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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.

Jim Kelly: Shorin-Ryu Karate

Jim Kelly was born on May 5, 1946 in Paris, Kentucky. He grew up there, but later moved to San Diego, where he developed...

Donn Draeger: Judo Pioneer

Donn Draeger was born on April 15, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lived and trained in Asia for decades and was an expert in...

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...

Eizo Shimabukuro: Shobayashi Shorin-ryu

Eizo Shimabukuro (or Shimabuku) was the younger brother of Tatsuo Shimabuku, the founder of Isshin-ryu Karate. Eizo Shimabukuro was born in the village of...

Bruce Tegner – A Man Before His Time

Bruce Tegner was a lifelong martial artist and prolific writer of martial arts books. He had over 80 books in print. He was born...

Al Dacascos: Wun Hop Kuen Do

Al Dacascos has become one of the most noted martial artists of our era since 1969, when he founded his unique fighting art, Wun...

Wally Slocki: Canada’s Best Fighter

When Wally Slocki began teaching karate during the 60s, challengers occasionally sauntered into karate schools. They would grin derisively, size up the instructor, and...

Benny Urquidez “The Jet”

Benny Urquidez, Known as "The Jet", was born on June 20, 1952 in Tarzana, California. He is probably the most famous American kickboxer with...

Moses Powell: Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jitsu

Dr. Moses Powell, was a 10th degree Black Belt one of the true legends of the martial arts world. He was the founder of...

J. Pat Burleson: American Karate System

J. Pat Burleson is the founder of the American Karate system. He holds a 10th degree black belt. Pat began his study of the...

Steve Muhammad: Black Karate Federation

10th degree Black Belt, Grandmaster Steve Muhammad, is a co-founder of the Black Karate Federation and the organization’s first President. He is also one...

Tadashi Yamashita: Shorin Ryu

Tadashi Yamashita was born in Japan in 1942, but he considers himself an Okinawan. His father died when he was three, and his mother...

Bong Soo Han and Hapkido, The Total Weapon

Hapkido Grand Master Bong Soo Han rocketed to fame in the 70’s when he choreographed and performed in the hit movie “Billy Jack.”   He...

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...

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...

Chuck Norris: Chun Kuk Do

Chuck Norris has indicated in his own biography that he has black belts in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and is founder of...

Nick Cerio: Kenpo

Nick Cerio was born on July 9, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Federal Hill, Providence, Rhode Island. He became Professor Nick Cerio,...

Stephen K. Hayes: To-Shin Do

Stephen K. Hayes began his martial arts career in Ohio as a teenager in the 1960s. In 1985, he was elected to the prestigious Black...

Skipper Mullins Interview

Rated as the number one fighter in 1966 by Black Belt magazine, Skipper Mullins has been involved with Karate for over 35 years and...

Linda Denley: American Karate Champion

Linda Denley was an American karate champion who was born in Houston, Texas. She was one of 12 children. A natural athlete, Linda Denley,...