By my subject heading I don't mean that taekwondo is bad just that there is sometimes a bad perception of what taekwondo is, especially WTF. I came across a school recently that has a 4th dan instructor that has, according to the information on the website, only been practicing taekwondo since 2000!!! From my reading about other martial arts, that level should take at least 25 years, yet it seems to be pretty common in tkd. Is that due to a higher number of McDojo's and/or the willingess to hand out dan grades to 8 year olds? I want to start tkd but with that kind of mentality out there, how can I really be sure the school I want to go to is legit? The head instructor also seems a bit young to hold a 4th dan but he trains regulary at GM Chong Soo Lee's school in Montreal so I am bit more inclined to view his dan as on the level. Is that a fair assumption to make?