Starting this year, all Taekwondo black belt holders will need to possess a US National Dan Certificate or Kukkiwon Dan Certification in order to participate in USA Taekwondo national level events.
The new protocol comes after the United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society and USA Taekwondo partnered up last July. Both organizations hope a national standard will help grow the sport and create a higher standard of Taekwondo athletes in the US.
President of the United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society Jin Song Chung said: "I am very excited and happy to be a part of this historic agreement between USA Taekwondo and the United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society. The United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society looks forward to working with USA Taekwondo as we ensure the continued growth of Taekwondo both as a sport and as a martial art."
USA Taekwondo Executive Director Keith Ferguson said: "This is an important step forward for taekwondo in the United States as we move to take more control over our own destiny, providing an efficient and easy way for our athletes to be certified and recognized for their hard work and ability, and begin to set and improve standards that meet our mission goal of delivering world class athletes to the Olympic medal podium. We believe that Americans will take great pride in being certified by the country that they live in and love, and we are excited to bring this program forward in partnership with the United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society as a service to our athletes, coaches and school owners."
Holders of local School/Club Black Belts can convert to a U.S. National Dan Certification by paying a processing fee. Starting with the 2017 National Championships in June, athletes will need to complete the National Dan Promotion Test in order to obtain a U.S. National Dan Certificate.
For more information on how to obtain a US National Dan Certificate, please click here.