As a black belt in the ATA, I have to say that the material it teaches isn't bad in my opinion. However the ATA does seem to be more money oriented than it should be. I was blessed with having an instructor that teaches more than just the given ciriculum, and cares more about teaching than the money. Also there seems to be a division in the ATA between those of us that want real training vs those that want to make a buck. And on the topic of tournaments the ATA is more family orietned than competitive. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Its not the material that makes it a mcdojo, its the instructor teaching it.