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Martial arts celebrities is a term I use here for public figures that are doing - or has done - some martial arts.

Side note: Make sure you check out all the free stuff inside 'The Martial Arts Vault' when you're finished having a look at all the famous figures with an inkling for martial arts!

Action stars and martial arts figures like Bruce Lee, Tony Jaa, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, Cynthia Rothrock, Jean-Claude Van Damme etc. are without a doubt martial arts celebrities (duh!) Still, these people are so obvious - and well known within the arts - that I've left them out here.

So what you have here are public figures and celebrities like politicians, musicians, actors and business people. I would like to point out that some of these may not have a "name" in the English speaking world. After all, the biggest movie industry is in India (Bollywood), the largest country in the world is China, and the majority of people in the world do not speak English... :-)

If there is anything you would like to see included, you are free to give me a note here: Please include this in Martial Arts Celebrities! A little background information about the person would be much appreciated too!

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Akers, David Akers is a well-known kicker in NFL (American pro football). He trains jiu-jitsu and Shaolin kempo.
Alba, Jessica The actor does tae-bo and a host of different martial arts as well. She is known for doing her own stunts.
Allen, David Management consultant David Allen is a best-selling author ("Getting Things Done"), who runs a multimillion dollar company. A black belt in karate, Allen says his martial arts background helped him appreciate the value of eliminating distractions.
Angel, Criss The illusionist/magician "hot-shot" Criss Allen allegedly has a background in martial arts such as kung-fu, karate and taekwondo.
Aniston, Jennifer The 'Friends' star is learning karate. The actress has become hooked on a form of karate called Budokon recommended by her former co-star Courtney Cox.
Aragon, Gustavo Aragon is a Superior Court judge in Pima County, USA. He is also a martial arts instructor.

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Baez, Joan
Legendary folk music artist Joan Baez holds a black belt (shodan) in aikido.
Baker, Shaun
Playing the Jamaican music editor Russell on the long-running sitcom "Living Single", Baker won fame in the early '90s. He later starred on the syndicated action show "V.I.P.," where he does a great majority of his own stunts. Shaun Baker is a black belt in Shotokan karate.

Bale, Christian

British (Welsh) actor Christian Bale is trained in wing chun (kung fu) - same as Robert Downey Jr.

Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal 23-year-old Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is (at present - April 2012) the Chairman of the ruling People's Party in Pakistan. The son of (assassinated Prime Minister) Benazir Bhutto is a black belt in taekwondo.
Biel, Jessica in 2011, actress Jessica Biel credited martial arts training and yoga with helping her maintain her figure.
Bif Naked

The Canadian female singer and "punk rebel" keeps in shape with yoga and martial arts.

Black, Jack Actor, comedian, musician Jack Black (real name Thomas Jacob Black) has a background from judo.

Borisov, Boiko

Boiko M. Borisov is the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He is a former karate instructor and body guard.

Bryant, Kobe NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant is studying Jeet Kune Do.

Bundchen, Gisele

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen revealed how she kept trim during her pregnancy by doing kung fu.

Bunton, Emma The former "Baby Spice" (Spice Girls) learnt karate as a child to protect herself from bullies. Her mother is a martial arts teacher.
Burnel, Jean J.

The French bass player in British punk band 'The Stranglers', is a black belt in karate.

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Caan, James Actor James Caan has reportedly trained with "Tak" Kubota for nearly thirty years. He is graded 6th dan karate.
Cagney, James The late Hollywood actor James Cagney (1899-1986) held a black belt in judo according to reports.

Casta, Laetitia

The famous, French top model Laetitia Casta has a brown belt in Judo. According to herself she feels that her experience with judo has helped her in her modeling career to have control, to set limits for herself, to not be aggressive and to think with her mind not with her emotions.

Chandra, Neetu

The Indian 'Bollywood' actress reportedly holds a 2.dan black belt in taekwondo.
Chen, Adam The actor from Singapore is training Muay Thai.
Clinton, Bill Former U.S. President "Wild"Bill Clinton has allegedly been training taekwondo.
Coburn, James American actor James Coburn reportedly studied Jeet Kune Do under Bruce Lee.
Coddington, Anna Anna Coddington is a pop star from New Zealand. She is also a teacher and black belt in karate.
Coleman, Steve Steve Coleman is a british actor who has studied martial arts since a young age. He gained balck belt in karate, then took up wushu. He has been a prominent wushu champion in Great Britain for years.
Conrad, Robert The American actor known from 'Wild, Wild West' has been training martial arts since 1957.
Coe, Sebastian Sebastian Coe is the former British runner (two Olympic gold medals and 12 world records during his running career) trains judo at the Budokwai in London.
Collen, Phil The British band Def Leppard's guitarist Phil Collen apparently trains Muay Thai. He is also said to have a black belt in karate.

