Celebrities and Taekwondo

Some people are so good at Taekwondo, they become famous because of their skills. Others are just famous people who are also students of Taekwondo. Here are some of the better-known individuals who’ve made the art a big part of their lives:

Chuck Norris

Chuck NorrisMartial artist, film and television star, gun-loving Republican, and subject of a million memes clogging up your inbox, America’s favorite bearded badass is an amazing 8th degree Grand Master in Taekwondo, and was the first Westerner to ever be awarded that rank. He was also a six-time undefeated World Professional Middle Weight Karate Champion and even created his own system called Chun Kuk Do (meaning “The Universal Way”).

Willie Nelson

Iconic country music artist Willie Nelson has been a life-long student of Taekwondo, and recently earned his 5th degree black belt–just two days before turning 81!

Sarah Michelle Geller

Being a 1st degree black belt must have come in handy for this TV and film star during her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days. (I wonder if she used stakes for her specialty/weapons form?)

Chloe Bruce

One of the most recognized female martial artists in the world, Chloe Bruce is a stunt woman, sports model, choreographer, and a 4th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do (a variant of Taekwondo). Look for her stunt work in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Michael Imperioli

Famous for playing Tony Soprano’s useless nephew Christopher, on HBO’s hit show The Sopranos, Michael credits Taekwondo for changing his, and his family’s, lives. “Taekwondo has transformed our family in body, mind and spirit. It has changed us as human beings. I have more focus, concentration, confidence; Taekwondo teaches you that you can overcome any obstacle, that you can tackle anything.”

Wesley Snipes

Not surprisingly, action star Wesley has studied a number of martial arts, but holds a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali trains with Grandmaster Jhoon RheeThe legendary heavyweight boxer trained under Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee in the 70s.