Former President Donald Trump was offered with an honorary ninth dan black belt in taekwondo over the weekend by the pinnacle of one of many sport’s governing our bodies at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.
Trump was offered with the distinction by Lee Dong Seop, the president of Kukkiwon, the world taekwondo headquarters situated in South Korea.
A South Korean dwelling in the US organized the assembly, the Korean newspaper Dong-A-Ilbo reported on Monday.
“I heard that Donald Trump is highly interested in Taekwondo,” Lee was quoted as saying by the outlet.
The forty fifth president posed with Lee whereas carrying conventional taekwondo garb in a number of pictures that had been posted on Kukkiwon’s Facebook web page. The pictures had been accompanied by a disclaimer saying that the ceremony was “not related [to] any other political issues.”
“It is my pleasure and honor to receive this honorary certificate. Taekwondo is a great martial art for protecting oneself in these times (when COVID-19 prevails),” Dong-A-Ilbo quoted Trump as saying.
The former president reportedly added that he’ll put on the taekwondo outfit to Congress if he’s elected president once more and invited the Kukkiwon demonstration staff to the United States to carry out.
Following the ceremony, Trump and Lee posed in entrance of a photograph at Mar-a-Lago displaying the previous president shaking arms with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un throughout their assembly on the Korean demilitarized zone in 2019.
Trump shouldn’t be the primary outstanding world chief to obtain a ninth-degree black belt. Russian President Vladimir Putin was awarded the distinction throughout a go to to Seoul in 2013.
Like Trump, Putin by no means practiced taekwondo. However, the Russian chief does have a black belt in judo.
A ninth dan black belt is the best degree that may be achieved by skilled martial artists. Trump and Putin outrank martial arts knowledgeable and “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris, who solely has an eighth-degree taekwondo black belt.