Bam!  Pow!  Smash! Zap! Tap? Part 2

Yes, super heroes train Jiu Jitsu too.  For the sake of this article, we are going to ignore the label “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” and refer to the art in it’s original form as the Japanese hand to hand art of the Samurai.  I will also include a few heroes that have Judo listed in their profiles under “Powers and Abilities”.  I used several sources to gather the information about the martial arts training of the Marvel Super Heroes.  The first resource is the “Marvel Encyclopedia” which is a hardback coffee table book covering the secret origins and back stories on the most popular Marvel characters.  The second resource is Marvel’s own Wiki on their website http://marvel.com/universe/Main_Page.  The third resource is Wikipedia which fills in any gaps the official Marvel site left out.  The fourth is a on Wikia http://marvel.wikia.com/Main_Page and looks very similar to Marvels official site but actually has more information available.  The fifth and final resource is Google images, I used this search to find actual images from the comics where the characters are displaying their Jiu Jitsu skills.

Hardcore Jiu Jitsu Players

This is the list of the eighteen hardcore Jiu Jitsu fighters that I could find in the Marvel Universe.  This list is not an official Marvel list of martial artist, but a compilation of my own individual efforts and experience reading comics for over forty years.  I know some characters will slip through under my radar.  If you know of someone that I left out, let me know and I will update the list.

Hawkeye – Clint Barton was orphaned as a child and joined the circus where he learned the art of archery. Clint was trained by the Swordsman and later by the villain Trickshot. HIs mentor led him into a life of crime where Hawkeye eventually faced off with the Avenger Iron Man. Witnessing Iron Man saves people’s lives at the carnival caused him to turn over a new leaf and pursue being a costumed crime fighter. Captain America asked Hawkeye to join the Avengers and trained him to become one of the world’s most efficient fighters.

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Iron Fist – Daniel Rand traveled to the Himalayas as a child with his family. Danny’s father was murdered during the trip by his business partner Harold Meachum. While escaping the villainous Meachum, Danny’s mother fell victim to a pack of wolves. Frost bitten and left for dead, Danny was found by monks from the mysterious city of K’un Lun. These martial arts masters trained Danny to become a living weapon known as the Iron Fist. Iron Fist can summon his chi to make his fist become superhumanly powerful.

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The Falcon – Sam Wilson is well known for being one of Harlem’s most popular crime fighters. He acquired the ability to communicate with birds via the cosmic cube which was wielded by the Red Skull trying to manipulate Sam’s fate. The Skull reasoned that Sam’s idealism would appeal to Captain America and that Sam could later be manipulated to turn against Cap. Sam became the costumed crime fighter “The Falcon” and later acquired technology from The Black Panther that allows him to fly. Sam learned more hand to hand combat at Cap’s side and later took up the mantle of “Captain America”.

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Moon Knight – Marc Spector is a costumed crimefighter with multiple personalities. Spector is a former heavyweight boxing champion who underwent intense training as a commando, intelligence operative and mercenary. He has acquired mystical abilities from the Egyptian God Khonshu and he uses varies weapons such as crescent-shaped throwing shruikens.

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The Punisher – Former U.S. Marine Captain Frank Castle’s family was caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs. HIs wife and two children were killed and Frank vowed to punish the guilty as the Punisher. The Punisher wages a one-man war against all criminals and he does not hesitate to use lethal force. He is a skilled hand to hand combatant and an expert with most known firearms and explosives.

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Iron Man – Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark constructed a life-saving suit of armor after he was injured overseas. The brilliant inventor uses his creation as the golden Avenger known as Iron Man. Personally trained in the martial arts by Captain America, Tony prefers to use his intellect rather than his fist to win a battle.

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Elektra – Elektra Natchios, the daughter of a Greek ambassador studied martial arts since her childhood. She continued her training after moving to America during her college years where she met Matt Murdock “DareDevil”. After her father was killed she began training under DareDevil’s sensei Stick. She later infiltrated the criminal ninja organization known as “The Hand” where she became a deadly assassin. Her tumultuous love affair with Daredevil led to her death in his arms from a wound fighting the deadly Bullseye.

