What’s On The Menu: An Analysis Of Your Typical McDojang Part 1

*Authored by White Dragon and Grey Wolf

This article is split up into 3 parts for easier reading. This is part 1.

Introduction

In the Martial Arts world a “mcdojo” or a “mcdojang” is a derogatory term used to describe a Martial Arts gym that only exists to make as much money as possible at the expense of realistic, and high quality Martial Arts training. The term comes from the idea that just like with fast food the McDonald’s Corporation is not high quality food and is a cheap version of American delicacies. Likewise, certain Martial Arts gyms are the equivalent to that in the Martial Arts World. Thus the terms “mcdojo” and “mcdojang.” “Dojo” is the Japanese term for gym while “dojang” is the Korean term. So depending on if you train in Japanese Martial Arts or Korean Martial Arts at such kind of a gym the proper term applies. Also this concept for Chinese Martial Arts would be “mckwoon” as “kwoon” is the term for gym in Chinese.

Now with all of this it is apparent that throughout the modern history of Martial Arts the Korean art of Taekwondo has been the victim of this syndrome more than any Martial Art style in the world. There are many mcdojo’s for Karate and other Japanese arts, plenty of them. But Taekwondo mcdojang’s pretty much started this whole trend and are the worst offenders!

American McDojang

Taekwondo in America is full of many “mcdojang” chains all claiming to teach Taekwondo. There are multiple large organizations and even more smaller ones that some people might not know about. These groups each claim they teach the Korean art of Taekwondo and train Taekwondo black belts. But how can this be so when each organization has completely separate techniques and forms and their own style? The way they claim you should move as well as completely different forms vary from chain to chain. Their sparring style and rules format for each of their sports are also their own entity devoid of anything Korea taught for sport sparring. This is because in the 70’s and 80’s when most of these organizations were founded they got caught up in the ridiculous “Sport Karate” tournament circuits instead of Taekwondo fighting.

All of these chains started inside the USA and are not linked back to Korea within their distinct styles, except sometimes through a Korean American who decided regular KTA and Kukkiwon teaching was not good enough (other times it is a White guy or American citizen who starts his own chain). These Koreans usually had a superior master who studied genuine Taekwondo and started their organization. When the master stepped down to pursue other career goals these lesser masters threw out the regular forms and made their own up. Usually, the forms exist simply to show flash and they lack any hint of logical progression in movement and do not have real combative application, at least much that is effective. This is because most of these mcdojang “grandmasters” never have been in a fight and really don’t understand combat or care. They also only train their students to spar in their light contact touch format with ridiculously over-protected gear. They exist to impress and make money and pretend  in a very convincing manner to the average non-martial artist seeking to become a student.

Consequently, within this world of mcdojangs come political struggles. If greed and popularity or power is the goal of certain founders one can see how this trickles down into the subordinates and in-fighting occurs. Splits within organizations happen.

The following is an analysis of the ATA as well as comments about the ITA written by Grey Wolf, a Martial Artist of over 14 years and a former ATA student and ranked 3rd dan black belt within that organization who had come to his senses and converted to Kukki-Taekwondo:

Analysis of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA)

The American Taekwondo Association was co-founded by original Chung Do Kwan graduate Kang Suh Chong and his student Haeng Ung (H.U.) Lee. Before moving to the USA, Kang founded his own school of Taekwondo, the Kuk Mu Kwan, and served as head instructor of the Korean Intelligence Agency as well as commanding instructor of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army. As an 8th dan in Taekwondo upon arriving in the US in 1969, he started a school in Brooklyn, New York, and co-founded the ATA. At this time Kang and Lee practiced and taught the Chang Hon system of forms, which are the family of forms created by General Choi Hong Hi and practiced by the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF). In 1973, he was the first Chung Do Kwan graduate to receive the honor of 10th dan from its founder, Lee Won Kuk. Kang served as president of the ATA until 1978.

After Kang left the ATA to serve as vice president of the ITF, H.U. Lee, formerly vice president of the ATA and now an 8th dan, made a complete political takeover, effectively wiping Kang’s contribution to the ATA from its official history. The current history now says that H.U. Lee solely founded the ATA with a unique vision of the martial arts. The ATA continued to use the Chang Hon forms until 1983, when together with his top masters, Lee created the Songahm system of forms. ATA Taekwondo to this day is known as Songahm Taekwondo. (Songahm means “pine tree and rock” or “pine tree temple” and was H.U. Lee’s nickname.)

