Nikki Haley is a prominent figure in US politics and a candidate in the 2024 Republican Party presidential primaries. She boasts a hidden talent – a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. The former US ambassador to the United Nations and ex-South Carolina governor showcased her martial arts proficiency on various occasions, earning her the title of “Master Haley.”
Politicians often surprise the public with talents beyond their public image, and martial arts have been a common pursuit among some, including past presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Nikki Haley, at 52, adds her name to this list with her remarkable achievement in Taekwondo.
In 2013, co-owner Donna Smith of Ray Smith TaeKwonDo presented Haley with an honorary 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo. The occasion also saw Haley being granted the title of “Master Haley.” A video capturing the moment went viral, showing Haley skillfully chopping a wooden plate in half with her hand.
“I earned an honorary 4th degree Black Belt today! Check out this video. We are fans of Tae Kwon Do in South Carolina,” Haley shared on her social media, highlighting her enthusiasm for the martial art.
While there is limited information about Haley’s active practice in Taekwondo or any other martial arts training, her honorary black belt has garnered mixed reactions. Some applaud the recognition, believing she deserves the honor, while others, particularly those with a martial arts background, express reservations about easily bestowing black belts.