You may know Willie Nelson as a marijuana-loving musician, but there is much more to the man than his hippie persona. Nelson is also apparently an ass-kicking martial artist.
According to People, Nelson will receive his fifth-degree black belt on Monday in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial art.
Nelson, who made his first record in 1956 and is turning 81 on Tuesday, views martial arts as a great way to stay in shape. “It’s a good form of exercise, especially as you get older,” he stated. “I went through school playing all kinds of sports. I played shortstop, I ran track. I played football. I was a pole vaulter.”
Whatever Nelson is doing, it’s definitely working, because he is also releasing a new album and going on tour this summer – did I mention that he was 81?