Congratulations to everyone who tested! Another great test from everybody! The hard work and effort really shows! Thanks for all the family support and kind words from all the parents. You all are awesome! Sensei Gurganus
Oct. 12th, 2013 – Durham Martial Arts Symposium! CMAC hosted our annual fundraiser for Special Olympics at Edison Johnson Recreation Center! We had a great time for a great cause! We were able to present Special Olympics of Durham County with a check for $1000.00! Looking forward to next year!
Great job at the Battle of the Champions karate tournament! I am proud of everyone who competed, especially since it was everyone’s first tournament! Thanks to Mark Mitzner for all the great action photos!
Kyoshi Yoshiko Dometrich hosted kobudo training at her ranch in Dry Ridge, Kentucky on Aug. 17th and 18th! Training included sai basics and kata review, bo kata review, bo tai sai kumite and striking the bo makiwara(striking post), which is seen in the picture above. Advanced training was giving in kama, tinbe/rochin, and the left-handed bo kata, Yonegawa(Yuniga) No Kon. A cookout was held Saturday night with more training afterwards! A Okinawan style breakfast was prepared Sunday morning by Kyoshi Dometrich for all to enjoy! After breakfast, there was more training and time to review. Testing was held for those that were ready for advancement! It was a great weekend of training. Kyoshi will be here in Durham for the Special Olympics fund raiser on Oct. 12th as a special guest instuctor!
Congratulations to Nathan and David Henshall on their recent outstanding performances at the 2013 AAU Nationals in Cinncinati, Ohio! Sensei Henshall – Gold/Kumite, Gold/Short Kobudo, Silver/Long Kobudo, Bronze/Kata! Nathan Henshall – Silver/Kobudo! Nathan lost a tough kumite match in overtime to the eventual gold medal winner! He also made it to the top four in kata after six rounds! Shihan Gurganus competed at the 2013 USA Karate Nationals in Greenville, S.C.! Shihan Gurganus – Bronze/Kata, Bronze/Long Kobudo and Bronze/Short Kobudo! Great job guys, you are a wonderful inspiration to us all! They are pictured with all of their medals and the 1st place trophy that Sensei Henshall received for kumite! Three team members, eight medals!
Eluis Schudel has been training at CMAC since January of 2005! He took his last class this Wednesday, for awhile. He is moving to Germany for two years where his mom has taken a job at Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center! When he returns to the United States he plans to attend a military college and major in U.S. Defense or Security! Eluis is a 3rd kyu brown belt at CMAC and is active in the Police Explorers program here in Durham! A rising junior at Voyager Academy, he is also a talented ballroom dancer! For several years he has assisted in the beginner children’s classes whenever he could. He will be greatly missed for all his efforts with the kids. Eluis was a active state, regional, and national tournament competitor! – We hope that Eluis can find a good dojo while in Germany and continue training. We will miss you and look forward to your return! Love and God bless! Sensei and your CMAC family!
Note from Zoe’s mom – Mr. G, A huge thank you is way overdue… After observing a few different karate dojos and being very unimpressed I took Zoe to Polander’s. I had been hesitant only because of the price(northern prices are double or triple here for all activities) and Polander’s happened to be most of all… I am happy to report that it is worth every penny. The owner has very high standards(reminds me of you) but also throws in a bit of fun as well. We agreed to have Zoe start out as a white belt since there were some differences in the style of karate and we wanted her to continue being confident as she relearned a few new stances, etc… Zoe graduated from white to orange belt last week and was so proud of what she had accomplished in only 2 months(she started at the end of March). So THANK YOU for laying down the groundwork including the importance of respect… I noticed that Zoe was dressed quicker than usual today while getting her gi on. I mentioned it and she told me she wanted to make sure we weren’t late b/c “I’m an orange belt now and I need to be an example to the other kids who are white, yellow or gold belts. I know the only difference in graduating to the next rank is more responsibility”. Very proud mommy moment but I can’t take any of the credit… So thank you again, I am eternally grateful. Debby Wofford
Congratulations to everyone who tested!!! What a great job. CMAC has three new Shodans(1st Dan)! Back row(L-R) Alex Gilligan, David Storelli, and Sam Sykes! Two new brown belts! Front row(L-R) Joe Kelly and Mike Penne! New purple belts! Back row(L-R) Jacob Rogers, Jacob Ross, Jarrod Ross, William Storch, Kylenn Drake. New blue belts! Front row(L-R) Evanita Mitzner, Alex Kaplan, Nicholas Storch, Atticus Batson. New orange belts! Front row on left, Julia Storch! Back row in center, Taylor Satterwhite. New gold belts! Back row(L-R) Leon King, Naia King, Vincent Austin, Nakeea Kinglee. Front row(L-R) Elijah Purefoy, Ezre Cordell, Kevin McAuley, Collin Waugh.
Sensei David Henshall and his son, Nathan Henshall, competed in the AAU regional qualifier in Goldsboro, NC on May 11th! Sensei Gurganus competed in the USA-NKF state qualifier in Hampton, VA on May 4th! Sensei Henshall: Gold-kata, Gold-kobudo, Silver-kumite. Nathan Henshall: Gold-kata, Gold-kobudo, Gold-kumite, Gold-team kata. Sensei Gurganus: Gold-kobudo, Silver-kata. Great job and good luck at the Nationals!!!