- Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:08
- Written by Grand Master Farouk Sheikh
As we approach closer to our tournament date, on behalf of the Sheiks Family Fitness, we are pleased to announce our upcoming New Jersey Annual Friendship Championship on May 4, 2014. We would be honored to have you be part of our championship. Keep in mind that the New Jersey Friendship Championship is the biggest and the most organized championship in the tri-state area thanks to your help and support through out the years. Lets make this year an even greater event for our students and parents.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:30
- Written by Administrator
The Barb Kunkel Fight for Life shirts, part of the fundraiser for Barb and eventually for other cancer taekwondoin should be available soon. Randy Randy J Waitman has made his own screen and is printing his own as are a couple of other schools. They will be selling these and plastering pictures of their students wearing them on all the social media. Expect to see a lot of them at Nationals. There will be an order form shortly where you can buy in bulk for a reasonable amount ea plus shipping and handling. If you want to jump in and print your own - great! save the shipping and handling.. Just send the profits to the Barb Kunkel fund! Vision is also looking into having them at their booth at Nationals. In the meantime, like the Barb Kunkel page, post a photo or just send Barb a note of encouragement, something she does for everyone around her. This would be a great project to get your students involved. Someone they have seen and probably know. It is an opportunity to show them they can make a difference, buy a t-shirt, have a kick-a-thon, send a group picture and card whatever. Turn the lemon of her cancer to the lemonade of pulling the TKD community, USAT, USTC, AAU together for one cause - to help those with cancer in the TKD community. Step up. Ask how you can help. And don't forget to set August 9th on your calendar - the Fight for Life Classic!
- Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:58
- Written by Administrator
I received the note below yesterday as part of a conversation on the USAT Coaching Director and a National Coach taking the AAU team to Germany. The conversation was not about the individuals involved but the concept, should a director of the USAT who legally owes a "Duty of Loyalty" to USAT, be a head coach for another organization? I can see the arguments on both sides. The conversation morphed to other head coaches for USAT who are training athletes from other countries but live in the USAT. One of the major issues with Jean Lopez was his training of athletes from other countries yet a Facebook note read by someone (I didn't see it) but if it said what I was told, implies the Head Coach is coaching a competitor for another country, which is not allowed. I think the following pretty much sums up a lot that people believe and think. If you are going to make a rule, apply it or kill it. :
"I don't personally have a problem with participation with AAU.
My problem is, if one is eliminated for code of conduct violation, then stick to the rule.
Juan coached Guatamala in Canada
Jean just hosted a camp with members of Brazil
Patrice ran a camp in Colombia
Mendez is offering opportunism to foreign players.
Where does it end? Do I care about any of the above? Not at all in terms of this is the USA, we are built on diversity, and having foreign players to train with and compete with will ultimately make us stronger provided our coaches understand country before personal team members.
The issue is, the code of conduct policy is poorly written, and even more poorly executed. And the action of USAT violates their own policy that they removed others for the same situations."
- Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:38
- Written by Administrator
The watch words of the organization - PROTECT THE ATHLETES! In fact, the whole purpose of the Ted Stevens Act was to protect the athletes from the business types who nearly destroyed Olympic sport before the Act.
Yesterday, I did a rant on the facebook version about the use of proxies to sit in for the athletes elected to the board who were off point chasing. In the first place, according to very learned counsel who has decades of experience in the formation and litigation of non-profits and specifically with this sport. He said, no, you can't just plop another athlete in the chair. No proxies allowed. Forbidden. Well, someone tell the USAT BOD. Oh, I did.
Marco came back with a reasonable, off the cuff comment, that this practice should be legitimized so that the athletes are represented. On first glance this seems reasonable. NO! It is not reasonable. Are we protecting the athletes by simply putting a body in a charge and having one of the other athletes telling them how to vote? Are the athletes getting their full 20% representation by a substitute who has not been involved, was not elected by the AAC to be on the BOD and has not even had the BOD training? NO. All it is is a pretense that "we did this to protect the athletes." No what you did was hurt the athletes by denying them adequate representation and the say in who is speaking for them on that board. You denied the athletes their rights. If I were an athlete, I would be really upset.
I went back to 8/12/13 and looked to see the attendance records of the athletes. Ron Southwick missed one meeting. No problem. Out of the 11 meeting from 8/12 13 until 2/28/14 (last set of minutes I saw) and the 3/17/14 meeting I remember, making 12 meetings, TJ attended 5. I totally support a competing athlete. I get it, it is the reason for the organization. However, competing athletes, no matter how smart or popular they are make lousy board members because they don't have time to do the job. Because the rest of the crew is in awe of their medals and success which is rightfully deserved, no one has the cojones to stand up and say "Hey, you aren't helping by not being at the meetings. Maybe you could step aside and the AAC could select someone who has the time and the ability to serve on this board. Go earn USAT medals and make us proud. When you are retired, come back and bring your experience." But no one is going to do that. OK - I just did.
There is no harm or shame and backing away from a position you don't have time, energy or in some cases, the experience to do. Are you protecting the athletes when you give them substandard representation? Can you honestly tell me a body in a chair is all the representation the athletes deserve? Don't the athletes deserve to be protected by a representative that is current on the issues and has been to enough meetings that they are no longer the newbie?
While I am on this rant, once again - has anyone ever seen a notice of an AAC meeting? AAC policies and procedures? minutes of a single meeting? Anyone ever hear the AAC give a report at BOD meetings? NO, because they don't exist. When we start talking about protecting the athletes, let's set with the AAC whose job it is to make sure everyone else protects them. So who is going to protect the athletes from the AAC?
The athletes deserve competent representation from leaders who know and follow the bylaws and the rules, who show up at meetings and are prepared to go to battle to protect those athletes, not just be 20% of the people sitting in the chairs.