The 29th Annual Winter Spirit Camp was held Feb. 10-12 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.! Congratulations to Sensei Kevin Gurganus for being promoted to 7th Dan in Motobu-ha Shito-ryu and for also receiving his “Kyoshi” teaching title! Looking forward to next year!
On Jan. 14th, the Master’s Memorial seminar was held! Dojo from all over the world participate to celebrate Akamine, Eisuke Hanshi and other teachers who devoted themselves to teaching martial arts and who have passed away. Jan. 14th is the actual day that Akamine passed away in 1999! Training included the Tawada no Sai kata on the 14th and nunchaku and sai training on the 15th. Testing has also held on the 15th for those qualified! Shihan Gurganus received Godan, Sensei Bill Harman and Sensei Rita Parke received Nidan in kobudo! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone!!!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas collection for Durham Public Schools! The CMAC family and their giving heart always seem to amaze me! We will be able to give many Hope Valley families a brighter Christmas this season! Pictured are some of the items collected and Hope Valley school counselors who helped us with the project! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Congratulations to everyone who tested October 26th and 27th! Great test and a lot of practice paid off. See you at the next test! Keep up the good work!
Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at Holt Elementary on Aug.19th! Holt is a year round school with a focus on asian studies! We demonstrated karate, jiujitsu, kobudo and iaido for the entire 2nd grade! Thank you to Ms. Michele Chan, 2nd grade teacher, for inviting us out! They were a great audience and had some very good questions at the end! Thank you to Kathy Hallen for all the great pictures!
While on vacation in the Georgia mountains, I had the chance to visit and train with an old friend and student, Sensei Todd Irvine! Todd was one of the original students of CMAC that started out at the UNC-Chapel Hill fencing room in 1991! I visited Todd’s class on a Wednesday night and we had a great time working on basics, Gohonouke kata, and blocking drills! Included are pictures of Todd and myself sparring in 1989!