The greatest martial artist are defined by the skill they possess, the footprint they leave behind and the number of people they have influenced. Think about it – how else will the top martial artists be recognized if they did not have supporters believing he or she is the best.
In this article, we have compiled our favourite motivational martial arts quotes by top martial artists and included some of the facts behind them.
” I go to gyms quite a bit, martial arts gyms, MMA gyms. I try to train with the best people, with who’s who in the martial arts, just to keep myself sharp ”
Michael Jai White
Actor, producer, film director, Michael is a highly intelligent celebrity with a great background in martial art.
He has 8 black belts in 8 different martial arts : Tang Soo Do, Wushi, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kyukushin.
He’s a specific focus on the Kyukushin Karate.And according to Wikipedia, 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.
“No one before Kimura, no one after “
Born in 1917, Masahiko Kimura was a Japanese judoka and wrestler and is considered one of the greatest judoka of all time .
Did you know? In 1949, Kimura fought with Helio Gracie. THe match was long and 2 men showed off their highly amazing skills in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
The match between Kimura and Gracie took place again in the Maracana stadium in Brazil, before an audience of 20,000 people, including president of Brazil Getúlio Vargas. What’s more is that Kimura had been warned by the Japanese embassy that he would not be welcomed back in Japan if he lost the match. Kimura did not receive a warm welcome when he entered the arena. The Brazilian audience threw raw eggs and insults by the Brazilian crowds, and the Gracie challengers brought a coffin to symbolize Kimura would be dead.
As the match went on, at one moment, Kimura seized the limb and executed gyaku-ude-garami. Hélio did not surrender, and Kimura rotated the arm until it broke. But Gracie did not tap. He then rotated it once more until the same arm broke again. Helio did not tap. When Kimura went for the 3rd try, Gracie’s corner threw in a towel and Kimura was declared winner. ANd as you may have already guessed, Kimura is the arm lock named after, yes, Masahiko Kimura.
“If you do not overcome your tendency to give up easily, your life leads to nothing. “
Mas Oyama was born in a small village in South Korea in 1923. He is a black belt in Karate and he is more than that. According to some of the stories, he was a very strong man, able to break rocks with his hands, endure freezing waterfalls and used trees as punching bags.Breaking rocks with his hands.
In 1963, Oyama wrote What is Karate which became a best seller in the US and sold million copies all over the world. It is still considered by many to be the “Bible” of Karate to this day. It was translated into Hungarian, French, and English.