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Congratulations to Marc Mitzner for his recent outstanding performances at the 2017 AAU Super Regional in Apex, N.C. on May 20th!  Marc took gold-kobudo, silver-kata, and bronze-kumite!  Outstanding for our only competitor going to Nationals in Raleigh at the end of June. Great job, bring back the gold!

Great to have Sensei Jesse Knowles, 6th Dan, visit and train with us this week.  Sensei Knowles was in town for a autism conference!


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!

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 […]

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is National Autism Awareness Day!  “Autism is a journey I never planned for, but I sure do love my tour guide!  I’m an Autism dad!”  Sensei  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjHb0ivKNPA

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!

Kobudo training and testing was conducted on Jan. 21st!  Bo basics were covered and kata review up through Yondan!  Those testing were Dave Henshall-shodan, Joe Kelly-nikyu, Carl Turner and Marc Mitzner-yonkyu!  Congratulations!!!

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 […]


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas collection for Durham Public Schools!  The CMAC family and their giving heart always seem to amaze me!  We will be able to give many Hope Valley families a brighter Christmas this season!  Pictured are some of the items collected and Hope Valley school counselors who helped […]

Congratulations to everyone who tested October 26th and 27th!  Great test and a lot of  practice paid off.  See you at the next test!  Keep up the good work!    

Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at Holt Elementary on Aug.19th!  Holt is a year round school with a focus on asian  studies!  We demonstrated karate, jiujitsu, kobudo and iaido for the entire 2nd grade!  Thank you to Ms. Michele Chan, 2nd grade teacher, for inviting us out!  They […]

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 […]

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!