Willie Nelson receives fifth-degree black belt

Published 05/07 2014 02:40PM

Updated 05/07 2014 02:43PM



Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 10:44 AM

AUSTIN -- Willie Nelson has arguably accomplished a great deal in his 80 years. On Monday night, the day before his 81st birthday, the Red Headed Stranger added to that long list of accomplishments.

Willie Nelson received his fifth-degree black belt in a martial art called GongKwon Yusul, a discipline with Korean roots which Nelson says he’s practiced for 20 years. 

“It's just good for you physically. For your lungs. The more you're breathing, exercising, the better you’re going to feel,” said Nelson from his tour bus in an exclusive interview with WFAA's sister station KVUE Monday night. 

Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Monday he received his fifth-degree black belt and on Tuesday, the father of eight celebrates his 81st birthday in a concert at The Backyard.

Nelson also has a new CD called “Band of Brothers” which comes out in June.

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