Suspension or Termination

TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP

Set forth below are the rules and regulations regarding suspension and termination of membership in the WTSDA. 

A.  General Policies

1.         Membership in the WTSDA may be terminated at any time by the member upon his/her written resignation from the Association.

2.         Membership in the WTSDA may be revoked at any time for cause as follows.

With respect to:

(a) any gup member, by the unanimous decision of the studio owner, Regional Director, Grandmaster and any one of the (i) Regulations Committee Chair (ii) Legal Affairs Committee Chair, (iii) Membership Chair, or (iv) majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee;

(b) any Dan member holding the rank of Cho Dan through Sam Dan, by the (1) unanimous decision of the (i) Regional Director, (ii) Grandmaster, (iii) Legal Affairs Committee Chair and (iv) a majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee; or (2) a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

(c) any Dan member holding the rank of Sah Dan or any Master Member, by (i) the unanimous decision of the Regional Director, Grandmaster,  Regulations Committee Chair, Legal Affairs Committee Chair,  Membership Chair and all members of the  Executive Committee; or (ii) a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

3.  Membership in the WTSDA may be terminated for reasons such as conduct unbecoming of a member of the WTSDA or cause. 

4.         Upon the termination or revocation of membership in the Association, no part of the membership fee paid by the member to the Association shall be refundable to the former member.

5.         The rules and regulations contained herein apply to all members, including those with Lifetime Membership and Charter Members.

B. The process for reinstatement of a WTSDA Member.

Definitions.  For purposes of these rules, the following definitions shall apply:

Expelled Member.  Those members who have been terminated by the WTSDA.  Causes for expulsion or termination include, but are not limited to, conduct unbecoming a WTSDA member and cause.

For Cause.  The occurrence of any event such as: (a) conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude; (b) conviction of a felony where the underlying act giving rise to the conviction is one of violence; (c) conviction of an sexually based criminal offense; (d) abandonment, which may be evidenced by the acceptance of a black belt or membership in or training in any other martial arts organization, association, society, etc., without the prior written consent of the        Grandmaster of the WTSDA, (e) material breach of any agreement between the WTSDA and the member; and (f) any other act which, in the sole discretion of the WTSDA, reflects poorly upon the WTSDA, its members, and/or the Art of Tang Soo Do.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the definition of cause is not all inclusive and the WTSDA may, in its sole discretion, consider any act (or failure to act) buy any of its members as rising to the level of cause for termination. 

Inactive Member.  These members are those who have become “inactive” as a result of their failure to maintain an active membership at a licensed studio or club, for any period greater than 90 days.  For those Dan members who have not purchased Lifetime Memberships, in addition to the failure to maintain active membership at a licensed studio or club, any failure to renew a Dan membership within one (1) year from the date of expiration will be considered inactive.

Leave of Absence.  Those members who have formally requested, due to circumstances including, but not limited to, illness of themselves or a family member, time off from membership.  During any leave of absence, time in rank towards promotion shall not accrue.  A formal leave of absence must be first be approved by the Regional Director and then by the Grandmaster and/or the Executive Committee. 

Reinstatement Date.  The effective date of any members’ reinstatement, as approved in accordance with the procedures set forth herein.

Resigned Member.  Those members who have affirmatively surrendered their membership.  A formal writing is not required; those tendering a verbal resignation also fit in this category.  Resignation is the act of affirmatively terminating membership in any manner not otherwise described herein.  Retirement, however, should be distinguished from resignation.

Retired Member.  Those members who have deemed their martial arts career, and their time in the WTSDA, to be concluded.  To be considered a retired member, one must have the written approval of the Grandmaster, of such status. 

Suspended Member.  Those members who have been notified that their status as an active member of the WTSDA is suspended.  Any such suspension may be limited in duration or open-ended based on the facts and circumstances giving rise to the suspension.

1.         For a Gup member to be reinstated back into the WTSDA:

A.      Inactive Members. 

    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA. 
    • Must be accepted as a student by a studio owner sanctioned by the WTSDA.

B.      Resigned Members.        

    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA.
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner sanctioned by the WTSDA.
    • Must have permission from the Regional Director and the Grandmaster to return to training.

