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!
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!
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!
Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at Hope Valley Elementary School on Feb. 5th! It was International Night and there was food, music, dancing, demonstrations, etc. from many different cultures and countries! We represented Okinawa with a traditional karate and kobudo demonstration! Great job everyone!
Jan. 23-24, Kill Devil Hills, NC! 27th annual Winter Spirit Camp was a great event with 50 participants. Each session had several subjects and instructors to choose from! Special training included a trip to Jockeys Ridge at sunset and training on the beach and in the waters of the Atlantic ocean. Jan. 31, Master’s Memorial Seminar in Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.! Hanshi Yoshiko Dometrich’s annual kobudo seminar worked on the sai kata, Kugusuku no sai! Thirty black belts from Shorin-ryu, Shito-ryu, Isshin-ryu, and Uechi-ryu were in attendance and came from as far away as Canada. This event is also practiced by dojo all over the world on the same day!
Congratulations to those who tested on Dec. 17th and 18th! Great job and keep up the good work! Not pictured is Joshua P.!
Thank you to everyone in our CMAC family who contributed to our Christmas collection for Hope Valley Elementary! Your giving heart and unselfishness never seize to amaze me! We also had enough donations to help with another school, Merrick-Moore Elementary! Pictured are some of the items that were donated and Kristin Tate – asst. principle, Sensei Gurganus, Micah Copeland – principle, Erika Bloodworth and Shandra Blount – school counselors! Thank you for helping to make a difference for so many families this Christmas season! God bless!
On a recent trip to California and Hawaii, Sensei Gurganus had the pleasure to train at several dojos. Kyoshi and Mina Yamazaki of Japan Ryobu-kai(Anaheim, CA) and Sensei Max Lee of Okinawan Goju-ryu(Maui)! He also had the chance to visit with Sensei Chuzo Kotaka and his wife at their home in Honolulu, Oahu. Domo arigoto!