The Masters of Fighting

 Boxing Masters


Five Little Known Facts About Muhammad Ali

As one of the most charismatic figures in sports, most people are aware that Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. However as a man who has led an interesting and varied life, there are many facts about him that are less well known, but interesting none the less.....Read Article
 
 

Capoeira Masters


Manduca da Praia 

Mestre Manduca da Praia, known as ‘The Elegant Capoeira Fighter’ was a notorious Brazilian martial artist in the 19th century. Not only was he known for being a ferocious warrior, but he also managed to maintain his standing as a respectable business man with in his community.....Read Article
Jose Antonio do Nascimento

Jose Antonio do Nascimento was one of the best fighters of 19th century Brazil. His capoeira skills earned him a fearsome reputation and his size and prowess earned him the nickname Nascimento Grande (Big Birth).....

 

Besouro Manganga 

Besouro Manganga was so nimble that it was said he could turn into a beetle and had the ability to dodge bullets. He was an advocate of justice for his people even if this meant he had to break the law and was no stranger to violent run-ins with authorities.....Read Article
Mestre Bimba

Mestre Bimba introduced to Capoeira a code of ethics, set training methods and many of its characteristic flamboyant moves. However his main contribution was to change it from a form of street fighting, to an iconic cultural pastime practiced by people from all walks of life.....Read Article

 

Mestre Pastinha

As the inventor of the Angola style, Mestre Pastinha is an instrumental figure in capoeira history. His system took the art back to its roots, moving away from set training methods and favouring a more personalised style of fighting for each capoeirista.....Read Article
 
 

Karate Masters


Anko Itosu 

Legendary master Anko Itosu was an instrumental figure in karate history. He popularised many aspects of the art that are still practiced today and by introducing it into the Okinawan school system, he took karate out of obscurity dramatically increasing its practitioners.....Read Article
Gichin Funakoshi 

Sensei Gichin Funakoshi’s influence on karate cannot be overstated. He redeveloped many of the kata to make them more relevant to the modern karateka and by introducing the art to Japan in the 1920s, he laid the foundations for karate to be spread all over the world.....Read Article

 

The Real Mr Miyagi 

The Real Mr Miyagi sensei Chojun Miyagi was an early karate master who developed the style known as Goju Ryu. He studied martial arts in both China and his homeland Okinawa and used his knowledge to mix soft (or internal) and hard (external) techniques.....Read Article
Mas Oyama 

Mas Oyama, founder of kyokushin karate was one of the best karate masters of all time. He developed his body, mind and techniques through rigorous training and fought and won hundreds of full contact battles against fighters from many different martial arts styles.....Read Article

Kung Fu Masters


Bodhidharma 

Bodhidharma  (Ta Mo in Chinese) is a legendary figure who is believed to have visited the Shaolin Temple in the sixth century. While there, he taught the monks a series of exercises that some believe developed over time into modern day kung fu.....Read Article
Pak Mei – A Kung Fu Legend 

Pak Mei kung fu is believed to originate from the 17th century after the infamous burning of the Shaolin Temple. Thought by some to be a traitor and others a hero, Pak Mei’s style was so ruthless that even to this day, it is only taught in its truest form to the most elite of martial artists.....Read Article

 

Ving Tsun Kung Fu 

When Yim Ving Tsun was being bullied by a local man, she found help from Ng Mui, one of the Five Elders from the Shaolin Temple. From there, the Ving Tsun (wing Chun) style developed and was handed down from student to master before being popularised by Bruce Lee.....Read Article
 
 

 Samurai Masters


Tomoe Gozen

Tomoe Gozen, a rare example of a female Samurai warrior, is believed to have taken part in the Genpei Wars (1180 – 1185). She fought alongside her Master, Minamoto Yoshinaka though it is unclear how much of her story is merely martial arts legend.....Read Article
Yoshitsune Minamoto 

Yoshitsune Minamoto was an instrumental figure, helping his brother Yoritomo overthrow the ruling Taira Clan with several decisive victories on the battlefield. However after the war, Yoritomo turned on him and hunted him down like a common criminal.....Read Article

 

Tsukahara Bokuden

Tsukahara Bokuden was a 16th century Japanese warrior who exemplified what a samurai should be. He was known as one of the fiercest warriors around however in later life, Bokuden would take on a more pacifist philosophical standpoint.....Read Article
Miyamoto Musashi  

Miyamoto Musashi is one of the most acclaimed samurai that ever lived. While undertaking a warrior’s pilgrimage in the 17th century, he fought in over 60 duels dispatching the best swordsmen in a given area, often in fights to the death.....Read Article

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