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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.

Kwang Sung Hwang: Taekwon-Do

Kwang Sung Hwang is one of a handful of men promoted to ninth degree by General Hong Hi Choi, not many people can claim...

Freddie Blassie: Wrestler

Freddie Blassie was born Frederick Kenneth Blassie on February 8, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was nicknamed "Classy" Freddie Blassie and he was...

Joe Emperado

Joe Emperado was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 23, 1929. At the age of 14, his older brother, Adriano Emperado, began teaching him...

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)...

Kisshomaru Ueshiba: Aikido

Kisshomaru Ueshiba was born on June 27, 1921 in Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. He  was a prominent Japanese master of aikido. He was the...

Angi Uezu: Isshin-ryu Karate

Angi Uezu was born January 3, 1935 in Chalan Kiya on the island of Saipan. He is the former head of one of the...

Yoshimi Osawa: Judo

Japanese judoka Yoshimi Osawa was born March 6, 1926 in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He is one of only three living Kodokan 10th dan...

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...

Lady Sensei Chisom Gerry

Lady Sensei Chisom Gerry is the Founding President of the Women's Martial Arts Network and the United States Representative of the International Circle of...

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...

Toshiro Daigo: Judo

Japanese judoka Toshiro Daigo was born on January 2, 1926. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Education, and later became the judo champion...

Peichin Takahara: Ch’uan Fa

Peichin Takahara was born in 1683 in Akata Cho, a small section of the city of Shuri, Okinawa in the Ryūkyū Kingdom. He was an early...

Hidy Ochiai: Washin-Ryu

Japanese martial artist Hidy Ochiai is a martial arts instructor, author and actor. Hidehiko Ochiai was born on September 27, 1939. He is created...

Kentsu Yabu: Shorin-ryu Karate

Kentsu Yabu was born on September 23, 1866 in Shuri, Okinawa. He was a prominent teacher of Shorin-ryu karate in Okinawa from the 1910s...

Tim Tackett: Jeet Kune Do

While in the U.S.A.F., Tim Tackett was stationed in Taiwan for almost three years. While there he studied Kuo Shu . His wife was...

Walter Todd: Shudokan Karate

Walter Todd had a career in the martial arts for over 50 years, and although he generally avoided the limelight, he was featured in...

Gilbert Tenio

Grandmaster Gilbert Tenio taught Tenio Decuerdas Eskrima. The system was developed on the island of Bohol in the Phillipines. He incorporated 19 systems into...

Larry Carnahan: Tae Kwon Do

Larry Carnahan began training in Korean Tae Kwon Do in 1967 in Ft. Worth, Texas. In July of 1970 Larry was promoted to Black...

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...