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Taekwondo
TAEKWONDO (/ˌtaɪkwɒnˈdoʊ/ TY-kwon-DOH , UK : /ˌtaɪˈkwɒndoʊ/ ty-KWON-doh ; from Korean 태권도 ( listen )) is a Korean martial art
Korean martial art
, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Taekwondo
Taekwondo
was developed following it's naming in 1955 when General Choi sought a unified name and developed a unified system to combine earlier systems practiced by Koreans so it could be taught and learned on a wide scale not unlike what Jigoro Kano and funakoshi had done before him. ' artists who combined elements of karate and Chinese martial arts with traditional Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon , Subak , and Gwonbeop
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Choi Bae-Dal
MASUTATSU ŌYAMA (大山 倍達, Ōyama Masutatsu, born CHOI YEONG-EUI ( Hangul
Hangul
: 최영의 Hanja
Hanja
: 崔永宜); July 27, 1923 – April 26, 1994), more commonly known as MAS OYAMA, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate . A Zainichi Korean , he spent most of his life living in Japan
Japan
and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1964. He was an alumnus of Waseda University
Waseda University

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Korean Empire
The KOREAN EMPIRE was proclaimed in October 1897, after the Donghak Peasant Revolution of 1894 to 1895 and Gabo Reforms that swept the country from 1894 to 1896. It lasted until the annexation of Korea by Japan in August 1910. Emperor Gojong oversaw the partial modernization of the military, economy, land system, education system, and various industries. Japan became wary of Korea's modernization and industrialization attempt through Gwangmu Reforms , and after the assassination of the Resident-General Itō Hirobumi , decided to forcibly annex the Korean Empire
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Tony Jaa
TATCHAKORN YEERUM (Thai : ทัชชกร ยีรัมย์; rtgs : Thatchakon Yeeram), formerly PHANOM YEERUM (Thai : พนม ยีรัมย์; ; born February 5, 1976), better known internationally as TONY JAA and in Thailand
Thailand
as JAA PHANOM (Thai : จา พนม; rtgs : Cha Phanom), is a Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director, and Buddhist monk
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Sarah Michelle Gellar
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR (/ˈsɛərə mᵻˈʃɛl ˈɡɛlər/ ; born April 14, 1977) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983). Gellar went on to appear in numerous television series and commercials. Her first leading part was in the 1992 miniseries Swans Crossing , for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards , and her television breakthrough came in 1993, when she originated the role of Kendall Hart
Kendall Hart
on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children , winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
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Nia Sanchez
NIA TEMPLE SANCHEZ (born February 15, 1990) is an American television host, model, taekwondo coach, and beauty queen who won Miss USA 2014 . Sanchez is the first contestant from Nevada
Nevada
to be crowned Miss USA
Miss USA
. She represented the United States
United States
in the Miss Universe
Miss Universe
2014 competition on January 25, 2015 and placed 1st runner-up
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Joe Rogan
JOSEPH JAMES ROGAN (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian , martial arts color commentator and podcast host. A fan of comedy since his youth, Rogan began a career in stand-up in August 1988 in the Boston
Boston
area, developing a blue comedy act. He moved to New York City two years later. After relocating to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1994, Rogan signed an exclusive developmental deal with Disney
Disney
, appeared as an actor on the television sitcoms Hardball and NewsRadio , and worked in local comedy clubs. In 1997, he started working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as an interviewer and color commentator. Rogan released his first comedy special in 2000, and has since produced seven other specials
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Rhee Ki Ha
RHEE KI HA (born 20 March 1938) is a South Korean Grandmaster of Taekwon-Do who is widely recognised as the 'Father of British Taekwon-Do' for introducing this martial art to the United Kingdom since arriving in 1967, as well as the 'Father of Irish Taekwon-Do.' He is one of the twelve original masters of taekwondo of the Korea Taekwon-Do Association . Following a career in the South Korean military, GM Rhee emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1967. He was a notable officer of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) during Choi Hong Hi 's leadership. EARLY LIFERhee was born on 20 March 1938 in Seoul, Korea, during the period of Japanese occupation . He is the eldest of seven children of Rhee Yung Ei and Ahn Soon Rae. Rhee's martial arts training began when he was around 7 or 8 years of age, learning judo from his father, and he was the only one of his siblings to pursue the martial arts
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Keith Cooke
KEITH HIRABAYASHI COOKE (born September 17, 1959; also known as Keith H. Cooke and sometimes credited as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi) is an American martial artist, actor and an occasional stuntman . LIFE AND CAREERCooke has trained in wushu , taekwondo and karate . His awards include being named Competitor of the Year by Black Belt magazine in 1985, and five grand champion titles at the U.S. World and U.S. Open Karate tournaments. He is best known for his appearance as Reptile in the video-game movie of Mortal Kombat . He appeared as the younger Sub-Zero in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation . He played a leading role in the 1995 science fiction/martial arts thriller Heatseeker, a follow-up to the 1988 Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton vehicle China O\'Brien in which he also appeared
