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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 10:38 am    Post subject: Kukkiwon stats Reply with quote

So I've happened across the new Kukkiwon membership website: http://kms.kukkiwon.or.kr/

Lets you see how many dan members are in each country and how many dojangs (and where they are located). You can click on the map or at the drop down menus to look by country or continent.

Some rough stats:

8.5 million blackbelts / 7400 dojangs
Africa: 32 000 / 171
Asia: 8 000 000 / 624
Europe: 110 000 / 2300
Oceania: 25 000 / 160
America: 340 000 / 4000

(I have rounded the numbers and I don't think it's a complete list).

Can't get over how many blackbelts are in Asia! I figured it would be more than in other parts of the world but not 95%!!!

The distribution between grades is pretty noticeable too. Taking Great Britain:

1st dan: 4419
2nd dan: 1603
3rd dan: 688
4th dan: 299
5th dan: 115
6th dan: 55
7th dan: 17
8th dan: 2

Because I'm sad enough to waste my time doing it, if you plot that onto a graph, it's almost a perfect exponential drop in numbers.

The website also lets you check to see if someone has a registered poom/dan grade. Might be useful if you're wanting to train with someone and you want to check they do actually have that grade.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bet 'master' Matt Fiddes is'nt listed.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big numbers, for sure. I'm willing to bet not all those students are active, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The important thing to remember about these stats is that they only reflect those who have received Kukkiwon certificates. In the U.S. there are a lot of folks who train in Kukki-TKD schools who receive school rank, instead of KKW certificates. If all of the BB's who train in Kukki-TKD in the U.S. were counted, the numbers would be at least double what they are on the KKW site.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's crazy to think about! Lots of TKD black belts out running around out there!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IcemanSK wrote:
The important thing to remember about these stats is that they only reflect those who have received Kukkiwon certificates. In the U.S. there are a lot of folks who train in Kukki-TKD schools who receive school rank, instead of KKW certificates. If all of the BB's who train in Kukki-TKD in the U.S. were counted, the numbers would be at least double what they are on the KKW site.


Or those that achieved rank, but were never registered by their instructor, and thus have no proof of rank.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
Big numbers, for sure. I'm willing to bet not all those students are active, though.

Solid post...I concur!!



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
bushido_man96 wrote:
Big numbers, for sure. I'm willing to bet not all those students are active, though.

Solid post...I concur!!



Still impressive numbers regardless. And interesting to see how popular TKD seems to be by country.
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