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Chuck Norris and the Martial Arts

During Chuck Norris' career (1964 to 1974) as a competitive martial artist, he won many of the most prestigious events including the triple crown after winning the All American Open Championships for a second time ('67, '68), and the North American Championships with a win over his close friend Skipper Mullins, another great during that era. On November 24, 1968, Norris won the World Professional Middleweight Karate Champion title and held that title until he retired, a six-time undefeated, in 1974. Norris retired with a karate record of 183–10–2.

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Chuck Norris originally trained in Tang Soo Do, a Korean style known primarily for its kicking techniques. Chuck Norris also trained in various other styles under some of the most respected instructors in the United States. These instructors included Shotokan Karate masters Tsutomu Ohshima and Hidetaka Nishiyama, Shito-Ryu Karate instructor Fumio Demura, American Kenpo Karate founder Ed Parker, Judo expert Gene LeBell, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends the Machado family.

Name Rank Instructor
Judo 1st Dan Mr. Ahn
Tang Soo Do 10th Dan Chun Sik Kim, Jae Chul Shin
Tae Kwon Do 8th Dan Choi Hong Hi
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3rd Dan Machado family
Chun Kuk Do 10th Dan Chuck Norris (creator)

The word "Dan" is the same as "degree black belt". The dan ranks are different throughout the various martial arts. Some arts do not even have ranking systems. Most that do stop at 9th dan or 10th dan, and the only way to acquire a 10th dan is to be promoted by skill to 9th dan, and then found your own school in that art. This is provided that your particular art has a governing world federation.

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In relation to Instructor in Taekwon-Do highlighted in yellow. Master Norris was promoted by the founder of Taekwon-Do Gen. Choi Hong Hi.

Thank you for the information! Updated.

I see that you have been ranked by Demura Sensei as a Ju Dan, if I recall correctly Demura Sensei is Ku Dan.

Chuck Norris also has a Black belt in Mauy Thai

The muay thai does not has belts, has only Prajeat and KHAN!! Also Chuck Norris never he has practiced Muay Thai!!

*black sash

I'm disappointed that Chuck gives little, if any, credit for his success to another one of his 1967-68 "teachers", Bruce Lee. [Joe Lewis also dissed him] Not only does Chuck distance himself, he arrogantly makes the claim of being Bruce's better? After Joe turned down the part in 'Return..', Chuck accepted, and without THAT movie, given Chucks personality, he would have had little, if any chance in the movie industry. Before he was famous I met and spoke with Chuck in the finals at long Beach [I was beat by a guy named Louis Delgado, 1 fight before my chance at Chuck : )] and 'at the time' he seemed down to earth. I doubt this comment will last past the day.

I have heard Chuck say at least one nice thing about Bruce, and it was, "Pound for pound, Bruce Lee was the strongest man he had ever met in his entire life." Chucks words, not mine. I think Chuck knows deep down inside that Bruce would have slaughtered has arse, and he has trouble accepting that. Bruce was a street fighter, and Chuck was a competition fighter, with rules...Bruce's sheer speed alone would have been far too much for Chucky to handle. Bruce was SCARY wicked with his finger jab. Pretty cool you fought Louis Delgado.

Chuck Norris had a brown belt (Judo) and went to my father James Cardell Sr.(3rd Dan) for his Black Belt practice training and test at the Dojo at Memphis State University (Tennessee). I know because I was practicing for my Judo black belt test at the same time and my father chose me to be Chucks partner. After a long grueling Kata practice session I complained to my father that Chuck Norris was kicking my ass (I never hit the mat so hard) and requested another practice partner. At the time Chuck Norris was well known for his Karate skills, very dedicated to the sport, in great physical condition, and as I remember he had just started training Hollywood types in California. I was told he had passed his Judo Black Belt test.

5/11/2015
I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) THINK CHUCK NORRIS IS A VERY WISE AND SPIRITUALLY RESPECTABLE MARTIAL ARTIST ESPECIALLY HIS PROMOTION FOR THE DEFENSE OF HANDDYCAPPED (INCAPACITATED ILL HEALTH CITIZENS FROM CRUEL OVERPOWERING BULLY TYPE ADVERSAIES) AS HE DEMOSTRATED IN ONE OF MANY HIS SERIOUS SOFISTICATED MOTION PICTURE TELEVISED PROGAMS SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) AM WITNESS OF MENTIONED DEMOSTRATION TELIVISED STARRING CHUCK NORRIS AS ONE OF THE EPISODES OF HIS CUSTOMARILY KARATE DISPLAYED DENOMINATED "TEXAS RANGERS"...PERIOD.

