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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...

Dan Ivan Passed Away

This is sad news. I learned of it from Kevin Suzuki, a life-time student of Fumio Demura, that Dan Ivan passed away.Dan Ivan was...

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,...

Don Wilson: Kickboxing

Don Wilson came from humble beginnings in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He he was born and raised in the shadow of Cape Canaveral, where his...

Jean-Claude Van Damme

1960 - 1972 Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude Van Varenberg) was born and grew up in Brussels, on October 1960. This large European city is the...

Gordon Franks: Karate

Gordon Franks is a 9th Degree Black Belt with over 35 years of experience in the martial arts. He earned his Black Belt in...

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...

Carlos Machado One of the World’s Greatest Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Fighters

Carlos Machado has emerged as one of the world’s greatest Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighters and instructors. His victories on the mat in Brazil were legendary, like...

Kenji Tomiki: Tomiki Aikido

Kenji Tomiki was born on March 15, 1900. He was a Japanese aikido and judo teacher and the founder of competitive aikido (aikido kyogi)...

Tokey Hill Competitor, Coach, and Promotor

Tokey Hill is a figurehead in both the martial arts, and sports entertainment worlds alike. Known not only as a professional athlete, but an...

Allen Steen: Tae Kwon Do

Allen Steen was an early student of Tae Kwon Do Grand Master Jhoon Rhee at Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, Texas. Allen...

Paul de Thouars: KunTao Silat

Pendekar Paul de Thouars was the founder of the KunLun Pai and the was the leading kuntao proponent in the world until his death...

Fumio Demura Interview

The following is the complete interview conducted by DOSHIN Martial Arts Supplies with Demura Sensei and was published in part as "DEMURA'S KARATE" in Volume 5 of...

Hironori Otsuka: Wado-Ryu Karate

Hironori Otsuka was a Japanese master of karate who created the Wado-ryu style of karate. He was born on June 1, 1892 in Shimodate...

Pat Worley Still Winning

In 1967, Pat Worley began his martial arts training under Grand Master Pat Burleson in Forth Worth, Texas. Pat earned his Black Belt under...

Richard Norton: Zen do Kai Karate

Richard Norton is a martial arts icon, body guard to the rich and famous and an international movie star. A man to be envied,...

Bill Clark: Songahm Taekwondo

Chief Master Bill Clark began his martial arts career in 1968 in Omaha, Nebraska, then joined Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee’s first martial arts...

Tino Ceberano: Goju Kai Karate

Tino Ceberano is a Gojukai Goju-ryu karate master (Japanese Yamaguchi-ha) who is a key figure in Australian martial arts history. He is a direct...

Joe Hyams

Joe Hyams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1923, and he grew up in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University, but...

Charles Palmer: Judo

The late Charles Palmer of Great Britain served as the International Judo Federation (IJF) President for fourteen years from 1965 through 1979 during which...