:soapbox: Ok I hate to do it but I have to get on my traditionalist soap box. First let me tell you all what has gotten me so fired up. Last week for the first time in several years I competed in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. To make a long story short I had quit teaching Tae Kwon do around 3 years ago to follow a great carreer oppourtunity. During my 2 years off I may not have had time to teach but I will always train so I found an Okinawan Karate Dojo that I could train at any day of the week. This solved my time constraint issue and alowed me to not only continue to train but also to learn a differeent style. While training there I had to contiually listen to how bad Tae Kwon Do is and that I was one of the few TKD black belts that they had ever seen who had great technique, good sparring skills, and intensity in performing Kata (Poomse). Now I did take this as a compliment to me and to my Sabumnim for teaching me the way that he did. Anyway back to the subject about a year ago a came to a point in my career where I could again open a Dojang and teach Tae Kwon Do. This brings me to last week when I competed in the adult blackbelt poomse divison at a local TKD tournament. Now let me just say that I have never complained about any decision before right now, its disrespectful and not the way a true black belt should act. However, I had been practicing for weeks making sure that each strike, kick, block, and stance landed exactly where it was ment to . And my intensity forget about it, I could have punched through a stack of boards with each technique. So it came down to me and another black belt both doing the same poomse. I got up there and did my poomse the best I have ever done it , it felt great. Next my fellow competitor gets up to do his poomse and while he did have very good technique it truley looked like he was cross breeding Tae Kwon Do and Tai Chi Chuan. After the judging was done he came out with 1st and I got 2nd. Now trophies don't mean a thing to me but, I had several things happen to me after our competition that got me thinking. #1 I had 2 Older Korean masters come up to me and tell me that my poomse was outstanding and they thought that I should have won. #2 I talked to 2 of the judges who said that he got better marks because his ApchaGi was higher. My big question is first of all where has the intensity of Tae Kwon Do poomse gone and second why do we try to kick over our heads in a poomse where it was originally suposed to be to the solar plexus. I realize that the new poomse such a the Tea Guek poomse are not 2000 years old like some forms but the movents are much the same, so why shouldn't we perform them the way the older Kata or Poomse were with power, intensity, speed, and accuracy. Anyway thats my soap box session for the day, Thanks for listening!