Robert Allemier is genuine.
Hello, I am new to this forum, and found this thread via a search engine looking for ATA history info.
In defense of Chief Master Allemier, he is a good instructor. I was a student in the ATA from 1976 to 1983, and became a 2nd Dan Instructor and school owner. I am in no way going to defend the ATA, but there were (and still are) some good people in their org.
When I joined the ATA in '76, H.U. Lee was the Vice President. Bob Allemier was a 4th Dan, the highest ranked American in the ATA, and held the position of Regional Vice President in the mid-west. He had been a tournament fighter in previous years, and had held a National Tournament title for 10 years running. It was said that he was so good in the ring, no body wanted to enter and compete with him. He became good friends with Chuck Norris, since they fought on the same tournament circuit (different weight class). They remain close friends to this day now that CM Allemier is in Texas.
Master Allemier ran two schools in Lansing, (central) Michigan, and my instructor's school was in the southwest corner of the state. In 1978, GM Lee took over as President, Master Allemier tested for 5th Dan (a huge deal for a non-Korean back then), and was appointed to the National Vice President position. The most senior American was 6th Dan Edward Sell of the Chung Do Kwan (my current teacher) who was in Ann Arbor MI, who we interacted with. I tested many times under Master Allemier, competed with him as the center ref, and attended seminars with him and GM H.U. Lee. I held boards for his kicking breaks which were unbelievably controlled and powerful. His flexibility was impressive. He was also an all around nice guy with a great sense of humor.
(In scoring forms at tournaments, Master Allemier would say "There is no such thing as a '10'....... except for Bo Derek, or course." - I hope that isn't too dated of a reference - lol)
I know the rep of the ATA, and I watched it grow rapidly, and begin to fall apart, but I know that Robert Allemier is the genuine article when it comes to Taekwondo Instructors (at least from a non-Korean, American based org. standpoint).