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Who's Who

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.

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...

Jean-Yves Theriault

Jean-Yves Theriault is a Canadian kickboxer, trainer, and an author. He was born on January 15 of 1955 in Paquetville, New Brunswick, Canada. He...

Henry Okazaki: Danzan Ryu jujitsu

Henry Okazaki, was born Seishiro Okazaki in the town of Kakeda, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on January 28, 1890. He migrated to Hawaii in 1906...

Emil Farkas: The Man, The Magician, The Martial Artist

At the surface, Emil Farkas' profile is similar to many other sensei's who have been in the arts for half a century. He is...

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...

Ray Dalke: Shotokan Karate

Ray Dalke is the highest ranking American in the Martial Art of Shotokan Karate. He worked as an instructor in the physical education department...

Jean-Claude Van Damme

1960 - 1972 Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude Van Varenberg) was born and grew up in Brussels, on October 1960. This large European city is the...

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...

Anko Itosu: Father of Modern Karate

Born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan in 1831, Itosu trained under karate greats Sokon "Bushi" Matsumura and Kosaku Matsumora. His good friend Yasutsune Azato recommended...

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...

Mike Swain Olympic Judo Champion

Mike Swain was the first American male to win the Judo World Championships when he took the gold medal in 1987. He competed in...

Ernest Lieb: American Karate System

Ernest Lieb was born in Berlin Germany in 1940 as Hitler’s armies were devastating the European country side.  He, along with his mother and father,...

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...

Hanshi Sid Campbell Receives Final Promotion

Hanshi Sid Campbell, after a lengthy illness with cancer, passed away in the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California on Monday, August 18, 2008. In...

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...

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...

Al Dacascos: Wun Hop Kuen Do

Al Dacascos has become one of the most noted martial artists of our era since 1969, when he founded his unique fighting art, Wun...

Joe Hyams

Joe Hyams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1923, and he grew up in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University, but...

Michael DePasquale Sr.: Ju-jitsu

Michael DePasquale Sr. was one of the true pioneers of martial arts in the United States. He began his study of the martial arts...

Shojiro Sugiyama: Shotokan Karate

Shojiro Sugiyama was born on November 16, 1929. He was a Japanese karate instructor. In 1954, after training in two other styles of karate,...