The 5 personalities who were awarded 10 th Dan in Taekwondo

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 In recent years, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has honored several prominent figures with the prestigious honorary 10th Dan black belt in taekwondo. The most recent addition to this distinguished list is International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who joined the ranks of former IOC Presidents Jacques Rogge and Juan Antonio Samaranch, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in receiving this esteemed recognition from the world taekwondo governing body.

Bach was bestowed with the honorary 10th Dan black belt during a visit to the WTF headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, as part of his tour of the country. In a special ceremony, Bach, dressed in full taekwondo attire, demonstrated his skills by breaking a wooden board with a powerful punch before officially receiving the 10th Dan black belt. This acknowledgment of his dedication to promoting sports and the Olympic movement highlights the significance of taekwondo as a global martial art that transcends boundaries.

Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was also honored with an honorary 10th Dan black belt by WTF President Chungwon Choue on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the sport's world governing body.   

This recognition of Ban Ki-moon's contributions to promoting peace and diplomacy echoes the values of taekwondo as a discipline rooted in respect, perseverance, and self-improvement.

In another remarkable event, WTF President Chungwon Choue, accompanied by President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation Angelo Cito, had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis in Vatican City. During this encounter, Choue presented the Pope with an honorary 10th Dan black belt, symbolizing the highest rank in taekwondo. The Pope, known for his passion for sports and his interest in the humanitarian activities of the taekwondo community, expressed his gratitude for the recognition and commended the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation for its efforts in empowering refugees and displaced persons through the practice of taekwondo.

The acknowledgment of these distinguished individuals with the honorary 10th Dan black belt underscores the global influence and values of taekwondo as a martial art that fosters discipline, integrity, and solidarity. Through their dedication to promoting peace, sportsmanship, and humanitarian efforts, these honorees exemplify the spirit of taekwondo and inspire others to strive for excellence both on and off the mat.

1 comment:

  1. If this is true, It is criminal if they did not promote Grandmaster Bol Shin in St.Louis, Mo. His accomplishments and promotions in Taekwondo, Judo and Hapkido are unmatched in martial arts history!