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
Nate DiazNate Diaz
American

Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
American

Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
American

Olivia MunnOlivia Munn
American
Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
Spanish, Japanese, American

Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
American
Nick DiazNick Diaz
American

Iko UwaisIko Uwais
Indonesian

Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
American
Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
American

Michael BispingMichael Bisping
British
Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
British

Donnie YenDonnie Yen
Chinese

Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
American
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
American

B.J. PennB.J. Penn
American
Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
American

Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
American

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
American

Randy CoutureRandy Couture
American
Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
-
Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
American

William ZabkaWilliam Zabka
American

Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
American

Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
American
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
British

Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
American

Cub SwansonCub Swanson
American

Lewis TanLewis Tan
British

Frank DuxFrank Dux
American
Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
Brazilian

War MachineWar Machine
American
Frank MirFrank Mir
American

Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
Brazilian

Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
American
Johnny Yong BoschJohnny Yong Bosch
American

Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Brazilian
Uriah HallUriah Hall
Jamaican, American

Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
American

Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
American

Demetrious JohnsonDemetrious Johnson
American

Joe LauzonJoe Lauzon
American
Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
Brazilian

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
American

Todd DuffeeTodd Duffee
American

Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
American
Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
British

Gene LeBellGene LeBell
American
Bas RuttenBas Rutten
-

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
Swedish

Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
American
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
American

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Japanese, American
Clay GuidaClay Guida
American

Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
American

Dan HendersonDan Henderson
American
Austin St. JohnAustin St. John
American

Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
Brazilian
Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
American

Cheick KongoCheick Kongo
French

Stefan StruveStefan Struve
-

Rashad EvansRashad Evans
American
Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
Brazilian
Matt SerraMatt Serra
American

Tank AbbottTank Abbott
American

Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
American

Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
Brazilian
Matt MitrioneMatt Mitrione
American

Will Yun LeeWill Yun Lee
American

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
Japanese

Josh ThomsonJosh Thomson
American

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
American
Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
American

Thomas Ian GriffithThomas Ian Griffith
American
Rener GracieRener Gracie
American

Dan SevernDan Severn
American
The Great GamaThe Great Gama
Pakistani
Callan McAuliffeCallan McAuliffe
Australian