Donald Trump was just awarded a 9th-degree black belt in taekwondo and we don't know why

Akshata Kamath
Akshata KamathNov 24, 2021 | 17:43

Donald Trump was just awarded a 9th-degree black belt in taekwondo and we don't know why

Trump was awarded the

There are some awards and celebrations across the world that are noted for their difficulty, dedication, prestige and honour. The diligent process of selection and filtration makes it so respectable and worthy. A Nobel prize, the Pulitzer prize , a rank in an Ivy League college, a Black Belt Grandmaster in martial arts are few of the many noteworthy events that command a different kind of respect.    

But it seems like there are two ways of wearing a taekwondo black belt. 

  1. You earn one after decades of rigorous practice, or
  2. You are Donald Trump.


What does it take?

In the first method, you have to be a dedicated student. You will be eligible to test for a 1st-degree black belt only after 3-5 years. Hopping to the next level will take you as many years as the belt you are going for. That means going for a 2nd-degree black belt will take you a minimum 2 years. So you can imagine someone spending at least 9 years to master the 9th-degree black belt. 

In the second method, you just have to be Donald Trump. Sirf naam hi kaafi hai. 

What happened?

The former US President was awarded the honorary 9th Dan Certificate, the highest level in martial arts, by Kukkiwon president Lee Dong-sup at Florida. Even though Trump has never practiced the art; no, not even a day. Trump obviously enjoyed the honour because he thought taekwondo was a 'magnificent martial art for self-defense'.


Apparantly, Lee got to know that Trump was quite interested in taekwondo and so a South Korean resident in the US helped organise the meeting. Trump vowed to wear the taekwondo clothing at Congress, if he returned to the White House in future.

Levels up to Putin


This honorary title puts Trump in the same league as Putin, who received the same honorary 9th-degree black belt in taekwondo in 2013. Like Trump, Putin too never practiced taekwondo. But he has a black belt in judo. Their titles have put shame to martial art expert and actor Chuck Norris who has an eighth-degree black belt. 

What did Twitter say?

Many mocked this act of publicity because many consider 75-year-old Trump to be unworthy of recieving such an honorary title. Taekwondo is based on 5 basic tenets- Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit... none of which seem very Trump, to be honest.  

What do you think? Does Trump deserve this?

Last updated: November 24, 2021 | 17:43
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