Black Belt Certification Issue - Tae Kwon Do
June 18, 2012 9:10 AM Subscribe
Should I keep training in this school for my belt, or move on?
posted by glitrqn to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am hoping to get some advice on how to move forward after experiencing some issues with my black belt certification in Tae Kwon Do.
The grand master I study under has a very small class of adults that he teaches Tae Kwon Do (TKD) to, and his main business is his acupuncture. Because of this, he doesn't do these grandiose promotions, he just tests you in class and when you are ready he gives you the belt. I have seen him do this with many students, and you can always tell when he is secretly testing a person, and then the next day that person gets their belt and certificate.
A few months ago, my master approached me and asked me to fill out the paperwork to get the certification with the Kukkiwon in Korea - the official place to get a certified black belt. He asked me to pay $600 for this, which was a surprise cost to me, he never communicated that, but for the sake of getting the belt I coughed it up.
Now it's a few months later and I have been waiting for him to give me the piece of paper, but he wasn't giving it to me and I started to get concerned. A few other black belts in the class looked into it for me and they said he was just waiting for two other people in the class to be ready so he could award us our belts all at the same time. I didn't necessarily think this was fair as they are far from ready, but again, I was sticking it out.
I had experienced an injury and was out of class, and my master called me on the phone last week and asked me to come in and pick up my certificate. When I got there, he asked me to fill out another form instead. Now I am starting to grow concerned...
It turns out that he has decided to change the process in which he awards black belts. Now I am going to be subjected to a test (of which he can not give me an exact date), and apparently he is requesting another $200 for me to take this test and get my certification which will yield me an interim belt that is half brown and half black - if he feels afterwards I deserve the belt I will get it. I feel like I overpaid already and now he wants another $200. And now I have to take an official test when that was never made aware to me. And have to deal with this interim belt??? You can't change the process on someone 2 days before they are due their belt!
On the other side of it, I checked the Kukkiwon, and I have been officially registered as a black belt since April 20th! It's now June 18th, and I feel like he is using this black belt to get more money out of me! And once I become a black belt my tuition goes down, and of course my tuition is due next week, and I think he is trying to get another full payment out of me.
Knowing what I knew about the registration, having been lied to about coming in to pick up my certificate, and then being asked to pay more money just for an interim belt, I got very upset and raised my voice to my master and pretty much walked out while slamming the door in his face. Now he is telling me I lack the mental discipline to receive my black belt.
Does anyone have any advice for me? I feel like he has been jerking me around for months with this black belt that I very much deserve. There is a part of me that never wants to go back ever again, but then that other part wants the certification I have worked so hard for so bad!!!
The man is very nasty and likes to call people stupid and I think he realizes that once I receive the belt, I am going to continue my training elsewhere which is probably why he is holding out on me too.
Should I keep going in hopes I finally get the belt, or should I cut my losses and move on?