Who has done the most for Martial Arts in the United States?

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Hello everyone,

With your help, I would like to know who the general Martial Artist thinks has done the most for his/her art in The United States.


Here are a couple of Notable Martial Arts Masters in no particular order.

Bruce Lee
1940 - 1973 Jeet Kune Do


James Mitose
1915 - 1981 Kosho Ryu Kempo


Robert Trias
1923 - 1989 American Karate


Remy Presas
1936 - 2001 Modern Arnis


Angel Cabales
1917 - 1991 Eskrima


Yip Man
1893 - 1972 Wing Chun


Morihei Ueshiba
1883 - 1969 Aikido


Jigoro Kano
1860 - 1938 Founder of Judo


Gichin Funakoshi
1868 - 1957 Shotokan


General Choi Hong Hi
Founder of Tae Kwon Do

Ed Parker Sr.
Founder of American Kenpo Karate

Al Tracy
Founder of Tracys International Studios of Self Defense

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik
Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

Now I know that there are allot more names that I could have added to this list, I just had to narrow it down.

I hope to not offend anyone.

Thanks,
 

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Dragon Fist said:
Hello everyone,

With your help, I would like to know who the general Martial Artist thinks has done the most for his/her art in The United States.



Thanks,
Off the top of my head... hmm...

GM Ed Parker
Joon Rhee
Chuck Norris
and of course Bruce Lee
 

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Here's mine Bruce Lee, Ed Parker, remy Preses, Jaun Moreno, Jimmy Kim, Choe,Park, and Jean lopez, Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan. Thats all for now
 

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I would not argue General Choi Hong Hi for TKD, but I would also personally add Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee (1963-2000) to the list for TKD.
 
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Bruce Lee without a doubt. He taught his art to anyone who wanted to learn not anyone that was chinese.
 
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Here is the list again of Notable Martial Arts Masters in no particular order.
Dragon Fist said:
Bruce Lee
1940 - 1973 Jeet Kune Do


James Mitose
1915 - 1981 Kosho Ryu Kempo


Robert Trias
1923 - 1989 American Karate


Remy Presas
1936 - 2001 Modern Arnis


Angel Cabales
1917 - 1991 Eskrima


Yip Man
1893 - 1972 Wing Chun


Morihei Ueshiba
1883 - 1969 Aikido


Jigoro Kano
1860 - 1938 Founder of Judo


Gichin Funakoshi
1868 - 1957 Shotokan


General Choi Hong Hi
Founder of Tae Kwon Do

Ed Parker Sr.
Founder of American Kenpo Karate

Al Tracy
Founder of Tracys International Studios of Self Defense

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik
Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

Now I know that there are allot more names that I could have added to this list, I just had to narrow it down.


I hope to not offend anyone.

Thanks,
 
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Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, General Choi, Hwang Kee, and since the question was pertaining to the US, I think I'd probably have to add Steven Seagal and Jeff Speakman as well.
 

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Ed Parker


Other people were already teaching non chinese martial arts, so Bruce lee?

Todd
 

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The two people that I think have furthered the martial arts in the United States would have to be Tatsuo and Eizo Shimabukuro Senseis. They were two of the original teachers contracted by the USMC on Okinawa to teach the Marines. Without their teaching the Marines we would not have the Isshin Ryu and Shorin Ryu styles here.
 

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Hi all,

Since Hawaii is in the United States..

Founder James Mitose

William Chow

Adriano Emperado

Edmund Parker

Al Tracy

Sonny Gascon

Then you need to look at the actors, who with their abilities to reach the biggest audience

Elvis

David Carradine

Bruce Lee

And many more of the Action heros.

I don't think you can argue for just one person on this subject.

Many generations are now involved some have wained and some have grown.

The Biggest is probably Adriano Emperado, longivity alone goes to him. 1946 he was responsible for the art Kajukenbo, till now, and still around. It is very big in Mexico, therefore it is North America.

Regards, Gary
 

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Adriano Emperado, Joe Holck, Peter Choo, Frank Ordanez, George "Clarence" Chaing.
In 1947, in the state of Hawaii, these young martial artists concieved the idea of a "mixed martial art".
They combined techniques from Korean Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Kenpo, and Kung Fu, with a touch of Escrima and Western Boxing, to create "Kajukenbo".
And now 58 years later, some people are acting like "mixed martial arts" is something new. Talk about being ahead of thier time.
 

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Dragon Fist said:
Hello everyone,

With your help, I would like to know who the general Martial Artist thinks has done the most for his/her art in The United States.

Ed Parker Sr.
Founder of American Kenpo Karate
Edmund Kealoha Parker, Sr.
Senior Grandmaster and Founder of American Kenpo Karate
1931-1990 (Rest in Peace :asian: )

Chronuss said:
Without SGM Parker, Bruce Lee wouldn't be a household name today.
So true...
 

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markulous said:
Bruce Lee without a doubt. He taught his art to anyone who wanted to learn not anyone that was chinese.
So did GM Ark Wong, in the 1950s (according to Dr. Chapel).
:asian:
 

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Gin-Gin said:
Edmund Kealoha Parker, Sr.
Senior Grandmaster and Founder of American Kenpo Karate
1931-1990 (Rest in Peace :asian: )


So true...

I am not a Kenpoist, but I would have to vote Ed Parker Sr. as being the most influential simply by giving many masters from different arts and cultures the opportunity to show what they have.

If it wasn't for GM Parker, many of the arts and names that we have today may not have been known.

Paul
 
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Well guys, here is what we have so far.

Ed Parker - 8

Bruce Lee - 6

Chuck Norris - 3

General Choi Hong Hi - 3

Adriano Emperado - 3

Joon Rhee - 2

Remy Preses - 2

William Kwai Sun Chow - 2

Victor "Sonny" Gascon - 2

Jaun Moreno - 1

Jimmy Kim - 1

Jackie Chan - 1

Jean lopez - 1

Haeng Ung Lee - 1

Hwang Kee - 1

Steven Seagal - 1

Jeff Speakman - 1

Seiyu Oyata - 1

George Dillman - 1

Wally Jay - 1

Shimabukuro Tatsuo - 1

Shimabukuro Eizo - 1

James Mitose - 1

Al Tracy - 1

David Carradine - 1

Elvis Presley - 1

Joe Holck - 1

Peter Choo - 1

Frank Ordanez - 1

George "Clarence" Chaing - 1

Gracie Family - 1
 

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