Man, I take a break from being online for the last year because of family stuff and ALL the drama pops up. Well as someone who has been training in the art for almost 20 years, this is for the most part correct. There are certain rules that they are strict on and certain things they are not. Dedication to the art is a BIG thing for the organization. Their attitude is " If you are going to be here and master what we do, be here and master it." Not everyone in the US, especially those who are big into MMA style training appreciate that, but the argument between "traditional vs MMA" has been done to death and frankly is a preference of style more then anything. As for the comments of Hwa Rang Do being "cultish", I have avoided those discussions because for the most part, I do not know the people making the clams. I do not know their disposition, preferences, or history, and I have no context on what their experiences have been. All I can speak to is my experiences. Being someone who has been involved in Korean martial arts since I was 10-12 years old, all I can say is that the idea of "loyalty to your teacher and master" is something that I have seen in both Tae Kwon Do and Hwa Rang Do. My TKD instructor was really bad in this and his behavior would defiantly falls under the "cultish" label. He was the reason I left martial arts completely for 5 years, which were some of the hardest years in my life. My experiences with HRD has certainly been better then my TKD experience in regards to the instructors and most of the problems I have had has been from students who have come up through the ranks and felt that if they focus on their achievements, then the instructors should grant them "special privileges". I have trained with Dojoonim and his son, Grandmaster Taejoon Lee. They are intense and not everyone can appreciate that. To be honest, there have been times where I have not either. But their job is not to make me feel better about myself. They tell me how they see things and they tell me where I need to do better. I don't always like hearing it, but I have found (and sometimes it took a while) that their comments helped me move forward. I have never felt like I was not allowed to leave or that I was worthless or deficient if I do, nor have I ever felt like myself or my family was in danger if I do. (which is a classic cult practice in order to maintain the cult structure). On the other hand, I do not train under them all the time and last time I had any interaction with Grandmaster Lee was 4 years ago when he moved to Europe. There has been a lot of drama around the Hwa Rang Do leadership, that much is obvious. But frankly, (and this is my opinion) if the art is not a good fit, move on to something else that is. There are more then enough martial art systems out there to train under. I don't think it is really that complicated.