I have been thinking about this for some time now. Do we really need the Kukkiwon anymore? Just think about it. What is its purpose? What can a normal Taekwondo student get from it? Perhaps it would be better if we would have just one main organization like WTF and everything else would be subordinated to it. Let me explain what I mean. Most of us (instructors) have black belt tests for our students, then we file application forms for the black belts, we pay and send all the papers and photos to the Kukkiwon. After a couple of months we get our certificates. Whats wrong with this picture? They dont know anything about my students, what their technical level is or for how long they have trained in Taekwondo. They just send certificates and get money. I personally feel that there is something wrong with this. What happens with all the money? Is our money helping the development of Taekwondo? I dont think so Also, the Kukkiwon has rules on how you should conduct a black belt test and what the minimum requirements are. But I know for a fact that in many cases they have not followed those requirements. They say that you have to know the forms and do some breaking, but I know many black belts who dont know any poomsae or havent done any breaking at all. Now some might argue that its impossible to control the students technical level. Really? With modern technology we can do many things. We can send some videos freely via the Internet, send DVDs or some of the instructors from the Kukkiwon can do random tests. Now you might, again, argue that it will take too much money and man power. But we are sending lot of money to Korea so they should be able todo something! Even just random checking I can take some examples from my home country Finland. There are quite many black belts and some high ranking black belts who didnt need to doany physical test for their Dan tests! (even high Dan tests) Their Instructor who lives in Korea just sent the papers to them! Then I hear them comments that our teacher knows our level or He knows what is best for us. Well.. There is one small problem. The Kukkiwon rules clearly say that you have to do a PHYSICAL test for your Dan test (or at least it was mandatory at that time. I dont know what the rules say today because for some reason I cant get access to their web-site as I write this.) OK, I just dont understand why we have to send so much money to an organization located in Korea, and if we are completely honest they are notdoing much for the development of Taekwondo. I know they arrange some seminars etc. But we still have to pay a lot of money and all that money that they are getting from all over the world should be used to do much more for Taekwondo. My conclusion is that the Kukkiwon should really make some big changes and not be afraid to make some really radical developments. I know there are some really great masters and grandmasters there but the direction in which we are going is just destroying Taekwondo as a martial art. Yours, Markku P.