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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.

Ichiro Abe: Judo

Japanese judoka, Ichiro Abe is the head of the Promotions Panel at the Kodokan and he is the former international chairperson of the All...

Kee Hwang: Tang Soo Do

Kwan Jang Nim Kee Hwang was born on November 9, 1914, in Jang Dan, Kyong Ki province where the DMZ is currently located. His...

Hong-hi Choi Developer of Taekwondo

General Hong-hi Choi was prime in the development of the Korean martial art of taekwondo. He helped to shape it, name it and he...

Tsutomu Ohshima: Shotokan Karate

Tsutomu Ohshima is the founder and Shihan (Chief Instructor) of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), and is also recognized as chief instructor of many...

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...

Richard Kim: Okinawan Kobudo and Shorinji-ryu Karate

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of an American Karate Martial Arts Icon-Pioneer. Master Richard Kim passed away...

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...

“Judo” Gene Lebell

Called “the toughest man alive” by his peers, Judo Gene LeBell has been a martial arts icon for decades. At age 12 he began training...

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...

Solving the James Mitose Mystery

As many of you know, I have been doing a pretty comprehensive background check on the history of James Mitose and his contributions to...

J. Pat Burleson: American Karate System

J. Pat Burleson is the founder of the American Karate system. He holds a 10th degree black belt. Pat began his study of the...

Pat Johnson Undefeated

9th Degree Black Belt Master and film maker Pat Johnson was introduced to the Korean art of Tang Soo Do while serving as a...

Fumio Demura America’s First Karate Performer

Fumio Demura, a master in Shito-ryu karate and kubodo, won many tournaments in his homeland of Japan, culminating in his being named All Japan Karate...

Skipper Mullins Top 10 Fighter

Lewis Skipper Mullins began his training at the Red Bird National Guard Armory in October 1963 under Allen R. Steen. He was named Vice...

Haeng-Ung Lee: Songahm Taekwondo

Haeng-Ung Lee was born in Manchuria, China on July 20, 1936, and soon after World War II, his family relocated in Korea. Beginning his martial...

Karen Sheperd: All Woman, All Warrior

"My Martial arts were always my inspiration. They helped me maintain my drive for success and gave me the discipline to follow my heart...

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...

Howard Jackson the “California Flash”

Howard Jackson hails from the mean streets of Detroit Michigan. Survival was a daily affair and to do so Jackson looked to the martial arts...

Steve Arneil: Kyokushin Karate

Steve Arneil was born in South Africa in 1934. At the age of 10, his family moved to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), and he...

Chuck Norris A Most Popular Action Star

Chuck Norris is without question one of the most popular action stars ever to fill the big screen. And, with his long running hit television...