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Important Kukkiwon Promotion Information

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The Kukkiwon Dan office of the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS, provides a direct link between the U.S.A. students and the KMS business office in Korea. It is our goal to provide efficient processing of your student Dan certificates and to provide a support system with KMS. The I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS KUKKIWON Dan office follows all rules and regulations set forth by KMS and the World Taekwondo Federation.

Check your KUKKIWON Dan / Poom HERE!

Processing Procedures

  • Currently, if the student is not a member of the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS, there is no additional fee for promotion application to the Kukkiwon.

  • cCurrently, all applications may be hand written and submitted.

  • vThe instructor who submits applications for his/her students does not have to be a member of the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS.

  • Students being promoted to 2nd degree or higher with a previous KukKiWon certificate stating a nationality other than AMERICAN, MUST provide proof of U.S. Residency for at least six (6) months.

  • vThe school does not have to be a registered I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS school prior to processing.

  • vYou must submit an application for promotion on each individual.  The instructor & student must sign each application. All applications must:  Have one (1) ID passport sized photo (2 inch by 2 inch.) attached to the application, but NOT STAPLED OR TAPED, wherein the photo will be ruined. A clean crisp photo can be e-mailed to the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS office.

  • vThe birthdate on the application must be written as: YYYY / MM / DD.

  • Current telephone & email address must be on the application. The address of said student must be current and easy to read. If it is the Dojang's address, make it legible.

  • Acceptable forms of payment are money orders, cashiers checks, Personal or Business checks accepted. There is a $50 Returned Check fee.

  • vAll applications that are submitted through the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS office will be considered US Citizens.  The student will be promoted as a citizen of the U.S.A. (AMERICAN)

  • PProcessing times:
         1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Dan / Poom =Approximately 30-40 DAYS


Q: How do I set up an account to promote my student's Black Belts through the Kukkiwon with the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS?

A: Anyone who practices and promotes Kukki-style TaeKwonDo may make application to this office for the Kukkiwon Dan certificate for himself/herself and his/her students. One simple e-mail to I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS Headquarters will set it up for you.

Q: Does the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS Kukkiwon Division process Jump-ups (Skip Dans) through the Kukkiwon?

A: The answer is NO as of November 01, 2011. The KukKiWon will only do skip-dans if the student travels to Korea or the student attends one of the Kukkiwon open testings in the U. S. A..

Q: Are the promotion applications located on the I.S.A. website?

A: NO, the promotion applications will be sent upon request via e-mail or you mat go to the Official Kukkiwon Web site.

Q: How can I get Dan certification fees?

A: Dan certification fees are located on the web at:

Q: How can I check to see if an instructor holds a specific rank?

A: The best way to check the rank of an instructor is by contacting Kukkiwon, directly. There is a link to their website here: The e-mail for KKW staff is: Ms. Amanda:

Q: How can I check to see if my certificate is authentic?

A: The best way to check the authenticity of your certificate is to contact Kukkiwon, directly. There is a link to their website here: The e-mail for KKW staff is: Ms. Amanda:

Q: What is the difference between Poom and Dan?

A: Poom certificates are for students who are under the age of 15.
Dan certificates are for students who are 15 or older.

Q: What is the difference between the WTF and the KUKKIWON?

A: The World Taekwondo Federation is the International Federation (IF) governing the sport of Taekwondo and is a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). The WTF recognizes national Taekwondo governing bodies recognized by the NOC in the pertinent country, one in each country, as its members.

  • Established: May 28, 1973

  • Location: 7148-4, Taepyeong-dong, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, Korea 461-855

  • President: Dr. Chungwon CHOUE (re-elected on April. 12, 2005 / Oct. 13, 2009)

  • Secretary General: Mr. Jean-Marie Ayer
  • Affiliation to GAISF: October 8, 1975
  • IOC Recognition: July 17, 1980 (83rd IOC Session in Moscow)

  • Olympic Games Demonstration Sport: 1988 Seoul Olympic Games & 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games

  • Official Olympic Sport: Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, September 4, 1994 (103rd IOC Session in Paris)

  • Confirmation of Taekwondo as an Official Sport: for Athens 2004 Olympic Games, December 11-13, 2000 (IOC EB Meeting in Lausanne)

  • Expansion of Taekwondo quota at Athens 2004 Olympic Games to 124 in eight weight categories, respective four weight classes for men and women, Sep. 18-20, 2001 (IOC EB Meeting in Lausanne) Feb. 5-7, 2006: IOC Executive Board decided at its meeting in Turin, Italy to expand the number of taekwondo entry in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games from 124 to 128 (two males and two females were added in consideration of the new establishment of Oceania Taekwondo Union). IOC Executive Board decided the number of sports programs of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to be 27, including Taekwondo. The 114th IOC Session held in Mexico City, Mexico on November 29, 2002 also confirmed inclusion of Taekwondo in the Bejing 2008 Olympic Games. IOC reviewed the Olympic programme for 2012 London, Taekwondo was voted to retain in the Olympic Programme of the London 2012 Olympic Games at its 117th Session in Singapore on July 8, 2005.

Kukkiwon, also known as World Taekwondo Headquarters, and home of the World Taekwondo Academy, is the official taekwondo governing organization established by the South Korean government. It is supervised by the International Sports Division of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. It is the Official Dan Ranking System through the KMS Business Team and is separate from the World Taekwondo Federation completely.


Master Petrotta of the I. S. A. MARTIAL ARTS is a KukKiWon Certified 5th Dan.


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Update on FEBRUARY 15, 2014@ 0900EST
by I.S.A. Consultation Group