Famous Martial Artists - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Martial Artists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Shayna BaszlerAugust 8, 1980AmericanShayna Baszler is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
Richard SandrakApril 15, 1992UkrainianRichard Sandrak, better known as Little Hercules, is a martial artist, bodybuilder and actor
Steven SeagalApril 10, 1952AmericanSteven Seagal is a famous American actor, director, martial artist and reserve deputy sheriff
Yip ManOctober 1, 1893ChineseThe famous martial arts trainer is known for establishing the first Wing Chun training school and teaching the likes of Bruce Lee
Miyamoto Musashi1584JapaneseMiyamoto Musashi was a 16th century Japanese samurai, and author of the classic strategy text ‘The Book of Five Rings’.
Gina CaranoApril 16, 1982AmericanGina Carano is a former mixed martial artist, an actress, and a fitness model
Chuck NorrisMarch 10, 1940AmericanChuck Norris is a martial artist and actor who founded his own school of martial art, Chun Kuk Do
Yuen BiaoJuly 26, 1957CanadianYuen Biao is a seasoned Hong-Kong actor, stunt director, action choreographer, and a martial artist
Jackie ChanApril 7, 1954Hong KongerAn actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer, Jackie Chan is a truly multi-faceted personality
Darren ShahlaviAugust 5, 1972BritishDarren Shahlavi was an English actor, stuntman and a martial art professional
Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was one of the most iconic martial arts instructors who elevated the popularity of the combat practice in the world

ChineseNovember 27, 1940151 views

Yip Man

The famous martial arts trainer is known for establishing the first Wing Chun training school and teaching the likes of Bruce Lee

ChineseOctober 1, 1893351 views

Jet Li

Jet Li is a famous Chinese film actor who has acted in a number of Hollywood movies

SingaporeanApril 26, 1963119 views

Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba was the founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido

JapaneseDecember 14, 1883148 views

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi was a 16th century Japanese samurai, and author of the classic strategy text ‘The Book of Five Rings’.

Japanese1584310 views

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal is a famous American actor, director, martial artist and reserve deputy sheriff

AmericanApril 10, 1952428 views

Jackie Chan

An actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer, Jackie Chan is a truly multi-faceted personality

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a martial artist and actor who founded his own school of martial art, Chun Kuk Do

AmericanMarch 10, 1940295 views

Yuen Biao

Yuen Biao is a seasoned Hong-Kong actor, stunt director, action choreographer, and a martial artist

CanadianJuly 26, 1957232 views

Richard Sandrak

Richard Sandrak, better known as Little Hercules, is a martial artist, bodybuilder and actor

UkrainianApril 15, 19921,137 views