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bushido_man96
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2023 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's too bad, scohen. People can often mess up some perfectly good things....
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2023 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah thats a shame but it sounds like it was a good experience (martial arts technique wise).

Also, it sounded like Master Kim (from your previous posts) was very sensible. Maybe you could reach out to him and arrange some training with him directly? That might enable you to keep the Tang Soo Do going
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2023 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ll try to leave out names… but here’s an unfortunate update.

Master Kim has NOTHING to do with this.

But it turns out my suspicions were right. Turns out, one of the instructors has been accused of “grooming” some of the women there. Multiple times. And some of the higher ranks there are well aware of it, but have made it perfectly clear that they don’t care. One of my friends was his next target, and he made his intentions with her VERY clear. She left soon after.

Again, this is a Dojang that Master Kim does NOT teach at. Someone that works for him, I can’t possibly imagine he’s aware of what’s going on. But yeah.

For the higher ranks that I mentioned:
- apparently they had a lot to say about me when I traveled to Okinawa
- they’ve confessed what kind of person this instructor is, and tried to justify his behavior
- a friend confirmed they continue to trash talk anyone who doesn’t stay in their little circle
- Multiple women (4 that we know of now) have left in the past after this instructor made their move.

It’s unfortunate, but oh well.
Glad I'm back with my Sensei!
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bushido_man96
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2023 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's nuts. Has anything occurred that these women could approach law enforcement with? If so, they really should. That's the only way predators like this get stopped.

Good on you for getting out of there when you did.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2023 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don’t believe anything has gone far enough for law enforcement to be involved. And my friend said that while she believes she has enough on him to do a lot, she doesn’t have it in her to publicly call him out. She’s been very clear in saying she just wants to forget anything ever happened.

To all of you out there that preach the martial arts values AND practice them: thank you.
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