Personalities who got honorary taekwondo black belts

2:57:00 PM Tkd kwan 6 Comments

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been presented with a black belt and made a grandmaster of taekwondo during an official visit to South Korea, state media said.
Despite not actually practicing taekwondo himself, Mr Putin has achieved the elusive ninth Dan – meaning he now ranks higher than famous US martial artist Chuck Norris, who is stuck on the eighth.

The legend Muhammad Ali was awarded black belt from the former president Un Young Kim during his visit to the Kukkiwon in June 1976.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given an honorary black belt in Taekwondo in Italy.
But Zlatan first earned a black belt in Taekwondo when he was 17.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was presented with an honorary belt in taekwondo and bestowed the title of an Honorary Ambassador for Culture and Tourism by the South Korean Government.
The 43-year-old actor has been conferred the 5th degree black belt of taekwondo.

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Rose Alexander, 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs chief of external operations, received an honorary USA Taekwondo black belt from Grand Master Ray Smith, 8th degree Taekwondo Black Belt,

World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Choue Chung-won, left, presents an honorary taekwondo black belt and uniform to Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at the presidential office in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

Tuesday, February 18 2014, Seoul - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, was awarded an honorary 9th dan taekwondo black belt, certificate and uniform by the President of the World Taekwondo Federation, Chungwon Choue.The WTF President underlined that an honorary black belt is a sign of great respect for Lithuania's head of state, acknowledging her contribution to building a better and more peaceful world.


  1. Didn't the Pope get one too?

  2. dr frederic lee (lee chen kin) the father of British taekwando was awarded his 9th dan by the president of the BTA in September 2018 with failing eyesight his regret that he coundnt go to korea for the grading both fred and tony quigley were awarded 9 dan for services to taekwando

  3. Totally wrong. You have to earn your black belt. I never believed in any honorary degrees. I cheapens the hard work we have all put in over the years to actually EARN our black belts. If one already trains in TKD and suffers an injury or illness, then I can accept a test that matches their ability, but to give a grandmaster black belt to politicians or actors is not right. They are only getting the belt because they are a celebrity.