Ip Man

1893 - 1972

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Ip Man (born Ip Kai-man; 1 October 1893 – 2 December 1972), also known as Yip Man, was a Chinese martial artist. He became a teacher of the martial art of Wing Chun when he was 20. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ip Man has received more than 10,428,737 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Ip Man is the most popular martial arts (up from 2nd in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from China (down from 22nd in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Martial Arts.

Ip Man is most famous for being the first martial arts instructor to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to Westerners.

Memorability Metrics

  • 10M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 75.18

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 50

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.32

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.79

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Ip Men by language

Over the past year Ip Man has had the most page views in the with 967,684 views, followed by Russian (338,188), and Spanish (240,407). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (100.32%), Classical Chinese (72.99%), and Polish (65.11%)


Among martial arts, Ip Man ranks 1 out of 179After him are Kanō Jigorō, Gichin Funakoshi, Morihei Ueshiba, Mas Oyama, Huo Yuanjia, Wong Fei-hung, Randy Couture, Linda Lee Cadwell, Choi Hong Hi, Ankō Itosu, and Kenwa Mabuni.

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Among people born in 1893, Ip Man ranks 5Before him are Mao Zedong, Hermann Göring, Joan Miró, and Joachim von Ribbentrop. After him are Alfred Rosenberg, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Walter Ulbricht, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Carol II of Romania, Alexander of Greece, and Soong Ching-ling. Among people deceased in 1972, Ip Man ranks 2Before him is Harry S. Truman. After him are Asta Nielsen, Frederick IX of Denmark, Yasunari Kawabata, Edward VIII, M. C. Escher, Maria Goeppert Mayer, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Igor Sikorsky, and Ezra Pound.

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In China

Among people born in China, Ip Man ranks 25 out of 1,610Before him are Cao Cao (155), Hu Jintao (1942), Xuanzang (602), Qianlong Emperor (1711), Guan Yu (162), and Liu Bei (161). After him are Kangxi Emperor (1654), Zhuge Liang (181), Mencius (-372), Cai Lun (48), Lü Bu (161), and Zhuang Zhou (-369).


Among martial arts born in China, Ip Man ranks 1After him are Huo Yuanjia (1868), Wong Fei-hung (1925), Zhang Weili (1989), Chen Zhong (1982), and Cheng Xunzhao (1991).