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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.

Mike Stone

Mike Stone was born in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii in 1944. He has used his martial arts training in many different professions including as a...

Gosei Yamaguchi: Goju-Kai Karate-Do

Gosei Yamaguchi was born on June 29th, 1935 in Kyoto, Japan as Norimi Gosei Yamaguchi, the eldest son of Gogen Yamaguchi who trained in...

Gordon Franks: Karate

Gordon Franks is a 9th Degree Black Belt with over 35 years of experience in the martial arts. He earned his Black Belt in...

Aloha Spirit Master – A Tribute Poem to Ed Parker Senior

Michael S. Fuchs wrote a poem about Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker Sr and asked Senior Ed Parker Jr. to give him a picture to...

Yu Byong: Moo Duk Kwon Tae Kwon Do

Master Yu Byong was born on January 17, 1935 and raised in Korea. He moved to the United States in 1964. Overcoming physical disabilities, language barriers,...

Buck Sam Kong: Kung Fu

Buck Sam Kong was born and raised in Hong Kong. As a young boy he suffered from poor health, and would get sick often....

Bob Yarnall: Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate

Bob Yarnall practices Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate. A shorin-ryu instructor, he opened his first dojo in 1962 in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has remained...

AlGene Caraulia: Karate Institute of America

On December 22, 1940, AlGene Caraulia was born in Wahiawa, on the island of Oahu, in what was then United States territory of Hawaii. In...

Shugoro Nakazato: Shorin Ryu Karate

Shūgorō Nakazato was born in Nahn-city Okinawa on August 14, 1919. While attending normal school in Osaka Japan in 1935, he began his study of...

Cacoy Canete: Doce Pares Eskrima Club

The legendary Cacoy Canete of Cebu Philippines was a prominent, internationally known martial artist who traveled the globe to share, teach and demonstrate his...

Teruo Chinen: An Ancient Man in a Modern World

As the Arizona night descended around us in a blanket of warm desert hues, the yellow light from a kerosene yard lantern danced across...

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...

Higashionna Kanryo: Naha-te

The exact dates that O-Sensei began training with Higashionna Kanryo are uncertain. His training with Aragaki Seisho (1840-1918) stopped between 1912 and 1914 and...

Chomo Hanashiro: Shorin Ryu

Chomo Hanashiro was born in 1869. At an early age he began training with a man consider to be the greatest of all Tote...

Eizo Shimabukuro: Shobayashi Shorin-ryu

Eizo Shimabukuro (or Shimabuku) was the younger brother of Tatsuo Shimabuku, the founder of Isshin-ryu Karate. Eizo Shimabukuro was born in the village of...

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,...

John Critzos II: The Technical Marvel

John Critzos, II was the last martial arts champion produced by Grand Master Kim Ki Whang, and was known for his close relationship to...

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...

Frank Shamrock 5-time UFC World Champ

Frank Shamrock became an icon to fight fans all over world when he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s famous squared circle and as the...

Maung Gyi: Burmese Bando

Dr. Maung Gyi is a Burmese martial artist who was born in 1936 in Burma. In his early twenties, around 1960, he introduced Burmese...