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

Jet Li Jet Li
Singaporean
Gina Carano Gina Carano
American

Yuen Biao Yuen Biao
Canadian
Yip Man Yip Man
Chinese
Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
American

War MachineWar Machine
American
Mark DacascosMark Dacascos
Spanish, Japanese, American
Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
-

Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
American
Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
American
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
British
Donnie YenDonnie Yen
Chinese

Nate DiazNate Diaz
American
B.J. PennB.J. Penn
American
Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
American

Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
American
Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
British
Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
Swedish
Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
Brazilian

Michael BispingMichael Bisping
British
Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
American
Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
American

Randy CoutureRandy Couture
American
Frank DuxFrank Dux
American
Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
American
Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
American

Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
American
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
American
Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
American

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Japanese, American
Nick DiazNick Diaz
American
Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
American
Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
American

Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
American
Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
American
Bas RuttenBas Rutten
-

Clay GuidaClay Guida
American
Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
Brazilian
Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
American
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Brazilian

Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
Brazilian
Jon FitchJon Fitch
American
Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
American

Cub SwansonCub Swanson
American
Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
American
Dan SevernDan Severn
American
Jim KellyJim Kelly
Australian, American

Rich FranklinRich Franklin
American
Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
Bulgarian
Rashad EvansRashad Evans
American

Don FryeDon Frye
American
Dan HendersonDan Henderson
American
Frank MirFrank Mir
American
Chris LebenChris Leben
American

Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
Japanese
Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
American
Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
Japanese

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
American
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
American
Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
American
The Great GamaThe Great Gama
Pakistani

Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
American
Antônio Rogério NogueiraAntônio Rogério Nogueira
Brazilian
Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Brazilian

Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
Brazilian
Tank AbbottTank Abbott
American
Thomas Ian GriffithThomas Ian Griffith
American
Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
American

Ip ChunIp Chun
-
Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
American
Rener GracieRener Gracie
American

Uriah HallUriah Hall
Jamaican, American
Cung LeCung Le
American, Vietnamese
Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
Brazilian
Matt SerraMatt Serra
American

Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
Brazilian
Linden AshbyLinden Ashby
American
Robin ShouRobin Shou
-

Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
American
Mark ColemanMark Coleman
American
John TentaJohn Tenta
Canadian
Cynthia RothrockCynthia Rothrock
American

Callan McAuliffeCallan McAuliffe
Australian
Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
American
Dustin NguyenDustin Nguyen
American

Matt MitrioneMatt Mitrione
American
Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
Turkish
Joshua WaitzkinJoshua Waitzkin
American
Roger GracieRoger Gracie
Brazilian