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Celebrities Who Study Martial Arts

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List of celebrities who know martial arts, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes are trained in various martial arts. Some celebrities are black belts in Karate while others study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Several Hollywood actors began studying the martial arts in preparation for roles in popular action films.

Several musicians also know martial arts. Willie Nelson earned a black belt in Taekwondo. Megadeath musician Dave Mustaine has a black belt in Karate and Taekwondo, and Tool front man Maynard James Keenan trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Lou Reed practiced Tai Chi on a daily basis, reportedly for up to three hours at a time.

Do you think that being trained in martial arts helps these celebs in their lives and careers? Which martial arts have you studied? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
  • Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has a black belt in Taekwondo, and she regularly demonstrated her skills on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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      President Barack Obama has a green belt in Taekwondo as well as an honorary black belt, which was given to him by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.

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      • Lucy Liu is trained in several martial arts including Kali/Eskrima and Silat. She has showed off her skills in such films as Kill Bill, Charlie's Angels, and The Man with the Iron Fist.

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          Actor and director Mel Gibson is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Tai Chi Chuan.

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