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WILLIE NELSON TO BE PROMOTED TO 5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT GONG KWON YU SUL

LEGENDARY ENTERTAINER WILLIE NELSON TO BE PROMOTED
TO 5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT GONG KWON YU SUL
Musician To Attend Ceremony In Austin On April 28
New Studio Album Slated For Summer Release
Award-winning
artist Willie Nelson will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art
of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system. At a ceremony
on Monday, April 28 at 7:30pm, Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting
Nelson at his studio, Master Martial Arts, located at 3425 Bee Cave Rd
C-4 in Austin, TX. 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 been training in the art of Tae Kwon Do and Gong Kwon Yu
Sul often practicing techniques while traveling on the road in his bus,
Honeysuckle Rose. Just prior to his 80th birthday last year, Nelson
told Men’s Health Magazine, “Really, all my life, Charles Atlas
and Bruce Lee were on my mind. It’s a good form of exercise, especially
as you get older. I went through school playing all kinds of sports. I
played shortstop. I ran track. I played football. I was a pole vaulter.
Then when I went to Nashville, I got into some martial arts and kung fu.
I liked it. We used to offer kung fu lessons to the kids in town. It’s
good for you.”
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of CrazyRed Headed Stranger and Stardust.
Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and
amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. Released
May of 2012 is Heroes,
his first album for Legacy Recordings, showcased new songs and
deep country classics. The album spent five weeks at #1 on the Americana
Radio Chart. Later that year he launched his book, 
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die,
which landed in the Top 10 on The New York Times’ best-seller list. A
road journal written in his inimitable, homespun voice, the book is a
deeply personal look into the heart and soul of a unique man and one of
the greatest artists of our time. In 2013, Willie’s albums included
April’s 
Let’s Face The Music And Dance,
an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed
with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time
touring and recording ensemble; and October’s 
To All The Girls… which
features 18 duets with music’s top female singers including Dolly
Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne
Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris,
Norah Jones, and Shelby Lynne. In May of 2014, Willie embarks on a
summer tour with co-headliner Alison Krauss & Union Station
featuring Jerry Douglas. Also this summer, Willie will release a new
studio album that was produced by Buddy Cannon.

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