Cox, Courtney

Courtney Cox Arquette (from 'Friends' fame) is excelling has been excelling in her karate training since giving birth to her first child. A source says, "Courtney is really loving the karate. She trains up to five times a week and loves the feelings of strength and power karate gives her. As soon as she's a qualified brown belt she'll go for the black belt. She's determined."

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Dale, Dick

Dick Dale is the legendary, American King of Surf Guitar. Dale used to train karate on Hawaii.

Danzig, Glenn

The American musician, singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig has studied Jeet Kune Do under Jerry Poteet.

Del Rosario, Albert

Rormer Philippine US Ambassador and current (2011) Foregin States Secretary Albert Del Rosario is a black belt in Hwa Rang Do and is in the chair of the Hwa Rang Do Association of the Philippines.

Diggs, Robert F.

American R. Diggs is better known as RZA and considered the leader of the Wu Tan Clan (rap group). He is a Grammy winning music producer, rapper and actor. RZA has trained kung fu and tai chi for a number of years.

Downey Jr, Robert

American actor Robert Downey Jr is training kung-fu. He's also allegedly on his way to become an instructor in the art.

Dudikoff, Michael

American actor Michael Dudikoff is trained in BJJ, Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Dybdahl, Thomas

Thomas is a very well known singer/songriter and artist in Norway. He is also a black belt in karate.

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Elvis

See: Presley, Elvis

Ermoll, Serge Australian jazz piano great Serge Ermoll was also a 5th dan black belt in karate.

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Fairchild, Morgan

Movie and TV actress Morgan Fairchild took four years of kung fu lessons while living in New York City and getting her first big break in the 1970s on the daytime soap Search for Tomorrow.
According to Frank Holmes - thanks for the info! - Morgan Fairchild studied at the Fu-Jow-Pai school in Chinatown by Wai Hong.

Ferguson, D'Brickashaw

6'-6'' Ferguson is a black belt in karate. The offensive tackle (American football) was recently drafted to New York Jets.
He has a degree in religious studies, is a youth minister, and plays the saxophone.

Flannery, Sean Patrick

American actor Sean Patrick Flannery Flanery is said to hold a black belt both in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as in karate. (thanks to Zweli for the heads up!)

Foster, Jody

The Hollywood actor has trained karate and kickboxing, according to reports.

Fraser, Mat

British stage, film and television actor; drummer and rapper, a TV presenter and a voiceover artist. He's also got a black belt in taekwondo.

Fredrick, Tanna

Hollywood actress Tanna Fredrick says taekwondo is her favorite activity and, together with surfing, her way to stay in shape.

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Gabosky, Igwe Real name: Gabriel Onyiyechi Okoye. He is a famed Nigerian "Nollywood" Movie producer and businessman. Mr Okoye holds a martial arts black belt.
Gellar, Sarah Michelle

"Buffy" is a former champion figure skater. She has studied taekwondo (she has a black belt), and has also studied kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, and gymnastics.

Genesse, Bryan Bryan Genesse, known from the 1990s TV show Street Justice, had a background from Muay Thai and hung gar kung fu.
Gibson, Mel Mel Gibson reportedly practices in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Tai Chi Chuan and is well versed in them both.
Gil, Ana Ana Gil is a Successful Columbian model, TV host, actress and lawyer (!). She also does TKD: "(... ) I am more patient, concentrated, responsible and efficient. And although modeling taught me discipline, I prefer taekwondo a 1000 times more," she said.
Gomez, Jaime Jaime "Taboo" Gomez from the hip-hop band Black Eyed Peas has trained in jeet kune do from the age of 12.
Green, Tami

Rep.Tami Green is (at time of writing - March 2012) the Floor Leader for the Washington State House of Representatives. She holds a black belt in taekwondo.

