Details of the British Taekwondo & Kukkiwon Memorandum of Understanding.

British Taekwondo & Kukkiwon sign historic MOU

British Taekwondo and Kukkiwon, the World Headquarters and global Black Belt certification body for the Martial Art, have signed an agreement to work together and set up a UK office structure that supports and promotes Kukkiwon standards, education, and events across the Taekwondo family in the United Kingdom, including helping administrate Kukkiwon certification more efficiently.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in December 2022 between the President of Kukkiwon, Lee Dong Sup, and Ian Leafe, CEO of British Taekwondo and paves the way for a much closer working relationship with our Member National Association and UK Masters.

We are pleased to announce today, the range of benefits and operating policies available for British Taekwondo Masters & members conducting and participating in Poom / Dan promotion test activity. These include clarification around how to conduct great grading experiences for all candidates as they progress through the ranks.

Most masters shouldn’t notice a huge difference in the operating policies, as British Taekwondo grading processes already align well with Kukkiwon guidelines, and we hope instructors will welcome the return of High Dan promotion testing, National grade recognition and the exciting prospect of Kukkiwon education and testing activity on home soil in the near future.

More details on that in the coming weeks!

President of Kukkiwon, Lee Dong Sup, and Ian Leafe, CEO of British Taekwondo

President of Kukkiwon, Lee Dong Sup, and Ian Leafe, CEO of British Taekwondo

UK Kukkiwon Commission

We are also delighted to publish the outline operating policy for a new, to be formed, UK Kukkiwon Commission, which will aim to bring together the wealth of Taekwondo knowledge and experience in the UK from across the British Taekwondo and wider Master network.

These forums will pool expertise and support the development of Kukkiwon and traditional Martial Art event activity, such as Kukkiwon Cup or Hamadan competition and seminars, with education and promotion commissions working together to create common syllabuses, teaching resources and assessment processes for everyone that loves and practices WT / Kukkiwon style Taekwondo in the UK to tap into.

We will be reaching out and talking to experienced masters over the coming months to make this work, and if anyone is interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

It will take a while to ramp up but is an exciting time!

Ian Leafe, CEO of British Taekwondo, said “It has been really rewarding to work with Kukkiwon on this initiative, and presents a real opportunity to come together in the Dojang for the benefit of the next generation of instructors and talented Martial Artists in our clubs. We want to see more and more learning, training, and participation activity in the coming years, creating opportunity and raising standards for our entire Taekwondo Martial Art family, it’s as simple as that!”

More information will follow, but in the meantime, we ask our British Taekwondo club network of Masters and instructors to continue to provide great grading experiences to their members, following the operating procedures within the policies announced today and pre-existing forms and contacts. And ensuring all grading events are correctly registered and sanctioned well before the dates of the events as usual.

A new online registration process will be introduced in the coming weeks to make the whole process more streamlined.

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