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Kukkiwon is the World Taekwondo Headquarters, established in Korea on November 30, 1972. They serve as a conduit for Taekwondo Dan (black belt degrees) promotion and certification. In addition, they conduct research and Taekwondo instructional seminars. Curriculum for belt promotion is specified and certified by the Kukkiwon including required and compulsory poomse (kata or forms), sparring, and breaking techniques. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) governs the competition sparring aspects of the Kukkiwon, but does not actually issue degrees or black belt certification.
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