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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.

Joe Corley Fought First Full-Contact Karate World-Title Fight

Joe Corley was the first challenger to participate in a full-contact karate world-title fight. On May 3rd, 1975, Joe Corley met world middleweight champion...

George Dillman: Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te

George Dillman is a 9th degree Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo Tomari-te who was honored by Black Belt Magazine as "1997 -- Instructor of...

He-Young Kimm: Han Mu Do

Grandmaster He-Young Kimm is the founder of Hanmudo. He has over 45 years of studies and research in traditional and modern Korean martial arts....

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...

John Fonseca: Shotokan Karate

John Fonseca has been competing in a wide range of national and international tournaments since the age of seven. In addition to his impressive...

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...

Mike Chat: Xtreme Martial Arts

Bringing with him a new found energy, charisma, and sense of style, "Mike Chat" has taken the world by storm! Straight out of the...

Rickson Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Rickson Gracie (pronounced Hickson), son of Helio Gracie, was born into a Jiu Jitsu family on November 21, 1958. At six years old he...

Judo 10th Dan Holders

The following individual are Judo 10th Dan holders. A 10th Degree Black Belt is the highest rank in the Judo world. Japanese Kodokan 10th Dan...

Jon Bluming Interview

Jon Bluming is a leader of Europe's International Budo Kai Kan Foundation. Born in Holland 1933, he is a veteran of two tours in...

The Raymond McCallum Story

In the late 70's and early 80's, Raymond McCallum and I were the top two nationally-rated point-fighters in the US. While I barely maintained...

Ken Shamrock – The Making of a Warrior

When thirteen-year-old Kenneth Kilpatrick first came to Bob Shamrock's group home in sunny Susanville, California, his future did not look bright. He had grown...

Tode Kanga Sakugawa: Ryukyuan Martial Arts

Tode Kanga Sakugawa was born in 1733 in Shuri, Okinawa. He is considered a pioneer in the development of Karate. He studied under Peichin...

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...

Doug Marcaida: Filipino Martial Arts

Doug Marcaida is a Filipino martial artist who has been active for over 25 years. He is an edged-impact weapons combat specialist and designer...

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...

Inwan Kim: Sin Moo Hapkido

Inwan Kim was born in in 1962 in Buyeo, Choongnam providence in the Republic of Korea. In 1974 his father placed him in a...

Michael DePasquale, Jr.: Ju-Jitsu

TRAINING Michael DePasquale, Jr. was born to Michael DePasquale Sr., Grandmaster of the Yoshitsune Waza style of Ju-Jitsu. Michael Jr’s martial arts career began when...

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...

Sam Allred: Jukensa Kajukenbo

Above Photo: Top nationally rated U.S. Black Belt competitors of their day, competing in Sam Allred's 1972 National Black Belt Grand Championships. In this...