Best Martial Artists of All Time
The Top Ten Best Martial Artists of All Time
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. - apoakspos
I agree Bruce Lee is the best of all time no one can come close to Bruce Lee
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.
I think bruce lee is the best because of his speed and power he could punch 9 times in 1 second and he could punch 9 inches in 1 second and he created the 1 inch punch and knocked someone completely off their feet 5 to 6 meters away and his punching bag weighed 300 pounds of metal and not sand because if it was sand it would break through. He could kick in 200 milliseconds that's under 1 second and 1 second is 1000 milliseconds and he could do 8 spinning kicks in 2 second and 6 front kicks in 1 seconds. He could do 1500 pushups by 2 hands and 500 pushups by 1 hand and 200 pushups with 2 fingers and 100 pushups with 1 thumb.
He must be the second because he surpass every single human..
Jackie chan should be second! I'm surprised that he's fifth.
Jackie Chan is my favourite and he is stuntman for Bruce Lee and he is also the greatest fighter.
Jackie Chan is awesome I love his movies and the way he fights. Sadly there has been many rumors that his fighting is fake. Jackie fights for real a lot in his films.
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
The one, Jet Li is the best martial artist of all time. Just I like his every movement
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
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?
Yip man deserve s 1 position because he trained Bruce Lee
For more information watch IP man 1 2 3
I will be honest, I'm torn between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, they are both my favorite martial artists, sadly, Bruce Lee died when I was only three years old so he was just a little before my time in a way. I grew up on Chuck Norris movies, and I absolutely love him in Walker, Texas Ranger. Chuck is an awesome person in real life and he has given back as much as he ever got from his career. Chuck Norris is a prime example of what a person can do with there life if they only have the courage and determination to follow their dreams. Bruce Lee thought enough of Chuck Norris to ask him to star in one of his movies with him and like Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris worked and trained hard to to become one of the best martial artists of his time. Even at 74 years old now, I still wouldn't mess with Chuck Norris laugh out loud.
I say chuck Norris because the way I see it he was the only man to go head to head with Bruce lee in a fight. also I know if it was any of these martial art guys like Jackie Chan or Jet Li They wouldn't try to fight against Bruce Lee they would for sure run. So what I Know is it took Chuck Norris great pride and courage to stand up and fight Bruce Lee and plus get a broken arm and leg and still got up and tried to fight back with a broken leg and arm Bruce Lee did to Chuck Norris. So that's what I know. he should be considered the number one martial art guy. also after all Bruce Lee was the top but, I say Chuck Norris should take 1st place even though Bruce Lee is dead or put them as number 1 fighters and either way Chuck Norris is the best master skilled fighter in Walker Texas Ranger.
Simply put, it would have been am incredibly close match. Bruce Lee had speed, Chuck was more known for his strength. Bruce was a street fighter and Chuck was a competition fighter. Both of their achievements are practically unobtainable. I would have loved to have seen them fight though it sadly never happened. Return of the Dragon was a movie. Bruce Lee told Chuck Norris when he offered him the role that he was the star of the movie and that he would win. It wasn't real, people.
Chuck said that he probably couldn't beat bruce lee he was to fast...
HE WAS TO FAST!
Their were other martial artist better then chuck Norris" like master lil john Davis. The man was known as the undisputed king of karate..
He's Donnie yen enough said.. They even allowed him to play Bruce lee master come on now
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.
Donnie yen should be higher than chuck Norris and jackie chan based on martial art skill, but Jackie chan will still be better in general as he has better success in the film industry and has mastered many arts. Chuck Norris Is good but not as good as both Donnie and Jackie and is only known by his participation in the movie return of the dragon which still needed Bruce lee's help to get into... so to conclude Donnie yen should be higher than both chuck and Jackie.
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!
Tony Jaa is a muay Thai fighter and muay Thai is dangerous martial art in the world
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. - Alexdenton5
Tony Jaa is a man will rise of our generation... those martial artist (which is Jackie Chan, Jet li, Chunk Norris) all those martial artist are getting old, and Tony Jaa is going to be the number one martial art super star of this generation!
You are the best
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? - that1guysfrend
Changed martial arts forever
He just made it so I have to train to beat annoying BJJ guys who can't fight standing up. JKD and Ninjutsu for the win again..
Founder of BJJ
A true sportsman and a great teacher. I've seen Bill "hold back" not to make his opponent look bad.
I met this guy and he's a idiot
5 times world champion does not come from nothing. I met Bill he is extremely fast.
