Since 1976

January 2017


"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." —Vince Lombardi

Martial arts is an individual activity for sure—but much can be learned from working together as a team. So for the 2017 awards ceremony I have decided to not do a big and fancy banquet like we have in years past but to concentrate on getting some demonstration teams together from several AKATO schools and have a fun time letting the kids (and maybe a few adults) show off their skills and training.

One of the most memorable experiences I've ever had in the AKATO is when we took a demonstration team to Washington DC in 1995 to perform on the national mall for the dedication of the Korean War memorial. We maintained that "Dragon Demonstration Team" for several more years doing exhibitions at boy scout meetings, churches, fairs and even movie theaters.

I hope that as our member schools put together teams for the demos in March that you will have as much fun and accomplish as much as we did back in 1995. Here is the team meeting with Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.