Grybauskaite, Dalia Dalia Grybauskaite is a Member of the European Commission, and trained as an economist at Leningrad University. She's a former senior diplomat and finance minister of Lithuania. She is considered a tough negotiator within the EU and holds a black belt in karate.

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Hague, William The British former Conservative Party leader William Hague is a blue belt in judo, and a member of Budokwai, a fashionable judo club in Chelsea, London. Hague usually visits the club twice a week in order to tussle with Sebastian Coe.
Hamilton, Lewis British Formula-1 race driving ace Lewis Hamilton has a karate background. Growing up a mixed-race son of a broken home - he reportedly was bullied at school and learned karate to cope.
Hansen, Bjarne H. Mr. Hansen is a well-known Norwegian politician and former Minister of Employment. He holds a brown belt in judo.
Hanson, Jewels Country artist Jewels Hanson is the lead singer for Appaloosa, the house band at the Saddle Rack in Fremont. She does taekwondo.
Hashimoto, Ryutaro Ryutaro Hashimoto, prime minister of Japan from 1996 to 1998, has been practicing kendo since he was a child. He holds a very high level in the sport.
Hayden, Brent Canadian World Champion swimmer Brent Hayden is reportedly a black belt in karate.
Hayden, Diana

The former miss world (1997) from India keeps in shape with wushu. "If I am not shooting I do my martial arts. Martial arts keep me fit. It not just helps in the physical strength and appearance but martial arts is also about your mind. It helps in your overall development."

Healy, Fran Musician "Fran" (Francis) Healy is the lead singer and front figure in the Scottish band Travis. Healey is a black belt in karate.
Hector, Jamie Actor Jamie Hector, known from HBO's 'The Wire', teaches community children in martial arts. His father is allegedly a martial arts teacher.

Hijazi, Amal

Amal Hijazi is a Lebanese (Arabian) singer who is also a black belt in karate.

Hind, John

British John Hind is the Bishop of Chichester. He is also reportedly a black belt in judo.

Holder, Janice The Tennessee state Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder is a karate black belt (3. dan).
Hu, Kelly American actress Kelly Hu has trained karate in Beverly Hills (Kanzen Budo Kai).

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Ibrahim, Abdullah

Ibrahim is a South African jazz legend, pianist and composer. He is a very knowledgeable 8. dan black belt with a Japanese Menkyo-kaiden (official teaching licence) certificate.

Ice-T

The rapper, who's real name is Tracy Morrow, is well versed in jujitsu. "I've taken martial arts all my life and I box," the rapper states.

Imperioli, Michael

The Sopranos star (he plays mobster Christopher Moltisanti) has found a way to quit smoking - take up taekwondo.

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Jabbar, Kareem Abdul
NBA basketball great Kareem Abdul Jabbar studied Jeet Kune Do. He did a sub-standard fight scene in the "Game of Death" (Bruce Lee) movie.

Jackson Jr, Jesse

According to reports,  Illinois Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is a black belt in karate as well as a black sash in Shaolin chuan fa, kung fu.

Jaco, Wasalu

The Muslim rapper is known as Lupe Fiasco. He is son of Gregory Jaco, a former Black Panther and martial-arts expert. Jaco holds four martial arts black belts, according to interviews.

Jackson, Michael

Michael, as well as the rest of his brothers used to study kung fu with sifu Kam Yuen, according to reports.

Jagger, Mick

Mick Jagger of Rolling Stones fame reportedly used to train judo back in the 60s at the Budokwai Club in London, UK.

Jensen, Siv

Norwegian female leader of the second largest political party (FrP). She is hailed by some as a possible future Prime Minister of Norway. Jensen has done ju jitsu (Ju Jitsu Norway), and was also an instructor in the art.

Jones, Kaylie

Author Kaylie Jones is the daughter of the author of 'From Here to Eternity' and 'The Thin Red Line'. She has talked about how growing up with two alcoholic parents turned her to drink herself. She acknowledges how taking up taekwondo was one of the ways to get her life back. She is a black belt in the art.

Jouanno, Chantal

French Chantal Jouanno is Junior Environment Minister with Nicolas Sarkozy. She is a black belt in karate and winner of several National Championships in France.

Juan Carlos I, King of Spain

The King of Spain, who's full name is Juan Alfonso Carlos Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias, is reportedly graded in taekwondo.

