Best Martial Artists of All Time


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The Top Ten

Bruce Lee
Anyone who disputes Bruce Lee as the best martial artists is a fool. He trained harder, longer and smarter than anyone. I always seem to run into people trying to tell me that Bruce wasn't a real fighter and he would get his ass handed to him in a real fight. If those people, who's willingness to give an opinion increases along with their ignorance on a subject, were to read a book or two or watch interviews with people who have fought Bruce and watched him fight, they would surely realize how stupid it is to claim that.


I beileve you're right! People are stupid about Bruce lee and they will get there butt kicks of him. Also people people can't beat him. Even there is nobody in this world today that can kill a man in so many different ways like Bruce Lee can. Also he more faster than any human can be! Nobody can kick like Bruce lee can. Bruce lee can kick a man by making him flying in the air! If guys mess with him when he's alive today don't looked at his face becasue he will hurt you so bad that you will cry to your mommy!
He expressed his Martial arts and didn't believe in styles. He developed his unique style according to street fight and differentiated himself from others. He feels and do his martial arts stuffs. So he is best.
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2Jet Li
For me, Jet Li should be on top of the list, and this is my reasons as to why. He transformed the image of Hong Kong movies into real interesting movies to watch. He took on the role of acting, real acting mixed with martial arts, that's something that movie directors in china never understood. They initially thought martial arts movies were just about fights, running and kicking. When Jet Li stars, he mixes all that, but most importantly, and I think he learned this from American Movies, he knew he had to be a good actor, with good writer to connect with the viewers and get the viewers to like you. His best movies were "Once upon a time in china I" and "Fist of the Legend, " I can watch those two movies for ever and never stop liking them
Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen. Jet Li, is an amazing martial artist and should be recognized a lot more than 3rd place. After three years of intensive training with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from Wushu at age 19, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably the Once Upon A Time In China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung. As a member of the team, he received wushu training and went on to win fifteen gold medals and one silver medal in Chinese wushu championships, where, despite his young age, he competed against adults. The guy is a legend!
Jet Li is the best martial artist ever. I watched Bruce Li movies and I truly liked him, I just think jet li moved the whole industry to a new level, people should realize that and start respecting this guy while he's still around. For me he's a genius, just like Albert Einstein
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3Jackie Chan
Jackie chan should be second! I'm surprised that he's fifth.
He must be the second because he surpass every single human..
Jackie Chan shou be second becuase his fight syle is really good such as drunken master
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4Yip Man
Ip man should be number 1. He taught Bruce lee has first art. Wing chung. If you look at his stuff then you would know who is the only GRAND MASTER their was. You movie people have no clue on real arts.
It's a shame that people compare these movie Martial Artist to someone like YIP MAN. Who has done things in history. Wing Chung is an up close combat offense/defense Martial Art Technique. Why he's not number one is insane and being number #6 is a slap in the face...
Yo man this guy is the strongest
He taight bruce lee. He literally spread wing chun.
All the the other people on this list are actors. They may have won some titles but yip man fought the japanese martial artists and always won. He should be first
An why isn't mike tyson on the list?
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5Chuck Norris
Their were other martial artist better then chuck Norris" like master lil john Davis. The man was known as the undisputed king of karate..
Norris trains in multiple martial arts including Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, kickboxing, and taekwondo. This allows him to cover the weaknesses of one art with the strengths of another. Of all the movie martial artists still alive today, he was the one who was the truest martial artist.
Norris won 15 world champion matches in his career.
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6Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen, or Ipman should me ranked second or third because he was the best martial artist ever due to his resilience to keeping china's title.
He's Donnie yen enough said.. They even allowed him to play Bruce lee master come on now
Most entertaining and talented I've seen out of martial arts movies. I respect bruce lee, ip man, and jackie chan, etc.. All are awesome! But for present day, donnie yen really pulls it off. All is amazing to me! Amazing job to all!
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7Tony Jaa
We have all seen his great stunts, form and technique when it comes to fighting I say at least in the top 5, all he has to do is prove himself.
Tony jaa is better than chuck Norris and jackie chan. He can produce amazing stunts and martial arts, I think he should be in second place.


I know he's awesome because I've been learning martial arts since I was 4 n now after 12 yrs of experience n watchin him in action is amazing... My true ido as I even learned some muay thai as he does it too
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8Jean-Claude Van Damme
Van Damme was a great martial artist but research guys like Miyamoto (book of five rings) the undefeated samurai. Steven Seagal should of been before Jean Claude Van Damme. The only american at that time to ever teach Aikido in Japan
His the best an steven seagal or don the so called dragon wilson doesn't have a chance with van damme even if van damme gave him one.his always been my hero an role model that's the reason why I took up martial arts
I found him @ number 30! What! I studied JCVD all my life, the man can break your neck with 1kick! You think all the moves are camera tricks? You think he has stunt men doing the moves? THINK AGAIN... He's the Real Deal, I think he deserves to be at least @ no.3, 1. BRUCE LEE 2. JET LI 3. JCVD 4. MARK DACASCOS 5. JACKIE CHAN
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9Steven Seagal
Okay well honesty I like Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan I do, but I have no choice but to be reasonable because Steven Seagull was in the U. S Marines so he was in really intense training! Also he learned one of many great martial arts known as Aikido which is badass! If you watch some of his movies you'll see where I'm getting at!
His style is very different. He seems quite cool but could be very dangerous anytime. Number 9 does not suit him, he should within top 5.
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10Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
I met this guy and he's a idiot

The Contenders

11Michael Jai White
Honestly, who generated this list and basing on which criteria to have some of these guys so misplaced?
He is a seven black belts holder in seven games.

