Top 10 Martial Arts Superstars


The Top Ten

1 Bruce Lee 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.

Kick ass

Bruce Lee was respected by the best fighters in the world, that should tell you something. Yes, he had ACTUAL STREET FIGHTS in which he never lost. I don't know who's the GREATEST OF ALL TIME, but Bruce Lee was the best of his time, and he could definitely compete in every single era, in the past, present, and the future. Remember, he died early and yet he did what no other martial artist could do; put it all together - speed, stamina, strength, flexibility, intelligence, sportsmanship, skill, technique, combinations, and so forth. He deserves to be #1, no disrespect for the other martial artists. Bruce Lee learned from everyone, and that's why he is at the top of this list. You shouldn't be surprised.

Bruce lee is the greatest martial artist of all time. He will forever be remembered as a legend. He had so much to give in his life and he gave it all. He was just... Awesome. No words could describe his greatness and his contribution for Asian culture. He opened doors for people of all races, cultures and disabilities to start following their dreams. All these qualities and contribution have made him the greatest superstar who ever lived

Whatever martial art and it's glimpses that we see now in Hollywood movies, this man started it all. He brought martial to movies and hollywood and since then people started taking martial art more seriously. All genre of martial arts being portrayed by modern movies, he was the one who started it. No CGI, no special effects, all stunts by his own. His moves were slowed down so that they can be caught on camera and we could take lesson from them. Oh...and by the way he was the inventor of 1 inch and 3 inch punch and showed the world martial arts can be lethal and fatal if not practices with care.

2 Jackie Chan Jackie Chan Chan Kong-sang known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.

Jackie Chan is a great martial artist. He know all style of Kung Fu. He done his most risky moves and stunts with a lot of fan. He is different of all martial artist.

Breaks the mould of the serious martial artists, with comedy and great stunts! - Sarcasticool

Bruce lee may be good, Jet lee may be better but Jacky chan is the best ever. - Jirayasama

His movies are very funny and his martial arts skills are impecable - robertoantonioortuso

3 Jet Li 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.

JET LI s the best ever!!! great movie and the best actor!!! simple and always smiling, but when it comes to Martial Arts he is Fearless, wild and extreme!!! - Valz

Jet Li is the greatest all the time.he's got unique moves no one will never reach.
- goodgoingnish

Jet Li is the best, simple, but Fearless, wild and extreme when it comes Martial Arts. very cool!

I love jet li in action he is always inspiring to me
jet li you're the best of all

4 Jean-Claude Van Damm

He is real talented, has a perfect kickboxing record, his movies r more realistic ( he never beat a whole army by himself in the movies), is not arrogant, performs great kicks

Flexibility, muscles and cool moves - Sarcasticool

He tells us to follow the Muslim culture which is great. It represents Islam ✌


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5 Donnie Yen

I wonder why Jet Li is higher than Donnie Yen? I know both fought twice and donnie yen lost but times have changed. Donnie Yen's gotten a lot faster and stronger over the years. No offense to Jet Li but I think of donnie yen and him fought, Donnie Yen would win.

Ip man 1 and Ip man 2, the greatest and inspirational movie! Donnie Yen is amazing and at the age around 50's he is in shape and muscular!

Donnie yen must be on the top 3, his moves are so natural, he can kick tony jaa's ass if they will fight on the same weight class...

Has the most stunning action choreography ever. Also has legit street cred. When we talk about which martial artist superstar is the best in reality, we talk about Donnie Yen who beat up 8 gang members at a nightclub when they harassed his girlfriend. Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Mile Tyson say he was one of the most skilled action stars they've worked with.

6 Chuck Norris 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.

how much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck was chuck norris LOL! he the bomb
he should be numuh 1

Don't let him be #4 or he'll roundhouse kick us all in the face! - usmc650736

Trained by Bruce Lee. Truly one of the best martial artists of all time.

He would get beaten by you're average joe at the bar as well as Jackie and li

7 Tony Jaa

His stunts and moves are a great fun to watch and he really performs them and I would pay to watch them anytime.. Not like Jet Li and other actors who fly around in a wire to look invincible

Laugh out loud, the top 3 places are good but why is Chuck Norris 4th? Tony Jaa would kick his ass...

