In case you haven't picked up on my not so subtle hints, I am fed up.  I am fed up with lack of progress and the partiality shown to certain people.  The referees are ready to revolt and I was told last night membership is 8500 - which is even lower than Askinas days.

Enough already.  This is really not rocket science. Time to put the egos away and start doing what needs to be done. 

I started TKD in 1973. I started in 1997, twenty years ago and I am still writing the same stuff.  Enough already!

BTW - where are the 990's?  And even though Keith Ferguson promised at the so called Annual Meeting designed to keep people from attending, minutes were to be posted in 15 days.  Hasn't happened.  Hear there was a secret Executive Session - where is fhat posted?  BTW posting a DRAFT version a month later does not cut - and where is the Consent Agenda?  the financials?  everything which is supposed to be posted with Minutes?

This is the simple stuff and it still cannot be done in a reasonable fashion.

And to my knowledge in almost 18 months that have been all of 3 notes from the Executive Director.  Where is the transparency?  And I don't mean that rah rah stuff he posted. 

All the constituent positions on the BOD come up in 2018.   Someone start looking for candidates who know the bylaws, who understand non-profit governance - understand Safe Sport. Not the most popular coach, referee club member etc...  And someone explain how the Affiliated Director was NEVER elected but has sat on this board with no elections, no opportunity for Military to take the spot. Explain who in their infinite wisdom thought a 6 year term for the constituent members was a good idea - as well as not staggering constituents? 

So in addition to an Affiliated Director who has been on the BOD how many years with no election - the Chair of the BOD was not savvy enough to have the election of the independents who came up in 2016  - so when they held their Jan 2017 meeting, they were lucky to have a quorum and had to have someone else start the meeting so they could put themselves back on the BOD? and now a 6 year term? 6 years? April 2013 through Dec 31, 2018 and if they don't have an election - they changed the bylaws so that the same thing can happen. 

And USAT wonders why numbers are dropping and why people are so fed up - NO ELECTIONS WHERE ANY USAT MEMBER CAN VOTE between 2013 and the end of 2018?  really?  this is beyond ridiculous! 

As I remember this was a unanimous vote - wonder why - self-perpetuating board? 

Considering what is going to break in the news in a matter of a couple weeks - or so, this organization had better get ready for the rock and roll - and just think, the article will be out just before Nationals so there will be a big topic of conversation.

Frankly, it is time for every BOD member that did not protest the lead of said story had better consider resigning, especially whomever was chair last year during the Olympics and didn't even know he was not a director on Jan1 because they deleted crucial terms - as in two words - .  Everyone of you could have voted to countermand the Executive Director by the bylaws. And the Executive Director should consider leaving with them.

This is all just too discouraging. Who is really in charge of this asylum?

The last approved set of minutes does not have the Consent Agreement.  Why?  They vote on it as a package, so the members need to know what they approved, let alone the official record.  They also left out the Executive Director's Reports and the financials.

It was a great start when this was included, so why are they resuming this lack of transparency?


It is my honor to invite you to the International Taekwondo Festival which will be on May 20, 2017 at the beautiful Industry Hills Expo Center Grand Arena in the city of Industry, California.

This year we will host a one-day tournament with our Poomsae, Individual Sport Poomsae and Sparring competition. Every division will have 4 competitors to win medals except for the World Class Black Belt division and Sport Poomsae which will have full brackets.

To thank you for your support, schools with 20 or more competitors will win a 32" Flatscreen TV, and 30 or more will win a 40" TV and the Grand Prize school with the most competitors a 60" TV. Please note to ensure that we end our tournament on time we will have a strict cutoff at 1,000 competitors.

The World Class Sparring division first place winners in the Senior men and women division will win an all expense paid trip to fight at the WTF G-2 2017 Korea Open Championship sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Korea.

Poster packets have been mailed out. If your school did not receive one please contact us and we will mail you a package today. Your support is sincerely appreciated and I hope you and your students will have an amazing experience at this year's tournament.

I look forward to seeing you soon.


Thank you 감사합니다 

Respectfully yours,




YI Cheon 


Grandmaster Young In Cheon


Tournament Director

2000 USA Olympic Team Head Coac

Sorry I missed the meeting - way too much going on everywhere.  Here are draft notes.  I find it interesting that they just now voted to send some cases directly to Safe Sport -considering the two cases I know of that have sat at USAT since before the Olympics and to my knowledge remain unsettled.  Also wonder why they were not suspended like everyone else in this position. Preferential treatment?

USA Taekwondo Board of Directors Meeting
April 24, 2017
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A telephonic meeting of the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of USA Taekwondo (“USAT”) took place on April 24, 2017 following notice duly given pursuant to the USAT Bylaws.
1. Call to Order & Official Role Call
Don Reynolds called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Eastern Time. An official roll call was taken by Keith Ferguson. Participating, Russell Ahn, Dean Ekeren, John Ensminger, Ian Hardman, John Holloway, Jesse Kuhns, Devin Johnson, Stephen Lambdin, Beth Pinkney, Don Reynolds, Ron Southwick, Yuki Sugawara, Seth Wilson.The members in attendance constituted a quorum of the Board under the USAT Bylaws. Mr. Devin Johnson and Mr. John Holloway joined the call in progress. Ms. Nia Abdallah and Mr. Jeff Porter were unable to attend.
In addition, USAT Staff Members Keith Ferguson, Steve McNally, and Ariana Heter were in attendance along with USAT outside counsel Stephen Hess.
2. Consent Agenda
Mr. Reynolds called for any changes to the published consent agenda, which consisted of approval of the January 24, 2017 meeting minutes circulated in advance of this meeting. There were none.
Upon a motion duly made and seconded, the consent agenda passed unanimously.
3. Ethics Committee Report
Mr. Ferguson reported on the work of the USAT Ethics Committee and its review of the current USAT Ethics Code. The ethics committee, under the direction of committee chair Ms. Sari Weighbrodt, conducted its annual review of the ethics code and made recommendations to the Board for changes to the ethics code that would facilitate transfer jurisdiction of cases to the Center for Safe Sport when applicable. The proposed changes had been distributed to the Board prior to the meeting. After discussion, and upon a motion duly made and seconded, the revisions to the Ethics Code were adopted unanimously.

It has taken a good while and a surgery - but back online with the online version.  Also have to learn how to use this new version. We will see......