Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A Legend Turns 69

Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of Chuck Norris who believe it or not, turned 69. I was a teenager in the eighties so for me it’s easy to think of him as yesterday’s action star, admittedly as a fifteen year old action flic junkie, An Eye For Eye was one of my favorites. In more recent times he has become known as the central character for thousands of corny action jokes, which bizarre as it may seem, have gone a long way towards reestablishing Chuck Norris as a recognized global name.

What a lot people probably don’t know is just how seriously good at martial arts Chuck Norris really is, all jokes aside; you don’t want to mess with this guy. His accomplishments include being six-time undefeated World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Champion, as well as being a renowned martial arts teacher. Those he trained included Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley and Donnie & Marie Osmond.

His Martial arts credentials are as long as my arm so if you really are interested in knowing, I suggest you visit his official website Among the more notable are his three inductions into Karate’s Hall of Fame, fighter of the Year 1968, Instructor of the Year 1975 and Man of the Year 1977.


In 1997, Chuck (perhaps I should call him Mr. Norris to be safe) became the first ever in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system, a first in 4,500 years of tradition.


Happy Birthday Mr Norris, may there be many many more to come.

Photo: Chuck Norris introducing Huckabee, by marcn found on

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