Martial arts have a deep rooted history, with many people following this spectacular from of art. The fan following of legendary artists practicing this amazing art is still immense, with people literally worshipping these brilliant performers.
Here is the list of top 10 martial artists of all time:
10. Yip Man
One of the greatest martial artists of all times was the great Wushu and Wing Chum artist, Yip Man. The most noteworthy thing about this artist is that he had trained the legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee.
9. Mas Oyama
Next on this list is Mas Oyama, who is the creator of the martial art called Kyokushin karate or full contact. Additionally, this legendary fighter specialized in judo and boxing, as well.
8. Masahiko Kimura
Masahiko Kimura was a renowned martial artist from Japan, who became the youngest ever to achieve the feat of acquiring a fifth degree black belt by vanquishing eight of his opponents at Kodokan Dojo. He held the title of All Japan Open Weight Judo Champion, undisputed for a period of 13 years.
7. Jigoro Kano
Jigoro Kano was the martial art expert who played a key role in popularizing the martial art of jujitsu, which was eventually known as judo. His efforts helped judo to become a part of the educational system in the schools of Japan, for which he removed some of the most deadly moves of the art. Later, judo was even included as a sport in the Olympics.
6. Chojun Miyagi
Next on the list of legendary martial artists of the world is Chojun Miyagi, who takes the credit of being the founder of the art of Goju ryu karate. The high level martial artists blended hard and soft styles to create this unique martial art, which continues to be one of the most popular in the world.
5. Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris is regarded as another all time favorite martial artist, who has more than 30 tournament titles under his belt, including that of World Karate Middleweight Champion, which was retained by him for six years. Norris is also recognized as a talented actor.
4. Royce Gracie
Another highly acclaimed martial artist is Royce Gracie, who practiced the amazing art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a creation of his father. He earned a sixth degree black belt in the art, which made him one of the greatest of all times.
3. Helio Gracie
Helio Gracie was one of the greatest martial artists ever, in addition to being the father and mentor of Royce Gracie and had introduced the world to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a legacy carried forward by his son. Helio Gracie had achieved an exemplary tenth degree red belt during his career.
2. Gichin Funakoshi
Featuring next on the list of top 10 best martial artists of all times is the great legend Gichin Funakoshi, who gave birth to the technique of Shotokan karate and brought ahead the written principles of training students in the sport, under the name of “The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate”.
1. Bruce Lee
The undisputed leader on this list is the greatest ever, Bruce Lee, who continues to live in the hearts of millions, who remember him for his acting skills as well as martial arts prowess. His speed and agility were his greatest efforts, which make him an inspiration for martial art students till date.
No one can ever forget the contribution of these legendary martial artists in their field and they will be a part of the martial art scene for times immemorial.