17 Martial Arts Quotes – Black Martial Artists

17 Martial Arts Quotes – Black Martial Artists


We’ve compiled 17 Martial Arts Quotes by Black Martial Artists that speak of philosophy, achievement, the state of the sport, inspiration, motivational or an overall approach to life.  We typically share new quotes on our social media accounts: 

We wanted you to have access the same inspiration on our website too.  It is our sincere hope that you find these quotes just as inspiring and motivating as we do.


“Martial arts have taught me discipline, which is immensely important for actors. And I have learned to center myself, to treat others with respect. You don’t just learn how to fight, you learn for life…” –Forest Whittaker, Luthansa Magazine


“Joe Hayes won more taekwondo trophies than other around.  He beat everyone who I seen him fight.  He was the real deal.  But he never got his true and good accolades from the taekwondo system.”                -Grandmaster Karriem Abdallah


“One of the reasons that we don’t hear about the martial artists that came out of New York because the system that they taught was so real.  They weren’t in tournaments.  They couldn’t go in tournaments.”        -Grandmasters of New York Documentary


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“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” -Jim Kelly aka Black Belt Jones, Enter the Dragon


“The film [Hidden Colors – Part 1] said that Africans also created ninja fighting and martial arts.” -Brown and White Staff, lehighvalleylive.com


“I know some of you all [Asians] think that you are the inventors of martial arts, but baby, based on some of our research, we’re finding out that we [Blacks] appear to the brains behind even the martial arts.”        –Vicki Dillard, Fly Nubian Queen


“If you go back to Africa now, you can find it [martial arts] on the pyramids… Hell, we [Africans] created that.”  -Grandmaster Steve Muhammad



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“For me, being a martial artist is what got me in the [movie] business.I wasn’t an actor.I write a lot about that in my autobiography [Taimak, the Last Dragon]Taimak, Huffpost


“You can’t take a man and tell him he must be rigid…when he flows, you know, like a stream.”                      Grandmaster Doctor Moses Powell


“Everybody can be beaten.  Ain’t nobody indispensable.  Everybody get beat once in awhile…sometime.    -Great Grandmaster Victor Moore



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“Ninjitsu is the art of endurance…because those people who evolved as ninjas during ancient times, in Japan, were forced out of political necessity to endure.” -Grandmaster Ronald Duncan



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“Martial arts dates way back, over 1500 B.C. in Africa.  It’s that simple.  You can google that real quick.”    -Michael Jai White, VLADTV


“I didn’t know nothing about martial arts but my son, who has Asperger syndrome, found something [martial arts] he can be and it made him different.” -D. L. Hughley


“If I didn’t know my martial arts then, I would not be here.” -Grandmaster Rico Guy


“I always got disqualified [in tournaments].” -Professor Kenny Brown, Grandmasters of New York


“Rigid styles with the fist thing out there and the one punch. In the streets that doesn’t work, that’s the dojo.” -Master Aaron Allen, Grandmasters of New York documentary


“You can be a black belt in the dojo and a white belt in the street.” -Grandmaster Salim Abdullah, Grandmasters of New York documentary

If like these 17 Martial Arts Quotes and you have a favorite quote by a Black martial artist that you do not see here and would like to share,  please let us know in the comments section or contact us.


Comments (10)

  1. World in Eyes

    April 15, 2020 at 10:09 am

    i just love martial arts and wanna learn more about this (my son said)…. these quotes are much inspirable for me … Thanks for sharing it with us…..

  2. Renee

    April 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I really enjoyed reading these quotes! My son is an avid wrestler so he enjoyed these as well

  3. aisasami

    April 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

    What wonderful quotes from different practices of martial arts. Such inspiration from some of the greatest athletes out there!

  4. Lyosha

    April 15, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Great quotes! so much wisdom. I like the idea of race based quotes, we didn’t achieve full equality so different color might give a new perspective

  5. GiGi Eats

    April 15, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I have always wanted to try martial arts. It’s such a bad ass art and these quotes prove that!

  6. Jessica Collazo

    April 15, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    There’s are some excellent life lessons we can take from those quotes.

  7. Matt Taylor

    April 15, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Very cool quotes!! I think it would be fun to take some Tae Kwon Do classes.

  8. Celebrate Woman Today

    April 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    This is one of my favorite posts of yours. Knowing the quotes of real martial arts heroes makes a difference how we view them and their understanding of their martial arts.

  9. littlemisadvencha

    May 26, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Out of all these quotes, this is my favorite: You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. I love martial arts, and I am disappointed because I wasnt able to learn this when I was younger. I guess all these quotes apply to life in general. Our goal is to win in this life, but before that, we have to prepare ourselves for a lot of hardships 🙂

  10. Marie Phillips

    June 5, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I love all of these quotes. I especially love how most of them talk about preparing us for life and not just martial arts in and of themselves.


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