I HAVE MET MR WALLACE AND WITH HIS KNEE INJURY AND WHAT HE DID WITH JUST HIS LEFT LEG IS PHENOMENAL, PLUS HE SI AN EXCELLENT INSTRUCTOR AND HAS A GREAT SINCE OF HUMOR.
He is bad ass fighter especially in invisible target
He is one of the best and unique martial artist. some people call him new jet lee but he was to good than jet lee his move's are so cool but fatal. He must be in top 5.
Really? No. 18? Wu Jing (Jing Wu or Jacky Wu) is a wushu champion and should be 7 or 8.
Even though he is one of the all time greatest UFC fighters, there are many other people I would pick over him to make the all time list of martial artists. Not taking anything away from his abilities in the ring, but against a true martial artist he would more than likely get his butt kicked. Just my opinion
While you trying to compare Anderson silva to bruce lee ask yourself who the first mixed martial is, I think it was bruce lee, as a matter of fact I know it was bruce lee ( do your homework) Anderson silva is good I like his style unpredictable right?.. Yonder where he got it from um maybe bruce?... ( BROKENRTHYME)
The guy who said Bruce Lee is just a movie star and not a "martial arts fighter" has to be the most ignorant human to ever mumble the words "martial arts"..
Well I would say this is another poster I would say the only way to settle something like this is the actually have this in online battle the last one standing would be the one that would beat who but doesn't matter I am done and I am happy
Michael jai white should be around fifth or sixth on this list, he has eight black belts in different martial arts.
Let's talk about Bruce like I said I watch many of his movies and only one thing is to a fact I'll just gonna posters he was in a fight and he told his wife not to worry I'll beat this guy under a minute and again I quote he did he want in 30 seconds I think that's more impressive than this guy speed his speed maybe fast but 30 seconds is 30 seconds
Honestly, who generated this list and basing on which criteria to have some of these guys so misplaced?
Put any of them in a ring and Michael Kai white has the speed accuracy strength and knowledge In my opinion he would beat them all.
The greatest judo martial atist for ever
Van Damme WAS ok. He actually fought in karate competitions but he was also a skilled gymnast. This gave him the flexibility and agility that he used in movie performance. During his prime time in movies, Van Damme wasn't even a black belt.
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
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
From 1977 to 1982, Van Damme compiled a record of 18 victories (18 knockouts) and 1 defeat.
He is the first person to demonstrate the power of Jujitsu over most other martial arts styles. He defeated opponents from multiple styles who were much bigger and stronger than himself. Pound for pound one of the best fighters of all time.
Royce gracie is one of the greatest grapplers this world has seen in ages. There's something to say about a man who fights for pride and glory for 20 years. He asks for no recognition just better yourself. I see a lot of actors in the top spots. I guess being popular makes you better than other true artists.
If he were to get his hands on anyone. He would win.
He will stuck on u like glue
While most people voted for movie stars, I am going to vote for someone who has proven real fighting experience. Bruce Lee may be one of the most influential martial artists of the modern era and was clearly skilled, but he just does not have enough documented fights for me to consider him the absolute greatest.
To me, the greatest unarmed martial artist of all time is Georges St-Pierre (GSP), because he embodies all of the qualities of a true martial artist to their fullest extent while being one of the most skilled fighters to have ever stepped into the octagon. He was always humble about his abilities, and very upfront about the fact that he was afraid. You can see this in any of his interviews - he often states that he is afraid to fight his opponents, knowing how skilled they are. He also embodied the true martial artist in his work ethic, constantly perfecting his technique, relentlessly trying to improve. Studying under Freddie Roach and other top-level trainers and ...more
A worthy fighter of many matches and styles whom excelled at his craft.
He wouldn't beat fedor
A smart fighter careful and cautious that's how he ranked to the top of mms.
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.
I met Don, a 11 times world champion last week in Vegas... He is 60 years old and looks 45. He is in fantastic shape and a great person to talk to.
Don was the real deal not just an actor like David Carradene pretending to be a martial artist.P.S. I am aware David did get a black belt after the Kung Fu series ended. Real ability is displayed by fighting in tournaments not by paying for lessons leading to belts which are awarded subjectively.
This guy has height and speed. He sees what's coming then bam one two it's over!
