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?