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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.

Maung Gyi: Burmese Bando

Dr. Maung Gyi is a Burmese martial artist who was born in 1936 in Burma. In his early twenties, around 1960, he introduced Burmese...

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...

Frank Ordonez: Kajukenbo

Frank Ordonez was born February 15, 1927, in Puunene, Maui, Hawaii. As a teenager he trained in Jujitsu and judo from Sam Luke Sr.,...

Helio Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

At the age of 17, Helio Gracie (pronounced Eh'leeo) first stepped into the ring in Brazil to face a boxer named Antonio Portugal. Helio...

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...

Wally Jay Passes Away

Professor Wally Jay June 15, 1917 - May 29, 2011 Great Grandmaster and Founder of Small Circle Jijitsu, Professor Wally Jay, passed away peacefully at 2:20 am...

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...

My Experiences And Memories With Ernest Lieb

I first met Ernie Lieb at a karate tournament in South Bend, Indiana in November of 1972.  His easygoing personality and obvious love for...

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...

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...

Cynthia Rothrock Incredibly Accomplished Martial Artist

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

AlGene Caraulia: Karate Institute of America

On December 22, 1940, AlGene Caraulia was born in Wahiawa, on the island of Oahu, in what was then United States territory of Hawaii. In...

Judo Gene LeBell Looks Great in Pink

Gene LeBell started young in the world of fighting. Gene's mother, Aileen Eaton, owned and operated the Olympic Auditorium. The Olympic was built in...

Sokon Matsumura: Shorin-Ryu Karate

Sokon Matsumura was born in Yamagawa Village, Shuri, Okinawa. He began his training in karate-do as a young rebellious teen under karate legend Kanga...

Dan Tosh: Shorin-Ryu Karate

Grandmaster Dan Tosh has been training in shorin-ryu karate since 1958. He began his studies at the Coffeyville, Kansas Boys Club, continued his training...

A Tribute To Supreme Grand Master Cacoy Canete

My instructor, Cacoy Canete, is an 89 year old Supreme Grand Master of the 12th Degree Black Belt rank, he lives in the city...

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...

Yasuichi Matsumoto: Judo

A Japanese judoka, Yasuichi Matsumoto, was born on May 25, 1918 and died on March 6, 1996. He won the All-Japan Judo Championships in...

Jean Jacques Machado BJJ

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...

Bong Soo Han Foremost Practitioner of Hapkido

Grand Master Bong Soo Han is the world's foremost practitioner of Hapkido and is referred to as the Father of Hapkido in the Western...