A lot of people here deserve first place or close but come one 20th place for Scott adkins that is very unrealistic how come it's always whoever looks best wins? No matter the competition I'm pre sure they did not include all aspects of fighting
He must be in the 1st rank
He is the best of all
This list seems to be film orientated. Had white, has and Adkins HAVE to be in top five. For skill, speed and how the arts have developed I put jai white just in front of Adkins for first place. Lee was amazing in his day, THE pioneer but to watch his live action skills against these two week they just don't compare
Founder of American kempo enough said. R.I.P
One of the worlds real true grand-masters of the martial-arts!
Trained Bruce Lee in American Kenpo of which he was the only true 10th degree GM... Should be in the top 10 for sure.
A legend who’s legacy has had a rough time with the copyright
** great stunt I have ever seen.
**he is a motivation for youth.
Bruce Lee of India
Smart hero nothing like him
Number 1 in list should be Vidyut Jamwal. Trained artist since age of 4 in Kalirayapattu.
I agree he is just a character I'd buy that for a dollar is getting it is funny though
Is Goku a real person?
Then why did they add him in the list?
Because he is a super sayian and has a tail
Goku is not real, he just a character in DBZ.
I saw Mas Oyamas team including Sonny China fight full contact, no head strikes allowed while I was stationed in Hawaii. It was some brutal and very hard hitting fighting and great respect as well. Sonny Chiba is no fake. He won his bout with great technique and a true warrior spirit. Mas Oyama fought. 50 bulls and broke off their horns with a I knife hand technique and won nearly every one of his 200 plus full contact bouts. He beat many of his opponents with 1 punch and most fights were less than 3 minutes. Read some of his training books, it is some of the most intense, painful and innovative methods that were on par with Bruce Lee, this was done in the early 1950's!. Mas Oyama was one of the best and toughest real fighters ever.
The father of kyo kushin karate he my hero
Goju-rut master! He created karate for God's sake!
Goju-jitsu is the most formidable style
A great man and the founder of goju-ryu karate. The example for Mr. Miyagi in The karate kid movies.
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
There is a reason that there is a hockey stadium named after him
God you are one ignorant bastard. There was a Joe Lewis who wad a great karate champion. Also Joe Louis the boxer could of knocked Tyson on his ass any day.
Boxing is not a martial art... MMA is not a martial art just because its names says it... Wrestling... come on... that is not a martial art neither... Get on the facts, WHAT A MARTIAL ART IS...
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.
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.
I'M IMPRESSED BY HIS TECHNIQUE AND THE FACT THAT HE IS A TALL MAN PERFORMING HIS CRAFT SO DYNAMICALLY AND JUST IMPRESSIVE AND FLUENT. I WRESTLED FOR MANY YEARS AND TAUGHT SELF DEFENSE/JUDO IN COLLEGE. BOYAH!
Get your facts straight. Serial NEVER served in the Marines or any other Military. I know him personally. In fact many of your facts are out to lunch. Your writing ability sucks too!
O-sensei was a great warrior in the Japanese military great Swordsman after military studied many martial arts and put them together to form the art of Peace the way of Ki he is one of the greatest of all time because of his spiritual dep he lived into his 80s and taught until the last day
Bit low on the martial arts pecking order in this list
It's a shame most of these guys are just people we've seen in movies and not people who have made a genuine impact on martial arts
O Sensei.. Creator of Aikido. He is by far the best martial artist ever lived.
He invented martial arts, he taught china martial arts, he knew all advantages and disadvantages of almost all plants. Shaolin temple is made in memory of Bodhidharma
Come on this guy is overall the best and the greatest martial artist ever
The world greatest Martial arts to as he invented it.No one can compete him even Bruce Lee cannot.
Bodhidharma did infact bring his teachings of martial arts from India to Japan, but there are NO know records of his success in any battle or any one to one practice fight under student training, To say he is the greatest maybe true in one part, but with every generation we grow stronger and faster, "PROOF? " Well just look at how fast linford Christie ran the 100 meter sprint, in the height of his career, then look at how fast Usain Bolt has done it. It no different with Bruce lee learning from Ip Man. Lee as a younger generation martial artist superseded both his grandmaster Ip Man, and his Great Great Grandmaster Bodhidharma. He then became THE WORLDS BEST MARTIAL ARTIST OF ALL TIME! STANDARD!
Tiger Shroff real martial artist.
He is India's one of the best martial art player and actor
Really admirable performer in action sequences.
Tiger sir is my favorite... Martial Artist.
Never heard of him. Where are these fights?
A superb unbroken record and an amazing inspiration to the next generation of martial artists. What a man!
