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Former President Donald Trump was awarded a 9th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do by WTF the World Taekwondo Federation President and joins the ranks of other celebrities and public figures with similar titles. WTF has humanitarian efforts and pursues avenues to help less fortunate with Martial arts. Trump is no stranger to the martial arts world despite not actually practicing it, we see in several...
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WTF Presents Trump With Honorary 9th Degree Black Belt

Lee Dong Seop, the President of the WTF World Taekwondo Federation met with 45th President Donald Trump in South Korea on November 20th to present him with an honorary 9th degree black belt title.

World Taekwondo Federation Black Belts

The World Taekwondo Federation is the official governing body of Sport Taekwondo and is solely in charge of athlete selection for TaeKwondo in the Summer Olympic Games.

November 22nd was also the 20th Anniversary of Olympic Taekwondo and the 40th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace per a tweet from World Taekwondo. The World Taekwondo Peace Festival was held in Seoul, Korea on November 22, 2021 and was live streamed on Youtube.

No footage from the meeting between former president Donald Trump and the World Taekwondo Federation President exists currently online but several photographs surfaced depicting Trump toting an ornate DoBak, a Black Belt, and a certificate.

The Ceremony took place at Trumps Mar a Largo in South Florida, where he received his diploma, signed autographs and shook hands.

18 year old Largo Florida native, Anastasjia Zolotic, recently won a Gold Medal at the 2020 summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. In a 25 to 17 sweep against Russia's tatiana Minina, USA secured the first American woman to ever win a Taekwondo Gold Medal.

The Only Celebrity to Hold a Higher Rank than Donald Trump is Pope Francis, who was awarded a 10th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt by WTF President Chungwon Choue.

The World Taekwondo Federation prides itself on some of it's charitable and humanitarian efforts. The Pope expressed his interests in the progress made by the Taekwondo Humanitarian Federation whom performed for earthquake victims and taught Taekwondo to refugees and other groups with great needs around the globe.

Pope Francis Recieves 10th Degree Black Belt From World TaeKwondo Federation.

Other Notable celebrities have been granted the 9th Degree Black Belt Rank from WTF as well including Vladimir Putin, Muhammad Ali (1976), and even Former President Barak Obama.

While these Black Belt Ranks were presented as honorary titles, many celebrities practice and enjoy Taekwondo or other martial arts legitimately.

Notably, Willie Nelson is a legitimate 5th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwondo! Of Course, Undefeated Actor and champion Chuck Norris holds a legitimate 8th Degree Black Belt as well.

Donald Trump Martial Arts History

Trump stated in his meeting with the WTF president,

"I think TaeKwondo is a magnificent martial art for self defense".

Donald Trump doesn't have a history of practicing martial arts but does endorse it's programs and even the UFC.

Trump seems to advocate self protection during the pandemic and troubling times per his interview in Donga.com

Donald Trump isn't a stranger to Martial Arts as some believe.

On June 5, 2008 Trump arranged a Press Release in New York to announce a new business venture into the world of mixed martial arts.

Donald Trump had created Affliction Entertainment, a company focused on hosting pay per view fights in an octagon, with live shows in the US and reality television in Russia. Trump began hosting UFC events starting in 2000.

The endeavor bled millions into two failed events before dissolving, and the reality show "Fighting Fedor" never launched.

Trump had somewhat saved the dying UFC, allowing them to host shows in his New York Tower in 2008.

“It’s sort of like, you just — somebody dies!” “I’ve never seen anything like it. And it’s terrible... It’s the gladiator. It’s not like, ‘Oh, how are the judges voting?’ OK? It’s like, you know, somebody just — succumbs.”

Trump had spoken on the Howard Stern show about mixed martial arts events. Dana White recounted on the time when Trump hosted Atlantic City UFC and at the time it was considered a blood sport and received heavy criticism.

New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame lists Donald Trump on its website as an inductee.

It's unclear if Donald Trump will contribute more to the Martial Arts community in the future, but we hold our hopes that his publicity will inspire positive charge to new practitioners around the world and unite martial artists rather than devide them.

About the Author:

Colton Woodard is a 7th Degree Black Belt and Karate enthusiast.

His passions are teaching martial arts, blogging and eating ramen.

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Colton Woodard is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kuniba Kai Karate Do and holds the title of Kyoshi as well. He loves to teach Karate, Kobudo, and Iaido and considers himself a lifetime student in pursuit of self improvement in both Martial Arts and in Character. Colton loves to visit Japan and speaks conversational Japanese and can write quite a few Kanji. He is a Karate competitor and coach and loves to exercise and make new memories with people all over the world.

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