Top Black Martial Artist You May Or May Not Know About

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“ Studied Chinese goju, goju-ryu, taekwondo and jujitsu

Studied Chinese Goju under martial arts legend and fight choreographer Ron Van Clief. ” - imanidon111
 
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Michael Jai White
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 major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy...
“ Holds black belts in following martial arts: Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Okinawan Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin Karate. ” - imanidon111
 
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Djimon Hounsou
Actor, Gladiator
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator by Ridley Scott and Amistad by Steven Spielberg.
 
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Marrese Crump
Actor, Sultan
Marrese Crump was born on January 4th, 1982 in Lakeland, Florida. Grew up as an athlete,participating in the sports of basketball, football, track and martial arts. He started his training at the age of 7 when his brother introduced him to Master Kim-Jae. Marrese has studied Muay Thai, Capoeira, Western boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Filipino Martial Arts...
“ Studied in Karate, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Capoeira, western boxing, Filipino Martial Arts, Taekwondo and Ninjutsu ” - imanidon111
 
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Chuck Jeffreys
Stunts, Gladiator
Born William Charles Jeffreys (III) on July 23, 1958 in Washington, D.C., Chuck Jeffreys found his interest in the martial arts at the age of 8 and started training in Western Boxing and Tae Kwon Do. He began training in Northern (Tien Shan Pai) Shaolin Kung fu in the early 70s. He was well known for his kung fu demonstrations in Jr...
“ In 1980, Chuck began training in Kali which is a Filipino style of martial arts and learned numerous other styles that include Long Fist, Nan Chuan, Indonesian Pentjak Silat, Shoot Boxing, Chin-Na, Grappling and a variety of weapons.

He holds a Black Sashes in many styles of martial arts such as a 5th-degree Black Sash in Shaolin Wushu under Sifu Dennis Brown, 5th-degree Black Sash in Shaolin Long Fist under Sifu Mike Barry and was an apprentice instructor of Jun Fan kickboxing & Kali (Filipino Martial Arts) in 1990 that was certified by the legendary Dan Inosanto. ” - imanidon111
 
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Wesley Snipes
Actor, Blade
Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Maryann (Long), a teacher's assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that the theater was to be his career. He attended the High School for the Performing Arts (popularized in Fame)...
“ He is a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He also studies a few forms of Kung Fu.

Practices Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts. ” - imanidon111
 
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T.J. Storm
Born in Indiana, raised in Hawaii, Storm is a world class martial artist who has trained in various styles for over 19 years. Storm holds belts in Arashi-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu.
“ Storm holds belts in Arashi-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. ” - imanidon111
 
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Joey Ansah
Joey Ansah was born in 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, 2nd in line to an older brother, Ryan, 3 years his senior. He is of mixed ethnicity, with his mother Nicola, originating from Plymouth, Devon, England and his father Kofi, originally from Ghana, west Africa. Joey grew up and spent the first 10 years of his life in Streatham...
“ He has 15 years of martial arts training. At the time was the youngest person in the UK to receive a black belt in Ninjutsu. Has trained with the Ninjutsu Grandmaster Hatsumi Sensei. ” - imanidon111
 
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Billy Blanks
7th Degree Black Belt Billy Blanks had one of the greatest karate fight records in the sport's long history. Blanks was a 7-time world karate champion, the first Amateur Athletic Union Champ in 1975, the 1984 Massachusetts Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, and the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions...
“ Seventh degree black belt in tae kwon do and fourth degree black belt in kung fu ” - imanidon111
 
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“ knows caporeira ” - imanidon111
 
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Jim Kelly
With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's Island in Enter the Dragon...
“ International Middle Weight Karate Champion (1971) ” - imanidon111
 
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Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
“ Was a blue belt in Brazilian JuJutsu. ” - imanidon111
 
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Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young's star quality has graced the stage, the small screen and the big screen from a very early age. Portraying Dr. Martin Luther King in the production of "A Night Of Stars And Dreams" in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, at the mere age of 10, inspired him to pursue a career as an actor...
“ He has studied many different styles of martial arts throughout his life and is training Wun Hop Kuen Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. ” - imanidon111
 
14.
Brad James
In the span of just a few short years, Brad James has gone from US Marine to one of the most exciting faces in television and film today. Although widely praised for his comedic role as 'Todd' on the hit series "Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse," Brad has shown himself to be much more than just a comedic actor...
“ Spent four years as a U.S. Marine serving in combat units. During his time, he studied the hand to hand combat, line-training and Brazilian ju-jitsu. ” - imanidon111
 
