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Ip Man

1893 - 1972

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Ip Man, also known as Yip Man, (Chinese: 葉問 / 叶问; 1 October 1893 – 2 December 1972) was a Hong Kong-based Cantonese martial artist and a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun when he was 20. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ip Man has received more than 9,018,435 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Ip Man is the 2nd most popular martial arts (down from 1st in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from China (down from 17th 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.

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  • 2.85

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among martial arts, Ip Man ranks 2 out of 118Before him are Kanō Jigorō. After him are Gichin Funakoshi, Morihei Ueshiba, Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Conor McGregor, Ankō Itosu, Masatoshi Nakayama, 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, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Walter Ulbricht, 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 Edward VIII, M. C. Escher, Yasunari Kawabata, Frederick IX of Denmark, J. Edgar Hoover, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Ezra Pound, Igor Sikorsky, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, and Franz Halder.

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In China

Among people born in China, Ip Man ranks 22 out of 1,392Before him are Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Du Fu (712), Cao Cao (155), Wu Zetian (624), and Qianlong Emperor (1711). After him are Xuanzang (602), Cai Lun (48), Lü Bu (161), Guan Yu (162), Kangxi Emperor (1654), and Liu Bei (161).


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