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Donald Trump receives honorary taekwondo black belt

A delegation from the South Korean taekwondo world headquarters known as Kukkiwon on Saturday presented former US President Donald Trump with a “ninth Dan black belt” at Mar-a-Lago, a Trump resort in Palm Beach, Florida, South Korea. Dong-a Ilbo the newspaper reported on Monday.

Kukkiwon chairman Lee Dong-seop visited Trump in Mar-a-Lago on November 20 “to award him the honorary ninth dan certificate and a set of taekwondo clothing,” according to the right. Dong-a Ilbo. “Dan” means “diploma” in Korean. A “Ninth Dan Black Belt” is awarded to a taekwondo practitioner who has achieved the highest level of ability in the sport.

“I heard that Donald Trump is very interested in Taekwondo [sic]”Lee told reporters at the ceremony.

The martial arts representative said he called for “Trump’s continued support and cooperation for Taekwondo and Kukkiwon” during their meeting. Trump received the Kukkiwon delegation after “a South Korean resident in the United States served as a bridge for their meeting,” the Dong-a Ilbo revealed.

“It is a pleasure and an honor for me to receive this honorary certificate. Taekwondo is a great martial art to protect yourself in these times (when COVID-19 prevails), ”Trump told reporters on Saturday, referring to the ongoing Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, who served as the 45th President of the United States for a single term from January 2017 to January 2021, is rumored to be running for a second time in 2024. He alluded to this speculation on November 20, stating that he “will wear the taekwondo costume to the US Congress if he returns to the White House,” according to the Dong-a Ilbo.

“The former president also invited the Kukkiwon Taekwondo demonstration team to the United States,” the conservative South Korean newspaper observed.

The Federal Government of South Korea established Kukkiwon as the official governing body of taekwondo, a martial art developed on the Korean Peninsula between the 1940s and 1950s. Kukkiwon is located in Seoul, the national capital of South Korea, where it also hosts the World Taekwondo Academy. The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism oversees the martial arts center.

Al Jazeera detailed the history of taekwondo on October 13 when reporting on a martial arts performance presented by the North Korean military force, known as the Korean People’s Army, in Pyongyang on October 11.

“Korea has a long tradition of martial arts, including its indigenous sport of taekwondo – developed by a South Korean general who later fell out with army-backed South Korean leader Park Chung-hee and is became a frequent visitor to Pyongyang, where he died in 2002 ”, recalled the Qatari media.

“It is now often used by the North to symbolize its military prowess,” Al Jazeera noted of taekwondo.

The Korean People’s Army incorporated aspects of taekwondo into a martial arts performance on October 11. The sensational performance – which included shirtless soldiers bending iron rods with just their necks and others smashing cinder blocks with bare fists – was part of a larger display of weapons designed to demonstrate “self-defense” capabilities. From the North Korean military, Pyongyang said at the time.

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