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Walter Jones
Walter is an actor, dancer and singer. Walter is internationally known for his creation of the character Zack The Black Ranger from the Children's Action Adventure Phenomenon Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various shows and has been featured in several films...
“ Takes Tae Kwon Do ” - imanidon111
 
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Neil Brown Jr.
Born in a rough neighborhood to strict, but loving parents. Neil Brown, Jr, who was a gifted martial artist and self proclaimed "knucklehead ", received his first role in film purely by chance, when a producer Patty Thomas Robinson walked into his karate Dojo looking for a kid to be in the TV series WMAC masters...
“ Has also trained in Wing Chung gung fu, Wah Lum, Jujutsu, Judo, Tae Kwan Do, and Capoeira. ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Trains in and teaches Lau Gar martial arts.

3 times World Kickboxing Champion. ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Practices shaolin eagle claw kung fu. ” - imanidon111
 
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“ fight choreographer ” - imanidon111
 
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Peter Mensah
Actor, Avatar
Peter Mensah has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, growing up in St. Albans, England, just north of London. A former engineer, Mensah came to Canada 11 years ago. He'd worked for British Gas developing gas fields at Morecambe Bay and had done theatre in school. He comes from an academic family...
“ has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Ex-U.S. Navy Seal ” - imanidon111
 
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Fred Williamson
Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet handsome 6' 3" Williamson first came to attention in the TV series Julia playing love interest...
“ Has black belts in the following martial arts: Kenpo, Shotokan Karate, and Tae-Kwon-Do. ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Boxing, Martial Arts, ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Trained in mix martial arts & boxing ” - imanidon111
 
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“ is a black belt in Gaidojustu and BJJ, he also studied karate as a child. ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Boxing & Martial Arts ” - imanidon111
 
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Bob Sapp
Robert Malcolm "Bob" Sapp born September 22, 1973] is an American professional wrestler, actor, comedian and former American football player best known for his career as a kick boxer and mixed martial artist. He is under contract with Rizin Fighting Federation. Sapp has a combined fight record of 22-35-1...
“ Mixed Martial Arts and K1 fighter in Japan. ” - imanidon111
 
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Forest Whitaker
Actor, Arrival
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ Holds a Black belt in Karate. ” - imanidon111
 
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“ Phil is a student and teacher of Chun Wing. ” - imanidon111
 
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Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnson is an international action film actor based in Tokyo, Japan. A native of Michigan, he began martial arts training with Olympic Taekwondo at the age of 15. With a fanatic training schedule, he received his black belt in 2 1/2 years, and 6 days later became the Michigan State Junior Olympic Taekwondo champion for both sparring and forms...
“ martial arts training in Korea, Japan and China ” - imanidon111
 
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Marjean Holden
Actress, stunt woman, dancer and martial artist Marjean Holden was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Vail, Colorado. She started acting from the age of 9, well being from the family of entertainers, she already knew her profession. As a youngster, she showed multiple skills in her school plays...
 
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“ 6th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Chuck Norris ” - imanidon111
 
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Anderson Silva
Anderson is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva was the UFC's longest reigning champion and also holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to ESPN...
 
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Thunderwolf
Actor, Lionheart
Raised in Dover, Delaware and now living in Southern California, Thunderwolf comes from a family of nine which, like families of many Black Americans, is mixed with Indian blood. "Wolf", as he is known by many, has always believed in following his dreams, and attributes his work ethics and strong belief in compassion to his parents...
 
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Ron Van Clief
Ron "The Black Dragon" Van Clief is a martial arts legend. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, he started martial arts training in his early teens. At 5 feet 10 inches and 190 pounds, Van Clief was fast, powerful, and tough. He won 10 New York State Full-Contact Karate Championships. He won multiple Karate Point-Fighting Titles...
 
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Erik Betts
Stunts, Crash
Born 22 November, 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts, Erik Betts is a self taught gymnast and martial artist since the age of 11. His fascination with movement and the arts was inspired by his favorite comic book hero, Spiderman. Insecure and very shy, Betts could relate to the problems experienced by Spiderman's alter ego Peter Parker...
 
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Roger Cross
Actor, X2
 
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Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a white American from Wichita, Kansas. His father, Barack Obama Sr., who was black, was from Alego, Kenya. They were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left for Harvard...
 
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Ice-T
The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade. His aunt lived in the South Los Angeles district of Crenshaw...
 
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Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return, etc.)...