World Traditional Karate Organization
Honbu Dojo: 328E 61st St New York, NY 10065
(TAX # 20-3889753)
Dear WTKO members, affiliates and friends,
We are writing to inform you of some changes in the organisation that may affect you directly.
Three years ago we were very excited at the prospect of working with Scott Langley sensei and were extremely sympathetic towards him regarding the treatment he told us he had received from the JKS. In the spirit of hope and positivity, we had high expectations of a perfect collaboration with a talented instructor.
Over the years, the EC and Scott have spent a lot of time working out differences of opinion with some, if limited, success. However, his continuous interpretations of WTKO ideals and procedures, concern us more. Not only that, we are recently distressed to hear of Scott's professional discourtesy towards members of the EC and certain members of the WTKO at large. Our aspirations are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and the advancement of Shotokan karate - straying from this is unacceptable. We are not in the business of politics.
It damages the morale and reputation, indeed the integrity, of the WTKO and such breaches of protocol and etiquette can be tolerated no longer.
It is time now for a change of direction. We are requesting Scott sensei's resignation forthwith from WTKO, where he seems intent on creating an organisation within the organisation. He may either affiliate with an existing organisation that is pliable enough to give him the independence he desires, or he begins his own organisation. This would give him the freedom and authority he appears to need. The WTKO is clearly no longer a good fit for him.
We wish Scott sensei all the best. He remains a personal friend, and we hope that at some future time we shall find mutually beneficial ways to collaborate.
WTKO memberships in GB & Ireland and around the world will remain unaffected by Scott sensei's departure, and we will be happy to answer any questions directed to individual members of the executive committee or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The WTKO Executive Committee (EC)
John Mullin Chairman & Vice Chief Instructor
Richard Amos President & Chief Instructor
Scott Middleton General Secretary