Chuck Norris absolutely made the day of one 83-year-old grandmother from Utah after the superstar awarded her with a fifth-degree black belt in karate.
“I was so excited,” Carole Taylor told KSL after meeting the 81-year-old actor and martial artist at the annual United Fighting Arts Federation International Training Convention in Las Vegas. The comments were noted by Fox News in a piece published Tuesday.
“I was able to bow to him, turn around, he put (a black gi) on me, I turned back around and bowed, and then he grabbed me and hugged me so hard, he actually pulled me off the ground almost … my one foot went up,” she said. (RELATED: Netanyahu To Chuck Norris: ‘Israel Is Strong, But It’s Indestructible Now’)
Congratulations to 83 year old Carole Taylor of Layton, receiving her 5th degree blackbelt from Chuck Norris. She started practicing karate after her 70th birthday and prepared four years to test. (Photos: Lacey Taylor Owens) pic.twitter.com/L2IbLFwxEY
— KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) July 21, 2021
“(Norris) was so kind, and he’s 81, and he made some comments about that he had not been exercising all that much recently and that I had inspired him to go back and to begin to train again, and that made me feel very, very good,” Taylor continued. (RELATED: ‘It Wasn’t Me And I Wasn’t There’: Chuck Norris Speaks Out After ‘Wannabe Look-Alike’ Photographed At Capitol Riot)
Taylor got into the martial sport about 15 years ago after taking her granddaughter to lessons and deciding it was something she wanted to try.
“I thought: ‘Wow, this is mental and physical,'” the grandmother said. “This would be a good thing for someone my age to do … So I asked the teacher if it would be all right if I joined the class, and so that’s why I did it.”
And if you think fifth-degree was the end for her, Taylor made it clear she’s ready to go for the sixth-degree black belt and hopes to get there in a few years.
“It’s just one of those things that makes for a more full life for me, and I absolutely love it, and it makes me feel strong, and it makes me feel confident, and it makes me feel as though I’m able to continue to learn,” Carole shared.