Wow I can't believe this thread is still alive. Here's an update on CKD. From what I hear, Kwang Jo Choi and his minions are at it again for the last few months trying to destroy the reputations and livelihood of Michigan instructors who left the organisation. But these heroes are fighting back against the Choi/Pereira menace. A case was filed by the former Michigan school owners and is currently underway in federal court. The motion to dismiss the case by Kwang Jo Choi was denied and this is now officially a federal case.
In their latest response to the judge, Kwang Jo Choi actually admits to NOT having a federal trademark for 'Choi Kwang Do' although they have been propagating this lie for close to 25 years. Yes, Kwang Jo Choi has a service mark for their logo with the words 'Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International' but that doesn't mean that people can't teach or use 'Choi Kwang Do' in advertisements and at their schools as an art.
So, all you who are too scared to leave CKD because you still want to teach 'Choi Kwang Do' as an art or use 'Choi Kwang Do' in your own unique logos (not sure why you would want to but...), go for it. There's now a legal precedent & CKD International's admission that there is no federal trademark.
Leave now! This will benefit your students as well as your pocket book. Plus,as a bonus, you will never have to listen to insulting propaganda speeches from Pereira again. If CKD sends you trademark letters, simply ignore them. There is NO trademark. If CKD tries to destroy your reputation, you have a case! Yes, there is a better life and happier students after leaving the money pit & slavery called Kwang Jo Choi & Pereira! Trust me, you will be happier...