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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (한국말 특별공고(여기를 누르세요 )

Updated Friday, April 28, 2017

Dear Masters and Grandmasters,

The Kukkiwon and the Organizing Committee have a special announcement.  The year 2017 is special for the Kukkiwon as they are celebrating the 45th anniversary in existence.  You have worked very hard over the last 45 years to promote the Kukkiwon’s mission in the world, and the Kukkiwon has authorized the Organizing Committee to provide the following events as an expression of their gratitude:

1. 8th and 9th Dan High Black Belt Promotion Test and 1st–7th Dan Low Black Belt Promotion Test

The Kukkiwon has authorized the Organizing Committee to provide a Special 8th and 9th Dan High Promotion test up to 9th Degree in conjunction with a 1st-7th Dan Low Black Belt Promotion test.  Traditionally, candidates for 8th and 9th Dan are required to travel to Korea and test at the Kukkiwon. This is the 1st time the Kukkiwon is holding 8th and 9th Dan Test outside of the Kukkiwon.  The 8th and 9th Dan High Black Belt Promotion Test and 1st–7th Dan Low Black Belt Promotion Test will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.

This testing will be conducted in accordance with Kukkiwon rules, while exercising special flexibility as appropriate.  The Organizing Committee will send applicants the required history, terminology, and philosophy materials in advance of the test.  Additionally, applicants will be required to videotape their required poomsae and submit it in advance in order to streamline the testing process. For frequently asked questions, please CLICK HERE.

All candidates that take the 8th and 9th Dan High Black Belt Promotion Test and 1st–7th Dan Low Black Belt Promotion Test must also take the Master License Course. All 4th Dan and above candidates who successfully complete the Master License Course will receive a Master Instructor License from the Kukkiwon.  3rd Dan and below who successfully complete the Master License Course will receive a Graduation Certificate only.

Test candidates are required to pay for their own expenses including room and board on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June15th, 2017.

The Organizing Committee will pay for Test Candidates’ hotel room only on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th, 2017 due to the fact that you will be taking the Master Instructor License Course.  All test participants will be assigned a roommate.  Additionally, all participants will be invited to a formal dinner banquet on Friday June 16th and Saturday June 17th, 2017.  These are the only 2 meals that will be provided by the Organizing Committee.

ARRIVAL DATEWednesday, June 14, 2017

TEST DATEThursday, June 15, 2017

 

DEADLINE NOTIFICATION

The historic Kukkiwon 8th and 9th Dan High Test, 1st-7th Dan Low Test, and Master Instructor License Course has a limit of 300 participants. On May 5, 2017, the Organizing Committee will be traveling to Korea to meet with the Kukkiwon in person to make final determinations for applicants with special situations regarding their Dan promotion. Once a final determination has been made for each pending applicant, the Organizing Committee will contact the applicants with the final result so each applicant can make the appropriate travel arrangements to Denver, CO.

The deadline to apply for the 8th and 9th Dan High Test, 1st-7th Dan Low Test is WEDNESDAY MAY 3, 2017 at 11:59pm Mountain Time.  All applications received after this deadline will be put on a waiting list. In the event the number of applicants drops below 300 due to ineligible test candidates, the Organizing Committee will submit the waiting list applicants to the Kukkiwon for a final determination.

The Master Instructor License Course registration will remain open until the maximum of 300 combined applicants has been reached. Once the 300 applicants have been reached, all applicants for the Master Instructor License Course will be placed on the Master Instructor License Course waiting list, and notified if any openings become available due to withdrawals.

2. Kukkiwon Master Instructor License Course

The Organizing Committee will provide a Kukkiwon Master Instructor License Course.  The Kukkiwon Master License Course will provide training and education by Kukkiwon and guest instructors.  All 4th Dan and above candidates who successfully complete the Master License Course will receive a Master Instructor License from the Kukkiwon.  3rd Dan and below who successfully complete the Master License Course will receive a Graduation Certificate only.  The Kukkiwon Master License Course has a required training hour total of forty (40) hours.  The U.S. Taekwondo Committee is working together with Kukkiwon to ensure the compliance with the training hours required.