Sometime during the 1980s and 90s, the general quality of the ATA went downhill. Today, the ATA is the premier McDojang. Being the largest martial arts organization in the USA, and one of the largest in the world through its sister orgs WTTU and STF, it is the model of McDojang success that all other McDojangs aspire to be. As a former member, below are several points of criticism I have for the modern ATA:

1. Promotion. It is well known in the martial arts community that ATA is a belt factory. While some schools do not hand out belts, it seems that most do. You pay for a promotion and you get your belt no matter what. Furthermore, most schools have a one year black belt program. It doesn’t matter how talented you are: you cannot legitimately get a black belt in one year realistically in a true Martial Art style.

2. Child Dans. The ATA does not have a poom or jr. black belt system like the Kukkiwon does. When you become a first degree black belt you are a full-fledged Chodan in ATA, regardless. Kids younger than 8 years old have been able to achieve black belts. Three points: (a) someone under 15 will not have developed enough limbs to correctly perform techniques in a real life situation; (b) does not have the requisite maturity to  handle the responsibility and authority attached to a black belt; and (c) does not have the abstract thinking capability or technical knowledge to teach other students, which a black belt will be expected to do. Additionally, this is a trend generally looked down upon by the martial arts community at large.

3. Absurd Intermediate and Advanced Poomsae. The first 5-7 forms of the Songahm poomsae system are actually pretty good. They make logical use of basic techniques with an obvious Chang Hon flavor to them. Beyond that, however, the forms become ridiculous. They are bogged down by strained, impractical kicking segments, and hand techniques never practiced in self-defense, dragging on and on longer each and every form. The difficulty of some of the useless movements makes it to where almost no one can execute them correctly, giving them a very sloppy and loose feel. By time you’re a 3rd or 4th degree black belt, your form could be up to 100 movements and take several minutes just to perform. Taekwondo is not Tai Chi. The point of poomsae training is to work on proper body mechanics in order to develop muscle memorization for self defense techniques. Simple is better. Overly complicated is useless.

4. Inane Sparring. The light contact, point-break format promotes the abysmal habit of foot fencing and fails to teach real-world applicable combat skills. Instead of launching full kicks, students make repeat machine gun kicks in the air that are not fully extended and which have little to no power — all for the sake of tapping the opponent to gain a point. Allowing points for mere taps creates terrible fighting habits. I’ve seen it in other students and I’ve seen it in myself; I was terrible at sparring coming out of the ATA and did not learn how to hold my own until put in a harder, freer sparring style.


*Even during promotion testing when you are showing your skills as a test to show you deserve to advance in rank they are busy doing twirling air kicks without even touching each other. What purpose does this serve for self defense proficiency as a black belt? Notice the incisive clapping and cheering by the students. It is as if they are brainwashed, yet the parents are unresponsive and do not react. These ATA kids are typical child-black belts considered to legitimately be chodan. 

5. Diluted Tournament system. ATA generally forbids its students to compete in any tournaments outside of the ATA. The majority of tournaments are held by chain owners or between franchises. Above this are state hosted tournaments. Lastly there are the National and World championships. It seems everyone is a national, state, or world champion in something. Everyone. It’s not very often you meet a national champion from USAT or a world champion from the WTF. But it is commonplace with the ATA. In low level tournaments, everyone gets a trophy; places are not usually announced. In high level tournaments, there are so many ways and opportunities to win, that winning hardly means anything. If you’re a world champion, it’s just a world champion in ATA. ATAs best sparrers are not impressive. Unlike with the USAT, AAU, and WTF, where not only do they have the most elite Taekwondo athletes in the country and the world, but they also compete in many open tournaments to qualify for high level USAT, AAU, and WTF tournaments. That means they test their skills against all styles of Taekwondo, Karate, and sometimes even kung fu. Claiming world champions is simply a marketing tactic to make people think they have the most elite Taekwondo instructors and students in the world so parents will want to sign their kids up. What is worse is some of these “world champions” are only that in weapons twirling or forms, or some other ridiculous demo show off event as the ATA has all kinds of divisions for random things. Once they win they get to buy a new uniform that says either “World,” “National,” or “State Champion on the back with their name. This is pretentious and also makes students a little too prideful.

