CMAC will be closed tonight, Thurs. 2/26/15!  Please stay home and be safe and warm!  Train and review at home!


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


P1030899Soke Shogo Kuniba would have been 80 years old today, Feb. 5th!  He was the founder of our karate style, Motobu-ha Shito-ryu.  His teachings live on through his former students and Kuniba-kai International.  Domo Arigato!


Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at Hope Valley Elementary School!  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!

International Night demo team!

International Night demo team!


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!

27th Annual Winter Spirit Camp!

27th Annual Winter Spirit Camp!

Master's Memorial Kobudo Training

Master’s Memorial Kobudo Training


Congratulations to those who tested on Dec. 17th and 18th!  Great job and keep up the good work!  Not pictured is Joshua P.!

Adam, Makenzie, Jack

Adam, Makenzie, Jack

Lily , Alayna, Georgia, Samuel

Lily , Alayna, Georgia, Samuel


IMG_0464Thank 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!


Kiyoshi Yamazaki

Kiyoshi Yamazaki

Max Lee

Max Lee

Training in California!

Training in California!

Mina Yamazaki

Mina Yamazaki

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!

 

 


Evelyn demonstrates proper form and technique used for a reverse punch in kumite(sparring)!  Body is low, back leg is bent and pushing off the ball of the foot!  Her back is straight, keeping her hips under her shoulders for maximum power!  She has a nice straight wrist with her punching arm with good extension and a full recoil with her other arm!  Her chin is tucked in slightly and she has good focus with her eyes on the target!  Wow, that’s a really good technique!  Thanks to Evelyn for demonstrating for us!  Great job!  Domo arigato!

Evelyn demonstrates reverse punch!

Evelyn demonstrates reverse punch!


Congratulations to everyone who tested recently!  It’s great to see everyone working so hard to get to the next level!  Great job again!  Sensei

Evelyn, Elijah, Luke

Evelyn, Elijah, Luke