HOWEVER,ALTHOUGH I(DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) HOPE TO BE SOMEHOW PARTICIPANT CO-STAR INALONG SIDFE A COUPLE OR SEVERAL WELL KNOWN FAMOUS MARTIAL ARTIST OF UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) TRUELLY AM REAONABLE NEAR AUTHENTIC BLACK BELT LEVEL OF ADQUIRED KARATE ABILITIES I'VE ONLY INTENTIONS OF PARTICIPATING IN ONLY ONE OR TWO MOTION ICTURE ALONG SIDE SEVERAL FAMOUS KARATE EXPERTS BECAUSE: I(DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) AM A PUERTO RICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT OF HONOR ROLL STATUS AND (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) HAVE HONESTLY PLANED ON CHANGING FROM MY BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CURRICULUM SO THAT I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) COULD INMEDIATELY STUDY OFFICALLY MEDICAL PROFESION TO ACOMPANY AND COMPLEMENT AND INCORPORATE WITH MY KARATE ABILITIES IN EVENT OF MAS RIOTS OCURE ...PERIOD...I(DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH FLENCY IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO REAH FOUR YEARS BACHERELATE IN ENGLISH UNIVERSITY OF UNITED STATES IF WOULD TAKE MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AND FOR THAT REASON OF TIME BEING LIMITED BECAUSE I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) AM ALREADY FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OLD AND RETIREMENT AGE THAT ONE CITIZEN ALLOWED TO WOK AFTER REACHING SIXTY (60) YEARS OLD WOULD BE WASIT OF TIME FOR ME (DOMINGOMAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) TO CPERSUE MY PERMANANT LIVNG IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) WOULD ONLY HAVE MAXIMUM OF ONLY THREE TO FIVE YEARS TO OFFICALLY WORK IN AY GIVNE PROFESION ..WELL, I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) ALREADY HAVE ADQUIRED EQUIVALENT TO FOUR DUIFERENT BACHERLERATE DEGREES OF WHICH TWO OF MY BACHERLERATE OFFICALLY DOCUMENTED AMOUNG MY OFFICAL UNIVERSITY TTRAINING ND OFFICAL WORK EXPERIENCES AND MY (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUZ) OTHER TWO BACHERLERATE DEGREE I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) HAVE LEARNT NON-OFFICALLY ON MY OWN THAT CAN BE EASILY PROVEN THROUGH WRITTEN EXAMINATION .HOWEVER I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) HAVE BEEN GIVEN FALSE EXPECTATION THROUGH PROCRESTINATIONS ,POST-PONING AND DELAYS IN BEING DENIED OPORTUNITIES OFWHICH I ((DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) NOT BEEN SUBMITED TO WRITTN EXAMINATION FOR WHICH IT OBVIOUS RACIL PROFILING ,JIM CROW THAT INSUATING THAT IT NOT NECESARY TO VERIFY (SUBMIT ME TO WRITTEN EXAMINATION FOR PURPOSE OF CERTIFING MY SELF TOUGH BACHERLERATE DEGREE KNOWLEDGE BASED APARENTLY ON MY HAIR BEING OF AFRO TEXTURE AND MY NOSE BEING MORE THICKER IN WIDTH THANRUSSIAN EUROPEAN FOR WHICH ARE AMOUNG THE SEVERAL EXTRA MOTIVES I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) NOW HAVE NOT MUCH INTEREST IN LIVING PERMANANTLY INUNITED STATES OF NORHT AMERICA FOR MORE THAN MAXIMUM SEVERAL MONTHS FROM THIS PRESENT MAY/2015 AND I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) AM ONLY CONTEMPLATING CONTINUING IN UNITED STATES FOR ONLYFEW SEVERAL MORES MORE FOR MY HOPES OF ASOCIATING (PARTICIPATING IN SOME SORT OF KARATE DEMOSTRATION AND /OR KARATE MOVIE BE IT MY ROLL AS SUPPORTING ACTOR BECAUSE BEFORE I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) GO BACK TO PUERTO RICO TO LIVE REST MY LIVE I (DOMINGO MAURICI RODRIGUEZ) WISH TO REMEMBER THE POSITIVE CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE FIELD OFKARATE BEING THAT THE PRINCIPAL AND ONLY SPORT THAT I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) EVER REALLY CONSIDERED WOORTH MYTIME WAS KARATE ..WELL, KARATE IT THE ONLY PASTTIME I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ ) EVER PARTICIPATED IN THROUGH OUT MY LIFE EVER SINCE I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) WAS PRE -TEENAGER FOR I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) ALWAYS BEEN AN PRAGMATIC DOWN-TO-EARTH-LEVEL-HEADED THINKER (INTELECTUAL SUCCESSFULL STUDENT THROUGH OUT MYLIFE FROM KINDERGARDEN THROUGH TO EVEN I(DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) HONESTLY OBTAINED AQUIRED FOUR DIFERENT BACHERLERATE DEGREES S I (DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ) EXPLAINED ABOVE THIS E-MAIL TODAY 5/11/2015....PERIOD.

HAVE BLESSED DAY AND BRIGHT FUTURE TO EACH VIEWER THIS LETTER E-MAIL..

SINCERELY

DOMINGO MAURICIO RODRIGUEZ

just received his bjj 3rd dan belt at 75 years old. the dude is a boss.

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