In this modern day and age, it is common to hear of the phrase we never know which lives we influence, or when, or why. This is especially true to when you think about it, for example, the greatest martial artist of all time never knew how they would change martial arts as a whole. In fact they have really shaped the sport and had an influence on many people to take up the sport. Here is a list of some of the world-renown martial artist.
1. Chuck Norris
Many of us grew up watching him act in various shows that really shaped up the movie industry. He, in fact trained in the art of Tang Soo Do where he became a black belt. Moreover, he also holds a number of other black belts like taekwondo, Brazilian jujitsu and Judo, where he invented his own fighting technique Chuk Kun Do. Chuck Norris is also a world Professional middleweight karate champion, a title that he held for about six years. In this middleweight reign, he managed to defeat some renown martial art greats like Allen Steen, Joe Lewis.
2. Bruce Lee
He is somewhat one of the greatest martial arts actors of all time. He is remembered vividly for the roles he played in “The Way of the Dragon” and “Enter the Dragon.”Lee trained in boxing, judo, jujitsu, and Filipino arts. He greatly influenced martial arts by utilizing his own style of fight using what works. Jeet Kune Do, is regarded as his signature form of martial arts which utilized practical street fighting techniques. This made him to be recognized as “the father of mixed martial arts.”Serving both as an actor and a martial arts great he has truly influenced many to take up the sport.
3. Masahiko Kimura
Kimura is especially remembered for the fighting style of Kimura in which he was able to defeat his opponent, Kracie, by breaking his arm in a conquest in Brazil. Further, he made outstanding leaps in the art by being promoted to Yondan at merely the age of fifteen years after just six years of practice. He also became the youngest Godan fighter after defeating a jaw-dropping number of eight opponents in Kodokan Dojo. This achievements were all influenced by his workout rate where he would do a massive number of a thousand push ups and indulge in nine hours of daily practice. Kimura is greatly remembered for influencing the art of martial arts through body building.
4. Chojun Miyagi
You probably recall the movie, “Karate Kid” in which one special trainer known as Miyagi trained a young boy. Well, in the movie if you observe keenly you will notice a new form of fighting. This is what Miyagi introduced into the sport. It is known as Goju-ryi-Karate, whereby both Chinese and Japanese martial arts are blended into hard-soft style techniques.
The above martial artists are some of the best to ever grace the field of Karate. They have influenced many other greats into taking up the art with their various talented skill set. They will truly remain icons in martial arts.