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Tiger Shroff
TIGER SHROFF (born JAI HEMANT SHROFF on 2 March 1990) is an Indian film actor and martial artist who works in Hindi films . Son of actor Jackie Shroff and producer Ayesha Dutt , he made his film debut with a leading role in the 2014 action comedy Heropanti , which earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut nomination. He next starred in the action drama Baaghi (2016), which earned over ₹1 billion (US$16 million) worldwide, and received praise for the superhero thriller A Flying Jatt (2016). CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Debut and Breakthrough (2014 - present) * 3 Filmography * 3.1 Appearance in music videos * 4 Awards * 5 Recognition Awards * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY LIFEShroff was born as Jai Hemant Shroff on 2 March 1990 and officially changed his name to Tiger when he first debuted in movies
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Billy Blanks
Billy Blanks, Jr. (son) Shellie Blanks Cimarosti (daughter) MEDAL RECORD MEN\'S KARATE REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES WORLD GAMES 1981 Santa Clara Kumite openWILLIAM WAYNE "BILLY" BLANKS (born September 1, 1955) is an American fitness guru , martial artist , actor, and the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONBlanks was born in Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie, Pennsylvania
, the fourth of fifteen children. Blanks began his study of the martial arts at the age of eleven, attending Karate and Taekwondo
Taekwondo
classes. He was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that impaired his movement
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Caity Lotz
CAITY MARIE LOTZ (born December 30, 1986, San Diego, California
California
) is an American actress
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Jason David Frank
JASON DAVID FRANK (born September 4, 1973) is an American actor and professional mixed martial artist notable for his portrayal of Tommy Oliver , the original Green Ranger, in multiple seasons of Power Rangers . CONTENTS* 1 Career * 1.1 Power Rangers
Power Rangers
* 1.2 Fighting and martial arts * 1.3 Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts
* 2 Personal life * 3 Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts
record * 3.1 Professional * 3.2 Amateur * 4 Accomplishments and awards * 4.1 Rising Sun Karate accomplishments and awards * 5 Filmography * 5.1 Television * 5.2 Film * 6 References * 7 External links CAREERPOWER RANGERSFrank originally auditioned for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Power Rangers
in the pilot for the role of Jason , the Red Ranger. He later tried out again in 1993 when he was 19, and was cast in the role of Tommy, the Green Ranger
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Austin St. John
AUSTIN ST. JOHN (born JASON GEIGER; on September 17, 1974) is an American paramedic , actor, and martial artist, mainly known for his role as Jason Lee Scott , the original Red Ranger and first leader of the Power Rangers
Power Rangers
in the popular children\'s television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Power Rangers
. CONTENTS * 1 Personal life * 2 Power Rangers
Power Rangers
and acting career * 3 Filmography * 3.1 Television * 3.2 Film * 4 Books * 5 References * 6 External links PERSONAL LIFESt. John has been practicing martial arts since he was five years old and holds a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo
Taekwondo
, a first-degree black belt in Judo
Judo
, and he also practices Kenpo
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Scott Adkins
SCOTT EDWARD ADKINS (born 17 June 1976) is an English actor and martial artist who is best known for playing Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its following two sequels: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2016). He is also known for playing Bradley Hume in Holby City , Lucian in Doctor Strange , Kiley in The Bourne Ultimatum and John in Zero Dark Thirty . Adkins has also appeared in EastEnders
EastEnders
, Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks
, Doctors as well as starred in many direct-to-video films. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Filmography * 3.1 Film * 3.2 Television * 4 Awards and nominations * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFE Scott Adkins
Scott Adkins
was born in Sutton Coldfield, England, on 17 June 1976
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Zlatan Ibrahimović
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIć (Swedish pronunciation: , Bosnian: ; born 3 October 1981) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward and is currently a free agent . He was also a member of the Sweden
Sweden
national team , making his senior international debut in 2001 and serving as captain from 2010 until he retired from international football in 2016. Primarily a striker , he is a prolific goalscorer, who is best known for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. As of May 2017, he is the second most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 33 trophies in his career. Ibrahimović began his career at Malmö
Malmö
FF in the late 1990s before being signed by Ajax , where he made a name for himself. He signed for Juventus and excelled in Serie A
Serie A
in a strike partnership with David Trezeguet
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