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20 Famous Celebrities Who Are Black Belts

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.

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2. Willie Nelson

Nelson is a 5th-degree belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul.

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3. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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4. Vladimir Putin

The 64-year-old is a 9th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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5. Ed O’Neill

Married with Children and Modern Family star, has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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6. Bear Grylls

The author/actor is a black belt in Shotokan karate.

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7. Guy Ritchie

The 48-year-old has a black belt in judo.

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8. Wesley Snipes

The business person has a 5th-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd-degree black belt in Hapkido. Wow, impressed!

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9. Forest Whitaker

He is a black belt in Kenpo Karate. The 55-year-old knows the deal.

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10. Sean Connery

The 86-year-old film actor and producer is a black belt in Kyokushin.

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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.

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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.

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13. Dolph Lundgren

Dolph is a 2nd-degree black belt in Kyokushin karate.

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14. Mark Dacascos

The martial artist is a 3rd-degree black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do.

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15. Steven Seagal

The 65-year-old is a 7th-degree black belt in Aikido, and also in karate, judo and kendo.

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16. Chris Casamassa

The actor from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, has an 8th-degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate.

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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.

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18. James Caan

The Godfather actor is a 6th-degree black belt in karate.

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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.

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20. Jerry Trimble

The 55-year-old is a 1st-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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