Real simple KKW standards is 4th is consider Master and 8th is consider Grand Master. It is what it is and every single person I know in Olympic taekwondo is mainly called coach, but the title stay in the dojaang. Last thing Sabanim is a school owner not Kwanjanim that is for the kwon leader only.
It was the A.A.U. prior to U.S.T.U and now U.S.A.T. I can say without a doubt Joe Rogan has never won the real U.S. Open held by the N.G.B. which stands for the National Governing Body for Olympic Tae Kwon Do. Joe Rogan won on the smaller stage and was doing point style sparring versus Olympic...
First off what state are you from, see each state follows the USAT guidelines but they add or take away depending on how big there associaition is. Once I get thatinfo I will explain your state bylaws and what you really need to compete
Blah blah blah, seriously in the last ten years so many have written what they believe to be true. Sit at any korean table and listen there story is different than the next table. In tkd you really can't tell fact from fiction. Train train and train and pass a long what your Master tell you.
Well after going over two years of posting the last week, I can see the T.K.D. section has really gone down hill. Not anybody fault but the quality of post are just terrible, people asking the same old question 500 times and same old answers always giving. Have a wonderful day.
Photonguy most commercial school has testing schedule and minimum time you must do before you can test, so working harder may not always equal the harder working student. What it does secure is the understanding of the materials
The U.S.A.T. national last year had over 100 I.T.F. fighters come and competed, but yes as a matter of fact something like 15% of the top 100 in each weight class had a I.T.F. background. Mas did an article on it a few years ago.