6. Cultic, Egotistic Culture. It has been the observation of me and many other outsiders that ATA students generally walk around with a chip on their shoulder. I did when I was in it. ATA students have a lot of pride in a training system which ill prepares them for either self-defense or open competition, yet they walk around as “world champions” and feel special. Furthermore, many schools have a sort of cult mentality about the primacy of the ATA and their political founder. Psychological manipulation occurs on a daily basis with actions such as forcing the audience to clap excessively when they do a demo, using cheesy techno music when sparring in class, and making students memorize pointless creeds, as well as participate in ridiculous ceremonies and rituals nowhere found inside historic Taekwondo or Korean culture itself (candles, giant staffs, reciting words, special silk uniforms etc.) Said founder, H.U. Lee, is referred to posthumously now as Eternal Grand Master. Need I say more?

*ATA looks more like a Masonic cult than a Martial Arts style. It comes off as very religious. It is a cult of personality about their founder who they speak in awe about calling him “Eternal Grandmaster.” 

Analysis of the International Taekwondo Alliance (ITA)

The International Taekwondo Alliance, known to southerners in the US as Tiger Rock martial Arts, is a style of Taekwondo known as Ho-Ahm. The ITA was formed after some high-ranking ATA black belts decided to defect from the ATA and start their own organization teaching their own curriculum. Aesthetically, Tiger Rock uses the same looking uniforms, branding tactics, instructor/master hierarchy, and name schemes for techniques as the does the ATA. Recently, though, Tiger Rock has changed their uniforms to look more futuristic and modern, yet originally their uniforms were nearly identical and you can still see many wearing them still today.

Much of what is said about the ATA applies to Tiger Rock, some of it more so. Their level of skill is far below that of ATA’s. ATA students are infamous for a low level of skill, yet at least there is a fairly regular group of students in each Dojang that has good kicking technique, etc. And also the instructors are almost always capable technically. But Tiger Rock is not so. Anything the ATA does badly, the Tiger Rock does worse (a comment on a Tiger Rock video once said, “Anything the ATA sucks at, the ITA sucks worse). Sometimes not even the instructors are capable technically of performing their art.

Tiger Rock’s place as a McDojang is unique. Whereas most McDojang organizations were founded by legitimately skilled big name Taekwondo sabums from Korea, Tiger Rock was founded by some guys in the ATA who weren’t even the most important masters. ATA is diluted Chung Do Kwan/Oh Do Kwan/Kuk Mu Kwan Taekwondo. Whereas, Tiger Rock is a diluted Songahm Taekwondo which is already diluted from its parent systems!

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White Dragon is a 3rd dan Taekwondo Black Belt with over 19 years experience in the Martial Arts and head instructor of the White Dragon Dojang Martial Arts Training Program. 

Grey Wolf is a Martial Artist of 14 years and instructor with a 3rd degree Taekwondo Black Belt.

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Comments
  1. MesYang88 says:

    I think there is a lot wrong with this article, but it is a good start. It is heart felt, passionate, and even well thought out! I appreciate the fact that you had someone with over a decade of ATA experience to come in and talk about the ATA. However I think you guys will find you are trying to be more Japanese than the Japanese are, made even funnier because you’re talking about Taekwondo the national SPORT of Korea. Remember just like you think ATA is a McDojang there are people in the world that believe any time the word Dojang is used, you already have yourself a McDojo.

    I think your article is too long. Reading it I was interested about the topic but had to walk away twice, simply because it was a lot to read. What you covered in this article could have easily been divided into several articles, and I’m sure you’ll go back and touch on some of the key points mentioned in this one at another time.

    I think the most insightful paragraph was the second to last one before the conclusion.

    • White Dragon says:

      Thanks for the honest criticism. I will have to disagree with you and nobody has to read the entire article, skimming is ok too. Martial Artists are supposed to have a high attention span and focus! hehehe. It was long, but for those who want the full analysis can read the entire thing.

      Also Taekwondo is basically Japanese Karate Koreanized but pretends it is not. the WDD fully embraces the Karate influence of Taekwondo and does not pretend its not really there. Almost all of the movements in the poomsae can be seen in Shotokan and other Japanese Karate styles.

      Also if you have disagreements with points in this article please provide evidence for why we are wrong so we can correct it.

      This blog exists also to show why the word “dojang” does not = “mcdojang.” So I think we are doing a decent job of that so far.

    • White Dragon says:

      By the way thanks for reading this blog and taking the time to comment. Sorry if I sounded negative up above haha! Have a great day and train hard!

