CMAC will be closed Saturday 9/5 and Monday 9/7 for the Labor Day holiday!  Please enjoy time with friends and family!


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!


Front row (L to R)-Elian, Seth, Austin.  Back row (L to R)-Michelle, Luis, Natalie.

Front row (L to R)-Elian, Seth, Austin. Back row (L to R)-Michelle, Luis, Natalie.


Celie - 2010/2015

Celie – 2010/2015

Alex - 1998

Alex – 1998

Alex - 2015

Alex – 2015

Nadia - 2007

Nadia – 2007

Nadia - 2015

Nadia – 2015


Debbera Carson was promoted to Renshi by Kyoshi Troy Price!  Renshi is an advanced teaching title that literally means “polished expert”.  Nancy Chase was promoted to Sandan(3rd degree black belt) in Motobu-ha Shito-ryu by Shihan Gurganus!  Congratulations to the ladies for these fine accomplishments and awards!

"Renshi" Carson and Kyoshi Troy Price

“Renshi” Carson and Kyoshi Troy Price

Nancy Chase - Sandan

Nancy Chase – Sandan


7th kyu - Front row: Brian, Micheal, Taylor.  Back row: Nadia, Robert, Dillion.

7th Kyu – Front row: Brian, Micheal, Taylor. Back row: Nadia, Robert, Dylan.

9th Kyu - Billy, Kusita, Ari.

9th Kyu – Billy, Ari, Cusita.

5th Kyu - Celie, 6th Kyu - Marc.

5th Kyu – Celie, 6th Kyu – Marc.


Many of you have been touched by or know someone with Autism!  Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness month!  I have been blessed, honored, and privileged to teach and work with many individuals with this condition over the past thirty years, both at Carolina Martial Arts Center and in the public school system.  I would like to dedicate this post to our son, Zackary, who is now 17 years old!  I am a better teacher, father, husband and care giver because of him.  Thank you!  Kevin Gurganus, chief instructor for Carolina Martial Arts Center and father of a child with Autism!  

April is Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism Awareness Month!

Zackary Gurganus - April 2, 2015

Zackary Gurganus – April 2, 2015


Luke

Luke – Pinan Nidan

Kumite - Semi-finals

Kumite – Semi-finals

Nathan - Empi

Nathan – Empi

Sensei Bill-Nipaipo

Sensei Bill-Nipaipo

Great job to team CMAC for their recent tournament  performances.  Individual medal counts are as follows!  Go for the Gold Tournament, Goldsboro, N.C., Feb. 21st – Nancy Chase – gold/kata, silver/kobudo, silver/mandatory kata. Bill Harmon – bronze/kumite, bronze/kobudo.  David Henshall – gold/kumite, gold/kobudo, silver/kata, silver/mandatory kata.  Nathan Henshall – silver/kobudo, silver/kumite, bronze/kata.  AAU State Championship, Raleigh, N.C., Mar. 14th – Jake Slavich – gold/kata.  Marc Mitzner – gold/kobudo, silver/kumite, bronze/kata.  Eva Mitzner – gold/kobudo, silver/kumite, silver/kata.  Nancy Chase – gold/kata, gold/kobudo.  Bill Harmon – silver/kobudo, bronze/kumite.  Kevin Gurganus – gold/kobudo, silver/kumite, silver/kata.  Nathan Henshall – bronze/kata, bronze/kumite, bronze/kobudo.  Keep up the good work!  Thanks to Marc Mitzner for all the great action shots!


Shihan Gurganus was the featured instructor at the Landry Gray Memorial Seminar held at the Charles June Karate Institute in Winterville, NC on March 7th!  Over 50 martial artist were in attendance with different class subjects every hour!  A great day of training and learning for all!

Landry Gray Memorial Seminar!

Landry Gray Memorial Seminar!


Congratulations to Sensei David Henshall and Bill Harmon!  David and Bill successfully tested and passed for the rank of Yondan (4th dan) in Motobu-ha Shito-ryu!  They tested Jan. 23rd at winter camp in front of the Kuniba-kai high dan board.  Both have been long time members of CMAC and are great assets to our dojo!  Great job guys, we are so proud of you!

David Henshall and Bill Harmon

David Henshall and Bill Harmon