35 Randy Couture

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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Military personnel
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 36 Maurício Rua

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian

 37 Carlos Condit

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: April 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 38 Quinton Jackson

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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 39 Mark Dacascos

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish, Japanese, American

 40 Matt Hughes

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Famous As: mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Kelvin Gastelum

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 42 Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 Chuck Liddell

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Karateka
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 44 Bolo Yeung

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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality:

 45 Tim Kennedy

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Birthdate: September 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 46 Cub Swanson

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 47 Johnny Yong Bosch

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 48 Billy Blanks

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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: September 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 49 Stefan Struve

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: February 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality:

 50 Benson Henderson

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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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