Ireno Fargas, the best coach in the history of Taekwondo

The prestigious German statistical web page "TAEKWONDO Data" responsible of computing the results of Taekwondo athletes developed a "Coach Ranking" which placed the Spanish Ireno Fargas on the top. ESPAÑOL

2014-05-30_(85374)x_IrenoFargasThe statistic report is based on a total of 947 coaches from 78 countries and covers the chronological period between 1975 and 2014.  Besides Ireno Fargas, who leads very amply the list, there are six Spaniards in the “Top 10” and nine in the “Top 20”.

The Ranking of “TAEKWONDO Data” groups within the “Coach” group the following positions:  Head Coaches, Coaches and Assistant Coaches.

Among the “Best 100 Coaches in the Taekwondo History”, we find: 29 from Korea, 13 from Spain, 11 from Germany, 7 from USA, 7 from Turkey, 7 from Iran, 5 from China, 4 from Chinese Taipei, 4 from Canada, 3 from Egypt, 3 from Russia, 2 from Denmark, 2 from Israel, 1 from Croatia, 1from Cuba, and 1 from Mexico.

This statistical system identifies each coach with their original nationality regardless of the country they are representing or has represented.

Ireno Fargas is at the top with 12,618 points thanks to his career of 30 years in active, starting in 1987 at the Helsinki World Cup and continued until the Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Cali, Colombia 2007.

During those three decades got the following results:

Olympic Games: 1 silver and 3 bronze.

World Championships: 17 golds, 16 silvers and 34 bronzes.

Pre Olympic Games: 4 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze.

World Cup 12 golds, 20 silvers and 25 bronzes.

World Games: 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.

European Championships: 56 golds, 32 silvers and 55 bronzes.

Pan American Championships 9 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze.

Student World Championships: 6 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze.

Olympic Games Qualification: 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.


Fargas was coach for the National Teams from Spain, France and Mexico, achieving with each of them world titles.


The Top 20 of this ranking is made as follows:

1) Ireno Fargas (SPA) 12,618 points

2) Jesus Tortosa (SPA) 7,250 points

3) Juan Solis (SPA) 5,866 points

4) Elena Benítez (SPA) 5,655 points

5) Henk Meijer (NED) 5,522 points

6) Ko Tae-Jeong (KOR) 4,616 points

7) Fran Martin (SPA) 4,190 points

8) Georg Streif (GER) 4,014 points

9) Marcos Carreira (SPA) 3,966 points

10) Holger Wunderlich (GER) 3,816 points

11) Kyu-Hong Lee (SPA) 3,548 points

12) Jesus Benito (SPA) 3,544 points

13) Park Soo-Nam (GER) 3,504 points

14) José Jesús Márquez (ESP) 3,433 points

15) Juan Moreno (USA) 3,023 points

16) Markus Kohlöffel (GER) 2,955 points

17) Amr Khairy (EGY) 2,719 points

18) Waldemar Helm (GER) 2,594 points

19) Dae-Sung Lee (USA) 2,584 points

20) Sae-Hyok Kim (KOR) 2,564 points


The first Latin American in this ranking appears in the 44 position, the Cuban Nelson Saenz, with 1,098 points.  Do not forget that Saenz worked for many years with the Netherlands National Team and then with Great Britain.

The statistical work “TAEKWONDO Data” is doing is very useful for all those who need to check results, rivals or dates. For many years we, in, have found their information very helpful.  All those who want to know more about this article, we invite you to visit their web page.


1) Ireno Fargas (SP) 12,618 points
2) Jesús Tortosa (SPA) 7,250 points
3) Juan Solís (SPA) 5,866 points
4) Elena Benítez (SPA) 5,655 points
5) Henk Meijer (NED) 5,522 points

Laura López Rodríguez, Exclusive

One thought on “Ireno Fargas, the best coach in the history of Taekwondo”

  1. Ola a todos!! Acima de tudo Ireno Fargas é um ser humano impar e sempre esteve a ajudar a todos e multiplica suas ações e trabalhos.

    Que Deus continue a abençoar sempre seu trablho e sua vida.

    Um Abraço grande desde o Brasil.



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