While on vacation in the Georgia mountains, I had the chance to visit and train with an old friend and student, Sensei Todd Irvine!  Todd was one of the original students of CMAC that started out at the UNC-Chapel Hill fencing room in 1991!  I visited Todd’s class on a Wednesday night and we had a great time working on basics, Gohonouke kata, and blocking drills!  Included are pictures of Todd and myself sparring in 1989!

Sensei Irvine/Shihan Gurganus

Sensei Irvine/Shihan Gurganus

Bonnie, Louisiana, Edna, Brando, Liam!

Bonnie, Louisiana, Edna, Brando, Liam!

Sparring 1989!

Sparring 1989!

Sparring 1989!

Sparring 1989!


Congratulations to Nathan Henshall on his recent outstanding performance at the 2016 AAU National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!  Nathan won a bronze medal in kumite!   Time to get ready for next year, nationals may be in Raleigh, N.C. next year!

Nathan Henshall

Nathan Henshall


Congratulations to everyone who tested June 22nd!  Great test and a great job!  Keep it up!  Wow!  Seven new yellow belts(9th kyu) and five new yellow/2 stripes(7th kyu)!

Front row(L-R): Rider, Alessandro, Eleanor!  Back row(L-R): Nick, Kyle, Sammy, Aiden!

Front row(L-R): Rider, Alessandro, Eleanor! Back row(L-R): Nick, Kyle, Sammy, Aiden!

Front row(L-R): Michelle, Sindi!  Back row(L-R): Cusita, Catherine, Damien!

Front row(L-R): Michelle, Sindi! Back row(L-R): Cusita, Catherine, Damien!


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Happy birthday to Shihan Sherman Courtney!  I started training with Sensei Courtney in 1974.  He is a direct student of Koyasu, Michio Sensei of the Soryu-kan style of karate.  After earning 5th dan ranking he received the adoptive name of Soman Koyasu from his teacher.  He was the first American to ever receive this honor!  I had the honor to train with him for four years before he had to move away, receiving my shodan in 1977.  I lost contact with him for 35 years and reconnected in 2009.  Thank you Sensei Courtney for being my first instructor and for giving me a love for the martial arts that I still pass on today!  I hope to see you again someday!  –  Sensei Kevin Gurganus

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Congratulations to everyone who tested May 19th!  Great test and we’re really proud of all the hard work and heart that has been put forth!  We have several new advanced green belts that have been training a long time to get to this point!  Well done everyone!

Hannah, Shannon, Cullen!

Hannah, Shannon, Cullen!

Eva, Atticus, Celie, Matias!

Eva, Atticus, Celie, Matias!

 


Congratulations to Nathan Henshall on his recent outstanding performances at the AAU Super Regional in Raleigh, N.C. on March 14th.  Nathan won gold in all three of his events!  Gold in kata, gold in kobudo, and gold in kumite!  On to the nationals.

Nathan Henshall

Nathan Henshall


Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at Little River School’s spring carnival on May 7th!  We had 18 participants ranging from white belt to black belt!  The white belt crew stole the show, demonstrating kata, ground drills, and 6-count blocking drills.  The entire group demonstrated basics and then Atticus and Jake demonstrated how to apply them!  Various belt levels demonstrated different kata and we also demonstrated kobudo(bo, kama, and nunchaku) and iaido(sword)!

Little River demo participants!

Little River demo participants!

 

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iaido 1Thank you to everyone who came out to help us with our demo at Family Fun Fest at Hope Valley on April 9th!  We had 22 participants, white belt to black belt.  CMAC demonstrated basics, kata, applications of techniques, jiujitsu, kobudo, and iaido!  Great job and looking forward to the next one!

2016 Family Fun Fest!

2016 Family Fun Fest!


April 2nd is National Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month!  Thank you to all the teachers, caregivers, therapists, case managers, service providers(A Small Miracle), lawyers and judges that have help us with our son!!!  Thank you to grandparents(Papa, Mimi, Pop and Nana) and great friends that have helped us raise and take care of him and have always treated him like everyone else!  No words can ever express the gratitude and love we have for you and for what you do for the autism community!  Many blessings!!!!

Zackary Gurganus - April 2nd/18 yrs. old!

Zackary Gurganus – April 2nd/18 yrs. old!

April is Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism Awareness Month!