well, Mark.. by no means do i know you to be a great instructor of kids or to have developed any true quantity of kids who have gone on to do well at a high level of competition. come to think of it, i cant recall ever competing against anybody in any tournament ever who had you in the coaches chair. nor, can i honestly say do i know of anybody at the senior level who came out of your coaching.
in all honesty, somebody who somehow managed to go from shodan to yo- (or was it go-?) dan, in a single weekend, under the old premises of the Phil Porter JA, is NOT somebody who i would be looking to for real knowledge, experience, or technical abilities in regards to teaching, developing and maintaining a high level of judo at my club.
and, if you wish to know the TRUTH about things in the USA and judo as a whole.. the reason why we fail at the international senior level is becuase there is no ability to retain our young athletes. these wonderful "grassroots" programs of the JA and JF that some people tout so highly suddenly stop offering anything of worth the moment somebody is beyond 18 years of age. they give a lot of resources to local clubs and to kids, but NOTHING AT ALL to anybody who is transitioning from the junior to senior level. it reminds of of a lawnmover when the grass it a tad too long.
so please, mark.. dont sit there talking about how making little kids learn the kata is somehow going to be a fix-it for any of the situations faced in the US.. only an idiot would think that the problems with USA judo compared to the world in general is a lack of technical abilities. ANYBODY who has EVER traveled around the world can see that on a technical level we are every bit as good as any european, and most asian (outside of Japan and Korea) nations.
then again, i wouldnt expect you to know that with your vast international travel, training, competition and coaching experiences.