12Keith Black
Honestly I think keith black is the greatest martial artist in the world. He can kick anyones but who ever steps up to him... Ain't that right tyler?


13Scott Adkins
He must be in the 1st rank
He is the best of all
Scott Adkins is black belt in TKD, Kickboxing and has trained many styles, and besides being 75 kilos and 175 centimeters, he is extremely fast, strong, agile and is able to tricks
In his many movies he has shown great proficiency in hand-to-hand combat and is, in my opinion, the Bruce Lee of England
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14Anderson Silva
Anderson silva is one of the top 3 martial artist of all time just watch his fights and look and his fight record and training
He has skills which every single fighter has on this list but also amazing stamina and endurance to fight for so long
Anderson Silva. Enough said.
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15Jacky Wu
He is bad ass fighter especially in invisible target

16Georges St-Pierre

17Ed Parker
Founder of American kempo enough said. R.I.P

18Fedor Emelianenko
Undefeated for decade, fought and won with other martial arts champions - plus his personality and calmness
What do you need to say aboput this guy

19Bolo Yeung
Bolo has a long hstory in martial arts, he has a well built body that can give him an upper hand against his enemies. Not all body builders have flexable body like that of Bolo. He should be on number 3 or 4

Come on this guy is overall the best and the greatest martial artist ever
Any one know about Bohidhraman..? Please search in the net and get to know who is he. An Indian Prince who is the 1st Kung Fu master in China. Thank you to him.

21MaurĂ­cio Rua

22Joe Louis
Boxing is a martial art, as is Wrestling, it is not the top ten MMA fighters but Martial art fighters, hence whoever put Joe Louis on was entitled to do so
He was a boxer. Why is he on list? He stands no chance in mma fighting. Whoever put him on list is stupid because he wasn't even the best boxer of all time. Iron Mike Tyson would of 1st round ko'd him.
Not the same joe Lewis this is the martial artist not the boxer
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23Don "The Dragon" Wilson
Greatest kick boxer of all time.10 times world champion. The Ali of kick boxing. Friend to and instructed by bill Wallace. Both were undefeated champs.
Consistently beats Thai kickboxers at their home turfs at their game throughout his kickboxing career.

24Nato Ficarra
Unbeaten in 120 fights... Says it all really,
Superb martial artist even at 46 nato ficarra is still regarded as one of the best

25John Liu
Why is van damme not on the list

26Jon Jones

27Sammo Hung
Sammo hung is a strong martial artist

28Yuen Biao

29Royce Gracie
The gracies have won against pretty much any martial art, like judo, karate, kung fu, tkd, hapkido, and more, I think Royce should be towards the top.


31Dan Inosanto
Dan should be in the top 10, not only was he Bruce Lee's student, he even taught Bruce certain things, he has also coriagraphed lots of martial arts films such as Out for justice etc. He is also a master at Filipino escrima, so for this reason I think he should be in the top 10
One of the most committed and knowledgable martial artists of all time.definitely should be in top 5.
Guro Dan is a Doctor of Martial Science!

32Jim Kelly
Jim kelly is a world champion and a amazing fighter Afroes for life
The best hands down

33Masutatsu Oyama
Of course the best martial artist of all time is probably some shaolin monk we've never heard of before, but I think that of all those we do know of, Oyama is closest to their level of fighting. He was a martial arts legend who had a strong work ethic and who defeated many of his opponents in a matter of a few seconds. Not only did he defeat humans, but bulls as well. I believe Mas Oyama should at least be one of the top three
Oyama should definitely be top ten I can't believe it he is a proven fighter he challged other masters and dojos to prove his style of karate and prove he was best and always won. I agree bruce number 1 but look up oyama he is s legend. Its not about how many styles you know its about how good you are and have you proved yourself. Oh an belts mean nothing.
I'm shocked he isn't more recognised he pompously challenged other styles to prove he was the best and always won.
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34Frank Dux
Still got world records
The respect of your peers speak volumes

35Bren Foster

36Andy Norman
Andy Norman is a beast and is the creator of the most effective reality based street defense the world has ever seen. He should be in the top 10 for what he has given to the world.
This guys a genius with a true handle on the predator/ prey situation on today's streets, very humble guy but an awesome martial artist
I m a part of defense lab and I can tell you now he is the founder and training with him is just amazing wouldn't have it any other way
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37Benny Urquidez
This man is a LEGEND! He should be in the first 10. He is undefeated world champion. Won all his professional fights with record of 63-0-1. He is the best opponent to Jackie Chan in his movies like "meals on wheels".
Benny The Jet Urquidez!
Please, why praise actors when the real fighters deserve the recognition. Bruce Lee, Seagul, Jackie Chan, please remove them from this list since there is no official documentation of them actually crediting them to victories. Only Van Damme + Chuck Norris are the two actors that had set records prior to their acting career.

