Best Martial Artists of All Time

The Top Ten

Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

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 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.

Jackie Chan Chan Kong-sang known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself, in the cinematic ...read more.

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 shou be second becuase his fight syle is really good such as drunken master

Jackie Chan is my favourite and he is stuntman for Bruce Lee and he is also the greatest fighter.

Jet Li 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.

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!

The one, Jet Li is the best martial artist of all time. Just I like his every movement

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

Yip 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?

The Yip Man is the very existence of Bruce Lee and it is stupid to not categorise him higher than Bruce Lee, Look at yourself being trained would you ever really be better than your master? The man who taught you? No matter the hours your master is your master and he will win hands down, blindfolded and so on and before you vote watch yip man, he was thought to be a stupid fool for training what was originally a FEMALE martial art which has now become one of the most popular martial arts today

Chuck Norris Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. He was born in March 10, 1940, in Ryan, OK. He is famous for mostly starring in western and action movies.

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..

Donnie Yen

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

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.

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!

Keith Black

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?

Helio Gracie

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

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

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.

The Contenders

Jacky Wu

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.

Anderson Silva Anderson da Silva (born April 14, 1975) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and had the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. This started in 2006 and ended in 2013 and included ...read more.

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

Kanō Jigorō

The greatest judo martial atist for ever

Hff chefs

Michael Jai White

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.

Royce Gracie

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

Jean-Claude Van Damme Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films.

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.

Georges St-Pierre Georges St-Pierre (born May 19, 1981) is a Canadian retired professional mixed martial artist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. He is a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) having won titles in the welterweight and ...read more.

"Best martial artist" can mean a lot of things, but one of those things has to be most effective. There is no more potent professional martial artist than Georges St-Pierre in history. End of story. On top of this, he is also a prime exemplar of the more philosophical aspects of martial arts. Discipline, humility, and a constant desire to learn and improve. That anyone could vote for a movie star who has never been in an actual fight in their lives over GSP blows my mind, and indicates to me a drastically different understanding of the Martial Arts than my own.

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

Don "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.

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.

Gichin Funakoshi
Scott Adkins

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

Ed Parker

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

Vidyut Jamwal

He live Martial Art ... He is also an Excellent Martial Arts Master.

martial arts originated on the great land of INDIA. Vidyut is the best martial artists in the world no one can deny.

Vidyut Jamwal learnt the Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu since the age of three. his understanding of its philosophy to not only protect and fight, but also use it to heal. He is best in the world

World's best fastest fighting and the most flexible martial artist

Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. ...read more.

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?

No

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.

Mas Oyama

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.

Great strength

The father of kyo kushin karate he my hero

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