Willie Nelson is 90 years old and still practicing Taekwondo (5th Dan)

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This week marks a milestone for country singer Willie Nelson as he celebrates his 81st birthday and also receives his fifth-degree black belt in GongKwon Yusul. Nelson, who has been practicing martial arts for over two decades, believes it is a beneficial exercise for physical and mental well-being. Despite his fame for music and marijuana use, Nelson's dedication to martial arts is a lesser-known aspect of his life. Recently inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, Nelson has had a successful week of achievements.
Willie Nelson's musical journey began at a young age, with his first song written at seven and his first band joined at ten. He continued to immerse himself in music through high school, performing as the lead singer and guitar player for the Bohemian Polka and touring locally. After graduating in 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force but was discharged due to health issues. Nelson then pursued music full-time, working as a disc jockey while performing as a singer and songwriter in Texas and the Pacific Northwest.
His talent and dedication led him to Nashville in 1960, where he signed with Pamper Music and began playing with Ray Price's band. The release of his debut album in 1962 marked the beginning of his successful career in country music. He continued to evolve artistically, transitioning to outlaw country in the 1970s with albums like "Shotgun Willie" and "Red Headed Stranger".
Throughout the years, Nelson's music reflected his diverse influences, from reggae to blues to folk. He also made a name for himself as a performer, appearing in films and on television. Beyond music, Nelson is actively involved in social and environmental causes. He is a vocal advocate for marijuana legalization and serves as the co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). In addition, he is committed to environmental sustainability through his biodiesel brand, Willie Nelson Biodiesel.
Despite facing financial challenges in the past, including a significant tax debt in the 1990s, Nelson persevered and found ways to overcome these obstacles. His enduring passion for music, coupled with his activism and philanthropy, has solidified his legacy as a beloved and influential figure in the music industry and beyond.