That is not an unheard of story. But who issued his rank? Remember, TKD as you see now is a fairly new art and very few people were qualified to give out a 9th dan. Or, could it have been possible he had a rank in a Japanese system?Originally posted by Kodanjaclay
I understand why you think this:
<<Duk Sung Son is a well-known guy in the Northeast region of the US and is known for his contributions in Korea. I'm betting he got his 9th dan from Kukkiwon.>>
But it is absolutely untrue. You are talking about someone who was a grandmaster before the formation of the KKW. Many of the older masters were offered KKW certification when the KKW was formed, but some of them rejected it, among them Lee, Yong Woo, President of the JungDoKwan.
Grandmaster Son does not practice KKW TKD. Kukkiwon only recognizes the Taegeuks for promotion. Grandmaster Son does not teach those forms. In fact they are new, and I'm not even sure they were in active use when Grandmaster Son came to the US.
I hope this helps.