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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.

Daniel K Pai: Pai Lum Kung Fu

Daniel K Pai was born Daniel Kalimahae Pa’i in Kameula, Hawaii, on April 4, 1930. His grandfather, Pai Po-Fong, taught him the Pai Family...

Choyu Motobu: Okinawan Karate

There is a large amount of technical and historic information available about the art that Choyu Motobu inherited from his father and passed on...

Shoshin Nagamine: Matsubayashi-Ryu

Karate master Shoshin Nagamine was born on July 15, 1907 and passed away on November 2, 1997. He was born in Tomari, Naha, Okinawa and...

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...

Cung Le: Pound for Pound One of the Most Exciting Fighters

In 1975, three days before the fall of Saigon, Cung Le and his mother Anne escaped Vietnam by helicopter under heavy gun fire. They...

Solomon Kaihewalu: Lua

Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu was born in 1935 in the Palama settlement of Honolulu, Hawaii. Solomon’s began training in Lua when he was on 3 years...

James Mitose Kenpo

James Mitose, believed in working out on the makiwara for the development of big knuckles and a hard punch or kick. The Grandmaster believed...

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...

Ted Tabura: Lima Lama, Kajukenbo and Kobudo

Born and raised in Hawaii, Shihan Tabura began his martial arts training under his cousin's tutelage in a backyard dojo. Later moving to Southern...

Graciela Casillas “The Goddess”

Graciela Casillas or "The Goddess" was a pioneer of women's boxing in the early 1980's and held the World Women's Boxing Association bantamweight title....

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...

Eisuke Akamine: Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai

Eisuke Akamine was born in Aza-mura (village), Tomishiro, Okinawa in 1925. In 1942, at the age of 17, he began the study of Yamani-ryu Bo-jutsu...

Frank Shamrock: Mixed Martial Artist

Frank Shamrock is a Champion in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. His accolades include being the first UFC Middleweight Champion and Five-Time Undefeated...

Willie Lim: Combat Tai Chi Master

Willie Lim was born into a Malayan family of Kung Fu practitioners, his uncle was Head of the Eagle Claw division of Ching Wu...

Choki Motobu: Okinawan Karate

Choki Motobu was born on April 5, 1870 and died on April 15, 1944. He was born in Akahira village in the Shuri region...

Steve “Nasty” Anderson

Steve "Nasty" Anderson is an icon in the sport-karate universe. The 45-year-old native of Toledo, Ohio, spent time in various parts of the country...

Douglas Wong: White Lotus Kung-Fu

Master Douglas Wong is a teacher, trainer and author and the founder of the modern-day White Lotus system of kung-fu. He was born and...

Mas Oyama: Kyokushinkai Karate

Masutatsu Oyama July 27, 1923 - April 26, 1994 Masutatsu Oyama was a karate master who founded Kyokushinkai, the first and most influential style of full...

Tadashi Abe Aikido With Samurai Roots

Tadashi Abe was born in 1926 and began Aikido in 1942 under the direct supervision of O'Sensei for a period of nine years. He...