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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.

Teruyuki Okazaki: Shotokan Karate

Teruyuki Okazaki was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 1931 and began karate at the age of 16, studying under Gichin Funakoshi, the founder...

Albert Church: Nippon Kobudo Kamishin Ryu

In 1939 Albert Church began training in a form of Jujutsu based on Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu and Daito Ryu. By 1946, he began teaching...

Aloha Spirit Master – A Tribute Poem to Ed Parker Senior

Michael S. Fuchs wrote a poem about Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr and asked Senior Ed Parker Jr. to give him a picture to...

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...

Georg Brueckner

In 1952 Georg Brueckner began practicing martial arts and he studied judo, karate and jujutsu. He opened his first karate dojo in Wilmersdorf, West-Berlin...

Ted Tabura Passed Away

Shihan Ted Tabura passed away peacefully in Gardena, California, on August 12, 2013. Born on Maui in Hawaii, he was a well known practitioner of...

Ryusho Sakagami: Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai

Ryusho Sakagami was born in 1915 in Hyogo Prefecture, Kawanishi City of Japan, His father made saki and the family wine making business made him...

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...

Choyu Motobu: Okinawan Karate

There is a large amount of technical and historic information available about the art that Choyu Motobu inherited from his father and passed on...

Jim Harrison: Bushidokan Karate

"Jim Harrison saved my life once... he pulled his punch and inch from my face!" - Chuck Norris Legendary Jim 'Ronin' Harrison is one of...

Joe Lewis First and Best

American kickboxing legend Joe Lewis died on 31 Aug 2012. No major sports media outlets covered the impact this man had on American kickboxing and...

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....

Steve Armstrong: Isshinryu

Steve Armstrong was born in Guymon, Oklahoma on September 22, 1931. He began studying Karate at the age of 16. Armstrong grew up in Texas...

Jean Jacques Machado: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jean Jacques Machado is one of five brothers of the world-renown Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu family. Jean Jacques Machado began his...

Ernie Reyes Sr. Leading By Example

Raised by Filipino immigrant parents, the infectiously optimistic Ernie Reyes Sr. believes he was born to be a martial arts teacher. In the world...

Dan Inosanto: Jeet Kune Do Concepts

Dan Inosanto has over 30 years experience in the martial arts and is a world authority in Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do Concepts...

Howard Jackson Passed Away

Howard Jackson June 27, 1951 - March 7, 2006 Howard Jackson passed away on March 7, 2006. He was a former World Kickboxing Champion (W.K.A), a...

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,...

Ed Daniels: Shorin Ryu

https://youtu.be/T2ORruQWCBQ Ed Daniels was called the “King Kong of Karate,” by Black Belt Magazine. He stood 6’6″ and weighted 275 pounds, one of the largest...

Chotoku Kyan and Chito-Ryu Karate

Chotoku Kyan  was probably the most influential of O'Sensei's Tote instructors and Chito-ryu is abundant with Kyan influences. We can see this in numerous...