Elvis Presley was devoted to the study of martial arts and is considered the first person to display martial arts in a Hollywood movie and he was even producing what would have been the first docu-movie delving into the origins of the ancient art.
The Kings commitment to the martial arts has now garnered Elvis, who rose to the position of an eight-degree black belt, a place in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in New York.
Elvis is to receive the "In Memory Of Award". Elvis will join forces with other legends of martial arts, including Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
Everett Dutschke, lead instructor at Tupelo Taekwondo Plus will represent Tupelo at the induction ceremony in the Big Apple and former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford of Memphis will represent that city, home to Elvis' Graceland mansion.
Duplicate awards will also be presented for placement at Graceland and the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo. Dutschke said "I think it's long overdue. I've been lobbying hard, because this is good for Tupelo. It's probably just being done now because nobody asked before."