He should be in 2nd

What the hell tony jaa on 12 this isn ' t fair. Chuck norris on 4 th. Tony jaa will kick his ass

8 Gordon Liu

He did one of the greatest Kung Fu Movies of all times... The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

9 Sammo Hung

A great martial artist who began his career with Jackie Chan

A great mix of humour and power, with a likable character too. - Sarcasticool

10 Scott Adkins

Adkins must come in the top 5. He is not popular only because of the poor storyline of his films. But you cannot see this much of fast and unique moves from any other martial artists. He also possess around 7 black belts in different martial arts including ninjitsu, jiujitsu and taekwondo. See his best in undisputed II and I

A incredible Athlete and Martial Artist! Needs to be cast better and aloud to fulfill his potential to the highest! I hear he is working on the New Wolverine!

SCOTT ADKINS is the best in the world

In terms of Martial arts actors in 2017 I'd say he's in the top 3.


The Contenders

11 Jeffrey James Lippold Jeffrey James Lippold

2015 Guinness World Record Books page 248

Undefeated Full-contact and Russian SAMBO record.Military Veteran Best Actor Award for Hamlet. I would say this guy is the Real Life Action Star vs. Movie Star. I liked him in Samurai Avenger. I saw him in a few Asian movies also and he is really skilled! But there are just not that many movies in the US with him in it. I would love to see him in the next expendables! Or matched up against Van Damn or Scott Adkins! He plays the Good Guy most the time but he made a nice transition to Bad Guy in one movie(spoiler) He could make one hell of a Villian. 6'4" 250 lbs and moves like Bruce Lee! Lets see it please! Maybe the Next Mortal Combat he could Be Kenji (looks and Swordplay) or maybe the Next Wolverine or Batman?

Jeffery is a true Martial Arts master who commands both respect and fear from competitors.

Speed and Mass. His well built muscular thick physique speaks for itself and he packs a powerful punch.

Jeffrey Lippold is a fantastic actor and true to his art. His martial arts talents are remarkable. He is in a league of his own.

12 Steven Segal

He's A FAKE, everyone on this list would destroy him

This guy proves you don't need to throw your feet around with a whole lot of fancy kicks to do some damage! - Sarcasticool

He is a real.

13 Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar Brock Edward Lesnar is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler, professional American football player, and mixed martial artist who is currently signed to WWE.

Not sure he's ever been in a movie though. - RobertWisdom

I eould vote him down, he quit UFC cause he couldn't hack it! So he went back to WWE! Where Big Boys grope each other and play fight.

How the hell Brock is doing in this list! He is not an actor! He is just a wrestler!

Brock is a wrestler that fights with brute power and martial arts.

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14 Lucy Liu Lucy Liu Lucy Alexis Liu is an American actress and artist. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild more.

She did action movies

She's an actress and a martial artist.

She did action films

Silat, Escrima

15 Jason Statham Jason Statham Jason Statham is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver.

The Best European Martial Arts Actor

He's a skilled martial artist

More than Best! Jason must be at least in top 19

Very good martial artist

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16 Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey Ronda Jean Rousey is an American mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress.She is currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand where she is the current Raw Women's Champion in her first reign. more.

Love ronda she is my inspiration

She one of the best female fighters in the world

17 James DeCore

The best martial artists do all these incredible things, and teach others as well. That's why James DeCore should be at the top of this list!

James DeCore is the REAL DEAL! A true HEART OF A CHAMPION! ALWAYS sharpening his craft & talents and LOVES training his students what it takes to be the best! TEAM DECORE!

James is a very honorable person who truly loves doings he does. He is an amazing teacher and friend to ask who know him. He is an incredible martial artist. He competes with integrity and respects his opponent.

Uncanny skill and athleticism

18 Ip Man

The best martial artist ever. The great grand master of wing chun. He inspired to take on martial arts especially wing chun, I think he is better than Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan because he was the teacher of Bruce Lee.

A Perfect Wing Chun Martial Artist of all time.

I think that nobody can be compared with him, but it's a pitty that none know him... Only for saying he was the teacher of bruce lee is enough to have an idea as great he is

He is the best martial artist ever. He taught Lee himself

19 Cynthia Rothrock

Best female martial arts actress!

this girl can kick everyone's ass - Alexandr

Without her, Sonya Blade would never exist

Shes the queen of martial arts

20 Iko Uwais

He's the rising star now. Not only he does his own stunt, he also designs the choreography in The Raid and The Raid 2. At such young age he has starred and choreographed two of the best action films of this decade.

