Celebrities can have other talents besides their main careers and they have proven that. According to this list compiled by Ranker, several famous actors, musicians, politicians are black belts in karate or judo tae kwon do and other specialist martial arts from the East. Elvis Presley tops the list with a 1st-degree black belt in karate.
Willie Nelson won his 5th-degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul before his 81st birthday.
“It’s just good for you physically. For your lungs. The more you’re breathing, exercising, the better you’re going to feel,” Nelson said about martial arts.
Check the list down below to find out more.
1. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was a 1st-degree black belt in karate.
2. Willie Nelson
Nelson is a 5th-degree belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul.
3. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
4. Vladimir Putin
The 64-year-old is a 9th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
5. Ed O’Neill
Married with Children and Modern Family star, has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
6. Bear Grylls
The author/actor is a black belt in Shotokan karate.
7. Guy Ritchie
The 48-year-old has a black belt in judo.
8. Wesley Snipes
The business person has a 5th-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd-degree black belt in Hapkido. Wow, impressed!
9. Forest Whitaker
He is a black belt in Kenpo Karate. The 55-year-old knows the deal.
10. Sean Connery
The 86-year-old film actor and producer is a black belt in Kyokushin.
11. Jean-Claude Van Damme
The famous actor has a belt in Shotokan karate and also makes sure to practice kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Tae Kwon Do.
12. Chuck Norris
Of course, Chuck Norris had to be on this list. He is a black belt in Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do.
13. Dolph Lundgren
Dolph is a 2nd-degree black belt in Kyokushin karate.
14. Mark Dacascos
The martial artist is a 3rd-degree black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do.
15. Steven Seagal
The 65-year-old is a 7th-degree black belt in Aikido, and also in karate, judo and kendo.
16. Chris Casamassa
The actor from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, has an 8th-degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate.
17. Simon Rhee
The stunt performer/coordinator/actor is a 7th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 4th-degree black belt in Hapkido.
18. James Caan
The Godfather actor is a 6th-degree black belt in karate.
19. Phillip Rhee
He is a 6th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, 3rd-degree black belt in Hapkido and 1st-degree black belt in Kendo.
20. Jerry Trimble
The 55-year-old is a 1st-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.