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 Bruce Lee

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.

 2 Chuck Norris

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.

 3 William Zabka

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

 4 Jackie Chan

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.

 5 Nate Diaz

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

 6 Donnie Yen

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
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 7 Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 8 Daniel Cormier

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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 9 Jorge Masvidal

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

 10 Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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 11 Yip Man

Yip Man
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Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Chinese
Died: December 2, 1972

 12 Jet Li

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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 13 Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 14 Nick Diaz

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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 15 Miyamoto Musashi

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-ryƫ school of swordsmanship. His life has inspired several films, TV series, stage plays, and video games.

 16 Scott Adkins

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

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

 18 Chael Sonnen

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

 19 Akshay Kumar

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

 20 Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthdate: March 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 21 Anthony Pettis

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

 22 Gina Carano

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.

 23 Chuck Liddell

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

 24 Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme
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Famous As: Martial Artist & Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Belgian

Belgian actor,Jean-Claude Van Damme is best known for a string of martial arts films. He started his career as a karate fighter and competed in a number full-contact and semi-contact matches. Later he took up acting and became a star with the 1988 Hollywood film, Bloodsport. Cyborg, Lionheart, Double Impact and Universal Soldier are some of his notable films.

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 25 Randy Couture

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

 26 Steven Seagal

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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 27 Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 28 B.J. Penn

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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 29 Junior dos Santos

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

 30 Donald Cerrone

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

 31 Alexander Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swedish

 32 Quinton Jackson

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

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

 34 Thiago Silva

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Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Brazilian
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 35 Mark Dacascos

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

 36 Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort
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Famous As: Boxer, Judoka, Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian
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 37 Frank Dux

Frank Dux
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Famous As: Sportsperson, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 38 Johnny Yong Bosch

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

 39 Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 40 Bolo Yeung

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

 41 Matt Hughes

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

 42 Tim Kennedy

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

 43 Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson
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Famous As: mixed martial artist, screenwriter, boxer, karateka
Birthdate: June 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 44 Iko Uwais

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

 45 Frank Mir

Frank Mir
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Thai boxer
Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 46 Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
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Famous As: mixed martial artist, kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 47 Johny Hendricks

Johny Hendricks
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: September 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 Shayna Baszler

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

Shayna Baszler is an American WWE wrestler and former WWE women's tag team champion. Before signing with WWE, Baszler was a mixed martial artist. She served as an important spokesperson in a movement, which was initiated to create an athletic commission for combat sports in South Dakota. A multi-talented personality, Shayna Baszler is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

 49 Benson Henderson

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

 50 Brett Dier

Brett Dier
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian actor Brett Dier is best known as Michael Cordero Jr. from the popular series Jane the Virgin. Fans also loved him in the Canadian series The L.A. Complex and Bomb Girls, and as C.B. in the sitcom Schooled. He has appeared in several TV movies, too.
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