Singer Willie Nelson has a 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art Gongkwon Yusul, which is sometimes reported in the press as being taekwondo. Nelson has also studied taekwondo, for which he holds a 2nd degree black belt. He has been studying martial arts for over 20 years.
Willie Hugh Nelson (/wɪli nɛlsən/; born April 29, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
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