Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at International Night on April 20th! Our group of Sensei Bill, Sensei Andrew, Sindi, Cat, Shannon, Brian, Cullen and Lindsay did a great job! We demonstrated basics, different levels of kata, self-defense, iaido and kobudo! Hope to have some pictures soon!
While on spring break, I had the chance to visit my old friend and student, Todd Irvine! Todd was one of my original students at the UNC-Chapel Hill fencing room in 1991! We worked on kata, six count blocking and six count ground drills! Old acquaintance Larry Griffin was there from IKKU. Jesse Knowles was also there. Sensei Knowles helps Todd with classes and will be visiting Carolina Martial Arts Center on Wed., May 3rd, while in town for a conference!
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!!!