Chuck Norris has black belts in 6 different martial arts and even created his own martial art called Chun Kuk Do

Chuck Norris’s name is pretty easy to recognize, thanks to all the internet jokes and memes surrounding it. Most of these memes and jokes refer to Norris’ notorious strength and fighting ability, and for good reason. Norris got top marks in six different martial arts disciplines and even created his own. He is a phenomenon for sure and deserves to be known.

How did Chuck Norris get started in martial arts?

Chuck Norris practicing martial arts | Nik Wheeler / Corbis via Getty Images

Chuck Norris joined the Air Force as an air policeman at the age of 18 in 1958, and this is where his journey in the martial arts began. In 1960, he was transferred to Osan Air Base in South Korea. While in South Korea, Norris took a judo class but unfortunately broke his shoulder just a week after the class started.

Recovery time for a broken shoulder was not wasted as Norris witnessed Tang Soo Do during this free time. The Combat Museum reports that it was the grace and the spinning kicks that really hypnotized Norris and made him want to be a part of it. His judo teacher introduced him to the Tang teacher Soo Do and Norris’ journey really began.

Norris told the LA Times, “I trained Tang Soo Do four hours a day, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, then judo on Saturday. Being a 19 year old kid and not really athletic, it was difficult. “

Chuck Norris has a stack of black belts

Chuck Norris has proven to be quite prolific in honing his skills in various martial arts. It doesn’t just go halfway either. Norris has black belts in at least six martial arts methodologies. Here are the ones where he holds at least a black belt.

  • Tang Soo Do: a striking karate-based korean martial art that is practiced through lighter forms and forms of sparring.
  • Judo: a Japanese grappling art that focuses on throwing your opponent onto their backs, giving you the advantage.
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: a martial art and combat sport based on ground combat and submission holds.
  • Karate: a Japanese / Okinawan martial art that is primarily a striking art that uses punching, kicking, knee, elbow and open hand techniques.
  • Taekwondo: a Korean martial art characterized by punching and kicking techniques.

What about the sixth black belt?

The sixth martial art in which Chuck Norris holds a black belt deserves its section because he actually invented this discipline himself. Norris started developing Chun Kuk Do in the early 1970s, but it wasn’t officially named until 1990.

Chun Kuk Do has been compared to Karate because of its similarities in traditional forms and positions. However, Norris has incorporated other styles into Chun Kuk Do over the years. Rather, it is a holistic fighting style. Chun Kuk Do also teaches a code of honor and uses various weapons, such as Nunchuks, Bo staff, and Sai.

Chuck Norris has more accolades than just black belts

While holding a black belt in no less than six martial arts, one of which you created yourself, is recognition enough for most people, Chuck Norris goes way beyond that. According to Fandom Wiki, here is a list of other accolades that Norris has received over the years.

  • First person to vote for the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
  • From 1965 to 1980, Norris won numerous state, national and international competitions.
  • Received the ‘Competitor of the Year’ award in 1968
  • First man to win the professional karate world championship
  • “Instructor of the year” award in 1975
  • “Competitor of the Year” award again in 1977
  • Founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation, which has more than 2,300 Chun Kuk Do black belts around the world.
  • In 1997, Norris reached his peak when he was the first man in the Western Hemisphere to receive 8th degree Black Belt Grandmaster recognition in Tae Kwon Do.

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