C.      Expelled Members.

    • Will not be accepted back without the (a) unanimous approval of the studio owner, Regional Director, Grandmaster and any one of the (i) Regulations Committee Chair (ii) Legal Affairs Committee Chair, (iii) Membership Chair, or (iv) majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee; or (b) majority decision of the Board of Directors.
    • Notwithstanding the foregoing, they will not be accepted if the expulsion was a result of a felony conviction (or plea to) of an offense involving moral turpitude, including but not limited to offenses of a violent and/or sexual nature.
    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and the WTSDA
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner sanctioned by the WTSDA
    • Must have permission from the Regional Director and the Grandmaster to return to training.

D.         Suspended Members.

    • Suspended Members shall be required to meet all criteria set by the suspension letter, Grandmaster and/or Executive Committee in order to have the suspension revoked. 
    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and the WTSDA
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner sanctioned by the WTSDA
    • Must have permission from the Regional Director and the Grandmaster to return to training.
    • There is no guarantee that a suspension will be lifted; any and all suspensions are subject to further action, including expulsion, in the WTSDA’s discretion.

2.         For Dan Members (Cho Dan to Sam Dan) to be reinstated back into the WTSDA:

A.         Inactive to Active

    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner and senior ranked Dan member sanctioned by the WTSDA. 
    • Must be re-evaluated by the Regional Director; their time-in-grade will begin anew once the evaluation by the Regional Director is approved.
    • After re-evaluation of the Regional Director, and the recommendation by the Regional Director for re-instatement one of the following must vote in favor of reinstatement:  (1) unanimous decision of the (a) Regional Director, (b) Legal Affairs Committee Chair and (c) a majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee; or (2) majority vote of the Board of Directors.

B.         Resigned Members and Retired Members

    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA.
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner and senior ranked Dan member sanctioned by the WTSDA.
    • Must have majority acceptance by the regional instructor club of the region he/she is residing.
    • The Regional Director will then write a letter of recommendation proposing the reinstatement.
    • If accepted by (a) the unanimous decision of the (i) Regional Director, (ii) Grandmaster, (iii) Legal Affairs Committee Chair, and (iv) a majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee; or (b) a majority vote of the Board of Directors, than the Dan member will be placed on one-year’s probation. 
    • At the end of the one-year period, the regional studio owners will decide on full re-instatement based on attitude, technical abilities, behavior, attendance at regional events and any other criteria as may be written in the regional by-laws.

C.         Expulsion

    • Such members will not be re-accepted if the expulsion was a result of a felony conviction (or plea to) of an offense involving moral turpitude, including but not limited to offenses of a violent and/or sexual nature. Must pay all back dues or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA.
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner and senior ranked Dan member  sanctioned by the WTSDA. 
    • Must be evaluated by the Regional Director. 
    • Must write a (minimum) 2,000 world essay on why they want to come back to the WTSDA and how reinstatement will benefit the WTSDA.  Said essay will be reviewed by the Regional Director, Executive Committee, Regulations Committee Chair and Membership Committee Chair. 
    • The Regional Director will then write a letter of recommendation. 
    • After re-evaluation of the Regional Director, and the recommendation by the Regional Director for re-instatement one of the following must vote in favor of reinstatement:  (1) the unanimous decision of the (i) Regional Director, (ii) Grandmaster; (iii) Legal Affairs Committee Chair and (iv) a majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee; or (2) majority vote of the Board of Directors. 
    • If reinstated, the Dan member will be placed on one-year’s probation.  At the end of the one-year period, the regional studio owners will decide on full re-instatement based on attitude, technical abilities, behavior, attendance at regional events and any other criteria as may be written in the regional by-laws.

D.         Suspended Members.

    • Suspended Members shall be required to meet all criteria set by the suspension letter, Grandmaster and/or Executive Committee in order to have the suspension revoked. 
    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and the WTSDA
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner sanctioned by the WTSDA
    • Must have permission from the Regional Director and the Grandmaster to return to training.
    • There is no guarantee that a suspension will be lifted; any and all suspensions are subject to further action, including expulsion, in the WTSDA’s discretion.

E.         Applicable Conditions after Reinstatement.

All reinstatement of Dan members shall be subject to a probationary period.  Such probations shall require the observance of the following conditions:  (a) any member reinstated at the rank of Sam Dan shall not be permitted to test for the rank of Sah Dan for a period of at least (3) years from the Reinstatement Date regardless of the number of years active in rank previously; (b) the member may not hold an official regional position (regional treasurer, etc.) for a period of three (3) years from the Reinstatement Date.

