List of Famous Martial Arts Instructors People

List of Famous Martial Arts Instructors

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List of famous martial arts instructors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top martial arts instructors in the world? This includes the most prominent martial arts instructors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable martial arts instructors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic martial arts instructors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned martial arts instructors.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Bruce Lee and Denise Martin.

From reputable, prominent, and well known martial arts instructors to the lesser known martial arts instructors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the martial arts instructor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous martial arts instructors ever?" and "What are the names of famous martial arts instructors?" then you're in the right place. (20 items)


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    Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1940-1973)
    • Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Martial artist, + more
    • Credits: Enter the Dragon, Batman, Limitless, Here Come the Brides, Fist of Fury, + more
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    Denise Martin
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    Denise Martin is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: China.more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Revere, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Frank Landers
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    Frank Landers - Is an American martial arts practitioner, promoter, author, teacher and founder of the Seishindo Kenpo system. Landers is also an accomplished music producer, having produced founding member of The Beach Boys, David Marks and Reggae legend Garth Dennis an original founding member of the ...more

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    • Profession: Record producer, Martial Arts Instructor, Promoter, Author, Composer
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    Jason Chambers
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    Jason Chambers is an American actor and mixed martial artist. Chambers is best known for his role as the host of the popular weekly television program Human Weapon on The History Channel. He has appeared in multiple television programs and was featured on Extra as one of "America' Most Eligible" ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Mixed Martial Artist, Actor, TV Personality
    • Credits: Human Weapon, Human Weapon: Hand-to-Hand Military Combat
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    'Big' John McCarthy is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Police officer, Actor, Professional Wrestling Referee
    • Credits: Bully Beatdown
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    Donnie Williams

    Donnie Williams
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    Bishop Donnie Williams, is an American martial artist, author, actor, bishop and Senior Pastor of The Family Church International. Donnie Williams was one of the four skilled martial artist, along with Steve Sanders, Cliff Stewart and Jerry Smith who organize and founded "The Black Karate Federation" ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Bishop
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    Sokoudjou
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    Soukoudjou is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Cameroon
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
    • Credits: Supreme Champion, UFC 79: Nemesis
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    Wong Jack Man

    Wong Jack Man is a Chinese martial artist and martial arts teacher, best known for a martial arts duel with Bruce Lee in Oakland in 1964. Wong taught classes in T'ai chi ch'uan, Xingyiquan and Northern Shaolin at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. He retired in 2005 after teaching for 45 years. His ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Martial artist
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    Johannes Cornelius Bluming is a Dutch instructor of Judo, Kyokushin Karate, and mixed martial arts. He was the coach of two-time Olympic champion Willem Ruska. Born in Amsterdam, he was 16 when he applied for the Marines and was accepted to the bootcamp in Doorn in July 1949. In the summer of 1950, the ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Actor
    • Credits: Turkish Delight, Vincent and Me, Private Resistance, The Burglar
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    Steve Sanders

    Steve Sanders is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: USA, Topeka, Kansas
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Actor
    • Credits: Enter the Dragon
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    John Hackleman

    John Hackleman
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    John Hackleman is an American martial artist and the head trainer at The Pit mixed martial arts gym.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
    • Credits: The Pit Workout: CrossPit
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    Cathy Landers

    Cathy Landers
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    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Bookkeeper
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    Al Dacascos

    Al Dacascos is a martial arts instructor.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Gerry Shanahan is an actor.more

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    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Waterford
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Best Offer, Zombie Massacre, Portrait Of A Zombie, The County, Colour from the Dark
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    Chang Kyun Yu

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    • Birthplace: Korea
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Danny Rodarte

    Danny Rodarte
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    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Phil Des Rosiers

    Phil des Rosiers is the head instructor of The Dojo martial art studio.more

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    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Amy Silva

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    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Sergio Silva

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    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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    Roderick Moore

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    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
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