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Rick Jones – Rick is a longtime fanboy of superheroes. He was the cause of Dr. Bruce Banner becoming the Incredible Hulk and assumed the role of Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. He acquired his fighting skills working alongside Cap. Rick also wore the Nega bands changing him into Captain Marvel. Rick’s radio broadcast about the Hulk being out of control led to the formation of the Avengers. Rick is now the gamma-powered hero known as A-Bomb.

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Shang-Chi The Master Of Kung Fu – Shang-Chi is one of the deadliest fighters in the Marvel Universe. His skills rival the Immortal Iron Fist. He is the son of evil Fu Manchu and was trained to be a deadly assassin. Shang-Chi did not want any part of his father’s evil schemes and faked his own death on his first assignment. He would eventually run up against all sorts of martial arts menaces including the ninja clan the Hand. He has teamed up with heroes such as Spider-man, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. He is also a member of the Avengers.

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Black Panther – The King of the African nation of Wakanda is T’Challa the Avenger the Black Panther. He is the ritual leader of the Panther clan which has been in power for centuries. He was taught by his father to think two steps ahead of his enemies and he ingested a heart-shaped herb which heightened his senses and increased his natural athletic abilities. He is one of the smartest men in the world and the protector of his technologically advanced civilization and it’s store of the rare metal vibranium.

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Blade – Eric Brooks the half-vampire known as Blade the day walker vengefully slays vampires in the Marvel Universe. His mother was killed by a vampire known as Deacon Frost while giving birth to Blade who inherited all of a vampire’s strengths but none of its weaknesses. Blade is an exceptional martial artist skilled in several fighting arts and the use of edged weapons. He was taught how to be a vampire hunter by Jamal Afari who acted as a surrogate father. Eric has confronted legendary vampires such as Dracula and he has personally killed more vampires than any other slayer.

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Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman – Reed and Sue Richards are half of the famous quartet the Fantastic Four. Reed like Ben Grimm the Thing studied the sport version of Jiu Jitsu known as Judo. He trained his wife Sue and together with their superpowers make them a formidable couple. Mr. Fantastic’s super flexible body makes for the perfect grappler while Sue gives new meaning to invisible grappling.

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Hercules – The well-known God of Strength from Olympus is one of Marvel Universe’s best grapplers. Trained in the original Greek art of wrestling, few can match his prowess in a match much less his strength. Hercules is a member of the class 100 strength level which means he can lift over a 100 tons. Others in the power class include the Hulk, Thor and the X-Man Colossus.

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The Incredible Hulk – The brilliant physicist Dr. Bruce Banner is not much of a fighter but in the Hulk movie, Bruce can be seen studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the legendary Rickson Gracie mainly to control his anger to keep the Hulk at bay. His alter ego the Hulk has developed a unique style centered around grappling and brawling. He often incorporates throws into his battles.

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Kraven The Hunter – A bad guy makes the list! This Spider-Man villain is a capable fighter and hunter. Sergei Kravinoff is a Russian-born aristocrat who is older than he appears. Kraven’s physical abilities are even greater than Captain America who is the peak of human capability. He attained these powers by ingesting a mystical potion from the voodoo priestess Calypso. His strength and senses can match that of a jungle cat. He is in his seventies which has given him plenty of time to study the martial arts and he is an experienced fighter.

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Puck – This Canadian is full of piss and vinegar. His attitude is comparable to his Canadian brethren Wolverine. Born in 1914, Eugene Milton Judd was both a giant of a man and an incredible athlete. He was a mercenary who was seeking the Black Blade of Baghdad. When he found it he was attacked by the being that possessed the blade known as Black Raazar. This mystical being granted Milton with a long life but shortened his stature to only 3 foot 6 inches tall and left him in great pain. His body is compressed and now similar to rubber which allows him to bounce off objects. He is an accomplished martial artist and he is one of Marvel’s greatest fighters.

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Karnak – The inhuman known as Karnak has developed himself into the pinnacle of inhuman performance. He is unlike most inhumans who are exposed to the terrigen mist which give them superpowers. His parents refused to allow him to be exposed after his older brother Triton became unable to breathe except for in an underwater environment. As an inhuman his natural physiology is equivalent to the super soldier Captain America. Karnak has trained himself in the fighting arts and has a gift of being able to see the stress fracture or weakness in any structure allowing him to bring it down with a strike from his calloused hands.

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