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List of Famous Martial Artists

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List of famous martial artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top martial artists in the world? This includes the most prominent martial artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable martial artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic martial artists 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 artists.

Examples of people on this list include Steven Seagal and Jet Li.

From reputable, prominent, and well known martial artists to the lesser known martial artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the martial artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous martial artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous martial artists?" then you're in the right place. (488 items)

Taylor Lautner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Katheryn Winnick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Michelle Waterson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Chael Sonnen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Michael Jai White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Akshay Kumar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Chuck Zito is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Sean Waltman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Bo Svenson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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