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Kain, Khalil
Khalil Kain is a black belt in Hapkido. He became known in the 1992 film Juice. Six years later he portrayed golf phenomenon Tiger Woods in the movie "The Tiger Woods Story".
Kavanau, Ted Ted Kavanau, is one of the founders of CNN. He is a black belt in karate.
Keenan, Maynard J. Maynard Keenan is the front man of the band "Tool". He is reportedly a student of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Keothavong, Anne Anne Keothavong is a top British, female tennis ace. She is graded in taekwondo, and has also trained some judo and karate.
Kerik, Bernard Bernard Kerik is a former police commissioner in New York. He is also a high ranking karate teacher.
Kapoor, Kunal

Kunal Kapoor is a well known Indian movie ('Bollywood') actor. He is studying Goju-Ryu karate. Prior to this, he was learning Tai Chi.

Koppikar, Isha

Isha (or Eesha) Koppikar is a famous Indian Bollywood actor. She trains taekwondo and is graded to black belt. "I start my day with Taekwondo and dancing."

Kumar, Akshay

Kumar is another huegly popular and well known Indian Bollywood actor. Before turning to movies he was a karate teacher. He is a 6. dan in Goju ryu karate, holding the title of shihan.

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Lamas, Lorenzo Lorenzo (y de Santos) Lamas from 'Falcon Crest' fame began learning martial arts (karate and taekwondo) in 1979, and now has a black belt in Shotokan karate.
Lautner, Taylor Taylor Lautner is an American Actor. He has a background in karate, in which he has won several awards and medals.

Le Bon, Yasmin

Model Yasmin Le Bon, wife of Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon, says she keeps in shape with a weekly judo workout.

Lee Roth, David

(Artist) David Lee Roth has reportedly been a devout practitioner of traditional martial arts since the early age of 12. He travels and teaches at seminars around worldwide in between his music career projects.

Lewis, Emmanuel

Records show Emmanuel Lewis of "Webster" TV fame has dan grades in American karate and taekwondo.
Lincoln, Abe Former American Presidents Abraham and George Washington were respected wrestlers. Let's forget for a while that purists don't like to call wrestling a martial art - let's rather add him to the list of martial arts celebrities :-)

Liu, Lucy

The 'Kill Bill' and 'Ally McBeal' actress practices martial arts, including kali/eskrima and silat.

Lofgren, Nils

E Street Band guitar player Nils Lofgren trained with grand master Jhoon Rhee in the 1970s, and was asked if he could write a song for a TV jingle - this was the infamous "Nobody Bothers Me" commercial.

Lumumba, Patrick L. Otieno Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba is among the most decorated and highly regarded legal minds in Kenya. He holds a black belt rank in martial arts.

Lyke, Jim

Nigerian "Nollywood" movie star "Jim Lyke" (real name James Ikechukwu Esomugha) is reportedly holding a black belt in karate.

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Madonna

The Queen of Pop was inspired to take up karate by her (former) husband, director Guy Ritchie, who has a black belt in the Japanese art.

Makarem, Rik

British TV "Soap" star Rik Makarem holds a black belt in taekwondo.

Mamet, David

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and well-compensated Hollywood screenwriter, is studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Mbenge, DJ

DJ Mbenge of the LA Lakers (Los Angeles basketball team) holds a black belt in judo.

McNicol, Iain

Scottish Iain McNicol was appointend General Secretary of the British Labour Party in July 2011. He's a karate black belt.

McPherson, Kyle

Professional baseball player Kyle McPerson started taking taekwondo lessons at the age of five. He still trains today. Kyle said he attributes the fundamentals he learned sixteen years ago to now earning a paycheck in professional baseball. He also has extensive training in kung fu.

Mensah, Peter

Canadian actor Peter Mensah has a background in judo and wushu.

Merkel, Angela

The German chancellor Angela Merkel, is also a black belt in judo.

