As we look forward to 2016 I am excited about the 40th anniversary of the AKATO (which started as the Southwest Tae Kwon Do Association in 1976). Over these four decades I have had the opportunity to meet and train with many fantastic martial artists. But perhaps even more gratifying is the honor to be able to have an impact on the myriad lives of students. I know I speak for all the AKATO instructors when I say that is the thing I am most proud of. For the March 19 celebration we've invited master teachers from several states to share with us. Larry Miller from Nashville, Jon Alster from Los Angeles, Tom Booker from Knoxville, and Colin Wee all the way from Australia are scheduled to teach seminars at the Richardson YMCA during the day. Our evening banquet will feature demonstrations, a retrospective video presentation and it looks like we are going to have many faces from the past 40 years come join us. And, of course, we will be giving out the AKATO student awards. Mark it on your calendar so you don't miss this exciting weekend.