International Heroes: Our Personal Picks for Martial Arts Excellence

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In the world of Martial Arts, there are those whose names truly stand head and shoulders above the rest. There are those that are favored above all else and we have our own personal picks. This discourse was borne out of a question that was sent to us a couple of weeks ago. Someone had phoned in a question asking who we admired most for their martial arts excellence.

We went around asking our writers for who they thought were exceptional in their achievements in the world of martial arts. As it turns out, a majority of us carried the same thoughts and the same people in mind. With that said, we would like to share with you some people that we firmly believe truly elevated martial arts as a whole while they were in pursuit of their own goals.

Esai Maeda

This person was known by another name: Conde Koma. It was this person that introduced the art of Judo or Japanese Jiu-Jitsu to a family in Brazil in 1914. This family is the Gracie Family. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are the family that went on to establish a dojo or school that is solely responsible for some of the best fighters that MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has seen in this century.

Yip Man

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More commonly known as Ip Man, this person has dominated the consciousness of a majority of fans and non-fans of martial arts. Thanks to a few movies starring Donnie Yen (also an incredible martial artist) a majority of people now truly appreciate what this person has done to contribute to the popularity of Wing Chun and how he helped Bruce Lee achieve his own specialized set of skills.


We understand that there are more but these two individuals are the ones that truly stand out in our esteem. What we look forward to is finding more people that will truly stand out in the field of martial arts.

Who do you hold at a high esteem in the world of martial arts?

Starting It Right: What is Martial Arts?

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There has always been something rather appealing at the idea that you can defend yourself with simply a few good punches or well-placed kicks. However, is that all that martial arts is all about?

What Exactly Is Martial Arts?

For beginners and those who are have a passing inclination toward martial arts, it can be described as the flashy sect or ability where people turn their bodies into actual weapons that can either be used to hurt or protect. While that can be a description or definition that many can get behind, it is a rather limited point of view.

Martial Arts would be, first and foremost, a discipline that is the culmination of traditions, practices, and skills that are primarily stemmed from the desire for self-defense. While a majority of the more well-known martial arts are known to stem from Japan, there are a lot of different forms of martial arts that are tied to the cultures of different nations all over the world.

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What is interesting about Martial Arts is that at its very core, it is supposed to be about self-defense—it just so happened that a majority of it has been used competitively and even as a form of aggression (as present in its representation in movies, TV, and various forms of media).

Beyond having the capability to protect yourself when it comes down to it, martial arts continues to have a huge following worldwide because of what you can obtain from it. Those that practice martial arts are able to retain healthy lifestyles—something that the elderly set and young children would be able to truly benefit from.


Martial Arts continue to be the source of pride for several individuals and for very good reason. Martial Arts provides not only a way for people to protect themselves and stay healthy at the same time; martial arts also provides a deep connection between the generations that have passed to those that live on today. It is those teachings and traditions that make the culture truly rich.

On a personal standpoint, what do Martial Arts mean to you?