The name Chuck Norris is very easy to recognize, thanks to all the jokes and internet memes for it. Most of those memes and jokes reference Norris’ infamous strength and fighting ability, and for a good reason. Norris has earned top marks in six different martial arts disciplines and has even created his own. That is certainly a known and known phenomenon.
How did Chuck Norris get started in martial arts?
Chuck Norris joined the Air Force as an air policeman in 1958 at the age of 18, and this is where his martial arts journey began. In 1960, he transferred to Osan Air Base in South Korea. While in South Korea, Norris took a class in judo but sadly broke his shoulder in only a week of class.
Time was not wasted recovering from a broken shoulder as Norris saw Tang Soo Do during this vacation. Combat Museum reports that it was grace and the spinning kick that really enchanted Norris and inspired him to be a part of it. His judo teacher introduced him to a Tang Soo Do teacher, and Norris’ journey really began.
Norris told LA Times, “I was training in Tang Soo Do for four hours a day, 6pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday and then judo on Saturdays. Being a 19 year old kid and not really athletic Being, it was tough.”
Chuck Norris has a pile of black belts
Chuck Norris has proved to be quite impressive in honing his skills in various martial arts. He goes not only halfway. Norris holds a black belt in at least six martial arts practices. Here are the ones where he holds at least one black belt.
- Tang Soo Do: A Korean striking martial art based on karate, practiced through forms and mild forms of sparring.
- judo: A Japanese melee art that focuses on throwing your opponent on their back, giving you an advantage.
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A martial art and combat sport based on ground fighting and submission hold.
- Karate: A Japanese/Okinawan martial art primarily a striking art that uses punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and open hand techniques.
- Taekwondo: A Korean martial art consisting of punching and kicking techniques.
What about the sixth black belt?
The sixth martial art, in which Chuck Norris holds a black belt, deserves its own section because he actually invented the discipline himself. Norris began developing Chun Kuk Do in the early 1970s, but it was not officially named until 1990.
Chun Kuk Do has been compared to karate because of its similarity in traditional forms and stances. However, Norris has incorporated other styles into Chun Kuk Do over the years. It’s more of a broad fighting style. Chun Kuk Do also teaches an honor code and uses various weapons, such as nunchucks, a bo staff, and sai.
Chuck Norris has more accolades than just a black belt
While holding a black belt in at least six martial arts, one of which you created yourself, is enough recognition for most people, Chuck Norris goes much further than that. According to fandom wikiOf course, here is a list of other accolades that Norris has received over the years.
- The first person to be voted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
- From 1965 to 1980, Norris won several state, national and international competitions.
- Awarded ‘Competitor of the Year’ in 1968
- The first person to win the World Professional Karate Championship
- ‘Instructor of the Year’ award in 1975
- ‘Competitor of the Year’ award again in 1977
- The founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation, which has more than 2,300 Chun Kuk two black belts worldwide.
- In 1997, Norris reached his top milestone when he was the first person in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in Tae Kwon Do.
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