The following is a letter similar to that , that I am in the process of sending to the UKA. It details what I faced, along with what I witnessed in attending this tournament. ----------------------- July 30, 2005 Missouri Open at Gym Quarters in St. Louis, Missouri. After having attending, competing, and spectating in may competitions, I do see a lot of what goes on, but was disgusted by today’s ordeal. There were uncontrolled kids running and jumping about the gym, and countless safety hazards from left-out gymnastic equipment. Firstly, the only seating area was very small, and had extremely uncomfortable bleacher seating. Something of which, I heard and saw countless numbers of people complaining about and actually exiting out of the building. To make matters worse, it was a very hot day( 90 degrees +), and the air conditioning did not appear to be working at all. I, myself, felt overheated after sitting down for too long upstairs. As far as the competing itself goes, I have also seen countless times the "robbing of points". This is no new concept, and unfortunately what the judge sees is what goes. Although, is there not a rule about having a students personal instructor be the referee of the entire fight? When it came time for me to fight, I not only lost, but lost by 5-0. The guy reffing then has the audacity to tell me I should be fighting better for my rank, and essentially tried shaming me. Now, I couldn’t care less if I actually lost fairly, and at first I even was going along with it. Although I wasnt the only one he gave his "friendly" remarks too, i noticed him saying things from orange belt all the way to 1st black and higher. Then I noticed that the guy I had fought and the referee were wearing the same arm patch, similar uniform, and similar belts. The next time my opponent was up, the same thing happened. I saw him get pummeled one time after another by a different competitor, and whenever a break would be called, the referee would always either award a point to his student or not give anything to the other one. It looked like in the intermediate level there were 2 or 3 of his students. All of which seemed to get favor in points and would win. At the very end when the days "grandmaster" contest was going on, the strange thing was, all the students looked exactly the same. Same patches, same uniforms, no belts...And that is no exaggeration. Out of all the wrigged tournaments I have witnessed, I have never seen someone successfully award every trophy and point to their own students. I actually saw other instructors go up to him, and seemingly argue(And they were spectators not the kid's own judges even). As far as my fight goes he also had a late scoring call, in which a point was awarded to his student again. Furthermore, it was evident that it was not only myself, but all who were not related to their school. On my way out of the building, I also saw a competitor wearing no uniform. In fact he was wearing a regular t-shirt and baggy camouflage pants(when sparring). Clearly violating the rule that an opponent must wear a traditional uniform at all times. At a prior tournament when I did not have my Gi Top, I was told I couldn’t compete, and was forced to buy one while there. After spending $30.00 and $35.00 and $5.00 , not including the price of shirts and souvenirs, tournament after tournament, I am tired of it. Many others are with me on this, and according to them will never come back, or volunteer ever again. I only ask that this matter is looked into , and the instructor brought to whatever penalty results from his violations of conduct.