Have I TRAINED under the ATA system? God no. Have I SEEN products of the ATA System? Yes. Have I been invited to instruct for ATA? Yes. Have I been invited to put my NAME to an ATA school? Yes.
Would I ever? Hell no.
I've been around long enough to know a mcdojo and baby, ATA takes the cake and the pie too.
For the ATA's point of view their website is: http://www.ataonline.com/index.asp
Here are a few ATA things...
A) GUARANTEED BLACKBELT
B) Kids getting MULTIPLE DANS
C) Their techniques, from what I have experienced, are poor..at best.
D) Their Insturctors are not usually the person on the marquee but rather people he gets to teach
E) It is a healthclub mentality (read as contract)
F) Their "NATIONAL CHAMPIONS" are only champions because the ATA has a CLOSED nationals available ONLY to them.
G) Their forms are COPYRIGHTED to prevent anyone else doing them in competitions.
H) Only ATA Uniforms maybe used...
Sounds like a money making scam to me.
I could go on, but I won't. I've given the sons of a bi... far too much of my time discussing the wonders of the ATA.
But seriously, they are great at one thing.
A Day Care Center.
If you find ATA to be your liking, then do the ATA.
There are two sides to every story and that is just my small view on the ATA, I am sure the ATA has another side.
Shortly put though, these are the guys that 1st Round KO sees as "taekwondo" people and judges the art as thus. McDojos...
[This message has been edited by Uriel (edited 05-19-2004).]