Superb martial artist even at 46 nato ficarra is still regarded as one of the best
Unbeaten in 120 fights... Says it all really,
Please understand that a man his size 5'9 210 generates more power than a tall man on top of that he fought in a peek a boo look at the fight is that a phone in the people all of them on the custom auto world champion boxing is a martial art just like wrestling
In his prime nobody could compare, it's quite evident & we may never see another fighter than took on all challenges & came out on top for decades.
Take into account the size of some of his competitors & their pedigrees so the competition he faced was very high & he fought through injuries too.
Russia sure knows how to breed champions just look at what they're doing to the boxing world, it's hard for the Russians to get fights.
Undefeated for decade, fought and won with other martial arts champions - plus his personality and calmness
In my opinion he could beat anyone on Earth today
Fedor would smash every other guy in this list!
What about Jason Statham?
A martial artist has a chance of being better than others when they know more than one art. This is world of mixed martial arts. So I would say Statham fits the bill
Jason statham is one of the best. Hé should be in top 10.
Yeah he should be in the top ten
Handsome man with full of qualities of martial arts
First Indian actor to show Martial arts in his movies
Old is gold.
first in bollywood - for dangerous stunt, action hero without stunt man,
I think akki should be on the ten best martial artists in the world
Whoever thinks that Indians are week, they are fools. Indians can also knock the Chinese warriors with one punch if they want. I believe that Akshay Kumar can do that easily.
Psycho fighter, throws punches in bunches, master of the spinning back kick. Heard he can fall asleep standing up using ultimate balance control
Future UFC champ... Crazy fighter
100% The best ever.
Anything to do with fighting is martail art
Bolo Yeung is a great actor/martial artists. He plays a great villain and he's even played in films with Bruce Lee. I love him as Chong Li in Bloodsport!
Very underestimated he was a true martial artist an bodybuilder not just acting it in movie
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
Boxing is a martial art, you tool belt
Why is he on here he is not even a martial artist
Yous are STUPID not to put him higher than Tyson
Dan Inosanto is Living Legend and even Bruce Lee training Partner
He deserved to be in top 5
Guro Dan is the most eclectic and knowledgeable great and rare spirit souls that genuinely posses and lives, "Bushido", that you will ever meet!
One of the most committed and knowledgable martial artists of all time.definitely should be in top 5.
He is one of the great legends in what would be the baseline of modern martial arts, he should have a higher rank than this. Screw Anderson Silva.
Please get the photo right for my old friend, martial arts master, and tennis enthusiast, Jim Kelly. Jim was African-American and never played pro football.
A great underrated martial artist
The best hands down
Jim kelly is a world champion and a amazing fighter Afroes for life
Watch some mma folks. Not just cheesy karate movies. This dude would break Bruce Lee in a minute.
Best ever under defeated champ
Hello to every one, Iam now 63 years old I started training at age 16, Taekwondo - then after a 18 month period, our instructor died. His name was Jack Everet. Then he was replaced by Darrell Ried Wilson and I trained under him six years, it was Kyokoshinkia karate. It was created by Master Mas Oyama and Darrell Wilson trained under Mas Oyama, and let me tell you this, that Darrell Wilson was a fighting machine, he was the man at all the tournaments. He could whoop a man so fast and so smooth like it was nothing to him, he made it look so easy. He was an awesome instructor, and I was proud to train under him. But in my life time my pick of the most Dangerous karate man would be Mas Oyama he was the real deal, this man could kill you with one strike, and he also killed Bulls with his bare hands. No other karate man in the world has done this but him. Just think on this a minute, of the POWER it would take to kill a bull with your bare hands, no one even comes close to this man. But ...more
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
I'm shocked he isn't more recognised he pompously challenged other styles to prove he was the best and always won.
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.
Still got world records
The respect of your peers speak volumes
He was the first Westerner to win the kumite and he still holds at least four world records. Jean-Claude Van Damme is good but the real Fran Dux is better.
Very underestimated or I should say unheard of by most except in bloodsport an most don't relize or believe its true definitely on all time list an legend
The beast incarnate is amazing he beat John Cena Undertaker dwayne the rock Johnson and Kurt angle as well as Stone Cold Steve Austin
Man you kill I just can't believe you took down The Undertaker that was amazing due at wrestlemania
He is the best he could have a fight with Bruce lee and Brock wouldn't die
Brock Lesnar has won most wrestling titles and won two mma titles
Bruce Lee called him the ultimate fighter...so yeah.
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. !
Yes manny should be in the list