3.         For Masters (4th Dan and above)

A.         Inactive to Active

    • Must schedule an appointment with Kwan Chang Nim to discuss reinstatement BEFORE beginning other requirements.
    • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA.
    • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner and senior ranked Dan member sanctioned by the WTSDA.
    • Must attend monthly Leadership classes, if applicable.
    • Must train actively within the region with a senior-ranked instructor sanctioned by the WTSDA for a period of one-year after acceptance by the regional instructor club.
    • During the one-year period, they must attend all regional functions.  However, they will not be allowed to judge at tournaments or teach at clinics.
    • During the one-year period, they must attend monthly leadership classes in the region if applicable. 
    • After the one-year training period, they must be evaluated at the Masters Clinic.
    • Letters of recommendation by both the supervising instructor and the Regional Director must be presented to the Board of Directors. 

After [meeting all of the above criteria,] there must be a (1) unanimous decision of the Regional Director, Grandmaster,  Regulations Committee Chair, Legal Affairs Committee Chair,  Membership Chair and all members of the Executive Committee; or (ii) a majority vote of the Board of Directors in order to officially be considered an Active Member again.  The date of the vote by the foregoing shall be the official date of reinstatement for purposes of time in rank and seniority. 

A Master (4th Dan and above) can only be brought back as a Master if they are a studio owner within the meaning of “studio owner” in the WTSDA by laws. If they do not fit the definition of studio owner, they will be brought back into the WTSDA as a 4th Dan, Sah Dan Instructor.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Master who achieved rank as a result of having provided a special contribution (and in not a dojang owner) may be brought back as a Master by a majority decision of the Executive Committee.

B.       Resigned and Retired Members

  • Must schedule an appointment with Kwan Chang Nim to discuss reinstatement BEFORE beginning other requirements.
  • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA.
  • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner and senior ranked Dan member sanctioned by the WTSDA.
  • Must attend monthly Leadership classes, if applicable.
  • Must train actively within the region with a senior-ranked instructor sanctioned by the WTSDA for a period of one-year after acceptance by the regional instructor club.
  • During the one-year period, they must attend all regional functions.  However, they will not be allowed to judge at tournaments or teach at clinics.
  • During the one-year period, they must attend monthly leadership classes in the region if applicable. 
  • After the one-year training period, they must be evaluated at the Masters Clinic.
  • Letters of recommendation by both the supervising instructor and the Regional Director must be presented to the Board of Directors. 
  • After meeting all of the above criteria, there must be a (1) unanimous decision of the Regional Director, Grandmaster, Regulations Committee Chair, Legal Affairs Committee Chair, Membership Chair and all members of the Executive Committee; or (ii) a majority vote of the Board of Directors in order to officially be considered an Active Member again.  The date of the vote by the foregoing shall be the official date of reinstatement for purposes of time in rank and seniority.

A Master (4th Dan and above) can only be brought back as a Master if they are a studio owner within the meaning of “studio owner” in the WTSDA by laws. If they do not fit the definition of studio owner, they will be brought back into the WTSDA as a 4th Dan, Sah Dan.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Master who achieved rank as a result of having provided a special contribution (and in not a dojang owner) may be brought back as a Master by a majority decision of the Executive Committee.

C.       Expulsion

  • Reinstatement is not permitted for members who have been expelled as a result of a felony conviction (or plea to) of an offense involving moral turpitude, including but not limited to offenses of a violent and/or sexual nature.  Conduct unbecoming a WTSDA Dan or Master shall also be grounds for the permanent, irreversible, expulsion.
  • Must schedule an appointment with Kwan Chang Nim to discuss reinstatement BEFORE beginning other requirements
  • Must pay all back dues and/or monies owed to the studio and/or the WTSDA.
  • Must be accepted as a student of a studio owner and senior ranked Dan member sanctioned by the WTSDA
  • Must attend monthly Leadership classes, if applicable.
  • Must train actively within the region with a senior-ranked instructor sanctioned by the WTSDA for a period of one-year after acceptance by the regional instructor club.
  • During the one-year period, they must attend all regional functions.  However, they will not be allowed to judge at tournaments or teach at clinics.
  • During the one-year period, they must attend monthly leadership classes in the region. 
  • After the one-year training period, they must be evaluated at the Masters Clinic.
  • Letters of recommendation by both the supervising instructor and the Regional Director must be presented to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. 
  • A unanimous vote of the Executive Committee is required to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors and a majority vote of the Board of directors is necessary prior to being accepted back into the WTSDA.

