CMAC will be open tonight!  Guess Rd. is clear and dry.  Please use good judgement in deciding if the roads that you will have to drive on are safe for travel!


Congratulations to everyone who tested Dec. 21st and 22nd!  Great job and keep up the good work for 2016!

Martha, Sindi, Chris, Michael, Cusita

Martha, Sindi, Chris, Michael, Cusita

Mily, Matthew, Kenya, Will

Mily, Matthew, Kenya, Will


IMG_0749Thank you to everyone who contributed to our annual Christmas collection for Durham Public Schools!  The CMAC family always seems to amaze with their giving heart and attitude!  We were able to make the holidays a little brighter for many Hope Valley Elementary families!  We also were able to provide items to many families at Parkwood Elementary!  Pictured are Sensei Gurganus and Hope Valley principal Micah Copeland with some of the items collected!  Merry Christmas!


CMAC will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 for New years!  Please enjoy the time with friends and family.  Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!


Dear CMAC family,

Every year we adopt a public school to help during this season of giving.  This year we are helping Hope Valley Elementary and the many families that are less fortunate than us.  We need your help in collecting items for these families!  We need toys, clothes, and school supplies for kindergarten through fifth grade!

In past years we have donated truck loads of items to Eastway, Holt, C. C. Spaulding, Merrick-Moore and Little River Elementary schools toward this cause. Hope Valley is a traditional school, so we only have a few weeks before they go on winter break.  All items must be brought to the dojo by Mon., Dec. 14th, so that we can take them to Hope Valley on the 15th!

We need: new unwrapped toys, outdoor activities, games, clothes(coats, hats, socks, underwear, shoes, etc.), gift cards, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, books, school supplies, etc.!

Bring your items to the dojo as soon as you can!  Thank you for your giving heart!  I know we can help make a difference for these families this Christmas season!

Thank you and God bless,

Sensei Gurganus 


Sam practicing armbars as a green belt!

Sam practicing arm bars!

Alex practicing sai as a green belt!

Alex practicing sai!

Congratulations to Alex Gilligan and Sam Sykes!  Both are recent graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill!  Alex graduated with a degree in chemistry and Sam with a degree in journalism!  Both have been long time students of Sensei Gurganus and CMAC, starting in 1999, Alex at age six and Sam at age five!  Wow!  Sixteen years, they even took the bus from Chapel Hill to take class at CMAC when they could not have a car at school!  Alex is currently at CU Boulder, Colorado working on his PhD. in chemistry!  Sam is working in New York with the CDM Group as the New Business Coordinator for New York City!  Both tested for Shodan in June, 2013 and are currently looking for a new dojo to train at.  We wish them well in their new endeavors and look forward to their CMAC visits in the future!

Black belt test - June 2013!

Black belt test – June 2013!

Alex - 2015

Alex – 2015

Sam - 2015

Sam – 2015


Congratulations to those who tested on Sept. 28th!  Great test and keep up the good work!

Front row L-R:  Elian, Alayna, Austin.  Back row L-R:  Natalie, Michelle.

Front row L-R: Elian, Alayna, Austin. Back row L-R: Natalie, Michelle.

L-R:  Michael, Luis, Sindi.

L-R: Michael, Luis, Sindi.


weaponstraining2015The 2015 Weapons Summit was held Aug. 22-23rd in China Grove, N.C.!  Instruction was given in traditional okinawan kobudo, iaido, arnis, knife, tactical rope, active shooter response and more!  Shihan Gurganus was a guest instructor, teaching kama kihon, bunkai, and kata.  Great weekend of training!


Sensei Bill Harmon attended the 1st Kuniba-ryu Symposium in Mrtyle Beach, S.C.!  Training was offered in all aspects of the Kuniba-ryu system!  Classes in Motobu-ha Shito-ryu, kobudo, goshin-do and iaido were taught!  Many prominent students of Soke Shogo Kuniba such as Bill Price, James Herndon, and Butch Velez were in attendance as teachers!  Sensei Gurganus attended the N.C. Nationals in Jacksonville, N.C. as a competitor and referee, coming away with the “Best Overall Competitor” award!

Soke Bill Price and Sensei Bill Harmon

Soke Bill Price and Sensei Bill Harmon

Kusarigama kata!

Kusarigama kata!


Sensei Bill!

Sensei Bill!

Matias-Pinan Yondan!

Matias-Pinan Yondan!

Team CMAC just competed in the AAU National Karate Championships held in Raleigh, NC!  Our seven member team brought back sixteen medals and several national champions!  Team results are as follows:  Micheal Goss – silver/kumite;  Matias Bross – bronze/kata;  Nathan Henshall – bronze/short kobudo, bronze/long kobudo;  Marc Mitzner – gold/kata, gold/kobudo, silver/kumite;  David Henshall – gold/short kobudo, bronze/kumite;  Bill Harmon – silver/kumite, silver/short kobudo, bronze/kata;  Kevin Gurganus – gold/long kobudo, gold/short kobudo, gold/kumite, silver/kata!   Congratulations to all of our team members, medalists, and 2015 national champions!  Great job and well done!  Thank you all at CMAC for your help and support of our team!

Marc!

Marc!

Micheal!

Micheal!


Opening Ceremonies!

Opening Ceremonies!

Sir Walter Raleigh!

Sir Walter Raleigh!