The Most Famous

MARTIAL ARTS from China

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This page contains a list of the greatest Chinese Martial Arts. The pantheon dataset contains 117 Martial Arts, 5 of which were born in China. This makes China the birth place of the 4th most number of Martial Arts behind Japan and Brazil.

Top 5

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Chinese Martial Arts of all time. This list of famous Chinese Martial Arts is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Ip Man (1893 - 1972)

With an HPI of 82.24, Ip Man is the most famous Chinese Martial Arts.  His biography has been translated into 45 different languages on wikipedia.

Ip Man, also known as Yip Man, (Chinese: 葉問; 1 October 1893 – 2 December 1972) was a Chinese martial artist and a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. He had several students who later became martial arts masters in their own right, the most famous among them being Bruce Lee.

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2. Wong Fei-hung (1925 - 1925)

With an HPI of 74.05, Wong Fei-hung is the 2nd most famous Chinese Martial Arts.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Wong Fei-hung (born Wong Sek-cheung with the courtesy name Tat-wun; 9 July 1847 – 17 April 1925) was a Chinese martial artist, physician, and folk hero. His recent fame was due to becoming the subject of numerous martial arts films and television series. Even though he was considered an expert in the Hung Ga style of Chinese martial arts, his real public fame was as a physician, who practiced and taught acupuncture, Dit Da and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine in the now famous Po Chi Lam (寶芝林; 宝芝林; Bǎozhīlín; Bou2-zi1-lam4), a medical clinic in Canton (Guangzhou), Kwangtung Province (Guangdong). A museum dedicated to him was built in his birthplace in Fatshan (Foshan), Kwangtung.

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3. Huo Yuanjia (1868 - 1910)

With an HPI of 72.79, Huo Yuanjia is the 3rd most famous Chinese Martial Arts.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Huo Yuanjia (18 January 1868 – 9 August 1910), courtesy name Junqing, was a Chinese martial artist and a co-founder of the Chin Woo Athletic Association, a martial arts school in Shanghai. A practitioner of the martial art mizongyi, Huo is considered a hero in China for defeating foreign fighters in highly publicised matches at a time when Chinese sovereignty was being eroded by foreign imperialism, concessions and spheres of influence. Due to his heroic status, the legends and myths surrounding events in his life are difficult to discern from facts.

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4. Chen Zhong (1982 - )

With an HPI of 42.11, Chen Zhong is the 4th most famous Chinese Martial Arts.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Chen Zhong (simplified Chinese: 陈中; traditional Chinese: 陳中; pinyin: Chén Zhōng; born November 22, 1982) is a retired Chinese taekwondo competitor who represented her country at international level for more than 10 years, including three consecutive Summer Olympic Games. She won China's first Olympic gold medal in taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and successfully defended her title at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but did not make it past the quarter-final round.

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5. Cheng Xunzhao (1991 - )

With an HPI of 39.31, Cheng Xunzhao is the 5th most famous Chinese Martial Arts.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Cheng Xunzhao (born 9 February 1991) is a Chinese judoka. He represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Pantheon has 5 people classified as martial arts born between 1868 and 1991. Of these 5, 2 (40.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living martial arts include Chen Zhong and Cheng Xunzhao. The most famous deceased martial arts include Ip Man, Wong Fei-hung, and Huo Yuanjia. As of October 2020, 2 new martial arts have been added to Pantheon including Chen Zhong and Cheng Xunzhao.

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