Best Martial Artists of All Timewhitewolf777
The Top Ten
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.
Hands down the greatest!V 500 Comments
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?
Guys he taught Bruce LeeV 165 Comments
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
Simply the best!V 58 Comments
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
He da bestV 144 Comments
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.
Donnie yen is so esome he has played a star wars character not even Bruce Lee can say that.V 65 Comments
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!
You don't vote for Chuck Norris. He allows you to vote for him.V 58 Comments
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
He really is goodV 26 Comments
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!
Really? Tony jaa is a lot better than Chuck Norris. people really need to understand what martial arts is all about. people who voted for CN are flat earth dicks.V 60 Comments
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!
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!
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.
not badV 34 Comments
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"..
Best ever!V 12 Comments
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.
He is one of the few true martial artist on the screen. He still goes back to the dojo to teach and share his knowledge. Most are too busy with their fame to remember where they came from.V 21 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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..
Come on this guy is overall the best and the greatest martial artist ever
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!
He is the god of martial arts. He brought the art from India to China. He is Jesus, shiva, Buddha and allah of martial arts.
Bodhidharma is best saduV 22 Comments
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
A true sportsman and a great teacher. I've seen Bill "hold back" not to make his opponent look bad.
5 times world champion does not come from nothing. I met Bill he is extremely fast.
I met this guy and he's a idiot
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.
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!V 5 Comments
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 glueV 1 Comment
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
The guys a scene stealer in every movie he's in. can't deny this guy his dueV 47 Comments
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.
"Winning is easy, but overcoming the obstacles is what makes a true martial artist" -Mauricio Rua
The greatest judo martial atist for ever
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
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.
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.
Consistently beats Thai kickboxers at their home turfs at their game throughout his kickboxing career.
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.
Best ever under defeated champ
Watch some mma folks. Not just cheesy karate movies. This dude would break Bruce Lee in a minute.
I agree he is just a character I'd buy that for a dollar is getting it is funny though
Because he is a super sayian and has a tail
Is Goku a real person?
Then why did they add him in the list?
Daamn the best of them all!V 3 Comments
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.
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.
Sammo hung is a strong martial artist
Come on. No. 31?! Why not 16 or 15.
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
Why is van damme not on the list
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.
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.
This man was like people as bruce lee,... Superhumans!
Ome of the few who could actually achieve something unic in martial arts. He should be ranked in top 3 at least!
Finally a list puts him. He's really good and I'm giving is list a thumbs up!
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...
A great martial artist who died too soon.V 2 Comments
Tiger Shroff real martial artist.
He is India's one of the best martial art player and actor
Tiger sir is my favorite... Martial Artist.
Really admirable performer in action sequences.V 19 Comments
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,
He's renowned in local Cambridge for a little exaggeration :) He had a couple of reporter friends in local rags writing cr@p but you can't find any word of him anywhere. He's wrote this same as he tried to get a Wikipedia entry and they sent him on his way.V 6 Comments
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.
So 40. Seriously? He should be 8 or something.V 5 Comments
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
Bruce Lee of India
He is master in many arts and even a fearless stuntman.
Smart hero nothing like him
He is the bestV 2 Comments
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.
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
Guro Dan is a Doctor of Martial Science!
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
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.
Any child in India want to be fighter akshay kumar is his admiration
Akshay kumar best martial artist in India
He is is the bestV 4 Comments
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.
Oyama had over 200 fights... All ended in the first round... All by knock outV 2 Comments
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.
At least top 5V 1 Comment
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 titlesV 2 Comments
Bruce Lee called him the ultimate fighter...so yeah.
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