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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!  Hope to have some pictures soon!



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!


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)!


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!  […]


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!  


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.


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 […]



Thank 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!


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 […]