    • White Dragon says:

      We took your advice and split up the article into 3 easier sections. Yay! Thanks!

    • Grey Wolf says:

      Hi MesYang!

      Thanks for reading and posting on this blog. I spoke with White Dragon and we both agreed your advice about making smaller articles was good. So there’s three sections up now. Thanks again! We’re both used to writing long articles for a different audience, so this is a bit of a learning curve!

      Would you mind letting us know what parts we got wrong?

      Like White Dragon said, we’re trying to prove that Dojang =/= McDojang. I understand a lot of people see it that way, but somebody’s got to challenge the status quo.

      Just some clarification: I’ve been doing martial arts, specifically Taekwondo, for over 14 years now. But my experience with ATA was only half a decade long. I do have experience with other McDojangs since then, as well as seen many other ATA dojangs, but I just wanted to clarify that so there is no cause for accusations of me lying about my experience!

      Thanks again, and we look forward to your future interaction!

  2. MesYang88 says:

    The problem is that these are, obviously, controversial subjects that aren’t exactly uniform.

    For example, saying if you have a one-year-to-dan program you are a McDojang seems legit at first until further study. In General Choi Hong Hi’s book Taekwondo, originally published in 1965, he lays out exactly that, a one-year-to-dan program. Yes, we’ll agree this isn’t the program McDojangs are using. His program was 3+ hours a day, 6 days a week, incase you were curious.

    Then the concept of Child Rank (Poom) vs Adult Rank (Dan) is something I’ve never fully understood. Is the child learning the same material as the adult? Are they held to similar criteria? If the answer to both of these questions is “yes” then isn’t a Poom system just a money game? I understand they are still developing, both physically and mentally, but isn’t that just an excuse? If they can do it and do it well, they should hold the rank that says so. (Also the Poom system was only developed for competition, to discern Junior competitors from Adult competitors.)

    Then I think the third thing you said was about absurd intermediate and advanced forms. I think this applies just as much to the WTF as other styles. And I won’t elaborate much on that, because I wouldn’t know how to do so politely.

    I agree with what you say about sparring and competition, but don’t like your use of videos. I understand you wanted to give a visual, but it seems disrespectful to the unknown people in the video. God knows I’ve put up some crappy videos before, and have refused to put up other because they were TOO crappy, lol.

    Finally I’d like to end off with, the joke, that brain washing is a vital part of almost all traditional martial arts, lol. Just like the whole battle of WTF vs ITF and then you have people like me who are like, “…umm, neither?”

    I hope that helps you understand a little about what I meant and that you can look at this objectively instead of subjectively.

    • White Dragon says:

      Look at this objectively instea of subjectively? Everything you just said was subjective.

      Whether a poom was developed for competition or not is irrelevent. A poom is a good indicator of an underage student who has advnced skill for his age. Most mcdojangs do not even teach the same curriculum to kids.
      But if one decent Taekwondo gym teaches the same material to the kid and takes in to account the young students development of his body and mind I think a poom is a fine rank. It is also cheaper than the adult rank and also transfers over once they reach the proper age. A child with decent technical knowledge only gets better when he is the proper age for an adult rank so rank ransfering is fine. No one has to pay extra for it. Its not a money making idea.

      Whatever is uploaded onto youtube is public. People can get over it.

      Also, I do not trust General Choi’s judgment or ideas as he has never even proven anything himself in how good he is besides fabricated stories about how he beat up tons of Judo guys in Japan, with no witnesses of course. This blog is not going be too reserved about our opinions on General Choi either so get ready for that. His bool is not a proper model for realistic training. Also, please name the gyms or instructors who provide such arigorous 1 year black belt rank advancement. If you cannot name them then whether or not Choi wrote a book about it is irrelevent. The reason is that these mcdojangs are not even doing what Choi wrote about in his book. Kids come 1 or 2 times for 30-45 mins a each time a week. Maybe 1 hour. And its a gorup class you cannot learn that fast in a group class unless you pay extra for private lessons.

      Also, if you have issue with the WTF poomsae I would love to her your expertise about it. The video analysis is accurate in the article.

      In many ways the ITF poomsae are just as ridiculous as the ATA’s when you get higher up in the ranks.

  3. MesYang88 says:

    Grey wolf, you wrote a very nice article. White Drangon, cool your jets friend. Like I said, almost all the key points of this article are controversial subjects. You are going to encounter many people that disagree with what you say.

