Top Black Martial Artist You May Or May Not Know About

by imanidon111 | created - 16 Dec 2011 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Studies Jeet Kune Do

1. Taimak

Actor | The Last Dragon

Taimak was born on June 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Taimak Guarriello. He is known for his work on The Last Dragon (1985), Dreamers (1999) and Repeat Offenders: Jamais Vu (2011).

Studied Chinese goju, goju-ryu, taekwondo and jujitsu

Studied Chinese Goju under martial arts legend and fight choreographer Ron Van Clief.

2. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

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 ...

Holds black belts in following martial arts: Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Okinawan Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin Karate.

3. Djimon Hounsou

Actor | Blood Diamond

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 (2000) by Ridley ...

4. 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, ...

Studied in Karate, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Capoeira, western boxing, Filipino Martial Arts, Taekwondo and Ninjutsu

5. Chuck Jeffreys

Stunts | Twelve Monkeys

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 ...

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.

6. 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 ...

He is a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He also studies a few forms of Kung Fu.

Practices Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts.

7. T.J. Storm

Actor | Punisher: War Zone

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.

8. Joey Ansah

Actor | The Bourne Ultimatum

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 ...

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.

9. Billy Blanks

Actor | The Last Boy Scout

Muscular African American sports star, actor, media identity and inventor of the phenomenally popular "Tae Bo" fitness system, derived from his extensive martial arts training. Blanks was born in Eerie, Pennsylvania in 1955 amongst humble backgrounds and grew up as one of 15 children, battling ...

Seventh degree black belt in tae kwon do and fourth degree black belt in kung fu

10. Lateef Crowder

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Lateef Crowder was born on November 23, 1977 in San Jose, California, USA as Lateef Crowder Dos Santos. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Furious 7 (2015).

knows caporeira

11. Jim Kelly

Actor | Enter the Dragon

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 ...

International Middle Weight Karate Champion (1971)

12. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

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 ...

Was a blue belt in Brazilian JuJutsu.

13. Lee Thompson Young

Actor | Friday Night Lights

Lee Thompson Young was born as the son of Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young. When he was in second grade his parents split up and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called "A Night of Stars and Dreams". That's when Lee decided he wanted to be ...

He has studied many different styles of martial arts throughout his life and is training Wun Hop Kuen Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

14. Brad James

Actor | Superstition

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 ...

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.

15. Walter Jones

Actor | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

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 (1993). He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various ...

Takes Tae Kwon Do

16. Neil Brown Jr.

Actor | SEAL Team

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 ...

Has also trained in Wing Chung gung fu, Wah Lum, Jujutsu, Judo, Tae Kwan Do, and Capoeira.

17. Nathan Lewis

Stunts | The Legend of Tarzan

Nathan Lewis is known for his work on The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Kick-Ass (2010) and Ben-Hur (2016).

Trains in and teaches Lau Gar martial arts.

3 times World Kickboxing Champion.

18. Winston Ellis

Actor | The Dark Knight

Winston Ellis was born as Winston George Ellis. He is known for his work on The Dark Knight (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

Practices shaolin eagle claw kung fu.

19. Mark Hicks

Stunts | Rush Hour 2

Mark Hicks is known for his work on Rush Hour 2 (2001), Swordfish (2001) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

fight choreographer

20. Peter Mensah

Actor | Jason X

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 ...

has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old,

21. Michael Woods

Stunts | Blade II

Michael Woods is known for his work on Blade II (2002), Dak ging to lung (1988) and Sat Sat Yan, Tiu Tiu Mo (1998).

Ex-U.S. Navy Seal

22. Fred Williamson

Actor | MASH

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 ...

Has black belts in the following martial arts: Kenpo, Shotokan Karate, and Tae-Kwon-Do.

23. Greg Maye

Actor | Moving Target

Greg Maye is an actor, known for Moving Target (1999), Young Survivor (1999) and The Untouchable (1997).

Boxing, Martial Arts,

24. Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson

Actor | Blood and Bone

Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson was born on February 8, 1974 in Nassau, Bahamas as Kevin Ferguson. He is known for his work on Blood and Bone (2009), Locked Down (2010) and The Motherfucker (2015). He died on June 6, 2016 in Coral Springs, Florida, USA.

