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'Master' Willie Nelson earns a fifth-degree black belt for his 81st birthday

music.yahoo.com Published: April 30, 2014
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Some advice for when Willie Nelson slides off his sneakers personalized with the word "Texas": Don't mess with him.

The Associated Press reports the country music icon who turns 81 this week received his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul on Monday night, parking his tour bus outside the Austin studio of his instructor who began teaching him two decades ago.



Nelson didn't show off his chops but Grand Master Sam Um assured a packed room that the "Red Headed Stranger" could hold his own against anyone. As is typically the case wherever Nelson goes, other celebrities were close: this time Austin resident Lance Armstrong tiptoed past parents of other students to see his fellow Texan honored.

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