Mickelson, Phil Ace golfer Phil Mickelson trains taekwondo and kung fu.
Miller, Ross Ross Miller is the Secretary of State in Nevada (fourth in command in the state). He trains mixed martial arts as a means of staying in shape.
Minogue, Kylie Kylie Minogue, the Australian actor/singer is training taekwondo.
Mizan, Zainal Abidin Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin was crowned as King of Malaysia in December 2006. He is skilled in taewondo.
Mohammed Rashed al-Maktoum, Sheikka Maitha Daughter of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the crown prince and ruler of Dubai and owner of the world-famous Godolphin Racing stables. Maitha is an International karate competitor and black belt.
Moran, Nick Known from "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". The Australian movie actor does karate.
Moss, Carrie Ann 'Matrix' actor Carrie Ann Moss has practiced Shaolin kung fu.
Murdoch, James The younger son of (British) media tycoon Robert Murdoch has been called "the most powerful man in Britain". James Murdoch is a black belt holder in karate.
Museveni, Yoweri Kaguta President Museveni of Uganda is doing karate, according to reports.
Mustain, David Dave Mustain, (band) Megadeath front man, has a black belt in karate as well as taekwondo.

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Nani

Manchester United's Portuguese football player, was a keen martial arts exponent. He trained capoeira in his younger years. According to reports, this is also why he can flip like an Olympic gymnast when he scores.

Nelson, Willie

The singer, performer, songwriter and movie star is a black belt in taekwondo. Mind you, he can kick and punch - it is not just a famous guy with a black belt!

Nighthorse Campbell, Ben Ben Nighthorse Campbell: A Democrat-turned-Republican senator from Colorado, 1993-2004. He was captain of the U.S. Olympic team in judo in 1964.

Noda, Yoshihika

Yoshihika Noda is the (2010-2013) Japanese Minister of Finance. He is a keen judoka and is told to be a combat sports fan.

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Ok-bin, Kim Kim Ok-bin is a Korean actress. She is a third dan in Hapkido and second dan in Taekwondo. She learned Muay Thai and boxing.
O'Neal, Shaquille Basketball legend Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal took up MMA in 2000, reportedly using the nickname Diesel.
O'Neill, Edward Actor O'Neill is probably best known for his role as Al Bundy in 'Married, with Children'. He was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his friend, writer/director John Milius. O'Neill has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 15 years with Rorion Gracie and is a Black Belt.
(The) Osmonds The Osmond family allegedly trained with Chuck Norris.

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Paul, Adrian Adrian Paul has practiced Shaolin kung fu and tai chi.
Paul, Lynsey de 70s British singer/songwriter Lynsey de Paul reportedly took up martial arts after being assaulted in the street. She is a black belt in jiu-jitsu and makes DVDs about self-defense.
Peers, Bobbie

Zambia born, Norwegian filmmaker Peers holds a dan rank in ninjutsu.

Phillippe, Ryan

The young actor ('I Know What You Did Last Summer', 'Crash', 'Way of the Gun', 'Flags of Our Fathers') is a taekwondo black belt.

Presley, Elvis

He started in Shotokan karate, and earned his first black belt in Chito-ryu, and he would dabble in taekwondo in his later years. Elvis was influenced more than anything by American Kempo, being a student of Ed Parker ("Father of American Karate").

Presley, Priscilla

Wife of Elvis trained karate at he time the famous couple divorced in 1973. She was also involved with her karate teacher (Mike Stone) for some time after the divorce.

Putin, Vladimir

As everyone surely knows, the mighty Russian President and former KGB man is a black belt in judo. He started training at the age of 14, and he has even written a book on the subject.

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Rampal, Arjun

The Indian actor and Bollywood star Arjun Rampar is training karate.

Reed, Lou The singer and guitarist from the The Velvet Underground, who has a notoriously difficult artistic temperament, says he has tamed the "rock and roll animal" by practicing t'ai chi for three hours a day.
Rigg, Diana Actress Diana Rigg, of British 60s TV-series "The Avengers" fame, holds a black belt in judo.
Ritchie, Guy Guy Richie has a black belt in karate. Richie is a movie director from Scotland, and is perhaps best known for being the husband of Madonna. Richie is also a student of judo at beginners level and he trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Roberts, Eric

Eric Roberts (brother of Julia Roberts) has trained taekwondo with was master Jhoon Chang in Beverly Hills.

Rockett, Rikki

Rikki Rockett of (the band) Poison fame holds a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. He has also trained boxing with legendary boxing champ Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.

Roosevelt, Theodore Former President Theodore Roosevelt was known for studying both ju jitsu and judo.

