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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.

Gogen Yamaguchi: Goju-Ryu Karate

Gogen Yamaguchi was born January 20, 1909 at Miyakonojou, Shonai, Miyazaki Prefecture as the third son of Tokutaro. He was named Jitsumi. When he was...

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...

Joo Bang Lee and Hwa Rang Do

The chivalry of Hwa Rang endured throughout the Silla and Koryo dynasties and it was the force that  unified the Korean peninsula and helped form...

Takayuki Kubota: Gosoku Ryu Karate

Born in Kumamoto, Japan, Takayuki Kubota began studying martial arts at the age of four under the direction of his father, Denjiro Kubota. Because...

Michael DePasquale Sr Passed Away

On September 23, 2006 at 1:30pm Soke Michael DePasquale Sr passed away. The world has lost a martial arts legend and pioneer. A loving...

A Quick View of Ed Parker Sr.

Ed Parker was the President and founder of the International Kenpo Karate Association (I.K.K.A.). He was also the creator of the famous International Karate...

Judo 10th Dan Holders

The following individual are Judo 10th Dan holders. A 10th Degree Black Belt is the highest rank in the Judo world. Japanese Kodokan 10th Dan...

Francisco Conde: Oriental Defensive Arts Association

Army veteran and martial arts pioneer, Francisco Conde served four tours in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. He began his military...

David Krapes: Lua and Muay Thai

Raised in Southern California, David Krapes martial arts background spans over a 40-year period. In the late sixties he became a practitioner of San Soo...

Seiseki Abe Shodo: Aikido

Seiseki Abe Sensei is one of Japan's foremost masters of calligraphy (shodo) and Aikido. Born in 1915, Abe Sensei began to practice calligraphy in...

Hawkins Cheung Inside Kung Fu Interview About Bruce Lee (1991)

This is an interview of Hawkins Cheung by Robert Chu and published Inside Kung-Fu magazine in November 1991. Beginning in November 1991, Inside Kung-Fu published...

Daniel Tiger Schulmann Undefeated Knockdown Champion

As a young man, Daniel Tiger Schulmann trained rigorously for years which allowed him to win over 100 competitions. He then set his sights...

Douglas Wong: White Lotus Kung-Fu

Master Douglas Wong is a teacher, trainer and author and the founder of the modern-day White Lotus system of kung-fu. He was born and...

Sam Allred: Jukensa Kajukenbo

Above Photo: Top nationally rated U.S. Black Belt competitors of their day, competing in Sam Allred's 1972 National Black Belt Grand Championships. In this...

Inwan Kim: Sin Moo Hapkido

Inwan Kim was born in in 1962 in Buyeo, Choongnam providence in the Republic of Korea. In 1974 his father placed him in a...

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...

John Natividad: Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do practitioner John Natividad was a world-rated karate fighter before his retirement from competition in 1975. He appeared in the Top 10...

Ernie Reyes Sr.: Tae Kwon Do

Ernie Reyes, Sr. was born into a large Philippine family in Salinas, California in 1947. in high school Reyes, Sr. was an All Star...

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...

Cecil Peoples 3rd Man In The Fight

During a championship kickboxing fight, Cecil Peoples is one of the most familiar faces in the ring. As the 3rd man in the fight,...