I, TKDTutor, have been involved in the martial arts since 1968 when I stated training in Shorei-ryu karate and Judo. After enlisting in the Navy, I began training in Taekwondo and continued training in Judo. I trained in and taught Taekwondo and Judo and trained in various martial arts throughout my naval career until I retired from the Navy and began graduate school.
After earning a MS in criminal justice I began training in Taekwondo again, this time under Master Michael Deese at a Taekwondo Plus school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After collecting books, articles, and papers on Taekwondo and the martial arts, and acquiring knowledge and experience from various instructors of Taekwondo and other martial arts for decades, I decided to create a Taekwondo web site to share my knowledge and experience with others. After a few years of development, on January 1, 2000, I published "Taekwondo Tutor" on the Internet as TKDTutor.com.
In 2000, Mr. Deese became an independent school owner and asked me to develop software that would track students and print rank certificates, so I developed a Microsoft Access database program that did this. In 2001, Mr. Deese affiliated with the Taekwondo America organization, and became Michel Deese's Taekwondo America, and the certificate program was no longer needed so Mr. Deese asked me to convert the program into an attendance-keeping program.
In 2001, I completed MARK1 (Martial Arts Records Keeper), which used a barcode scanner to record student attendance and managed all the paperwork needed for a rank testing. It completely managed a Taekwondo program and tracked attendance in four other programs. As word spread about the program, more and more Taekwondo America school owners started using it so I expanded it to include the compete computerization of the Taekwondo America testing process.
The Taekwondo America National Office asked me to develop a program to manage and print its rank and instructor certificates. In 2002, they began using my TASK (Taekwondo America School Keeper) program to manage their schools and students.
Due to the development of TASK and more Taekwondo America schools using MARK1, I changed the name of the MARK1 program to TASK2 (Taekwondo America Student Keeper) to better reflect its purpose, and added more features. In 2003, I released the revised version 2.0 of MARK1 as TASK2. Sean Baxter, owner of Concord Taekwondo America in Concord, NC, tested the program and provided many useful suggestions for new features and ways to make it more functional.
Since TASK2 developed gradually over several years instead of being developed from the beginning as a distinct program, it became sluggish, lost continuity between its features, and its menu system became complicated and confusing to use. Therefore, in 2005, I began a complete rewrite of TASK2 from the ground up. Since the new version was set up so that any martial art schools could use it, not just Taekwondo America schools, I changed the name of the program to TaskMaster. As TaskMaster was nearing completion, Microsoft released Access 2007, which added many new features. I decided to incorporate the new features into TaskMaster and convert it to Access 2007. I also added many new abilities to TaskMaster, set it up to manage five separate programs within any martial art school, and added changes to permit me to sell it to the public over the Internet. All this programming has been a major undertaking, so the arrival of the new TaskMaster has been slow coming.
Since the creation of TKDTutor.com, I have had ideas for more martial arts related programs and projects; such as creating a generic rank test management program, creating a database of Taekwondo techniques, and writing Taekwondo books. Distributing all these things as they are developed requires a business, so, in 2006, I established TKDTutorage as the base business for all the solutions (products). TKDTutorage was incorporated as TKDTutorage Software, effective January 1, 2009.
Most software businesses have a development staff with separate divisions who work on each application. Within an application division, some people work on finalizing one version, getting it on the market, and providing support for the it, while, simultaneously, other people in the divisions are working to develop the next version of the application. Since TKDTutorage is a one-man operation, support is limited and everything happens slowly, even slower than at Microsoft.