I just got a call from AnnMaria De Mars who was incredibly helpful and forthright about all this. In a nuttshell she explained that KG wanted to bring in 60-80 people and have their dojo ranks recognized by USJA; that he wrote a single large check for all his people (for which he later complained to her he was not thanked); that this transaction was pushed by then chief of operations, now president Gary Goltz with the primary goal of stacking the voting process, and a secondary goal of collecting a large number of fees; that she personally objected that she should be outranked by someone who had never won anything, when she had medalled at the olympics; that KG and his people probably did nothing wong; that Nick and the others lkely did not know this was being done; that the background check forms could not be filled out by solely by USJA because they would need to know the SSN's; and that this event and others like it are indeed the reason that she and Coach Pedro resigned last year.
A class act and as straight a shooter as I've ever met
@Fake This might belong in the USJA PB thread, but I put it here because it has bearing on Nick's case.
@Nick You mentioned earlier that you were surprised when KG presented you with the USJA Judo Hachidan. Were you expecting something else by any chance?
Just curious if anyone thought they were getting USJA Aikido rank, and ended up with Judo.