When judges at the official table are not paying attention, they are doing a great disservice to Taekwondo , the school, the students, the parents, and themselves; it shows the judges’ incompetence and disrespect. If the behavior continues, the reputation of the school will suffer and the prestige of the school, its students, and the ranks it bestows will suffer. It is up to the school owner as to what behavior he or she allows or disallows at a judges table. My instructor does not hesitate to chastise any judge immediately when his or her behavior is improper, even if the judge is senior to the instructor. A testing is only as fair and impartial as it appears to its participants. If it appears fair, people may think a testing was fair, even when it was not fair, or they may think a testing was unfair because of the behavior or the judges even when the testing was completely fair and impartial. The bottom line is that the management of a testing is the sole responsibility of the school owner. The school owner controls whether a testing was fair or unfair, competent or incompetent, or respectful or disrespectful.
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