Master Nelson Receives His Black Belt

Willie, who turns 81 today, proves that age is just a number.
Wed April 30, 2014 9:00 am
Musician Willie Nelson is presented with his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul by Grand Master Sam Um (R) at his studio Master Martial Arts on April 28, 2014.
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Master Nelson, otherwise known as Willie, took his shoes off like everyone else before entering the Master Martial Arts studio in West Austin Monday. He was there to receive a fifth-degree black belt in Gongkwon Yusul, a relatively modern Korean martial art, and would henceforth be known by the title “Master.” Gongkwon Yusul is a mix of various techniques, heavy on striking, punching, kicking, and ground fighting. It is, says Master Sam Um, Willie’s teacher, a lot like Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, the sport where men try

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