Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters is the official governing organization of the sport of taekwondo. It was established by the South Korean government in 1973.
The Kukkiwon and the Korea Taekwondo Association hosted the first World Taekwondo Championships in May of 1973, with over 200 competitors from 17 countries in attendance. This paved the way for the establishment of World Taekwondo in 1973, the international federation that, today, governs the Olympic sport of taekwondo.
Kukkiwon devotes itself to spreading taekwando culture, spirit and history worldwide.
It does this by conducting overseas tours for poomsae training, leading international seminars and academic interchanges (e.g. World Taekwondo Leaders Forum), hosting the annual World Taekwondo Hanmadang (week-long festival) and sponsoring national hanmadangs in various countries around the world.
Kukkiwon administers the Poom-Dan (belt level) Promotion Test, which measures a trainees commitment to personal growth in taekwondo. Certificates (colored belts) issued by Kukkiwon are held in high esteem and are required to participate in events supervised by World Taekwondo. Worldwide there are over 9 million Kukkiwon poom-dan holders.
Poom-Dan certifications from Kukkiwon are valid anywhere in the world. As a Poom-Dan certificate holder, taekwondo practitioners aren’t just certified by their local schools, they are certified by the official governing organization of the sport of taekwondo. Kukkiwon Taekwondo. Kukkiwon Dan Certificate.