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Who’s Who in the martial arts on USAdojo.com shares biographies and articles about the Founders, the Masters, the Pioneers, the Competitors and the “Stars” of the martial arts.

Janet Walgren

Janet Walgren is the second oldest of ten children. She began studying cosmetology when she was sixteen years old. Still attending high school, she...

Kyuzo Mifune: “God of Judo”

Kyuzo Mifune was born on April 21, 1883 in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture, on Honshu Island in Japan the youngest of seven children. It...

Lewis Lizotte: Isshin-Ryu Karate

Lewis Lizotte was born in Caribou, Maine on August 22, 1935. He began studying the martial art of Judo in 1947 when he was...

Willie Lim: Combat Tai Chi Master

Willie Lim was born into a Malayan family of Kung Fu practitioners, his uncle was Head of the Eagle Claw division of Ching Wu...

Taekwondo’s Own Jhoon Rhee

Jhoon Rhee was born on January 7, 1932 and died on Monday, April 30, 2018. He passed away after a long illness in hospice care...

Peter Aerts: Kickboxer

Peter Aerts was born on December 25, 1970 in the Netherlands. He is a Dutch kickboxer who won the K-1 WORLD GP tournament 3...

Bas Rutten

Bas Rutten Honored at International Sports Hall of Fame 2018 On Saturday, March 3, 2018 Bas Rutten was honored with induction into the International Sports...

Yukio Tani: Judo

Yukio Tani was born in 1881. He is known as one of the first Judoka to compete and teach outside Japan. A pioneering Japanese...

Richard Chun: Taekwondo

Richard Chun, Ph.D. began studying Taekwondo when he was 11 years old. His first instructors were two highly respected teachers in Seoul, Korea, Chong...

Frank Ordonez: Kajukenbo

Frank Ordonez was born February 15, 1927, in Puunene, Maui, Hawaii. As a teenager he trained in Jujitsu and judo from Sam Luke Sr.,...

Al Tracy: American Kenpo Karate

In 1957 Al Tracy and his brother, Jim, began studying Kenpo with Ed Parker and James Ibrao. The Tracy brothers were promoted to Black...

Malia Bernal: Champion of Women

Malia Bernal is a seventh degree Black Belt in Xiang Dai Kung Fu, an off shoot of her ex-husband’s art of Wun Hop Kuen...

Sid Campbell: A True Renaissance Man

Thank you for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers with the recent passing of my very best friend for over 40 years, Grandmaster...

Jino Kang: Hapkido

Jino Kang, is the son of Hapkido Grandmaster Myung S. Kang, and grew up in South Korea during the 1960’s, a time when the...

Bill Superfoot Wallace

All anyone in the martial arts has to say is “Superfoot” and instantly the image of Bill Superfoot Wallace emerges. This martial arts champion became...

Jack Hwang: Taekwondo

Jack Hwang was born on July 3, 1931 and he began his study of the Korean martial arts in 1941. His uncle, Soun Gyu...

Kathy Long: Beauty and Flash

Five time World Kickboxing Champion Kathy Long has not only risen to the top of her profession in the martial arts but in the...

Joe Corley Fought First Full-Contact Karate World-Title Fight

Joe Corley was the first challenger to participate in a full-contact karate world-title fight. On May 3rd, 1975, Joe Corley met world middleweight champion...

George Dillman: Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te

George Dillman is a 9th degree Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te who was honored by Black Belt Magazine as "1997 -- Instructor of...

He-Young Kimm: Han Mu Do

Grandmaster He-Young Kimm is the founder of Hanmudo. He has over 45 years of studies and research in traditional and modern Korean martial arts....