Famous Black Belts – Who Knew?

Chuck Norris is the MAN.  In addition to being Walker Texas Ranger and acting in a slew of karate movies, Norris is an 8th degree black belt/Grand Master of Tae Kwon Do and a 6 time World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Champion.  He’s also studied Judo, Tang Soo Do, and likely more styles over the years.  He’s not just acting.  Norris is the real deal in martial arts.

It’s also no surprise that Steven Seagal is a 7th dan black belt in Aikido.

But did you know that Elvis Presley was a black belt in Kenpo Karate? The king studied under Ed Parker, one of the founders of Kenpo (my own martial arts style).

Ed O’Neill of Modern Family and Married… with Children received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 at the age of 61 after 17 years of study.   Go, Ed!

More surprises.  James Caan, has studied karate for 30 years, achieving a rank of 6th Dan.  Sarah Michelle Gellar is a Tae Kwon Do black belt, which I’m sure came in handy when kicking vampire butt.  James Cagney had a black belt in Judo. Bo Svenson holds a third degree black belt in Judo. Theodore Roosevelt held a brown belt in Judo.

Anyone else know any famous celebrity martial artists?

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