A Master (4th Dan and above) can only be brought back as a Master if they are a studio owner within the meaning of “studio owner” in the WTSDA by laws. If they do not fit the definition of studio owner, they will be brought back into the WTSDA as a 4th Dan, Sah Dan.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Master who achieved rank as a result of having provided a special contribution (and in not a dojang owner) may be brought back as a Master by a majority decision of the Executive Committee.

E.        Applicable Conditions after Reinstatement.

  • Further, the following conditions shall apply to any reinstated Master, regardless of the reason reinstatement was necessary: (a) the Master shall not be permitted to hold a position on the Board of Directors or as chair of any standing non-Board committee for a period of at least (3) years from the Reinstatement Date; (b) the Master must attend at least 75% percent of the events which occur in the “home region” each year for the first three years from the Reinstatement Date.
  • The Executive Committee and/or the Board of Directors, as appropriate, may also impose other reasonable restrictions or conditions as the Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors believes is in the best interests of the WTSDA. 

SUMMARY – IMPACT OF SUSPENSION

As a result of suspension of individual and/or studio membership:

Certain rights and privileges associated with membership in the WTSDA, will be suspended for the relevant time period (“Suspension Period”).  Those are:

  • You are not permitted to attend any WTSDA sanctioned events (regardless of where and how held), including, but not limited to Dan Testing’s, Dan Camps, Masters’s Clinics, Regional (National or International) tournaments, Gup Clinics, etc.  If there is doubt, please check with Headquarters as to the status of an event. 
  • All WTSDA paperwork (such as Gup Membership and testing paperwork) must be signed by an instructor from your school, other than yourself.
  • You are not permitted to hold yourself out as a member in good standing with the WTSDA.
  • You are not permitted to assist with the preparation and/or planning of any WTSDA sanctioned events. 
  • The accrual of “time in grade” for purposes of your rank advancement will pause.  That is, the Suspension Period will not count towards time in grade.

For clarity, the following are PERMITTED during the Suspension Period, provided there is at least one other WTSDA certified instructor at the school to meet the criteria below:

  • The ability, within your own school, to teach classes.  You are permitted to also continue to wear the WTSDA approved uniform (and patches).
  • The ability to use and display any of the WTSDA (or its affiliates) logos (e.g., on flags and patches) by the school, provided there are other WTSDA certified instructors also teaching at the school.
  • Continued use of the WTSDA (and any of its affiliates) Marks (as defined below) consistent with the school’s membership in the WTSDA (e.g., on websites, uniforms, flags, etc.).
  • Promotion and obtaining of additional rank by students within the school will continue to be granted or advanced in the WTSDA provided the required paperwork and fees are submitted in a timely fashion and are executed by another WTSDA certified instructor at the school.  This includes gup, Dan and Ko Dan Ja.

Violations of the terms of a suspension will result in additional sanctioned, including but not limited to, extension of the duration of the suspension or termination of your membership. 

SUMMARY – IMPACT OF TERMINATION

As a result of termination of individual and/or studio membership:

All rights and privileges associated with membership in the WTSDA, including but not limited to the relevant studio(s) and/or club(s) (together, “school”) and your individual license to use the WTSDA’s intellectual property is revoked.

  • The ability to use and display any of the WTSDA (or its affiliates) logos (e.g., on flags and patches) is terminated. 
  • Students who have elected to continue training with your school and not with a WTSDA affiliate should remove all WTSDA logo patches from their uniforms promptly.
  • WTSDA flags should be removed from the school.
  • Continued use of the WTSDA (and any of its affiliates) Marks (as defined below) is a violation of the WTSDA’s trademark rights which you are instructed to cease and desist any and all use of these Marks.
  • You are not permitted to hold yourself out as an active member (or a member in good standing) with the WTSDA. 
  • Any references to the rank or status in the WTSDA must be phrased in the past tense so it is clear the affiliation has terminated.
  • Promotion and obtaining of additional rank by students may not be granted or advanced in the WTSDA without affiliation with a WTSDA licensed school.

The WTSDA is a non-profit corporation, with United States Federal tax-exempt status pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and its primary purpose is the proliferation of the art of Tang Soo Do. The WTSDA has continually used its WTSDA logo, the World Tang Soo Do Foundation logo, the Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons logos (collectively, the “Marks”) throughout the United States and numerous other countries since the WTSDA was founded in 1982 in furtherance of that purpose. The WTSDA has continually used the Marks in various campaigns and marketing, including through the WTSDA website at http://www.wtsda.com. In addition, the WTSDA has been actively involved in communities where affiliated studios are located in its efforts to further promote its brand for many years.