Any time. As far as Gm Lee. He has always kept a low profile. Never been one for self promotion. That is until he has gotten older and he realises the importance of it in our culture. I used to be the same.
Our lineage to the founder is rather simple. As a war orphan in Korea Gm Lee began his training under a private students of Choi's. a man by the name of Lee, Dong Gu. After some time he began training along side of Lee and Choi.
Dong Gu Lee is currently a monk in Korea. I have only been able to find one picture of him myself. You will also find that most if not almost all of what you will find online about Gm Lee is from me. I have a web site as well, but it is currently down for work. I'll send you a link when I get it back up. It goes indepth with our training and techniques are. I just don't know if Tom ever got into the ground work. That you will have to ask him.
Yes, we trained together for a while. He was with Gm Lee when i transferred in from another school. I was military then. He trained pretty regular and hard. I couldn't comment on how he teaches now or how his personal experiences have influenced his training. It has been since 02-03 since I saw him last. Gm Lee had no complaints last time he came from Va.
The style of Hapkido we do is a more aggressive version. Our teacher was a Korean war orphan and refined the techniques on the streets of Korea after the war. I have been in the military, law enforcement as well as being a professional bouncer in Los Angeles and they have served me very well. I have also learnt how to truly apply the techniques in a real world conflict. Takes a lot of trial and error. Couldn't say if Tom has had the opportunity to do the same. I have found that it does not matter how effective the art and techniques are. If you never apply them then you will never truly know.