Tang Soo Do/Chun Kuk Do
Real Name: Carlos
Occupation: Actor, Athlete, Producer, Screenwriter
Birth Date: March 10, 1940
Birthplace: Ryan, OK, USA
Chuck Norris has indicated in his own biography that
he has black belts in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and is founder
of Chun Kuk Do ("Universal Way"). Norris has also practiced
Judo, Shito-Ryu Karate, and Brazilian Jujutsu. He is an Actor,
Athlete, Producer, Screenwriter, Stunt choreographer and honorary
police officer who actually goes in on raids with his local law
Norris was born Carlos Ray in Ryan, Oklahoma.
The eldest of three children, he helped his mother raise his two
younger brothers in Torrance, California, where his family moved
when he was 12. Norris joined the Air Force after graduating from
high school. During a stint in Korea, he began to study the Asian
martial art of Tang Soo Do. After returning home, Norris worked
for Northrop Aviation and moonlighted as a karate instructor. Two
years later, he was teaching full-time and running a number of
Chuck Norris was born March 10, 1940, at Ryan, Oklahoma. He has
educated a High school education. He has two brothers, Aaron, a
director, and Wieland who died in Vietnam.
When you think of Chuck Norris, you either immediately
think action movie star (recalling his numerous feature films)
or television star, for his long-running CBS television series, "Walker,
But prior to that, Chuck was a martial arts star,
winning many martial arts championships including being a six-time
undefeated World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Champion. Chuck
was also a renowned teacher in the martial arts. Some of his students
were Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley and Donnie & Marie
From 1964 to 1968, Chuck won many State, National,
and International amateur karate titles. In 1968, Chuck fought
and won the World Professional MiddleWeight Karate championships
by defeating the World's Top Fighters. He held that title until
1974 when he retired undefeated.
In 1968, Chuck was inducted into the Black Belt
Hall of Fame as Fighter of the Year. In 1975, he was inducted as
Instructor of the Year and in 1977, Chuck received the honor of
Man of the Year.
Chuck is also founder and President of United
Fighting Arts Federation with over 2,300 black belts all over the
In 1997, Chuck achieved another milestone in his
life by being awarded an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition
in the Tae Kwon Do system.
Chuck's intense drive and determination extended
beyond his martial arts and acting career. He became an offshore
powerboat racer with speeds of 140 miles per hour. In 1991, Chuck
with his team and sponsor "Popeye Chicken" won the World
Off Shore Powerboat championships. Then he went on to setting a
new world record by racing a 38 foot Scarab boat 605 miles across
the Great Lakes, from Chicago to Detroit, in 12 hours and 8 minutes.
In 1988, Chuck wrote his autobiography, "The
Secret of Inner Strength", for Little Brown Publishing, which
became a New York Times Best Seller. He followed up a few years
later with a second book, "The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions
to Real Problems", also with Little Brown Publishing.
Chuck was asked how he would like to be remembered.
Chuck's answer was as a Humanitarian. He has gotten a good start
1. Being the spokesperson for United Way, doing
an eight-minute commercial, which helped bring in over two billion
2. Veterans Administration spokesperson visiting
over 12 V.A. hospitals and speaking with World War II, Korean and
Vietnam War Veterans including one from World War I.
3. Winning the 1998 Epiphany award on Walker,
Texas Ranger for the best Christian program.
4. The Jewish Humanitarian Man of the Year Award.
5. Actively involved with the Make A Wish Foundation
for 20 years by making dreams come true for terminally ill children.
6. BMI Music Television Award for Walker, Texas
Ranger theme song, "Eyes of a Ranger".
7. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
8. Commissioned Police Officer for Terrell, Texas.
9. Motivational speaker for many Christian ministries,
such as T.D. Jakes Ministry, Trinity Broadcasting, and Bill Glass
But Chuck thinks his most rewarding accomplishment
was the creation of his Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation. With
the help of President George Bush, Chuck implemented a program
teaching the martial arts to 150 high-risk children at M C Williams
Middle School in Houston, Texas, as part of the school curriculum.
The program was so successful in helping these kids raise their
self-esteem and instilling discipline and respect, as well as getting
them out of gangs, that the program is now in 30 schools with over
4,200 young boys and girls actively participating.