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Nelson earns new black belt

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Willie Nelson, 80, will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system, it was announced today.

At a ceremony on April 28, Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson at his studio, Master Martial Arts, in Austin. The celebration takes place two days before Nelson's birthday.

Nelson has been a practitioner of martial arts most of his life, starting with studying kung fu when he was a songwriter in Nashville. In the past 20 years, he has trained in Tae Kwon Do and Gong Kwon Yu Sul often practicing techniques while traveling on the road in his bus, Honeysuckle Rose.

In May, Nelson embarks on a summer tour with co-headliner Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Nelson also will release a new studio album that was produced by Buddy Cannon this summer.

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