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Said, D. Othman Datuk Azalina Othman Said is the Sports Minister in Malaysia. Othman Said is a taekwondo exponent.
Saito, Takumi  Takumi Saito is a Japanese actor and model. He trains aikido and boxing.
Schlessinger, Laura Dr. Laura Schlessinger is one of the most popular talk show hosts in American radio history. Dr Laura is allegedly a martial arts black belt.

Shetty, Sandhya

The Indian model holds a karate black belt.

Shetty, Sunil

The Indian actor and movie producer is reportedly a black belt in kick-boxing.

Slater, Christian

The American actor has taken up karate and is working on his black belt.

Smith, Jimmy

The great jazz organ player Jimmy Smith allegedly holds a black belt in karate.

Snipes, Wesley

Snipes has been training martial arts since he was twelve. He is a seasoned martial artist, trained in a number of different disciplines including karate, kung fu and capoeira.

Sogavare, Manasseh

Manasseh Sogavare is the leader (prime minister) of the Solomon Islands. The martial arts expert is a  member of parliament and former minister of commerce, industry and employment.

Song, Brenda

American actress, star of television and movies, holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

Stojko, Elvis

Canadian figure skating legend Elvis Stojko began studying karate when he was eight years old. By 1988 he realized that the linear movement of karate clashed with the fluid circular movement of figure skating. He found what he was looking for when his brother introduced him to kung fu.

Stone, Sharon

Sharon Stone started with taekwondo before shooting 'Total Recall' in 1990. Her teacher was master Jhoon Chang in Beverly Hills.

Swanson, Kristy Actress Kristy Swanson, known from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", has practiced kickboxing and taekwondo.

Swayze, Patrick

The "dirty dancer" had a well rounded training background: American football, dance and gymnastics, amongst other things. He also trained kickboxing with Benny Urquidez.

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Talwar, Suman

Suman Talwar is a well known Indian (Tamil) actor. He has a black belt in karate, as well as highly skilled in Kalari Payattu.

Travis, Randy

Country music superstar Randy Travis is reportedly very fit, working out almost every day. He also used to train karate 3 times a week, but was forced to quit due to injuries.

Trudeau, Pierre Elliott

Pierre Trudeau is former Prime Minister of Canada. He holds the rank of nidan (2. dan) in judo.

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Vandervoort, Laura

Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort holds a black belt (2. dan) in karate, according to reports.

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Waitzkin, Joshua

Joshua Waitzkin was a child prodigy chess star (featured in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer"). He trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has been a tai chi champion.

Washington, George Former President George Washington was a respected wrestler. Wrestling may not be considered a martial art in the strictest sense... But still, it's cool.

Watts, Naomi

 British born actress Naomi Watts has trained judo for years and competed in the early 90s. She trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Whitaker, Forest

A well-respected, Oscar-winning, movie actor -- 6ft 2in tall Forest Whitaker is reportedly also a black belt in karate.

White, Michael J.

Michael J. White won fame when he started and portrayed the title character in the action flick Spawn (1997). His character was the first Black superhero to star on the silver screen.
According to reports he has an extensive background in Shotokan, Goju and Kyokushin karate, taekwondo, kobudo, Tang Soo Do and wushu.

White, Todd

Todd White is the person behind the design of the TV show version of the cartoon character 'SpongeBob SquarePants'. White is allegedly a black belt in Machado jiu-jitsu.

Winehouse, Amy

The British "Rehab" singer Amy Winehouse has reportedly become a fan of Capoeira. "Amy loves it because it's good for strength, toning and great for working up a sweat. It is also helping her focus," a source said.

Winnick, Katheryn

Canadian born actress Katheryn Winnick is dan graded in both karate and taekwondo. She also owns several branches of her own martial arts school.

Wise, Bob Former Governor of West Virginia, Bob Wise, has a black belt in taekwondo.
Wong, Russell Chinese-American Russell Wong is an actor with background from dancing and photography. He reportedly trains taekwondo, karate and kung fu.

Wood, Evan Rachel

Evan Rachel Wood is a young American actress. She is a trained dancer and holds a black belt in taekwondo.

Woodbine, Bokeem

Movie actor Bokeem Woodbine has reportedly studied kung fu under sifu Yan Ming in New York.

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Yune, Rick Korean-American actor Rick Yune has trained several martial arts and he qualified for the Olympic trials in taekwondo when he was 19.
Zetlitz, Bertine Well known Norwegian female artist/singer. Bertine has a black belt in karate.
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