Trained in mix martial arts & boxing

25. Rashad Evans

Actor | Warrior

Rashad Evans was born on September 25, 1979 in Niagara Falls, New York, USA as Rashad Anton Evans. He is an actor, known for Warrior (2011), Locked Down (2010) and Jack's Law (2006). He has been married to LaToya Brown since July 2007. They have two children.

is a black belt in Gaidojustu and BJJ, he also studied karate as a child.

26. Robbie Alexander

Stunts | Blood and Bone

Robbie Alexander is known for his work on Blood and Bone (2009), Awake (2012) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).

Boxing & Martial Arts

27. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

Actor | The A-Team

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson was born on June 20, 1978 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor, known for The A-Team (2010), The Midnight Meat Train (2008) and Miss March (2009).

28. Bob Sapp

Actor | The Longest Yard

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 ...

Mixed Martial Arts and K1 fighter in Japan.

29. Forest Whitaker

Actor | The Last King of Scotland

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 film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to...

Holds a Black belt in Karate.

30. Phil Morris

Actor | Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Phil Morris was born on April 4, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa, USA as Phillip Morris. He is an actor and writer, known for Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Meet the Spartans (2008) and Black Dynamite (2009). He has been married to Carla Gittelson since September 24, 1983. They have two children.

Phil is a student and teacher of Chun Wing.

31. Chuck Johnson

Actor | Gojira: Fainaru uôzu

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 ...

martial arts training in Korea, Japan and China

32. Marjean Holden

Actress | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

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...

33. Howard Jackson

Stunts | The Last of the Mohicans

Howard Jackson was born on June 27, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Howard E. Jackson. He is known for his work on The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Hero and the Terror (1988) and Firewalker (1986). He died on March 7, 2006 in Duarte, California, USA.

6th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Chuck Norris

34. Anderson Silva

Actor | Never Surrender

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 ...

35. 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 ...

36. Ron Van Clief

Stunts | F/X

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 ...

37. Nathan Chukueke

Actor | Bloodsport

Nathan Chukueke was born on August 5, 1959 in New York, USA as Nathan Mutanda Chukueke. He is an actor, known for Bloodsport (1988), Hitman the Cobra (1987) and Hong Chang Fei Long (1990).

38. Brian White

Actor | The Family Stone

Brian White was born on April 21, 1975 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Brian Joseph White. He is an actor and producer, known for The Family Stone (2005), Stomp the Yard (2007) and The Game Plan (2007). He has been married to Paula Da Silva since August 28, 2010. They have one child.

39. Robbie Jones

Actor | Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Robbie Jones was born on September 25, 1977 in California, USA. He is an actor, known for Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013), Hellcats (2010) and Hurricane Season (2009).

40. Erik Betts

Stunts | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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 ...

41. Roger Cross

Actor | The Chronicles of Riddick

Roger Cross was born on October 19, 1969 in Christiana, Jamaica. He is an actor, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) and Continuum (2012).

42. Barack Obama

Self | Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

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...

43. Ice-T

Actor | New Jack City

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....

44. Herschel Walker

Superfights

Herschel Walker was born on March 3, 1962 in Wrightsville, Georgia, USA as Herschel Junior Walker. He is an actor and producer, known for Superfights (1995), One Nation Under God and Necessary Roughness (1991). He was previously married to Cindy DeAngelis.

45. Shaquille O'Neal

Actor | Steel

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,...

46. Kobe Bryant

Actor | Daddy's Home

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He is a producer and writer, known for Daddy's Home (2015), Dear Basketball (2017) and Detail (2018). He has been married to Vanessa Laine Bryant since April 18, 2001. They have three children.

47. Eugene Thomas

Actor | USA Ninja

Eugene Thomas was born as Eugene Thomas Trammell. He is an actor, known for USA Ninja (1985), Hong men jue e zhe (1985) and Ying zi jun tuan (1986).

48. Carl Scott

Actor | Shou zhi ao chu

Carl Scott is an actor, known for Shou zhi ao chu (1981), Bei po (1977) and Hard Way to Die (1979).



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