Archives for 2016

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 […]

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!

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 […]

Congratulations to Nathan Henshall on his recent performance at the S.C. AAU State Championship on March 19th!  Nathan placed first in kobudo, second in kata, and second in kumite!  Great job, 1 gold and 2 silver!  Now it’s on to the VA state championship and then the regionals in Raliegh before the nationals this summer!  […]

Congratulations to Nathan Henshall who competed in the AAU State Championships on Feb. 27th!  Nathan placed 1st in kata and kobudo, 2nd in kumite!  Two gold medals and one silver!  Nathan has qualified for nationals and now moves on to regionals! Way to go and good luck at regionals and nationals!


It’s great when old friends and students come back to visit and train!  Eluis Schudel, who started at CMAC in 2005 at the age of five and moved to Germany with his parents 2 1/2 years ago, was in town to visit for two weeks!  Elius, a brown belt, always was a big help with […]


Soke Shogo Kuniba would have been 81 on Feb. 5th!  He was the founder of our karate style, Motobu-ha Shito-ryu!