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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.

Teruo Chinen: Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate

Sensei Teruo Chinen began his training in Goju Ryu karate in 1951 directly under the tutelage of Chojun Miyagi Sensei. In 1953, upon the...

Gosei Yamaguchi: Goju-Kai Karate-Do

Gosei Yamaguchi was born on June 29th, 1935 in Kyoto, Japan as Norimi Gosei Yamaguchi, the eldest son of Gogen Yamaguchi who trained in...

Rene Latosa Produces Well Rounded Escrima Instructors

Rene Latosa has been studying and teaching the Filipino martial arts for over 29 years. He began his training at the Stockton Escrima Academy...

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...

Carlos Machado Pursing Excellence

Carlos Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of the five Machado Brothers, including Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and...

Ray Dalke: Shotokan Karate

Ray Dalke is the highest ranking American in the Martial Art of Shotokan Karate. He worked as an instructor in the physical education department...

Ip Man: Wing Chun

Yip Man or Ip Man was born in 1898 in the town of Fatshan in Namhoi County, Kwangtung Province, Southern China. He was born...

Tsuyoshi Chitose: Chito-Ryu Karate

Tsuyoshi Chitose is the soke of Chito Ryu, a martial art that possesses techniques which balance the strengths and weaknesses of Naha-te and Shuri-te;...

Glenn Wilson: Bok Leen Pai Kenpo

Glenn Wilson was born to Native American and European parents in the early 1950s in Orlando, Florida. His father’s affiliation with the Air Force...

Hironori Ohtsuka and Wado Ryu Karate

Hironori Otsuka, a wiry, white-haired master, drops of sweat glistening across his brow and up the crown of his bald spot, led 40 young...

Louis Casamassa – Red Dragon Karate

Shi-Han Sensei Louis Casamassa, a 10th degree black belt is Grand Master of Red Dragon Karate and founder of the American Karate Kung Fu...

Eizo Shimabukuro Interview

This interview was conducted at the Shobayashi-ryu Rendokan Dojo of Eizo Shimabukuro. Shimabukuro is ranked a Shihan 10-Dan and his dojo is located at...

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...

Hee Il Cho: Taekwondo

Hee Il Cho was born October 13, 1940 in Pohang, Korea. He began his training in the martial arts when he was 10 years old...

Emin Boztepe: Wing Chun

Emin Boztepe studied Wing Tsun from noted European Master Keith Kernspecht. After decades of studying the art Emin emerged as senior master practitioner of...

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...

Cynthia Rothrock: Martial Artist & Action Film Star

Cynthia Rothrock is one of the greatest martial artist and action film stars in the world, Few other performers can match her presence and...

Ernest Lieb Killed in Train Crash

A world renowned martial arts expert and longtime Muskegon resident, Ernest Lieb killed along with at least 23 people Friday when a high-tech train crashed in...

Jeff Smith Fighting to Teaching

Jeff Smith, an 8th Degree Black Belt Master in Tae Kwon Do, has devoted over 40 years to the martial arts. He currently owns...

Edward William Barton-Wright and Bartitsu

He was born Edward William Wright on November 8, 1860 in Bangalore, India, the third of six children of railway engineer William Barton Wright...