CMAC will be closed Thurs., July 2nd – Sat., July 4th! Our competition team will be competing in the AAU National Karate Championships in Raleigh, NC on July 2nd and 3rd! CMAC will also be closed for the July 4th holiday! Come out and support our team if you can and enjoy time with friends and family on the 4th!
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!
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!