38Rashid Naseem

39Cung Le

40Vidyut Jamwal
Bruce Lee of India

41Ray Park
Check out his moves in GI Joe as snake eyes

42Chris John
Indonesian boxer, world featherweight champion. Undefeated in 51 games. For me, this is the real UNDISPUTED

43Huo Yuanjia
Yip man was not ths only grandmaster because Huo Yuanjia was one way before him. Huo was considered a hero in china for defeating foreign opponents...a true hero.

44Lyoto Machida

45Ehsan Shafiq

46Gary Daniels

47Dolph Lundgren

48Jason Statham
What about Jason Statham?

49Musashi Miyomoto
Cuts everyone else to ribbons! Undefeated in duels to the DEATH! No refs or tap outs here boys laugh out loud

50Mike Tyson

51Marko Orlovic
100% The best ever.

52Wesley Snipes
He Is Awesome In All The Blade movies
What how is he rank higher than manny paquiao

53Ernie Reyes
He is a part of the black belt hall of fame

54Yi Long
Shaolin munk and Worlds best fearless fighter

55Laurent Buson

56Babu T Raghu

57Jose Rodriguez

58Jigoro Kano
Mr. Kano codified and modernized Japanese JiuJitsu, creating Judo. He helped promote Karate. Without Jiguro Kano Brazillian JiuJitsu would never have existed.

59Aaron Duncan
He is a beast in fighting, His training is to the extreme. Why isn't he on this list?

60Dwayne The Rock Johnson

61Daniel O'Neill
Why is van damme not on the list

62Raymond Daniels
An amazing points fighter that certainly deserves to be on this list.

63Rick Young

64Helio Gracie

65Li Shu Wen

66Moses Powell

67Tony Young

68Sapok Biki

69Takayuki Kubota
Some Kubota has trained many champions and still trains daily ha appeared in Hollywood movies and is a TRUE martial arts master

70Leo Fong
Leo Fong was born in Canton, China. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 5, and settled in Widener, Arkansas with his parents. He graduated with the B.A. degree in Physical Education from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas; Master of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; and a M.A. degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento, California.
A lifelong fitness and martial arts practitioner, Mr. Fong holds Black Belts in Karate, Tae Kwan Do, and Arnis, Filipino Stick Fighting Art. He is a former Collegiate Boxing Champion. Among some of his teachers are Bruce Lee in Jeet Kune Do, Remy Presas in Modern Arnis, Angel Cabales in Serrada Escrima, Weight Training and Body Building under former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl.

71Daniel Bernhardt

72Jon Foo

73Darren Shahlavi

74Cyril Raffaelli

75Chuck Zito

76Wong Fei-hung

77Wally Jay
Most people haven't heard of him. He was the only 9Dan in the world for over 20 years. I'm repulsed to see that Jackie Chan and Jet Li are in the top three. Jean Claude van Damme is a damn gymnist, not a high ranking martial artist! Also, we do not have enough real-life footage to assess Bruce Lee. Some people draw their conclusions from fiction, though Bruce Lee's legacy does seem to hold the most weight.

78Orned "Chicken" Gabriel


80Gene LeBell
Known at one time to be considered by other marital artists such as Bob Wall and Chuck Norris as "The toughest man alive".

81Ronda Rousey
If you don't know Ronda, you have been living under a rock.

82Donn F. Draeger
The late Donn F draeger wasrecognized as one of the worlds leading martial artists. I was not a movie star but he did extensive research in Asia and wrote many books, He is worth considering.

83Jeeja Yanin
The actress of movies such as chocolate, raging phoenix

84Freddie Estrella
Dominican fighter excellent street fighter studied boxing wrestling karate and tai chi. Seen some of his fights why this man doesn't have a deal is beyond me

85Brandon Lee

86Lahiru Devinda
He is the best of Sri Lanka

87Gordon Liu

88Rob Van Clief

89Gerard Gordeau

90Brock Lesnar

91Muhammad Ali

92Manny Pacquiao
Boxing is one of the top 10 martial arts, From the very beginning no boxer had ever achieved 8 world title belts in 8 different weight classes, a normal fighter can be undisputed or can can be undefeated if he stay in 1to 3 weight class only but when you say 8 different weight, you can say, oh my God!
I think manny may place in top ten also due to his boxing skills and the credit as an 8 division champion of the world.
One thing I'm gonna say he is manny "pacman"pacquiao. !
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93Bak Mei

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