Best actor of pencak silat martial art and he is great actor.i don't worry if he comes to hollywood ent

A new rising star in my opinion, still a fan if Bruce Lee, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan and Jet Li

Fast, ferocious and fatal...

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21 Mickey Rourke Mickey Rourke Philip Andre Rourke Jr., known professionally as Mickey Rourke, is an American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films.
22 Michael Jai White

Should be much higher. - RobertWisdom

Should b number 5 where chuck is

Awesome martial artist, well balanced in everything he does


23 Sho Kosugi

If any one is the face of the Ninja on screen,Sho Kosugi is. - Sarcasticool

I like Sho Kosugi roll in film Revenge of The Ninja. Sho Kosugi in ninja costum enter to big skyscraper and fighting offer vs. danger ninja.

24 David Carridine

An oldie but goodie, especially for those of us who remember 'Grasshopper' in Kung Fu. - Sarcasticool

25 Brandon Lee Brandon Lee Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 - March 31, 1993), was an American actor and martial artist. He was the son of martial artist and film actor Bruce Lee and teacher Linda Lee Cadwell, the grandson of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-chuen, and brother of Shannon Lee. He died (at the age of 28) during more.
26 Bolo Yeung

He is good fighter, his style is Tyger. He shooting, good kicking super constalation give speed structure.

Legendary a bad boy of martial arts movies.Mass,power,speed this is Chinese Hercules.

27 Jason David Frank

American actor, martial artist and professional mixed martial artist notable for his portrayal of Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers.

He's going yo have a Green Ranger PG 13 movie.

Make it please.

28 Summer Glau
29 Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar is an American actress, producer and entrepreneur. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy.

She did Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

30 Yasuaki Kurata

He met Bruce Lee

31 Yanin "Jeeja" Vismitananda

She does our own stunts

32 Michael Dudikoff
33 Dolph Lundgren Dolph Lundgren Hans "Dolph" Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, screenwriter, producer, martial artist, and chemical engineer.

Well number 10 could have been Bill 'superfoot' Wallace or Don 'The Dragon'Wilson, but I like the power, speed and moves of Dolph a little more than the latter. - Sarcasticool


34 Lyoto Machida
35 Jim Kelly Jim Kelly James Edward Kelly is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.

Wrong picture, wrong Jim Kelly. Lol. - RobertWisdom

36 Michelle Yeoh Michelle Yeoh Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng is a Chinese-Malaysian actress, best known for performing her own stunts in the Hong Kong action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s.

Michelle yeoh is awesome especially her role in "crouching tiger hidden dragon" was superb that's my favorite movie!

She did a James Bond Movie!

37 Tsuyoshi Abe
38 Daniel Patrick O'Neill

Martial arts and star of Bangkok Adrenaline

39 Dev Patel

He started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwon-do in 2000. He competed regularly in both national and international championships, including the 2004 AIMAA (Action International Martial Arts Association) World Championships in Dublin, where he won a bronze medal. The World Championships took place in October 2004, when he was a red belt competing in the junior division against other red and black belts. He made it to the semi-finals, where he lost to an Irish black belt named Niall Fitzmaurice in "a very close and tough fight", and ended up winning a bronze medal. He later gained a 1st dan black belt on 11 March 2006.

40 Brahim Achabbakhe

Check Undisputed 4. Outstanding martial art actor

Stunt man and actor

41 Thomas Ian Griffith


Kenpo (1st Dan) and Tae Kwon Do

42 Phillip Rhee


Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan), Hapkido (3rd Dan), Kendo (1st Dan), Wing Chun

43 Akshay Kumar Akshay Kumar Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, better known by his stage name 'Akshay Kumar', is a Canadian actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films.

Actor. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Tai Chi

He's one of my favorite Bollywood actors. He's an ICON! 😍

44 Chen Kuan-Tai

he was an asian martial arts tournament champion

45 Sonny Chiba

Is everybody a moron or am I a genius? Sonny chiba is a martial arts god! He he has more black belts than possible


46 Cyril Raffaelli

My dad is a jerk

47 Ray Park

He can beat up the Time Force Power Rangers and the SPD Power Rangers

The Scottish Martial Arts Superstar

He is Snake eyes

48 Mark Dacascos
49 Johnny Yong Bosch

He did power rangers

American Actor
Martial Artist
Voice Actor

50 Richard Norton

Australian martial artist, action film star, and stuntman. Norton worked as a bodyguard in the entertainment business before pursuing an acting career. He has attained an eighth-dan in Zen Do Kai, Australia.

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