    I’ve honestly never been to a school that has a 1-year-to-dan program. The least amount of time I’ve found was 2 years to dan; the longest for TKD I’ve found was 5 years.

    You don’t like Choi, I don’t either.

    You don’t like ITF poomsae, again I don’t either.

    But, you like the WTF poomsae (Taegeuk and Yudancha).
    I prefer the Palgwe poomsae over the Taegeuk poomsae.
    I’ve never seen the point of Taebaek and Kumgang, Taebaek and Kumgang being intermediate/advanced WTF forms.

    If you’ve studied the Palgwe forms or even the Pyang Ahn (Pinan/ Heian) forms Taebaek has nothing to teach you. And if you’ve studied several Kong Soo/ Tang Soo forms Kumgang has nothing to teach you, except maybe those spinning punches, which I’ve always viewed as silly.

    If we wanted to throw Pyongwon onto the list we could for a similar reason, though I actually enjoy performing Pyongwon. I think the stomping done in the WTF version is silly.

    If these were the first or only forms you’ve learned then sure they’re not too bad, but when comparing them to other forms they aren’t to great.

    Again if you think this is me being subjective, cool your jets.

    • White Dragon says:

      Cool my jets? Oh come on…

      Anyway I know the pal gae and do them all the time and I teach them as part my rank requirements with the tae guk. The tae guk are fine forms as well. Its great to kbnow both the pal gae and tae guk to be better rounded in Taekwondo.

      If you do not see the point in some poomsae it is because you do not look deep for the self defense applications or no one has taught them to you. Each of the forms have different things with different applications. Also there is no stomping in pyongwon. That is a leg block/strike to the knee joint of someone beside you. Just like in naihanchi or “Chul Gi”.

      3 years is minimum in my opinion for earning a black belt and not guaranteed either.

      If you dont like Choi why bring him up about 1 year dan? His idea isnt realistic anyway.

      A black belt is also more than just physical skill, it is maturity. A warrior-like attitude cannot be found in a child. He has to become older to have a stronger mind. Also the authority in rank that goes with a black belt should not be given to a 14 year old kid who will lord it over a 30 year old green belt man. Its just not right and a lot of these schools do this.

    • Grey Wolf says:

      Hi MesYang,

      I understand many people will disagree with what we have to say. The fact is, even dojangs that aren’t considered “Mc” still incorporate some McDojangisms. Of course they’ll take issue, but that doesn’t make them right, anymore than us have controversial opinions necessarily makes us wrong. It would be a fallacy to appeal to the masses saying “this isn’t settled” when what we’re talking about is a matter of principle, not consensus. It’s simple: martial arts were designed for military and civilian combat.

      On the poom vs. dan issue: kids below 15 might very well be able to perform the techniques at the same capacity as an adult, superficially. Yes the criteria are different actually, even if the curriculum is the same. Their muscles and limbs are still growing and developing, and it is highly unlikely that they will be able to perform the techniques at the proficiency of an adult. This becomes increasingly more evident the younger you go. Moreover, the dan brings with it a certain measure of authority, especially in Taekwondo, and a kid is likely to let this go to his head. An excellent example is in the ATA. Some pimple faced 12 year has no business lording his black belt over a 35 year old blue belt. It’s just not good for the culture of the dojang.

      In a nut shell: the poom is necessary simply because children cannot be expected to perform at the same level as adults. Whether or not this was the design of the poom is besides the point; if anything, the fact that it was created to separate junior competitors from adults only proves my point about the difference between adult and adolescent/pre-adolescent performance.

      The Palgue are good forms, but essentially reformulations of the Pinan/Heian/Pyong Ahn forms. Palgue are good auxiliaries to the Taeguk is you practice the Taeguk, but if you don’t practice the Taeguk I don’t see why you wouldn’t just practice the Pyong Ahn hyung instead. I am familiar with the Palgue forms but I do not know them. However, I have done some study on the pyong ahn forms. I remember two of them and used to know the other three.

      As a Taekwondoin who’s a wannabe karateka on the insidde, I like the Karate forms like pyong ahn and chulgi (tekki/naihanchi) a lot, but I prefer to primarily practice uniquely Taekwondo forms because, at the end of the day, that’s what I am: a Taekwondoin. If I don’t spend much time on the pyong ahn, then Taebaek absolutely has something to teach me. And pyongwon is one of my favorite forms! Mountain blocks aside, I think it has incredibly practical applications. That stomp you don’t like can serve as a knee kick, a sweep, a leg check or redirection, and, well, a stomp to the foot! Pyongwon is heavily based on the Karate kata tekki/naihanchi.

