Participating in these discussions has made me realize one thing, that there are cultural and generational gaps that most probably cannot and will never be bridged. I think that in some people's eyes, whatever Korean borns do will always be looked at with suspicion. I think there are also those who probably feel the same way with regard to American borns and their attempts to lead themselves with regard to USAT. Personally, I tend to identify with and relate better to the pioneers who created Taekwondo. I do not believe that they are perfect people; however, I do think that they did manage to create something that is pretty awesome, in spite of whatever flaws people think they had. I also empathize with American borns (being one myself) and their struggles to find their own way. What I do not relate to is the disrespect shown to our seniors for misunderstandings and misinformation that continues to be spread even today. I think we have reached a point there Taekwondo and its organizations need to go through a complete meltdown before people realize what has been done. I would have thought and have hoped that the USTU example would serve as a first person reminder of what happens when we disrespect our seniors and when inexperienced juniors combined with outsiders take the reins before they were really ready to. President Lee has served as a lightning rod for complaints, but the weird truth is that he gave more opportunities to American borns, male and female, for leadership roles than than perhaps all the prior USTU Past President combined. Back in 1992 Nationals, I sat down for drinks with Master Steven Silz, who was one of President Lee's first students in the US. Playing devil's advocate I challenged him on President Lee's intentions as a leader. Master Silz responded by telling me that it was President Lee's full intention to bring American borns into positions of power within the USTU, at both the state and national level, because it was his position that eventually American borns would lead their own NGB in much the same way that those in other countries would take over for their Korean born pioneers. Steve followed up on our conversation with a long letter explaining what he meant during our earlier conversation. I kept that letter because I wanted to compare what was said back then with what actually happened. The outline of what Steve told me and wrote to me came true for the most part. The very next year, when President Lee was serving as USTU President Elect, Herb Perez was appointed coach of the US National Team for the 1993 World Championships which were held in New York (which I attended). What Herb did turned into a small taste of what was to come in the future because he ended up seizing control of the entire team, alienating players, the head coach and head of team, as well as the USTU leadership in general, to what was at that time the worst showing in USTU history as far as medal counts at a WTF International Event went. I think we got two or three bronze medals (one by Hyon Lee) and that was it. Herb eventually got involved in a lawsuit with the USTU over some ticket money that he failed to turn over, and ended up losing his membership in the USTU over it. The whole experience left a very bad taste in the USTU leadership's mouths, such that it set back American born coaching five or ten years. No one wanted a repeat of that situation. When President Lee assumed leadership of the USTU, one of the first things he did was appoint an American born female as Vice President, Master Anne Chase. Master Chase continues in a leadership role with USAT as one of our best IRs, which is one of the many legacies of President Lee. Other appointments included Ronda Sweet, as Oklahoma president and Tom Hernandez as Tournament Committee chair. I want to say that most of the state president appointments went to American borns, including in my own state, Master Bobby Smith. This upset certain factions of the USTU, who felt that Americans were not "ready" to assume important positions of leadership, that it was a mistake to appoint them. So there was some opposition there, which never seems to come out in these types of discussions. But no good deed goes unpunished, and President Lee was eventually blamed for all of the ills of the world, including those that the was earnestly trying to remedy. A few years after the USAT "remediation", USTC was created, this time to help strengthen our grassroots foundation by giving American borns learning and certification opportunities with the Kukkiwon. President Lee also went out on a limb by bringing the World Taekwondo Hanmadang to the US for the first time. All these efforts were made, not to make money, because I can tell you honestly that no one is making money off of the USTC, but rather, the idea was born out of a sincere desire to help American Taekwondoin. Even now many of the Taekwondo leadership with USAT owe their start and their development to President Lee, either directly or indirectly through programs that President Lee started, such as the OTC Resident Athlete program. Or they got their first international event experience at US Open, the open concept being initiated by President Lee. Or they train daily using the ax kick, a technique that he developed as a competitor in Korea. But yet, the criticisms continue. The Kukkiwon courses suck. Course instructors are mocked, "AWESOME!" Bentleys and all of that. Skip dans are wrong. Hanmadang doesn't operate under Kukkiwon standards. It is simply incredible to me. I have come to the conclusion there are people out there that don't want such opportunities. They don't want to learn, but instead are happiest being where they are, forever. They offer no solutions, just complaints and criticisms, not realizing that type of behavior is the wellspring of how USAT was created. I think these generational and cultural gaps are too big at this point. I think that the Korean born leadership of the past should remain where they are, in their successful dojangs living their comfortable American lives, sending their kids to Harvard, Yale, Stanford and other top schools and seeing their offspring also do as well or better than they did. I think they should let things continue on this path, so we can see just how far things will far, which in the long run, will have no real effect on their dojang and their lives. I think at some point "I told you so" will not be any consolation. I guess the bottom line is that I do not think that we should be helping people who do not wish to be helped. I am also losing interest in the drama of it all and I know they are too. I think as consiglieri, that is what I will recommend. And I think I will go with them. Hopefully, it will all work out for the best. But if not, oh well.... what can you do. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink, especially if that particular horse's generation feels like that can find their own water, instead of drinking from the watering hole of the generations before them. Let's hope they don't die of thirst before finding that new watering hole, because they certainly haven't found it yet. Anyway, that's all.