Martial Arts 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
Taylor Daniel Lautner is an American actor, model and martial artist. Lautner is best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by ...more
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, film director, martial artist, musician, reserve deputy sheriff and entrepreneur. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal ...more
Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial ...more
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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 ...more
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Jason Statham is an English actor, martial artist and former diver. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver. He has ...more
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more
Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Joseph James "Joe" Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, martial artist, sports commentator, and podcaster. He is known for his work commentating for the Ultimate Fighting ...more
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Brenda Song is an American actress, singer, film producer, and model. Song started in show business as a child fashion model. Her early television work included roles in the television shows ...more
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his ...more
Katheryn Winnick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Katheryn Winnick is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in Amusement, Bones, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and Vikings.
Michelle Waterson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Michelle E. Waterson is an American mixed martial artist and model whose nickname is "The Karate Hottie". She is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Waterson is currently the ...more
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Brandon Bruce Lee was an American actor and martial artist. He was the son of martial arts film actor Bruce Lee, the grandson of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-chuen, and brother of Shannon Lee. ...more
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. He formed a production ...more
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalised Singaporean ...more
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the action hero stereotype, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, ...more
David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist, best known for his leading role as a warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He was a member of a ...more
Chael Sonnen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Chael Patrick Sonnen is an American former mixed martial artist who last competed in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sonnen failed three drug tests in his ...more
Michael Jai White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a ...more
Akshay Kumar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Akshay Kumar born on 9 September 1967 is an Indian film actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has been nominated for Filmfare Awards several ...more
Chuck Zito is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Charles "Chuck" Carmine Zito, Jr., is an American actor, amateur boxer, martial artist, celebrity bodyguard, stuntman, former boxing trainer and former president of the New York ...more
Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Japanom Yeerum, formerly Tatchakorn Yeerum or Phanom Yeerum, better known internationally as Tony Jaa, in Thailand as Jaa Phanom, is a Thai martial artist, physical educator, actor, action ...more
Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Scott Edward Adkins is an English actor and martial artist who is best known for playing Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and Undisputed III: Redemption, Bradley Hume in Holby ...more
Sean Waltman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Sean Michael Waltman is an American professional wrestler. He wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation under the ring names 1–2–3 Kid and X-Pac intermittently between 1993 and 2002, World ...more
Bo Svenson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Bo Svenson is a Swedish-born American actor, known for his roles in American genre films of the 1970s and 1980s.
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
Donnie Yen, also known as Yen Ji-dan, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and world wushu tournament medalist. Yen is credited by many for ...more