The Most Famous

MARTIAL ARTS from South Korea

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This page contains a list of the greatest South Korean Martial Arts. The pantheon dataset contains 117 Martial Arts, 2 of which were born in South Korea. This makes South Korea the birth place of the 7th most number of Martial Arts behind Cuba and Netherlands.

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The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary South Korean Martial Arts of all time. This list of famous South Korean 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. Mas Oyama (1923 - 1994)

With an HPI of 74.95, Mas Oyama is the most famous South Korean Martial Arts.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages on wikipedia.

Masutatsu Ōyama (大山 倍達, Ōyama Masutatsu, born Choi Yeong-eui (Hangul: 최영의 Hanja: 崔永宜); June 4, 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 and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1968.

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2. Cha Dong-min (1986 - )

With an HPI of 42.65, Cha Dong-min is the 2nd most famous South Korean Martial Arts.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Cha Dong-min (Hangul: 차동민, Hanja: 車東旻; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰa.doŋ.min]; born August 24, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea) is a retired South Korean taekwondo practitioner.

Pantheon has 2 people classified as martial arts born between 1923 and 1986. Of these 2, 1 (50.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living martial arts include Cha Dong-min. The most famous deceased martial arts include Mas Oyama.

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