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Kukkiwon Certificates: Do I need one?
Obtaining a black belt is no doubt a tremendous achievement in Taekwondo. What many may not realize is the importance of obtaining Kukkiwon Certification after the black belt has been obtained.
A Kukkiwon Poom or Dan is the only officially recognized Poom or Dan of the World Taekwondo Federation and is issued by the World Taekwondo Headquarters, Kukkiwon. Individuals who have applied for Kukkiwon Certification will be issued a certificate and will be officially registered with the Kukkiwon and recognized world wide. Only those who have acquired a Kukkiwon Poom or Dan are eligible to participate in major international events including the Pan Am Championships, Pan Am Games and the Olympics.
Kukkiwon Certification is also required within Taekwondo Canada as per the Martial Arts policy which can be found on the Taekwondo Canada website here. In order to compete or coach at a National event, or attend a workshop or seminar, black belt participants must be listed on Taekwondo Canada’s Kukkiwon Database. This ensures that everyone has a Poom or Dan that has been officially certified and recognized by the WTF.
Masters can apply for Kukkiwon Certification directly through Taekwondo Canada which will ensure that their black belts are listed on the database. For more information on Kukkiwon or how to apply for your student’s Kukkiwon Certification please contact Michelle Robb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-523-4134 ext. 221.