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The World Taekwondo Headquarters has only ever issued 6 official Kukkiwon 10th Dan. They were issued to the following men, all after death except for Dr. Sang Kee Paik and Dr. Un Yong Kim.

  1. Yong Ki Pae (aka Young Ki Pae) (Jidokwan). Grandmaster Yong was the first student of Sang Sup Chun, founder of the Jidokwan. The Jidokwan (or Ji Do Kwan) is one of the original nine schools taekwondo. It was founded in what is now South Korea at the end of World War II. Its name translates as school of wisdom. Master Yong had the earliest relation with Cho Sun Yun Moo Kwan (aka Chosun Yun Moo Kwan) one of the few schools of Judo permitted in Korea during the Japanese occupation. He started his first training from the Soo Song Dong period.
  2. Chong Soo Hong (Moo Duk Kwan),
  3. Il Sup Chun (Jidokwan),
  4. Nam Suk Lee (Chang Moo Kwan),
  5. Sang Kee Paik (1929-2009) - Master Paik began studying Martial Arts in 1945. He emmigrated to the United States in 1969. In 1971, Master Paik was a pathologist working in the psychology department of the University of Wisconsin. He introduced the creative form competition in the 1990 United States Taekwondo Union National Championships which he hosted at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
  6. Un Yong Kim former president of the kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Federation and the Korea Taekwondo Association. Master Kim is largely responsible for the constuction of the kukkiwon gymnasium in 1972.

Grand Master Lee Woon Kook, head of the Chung Do Kwan (gym of the Blue Wave) was the first Grand Master to achieve the 10th Degree Black Belt in

Tae Kwon-Do

Ki Whang Kim was promoted to 10th Dan in 1971 by the Korean Taekwondo Association before the Kukkiwon came together.

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Nobody "wins" a Tenth Dan it is awarded for dedication to Judo that has taken a lifetime of training.

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I'm sure lots but the Kodokan have only given it out 15 times in 100 yrs

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Many karate masters are 10th Dan in karate. Some examples are Hidetaka Nishiyama, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Teruyuki Okazaki are some present day examples.

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