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There are, and have been 10th Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo. The belt ranking system of grades (Japanese "kyu" or Korean "geup"), and Black Belt Dan (Degrees) was first devised by Jigoro Kano for his Judo. It has since been adopted by most other Asian Martial Art systems as a method of visual recognition and identifying of rank, skill and progress.

When Taekwondo was first officially established as the new name for Korean Martial Art in 1955, the highest ranking Masters and Kwan (school) founders were ranked between 3rd to 5th Degree. Currently, Taekwondo ranks are either awarded through the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea), or through various well-established National and International organizations and federations, or from smaller, independent schools and associations. Each of these organizations vary in their color belt, and Black Belt rank structure, but the 9th Dan is typically the highest official, active rank in Taekwondo.

Over the years, the standard ranking system of Taekwondo began with a white belt (no grade) and progressed to 1st Grade color belt, then went from 1st Degree Black Belt to 9th Degree. For the most part, a 9th Dan was the founder of the Kwan, and others would be limited to 8th Dan until the founder died, and a successor was named. A deceased 9th Dan would typically be posthumously awarded the 10th Degree. Occasionally, a retired Grandmaster would be declared a 10th Degree while still living, and some "Honorary" 10th Degrees have been awarded that are more for support and contributions, than senior ranking.

Over the past few decades, more Masters have remained active throughout their lifetime, and more organizations are liberally awarding 9th Dan and using the title "Grandmaster" for both 8th and 9th Dans, of which there are now many throughout the world. It has been discussed in recent times to make the 10th Dan (Tenth Degree) an official "active" rank, but as of this post, that has not yet happened.

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