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Chuck Norris

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As "Texas Ranger" and an internet facts phenomenon, Chuck Norris is a famous actor and very well respected martial artist.

Born 10th March 1940, Chuck Norris started his career as a martial artist. On November 24, 1968, he won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years. 

Chuck Norris made history in 1990 when he was the first Westerner in the known history of Tae Kwon Do to be awarded the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master. Then in 1999, Norris was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum's Hall of Fame.

He has also created his own martial art, Chun Kuk Do (Universal Way) which is based primarily on Tang Soo Do and includes elements from every combat style he knows. Like many other martial arts, Chun Kuk Do includes a code of honor and rules to live by. These rules are from Chuck Norris's personal code.

The rules are:

  1. I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.
  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.
  3. I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family.
  4. I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
  5. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
  6. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  7. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
  8. I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.
  9. I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.
  10. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.

His acting career began in the 1960s, and then he met Bruce Lee at a martial arts demonstration at Long Beach USA. Norris then acted alongside Bruce Lee as his nemesis in Way of the Dragon, and from there his career took off. 

His most notable roles have been in the following TV shows and films:

  • Texas Ranger
  • Way of the Dragon
  • Firewalker
  • The Delta Force

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