Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an actor and practitioner of Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo / Tang Soo Do. He is the originator of his own martial arts style - a variant of the above styles - called Chun Kuk Do.
Norris was the first person ever voted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. From 1965 through 1980, he won many state, national, and international championships. Norris received the Competitor of the Year award in 1968 and was the first man ever to win the World Professional Karate Championship. In 1975, Norris received the Instructor of the Year award, and in 1977, the Competitor of the Year.
Norris is founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation with more than 2,300 Chun Kuk Do Black Belts all over the world.
In 1997, Norris reached another milestone in his life: he was the first man ever in the western hemisphere to be awarded an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do martial arts system.