      The “if you’ve studied these forms, then your forms don’t have anything to teach you” idea applies equally to Karate kata, which are derived from kung fu forms. If you know white crane poomsae, then you don’t need to worry about your Goju-ryu forms. If you’ve studied any Northern kung fu forms you don’t need to worry about kusanku — the kung fu forms are way harder and a better workout!

      The point is the Taekwondo forms are specially designed to have the flavor, progression, and movement patterns of Taekwondo. You’ll notice that many of the karate-like segments that appear in the Taeguk and dan poomsae do not appear in later belts in Taekwondo, whereas they are in beginners forms in Karate. That’s because Taekwondo has different ideas about what techniques should come first and how they should be strung together with other movements.

      I agree, it’s hard to beat the pyong ahn forms. It covers everything you need to know in just 5 forms, yet manage to remain similar so they aren’t that hard to memorize and progress easily from one to another. But the Taeguk have strengths of their own. The Pyong Ahn forms are very difficult for beginners and youngsters to learn (ergo the fukyugata, taikyoku, and kihon forms later developed), and they cram a lot of different concepts into each form. But the Taeguk family, by spreading out its concepts over almost twice as many forms, is able to make a slower, easier, but more digestible progression of movement concepts and technique variety.

      The year-to-dan programs in America never feature 3-hour a day training sessions, ever, unless it’s a training camp which will give you your next belt after just one week (which defeats the purpose). I know Korean kids do it, but Koreans have a different work ethic and spent most of their time outside of the home. They could spend more than 3 hours in a dojang in just one day. We can’t do this here in the West. We’ve got 9 hour job days, we prefer to spend more time at home with our families, we have obligations to friends. You will be hard pressed to find any program like that here.

      And, like you said, not everyone agrees on these issues. Choi says one year if you train 3 hours every day — but do you think, perhaps, many instructors have higher standards than Choi? I don’t just mean technically, but also practically, such as in sparring. Sparring takes a lot of time and practice, and you can’t spar 3 hours a day every day and keep going for long.

      You can do it in a year if you did 3 hours a day, every day, of good practice — most people only put in about 3 hours a week, and get it in 3-5 years. But that’s not anywhere around here. I’m speaking strictly in terms of average 2-3 hour class time every week. You just can’t do a black belt in one year with just a couple hours each week, even if you do 15-hour camp weeks here and there.

      Thanks for your conversation!

      Grey Wolf

  4. Matt says:

    After reading the entire article and watching the video’s I was a bit shocked by the analysis of the ATA. I would not have taken you as seriously had you not been in the ATA for a long time, as we all know, usually comes from someone frustrated who usually just gave up.

    In the 6 years I’ve practiced WTF Kukki TKD I did train at a ATA for a few months. I had moved away from my hometown where I had practiced for 4 years and missed the art badly. (TKD forever 🙂 ) I couldn’t get past the lack of respect in that school. “Wats up Jen?” is how a student greeted the head 5th dan instructor. I’m sorry but I was horrified. In my previous dojang everyone was addressed as Mr. John Mrs. Jennifer or Master Eric and so on and so forth. A level of respect is what I missed.

    before I make this post too long I just wanted to say that it seems like the reason TKD has gotten a bad name at times is because of the McDojo or McDojang attitude. Profit is put too high on the priority list.

    Oh and I had no idea that you could get a black belt before you were 18 in ANY Dojang. And my last comment. I think to get your blackbelt you should have to demonstrate and explain the core basics of the kicks,blocks, and throws. If you cannot demonstrate a high proficiency in the basics you don’t deserve to teach them to others.

    • White Dragon says:

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading the article. Hope you read all parts.

      A lot of people can analyze and be frustrated with a martial arts company without actually being a student. The effects of mdojangism go far beyond students at the schools. It goes into the martial arts world and also effects the taekwondo culture as a whole. And yes since Grey Wolf had been along time student and basically started as an ATA member he has a lot of credibility in his claims. Mcdojangism effects the taekwondo community as a whole in a negative way an is annoying for instructors at legitimate Taekwondo gyms trying to make a living when their marketing tactics are very aggressive.

      Well stay tuned for more article! Follow our blog and keep coming back!

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