Black People in Martial Arts - In the fifth century A.D. a Black Buddhist sage by the name of Bodhidharma introduced martial arts in China. Bodhidharma was born in 440 A.D. in Southern India in the Kingdom of Pallava. Bodhidharma traveled to China bringing with him the ancient Indian Martial arts that was common in Indian society. Bodhidharma taught monks breathing exercises based on the mystical power of chi and Shaolin Ch’uan fa or Kung Fu was born in China that later evolved into Karate in Japan and Tae Kwon-do in Korea. In addition to teaching Karate Bodhidharma introduced Zen Buddhism the most well know form of Buddhism in the world. Nichiren Daishonin founder of True Buddhism debated Zen Buddhist.
From Dr. Runoko Rashidis book - African Star Over Asia: The Black Presence in the East