The Organizing Committee will pay for Master Instructor License Course participants’ hotel room only on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th, 2017.  All participants will be assigned a roommate.  Additionally, all participants will be invited to a formal dinner banquet on Friday June 16th hosted by President of Kukkiwon, and Saturday June 17th hosted by Chairman of the Kukkiwon Board of Directors.  These are the only 2 meals that will be provided by the Organizing Committee.

The Master License Course is limited to the 1st 300 applicants on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS INCLUDING HIGH DAN AND LOW DAN TEST CANDIDATES.

DATES:  Friday, June 16th, Saturday, June 17th, and Sunday June 18th, 2017

COST:  This Master License Course has been offered in the past for $350 per person.  This course is ONLY $200 per person.

3. 7-Day Trip to Korea

The Organizing Committee will invite the 300 Black Belts who successfully complete the Master Instructor License Course to spend three days at the World Taekwondo Hanmadang, followed by an additional 3 days at the TaekwondoWon.  Each participant is responsible for his or her own Airfare to Korea.  The Organizing Committee will pay for room and meals during the 6-night and 7-day visit.

Date Activity
Thursday, July 27th Depart US
Friday, July 28th Arrive in Korea
Saturday, July 29th World Taekwondo Hanmadang Opening Ceremony
Sunday, July 30th Free Day
Monday, July 31st – Wed, Aug 2nd Training and Courses at the Taekwondo Won in Muju
Thursday, Aug 3 Check-out (additional optional tour available)

Official Travel agency: Tae Yang Travel Agency.   Simon Lee 619-847-4536 or tkdsuntravel@gmail.com

All participants are highly encouraged to use the Official Travel agency to make all travel arrangements.  Participants will be traveling from all over the world to Korea on July 27th.  In order to provide transportation upon arrival to Korea, the Organizing Committee is requesting all participants to use Tae Yang Travel so that participants can arrive to Korea around the same time.

In addition, after checkout from the TaekwondoWon on August 3, participants are welcome and encouraged to stay in Korea for additional sightseeing.  Tae Yang Travel Agency can make these accommodations upon request.

4. Special Distinguished Taekwondo Leaders

 The following distinguished leaders will be in Denver to speak at the dinner receptions:

  • Dr. Un Yong Kim, Founding President of Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and former Vice President of International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Seung Wan Lee, former President of Kukkiwon
  • Sung Chon Hong, Chairman of Board of Directors of Kukkiwon
  • Hyun Deuk Oh, President of Kukkiwon
  • Sung Tae Kim, Chairman of Taekwondo Promotion Foundation

Please contact the following individuals with any questions.

Korean Language

Kyong Won Ahn
(513) 328-1809
Kyongwon1280@gmail.com

Sam Kim
(585) 455-9850
Kortkd16@gmail.com 

Sun Heesup Lee
(469) 569-7976
SunLeeTKD@gmail.com

English Language

Doug Fueschel
970-319-8313
Swordtruth357@gmail.com

Sammy Pejo
719-598-8000
masterpejo@familyblackbelt.com

Glenn Uesugi
808-783-1738
puunui@aloha.net

In Seon Kim
(972) 898-5222
info@kimsusa.com

Do Hyun Chang
(919) 800-1277
changtigerden@gmail.com

Location for Both the Special Promotion/Skip Dan and Master Instructor License Course:             

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80237 USA
303-714-4616

CLICK HERE for the discounted rate of $129/night.

There are only 300 spots available for the 8th and 9th Dan High Black Belt Promotion Test and 1st–7th Dan Low Black Belt Promotion Test and Master Instructor License Course. Registration is on first come, first serve basis.   Please visit www.KukkiwonLicense.com to register.

This is our first announcement and all details are subject to change.  More information will follow at a later date.  Thank you for your years of service.  We look forward to celebrating with you.

 

Sun Hee Sup Lee
Executive Vice President, U.S. Taekwondo Committee
Organizing Committee Chairman
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