Hello all I have been in Tae Kwon Do for over 10 years. I believed I was a 2nd degree black belt testing for my 3rd Dan. I normally assisted with classes and even taught under our grand master. I say this "I believed" because this is a disgrace and I don't know what to do. I am literally devestated beyond words. I AM registered as a 1st Dan with the Kukkikwon. That much I verified. But I thought it was strange that after my 2nd Dan test, it was taking so long to get the certificate and cards. I was given a belt but each time I asked my grand master about it, I was told there either were some personal problems or problems with the Kukkiwon itself taking over a year to get certificates. I didn't know any better. And I believed him. This was a man who I had supported as I watched him get promoted to grand master with his 7th Dan. He was such an influencing figure in my older years as a teenager and young adult. But now I have found out a terrible truth. It happened to me and it has happened to several other Black Belts that tested with me with different ranks varying from 2nd to 4th. Our grand master told us that he used all the money for personal use because he was getting so behind on bills. He never submitted any paperwork to the Kukkikwon and never intended to. He didn't apologize but just explained what happened. I wanted to live up to what I had been taught and not hold this against him. But it was my mistake. I also learned testing fees for color belts were not something that should have been charged. At least at the rate he was charging them. Here I was... part of this organization that I felt was such a good cause and some thing that was positive in the minds of young children. Only to find out at the end that it was just a con for this guy to get rich and fool us. I tried to work this out but now he has closed where he was teaching and I cannot contact him. A friend of his who is also a grand master spoke to him on my behalf and I was told he was going to refund my money. A cost of $450. I don't know what a 2nd Dan test costs for all the certification but I felt that was very high considering my 1st Dan was only $100. But there were several years in-between. Regardless, I didn't question it or doubt it. This was my grand master so why would he ever lie to decieve me? Furter, this friend of my grand master is just that. A friend. I wonder who's side he's going to take in this? He told me I would have to re-take the test to get the 2nd Dan and none of the credit tests or extra work would be counted. I already had passed it with intense training, sweat, and tears! This was from a man who runs a "christian" Tae Kwon Do organization. My grand master did to an extent as well since he would start each session with prayer. But this is just a deception. Its about money and telling people what they want to hear. There's nothing christian about this and there certainly isn't anything representing what TKD is supposed to be here. I never got my money back. Truth be told, I never wanted it. I wanted what I had worked so hard for. If the $450 was legit then I wanted my 2nd Dan and all the credit tests that I had done afterwards so I could move on and test for my 3rd. Such a time never came. I even tried contacting my grand master's grand master. I was told by the person there (not him) that they don't handle inner disputes and I would have to handle it between the two of us. Everywhere I go, I get turned away and nobody or nothing is there to help. Both of them just get away with it under this color of fakery and hurts so many people and actual good schools that have to be out there. I'm lost. Speechless. Angry beyond words and just feel scammed. Here was someone who had taught me about honor and integrity. About honesty and how the real journey of learning martial arts was after your black belt was earned. Or so I thought. But now I feel it was all just a lie. How can I believe anything he said? He decieved many of us and I don't know what to do. I was hoping on opening a sub-school under him after my 3rd Dan to practice until I could open my own school years later as a Master. But now that will never happen. Never. Reason a few paragraphs below. I tried calling the Kukkikwon. I can never get someone to talk to me that I can understand. I've also been told they don't deal in these types of matters anyway. Sounds familiar. There is legal action. But the statute of limitations has passed. Remember, this was a role model to me. It just never ever occurred that something like this would happen. I was blinded and should have paid more attention but it was my fault I guess. Regarding why I said I would never have my own school? In part because of this event, which was very traumatizing to me, I also lost my job. I needed to get a job and the only thing I could find was family that lived far away. But it was a way to survive. Sadly, not long afterwards, I lost my wife and daughter in a car crash. I lived but my back is crippled pretty bad. They want to do surgery now but there is no promise it wll fix it and there is a risk it could be worse. I'm lost. I'm in pain. I'm ready to give up. I don't know what to do. Does anyone have some good advice? Is there ANY recourse I have? At the very least, I don't want other people going to these two schools and getting scammed like I did. I heard they have re-opened under new names now. I want to get their names out there. But I thought I should bounce my frustration off some others. Maybe there have been people who have had other or minor situations happen. I don't know. I am so devestated by this that I am just... all those words and things... I feel so upset I can't find the words. I don't know what to do. Can someone please help me?