Archives for 2017

Dear CMAC families and friends, thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our Christmas collection this year!  We were able to help many families this holiday season!  You always amaze with your giving heart!  Thank you and God bless!  Pictured with Sensei Gurganus is Hope Valley principal, Kristen Tate, with some of the items […]



Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our demo at Holt Elementary on Wed., Aug. 16th!  We were able to demonstrate for the whole 2nd grade for a hour!  We showed karate, jiujitsu, kobudo and iaido!  We also answered questions from the kids!  


On a recent trip to GA, I had the chance to train and teach with my old student and friend, Sensei Todd Irvine!  Check out the pictures from 1989 and 2017, 28 years apart!  

We had a wonderful seminar with Hanshi Dometrich on July 22nd!  We worked on bo and sai basics, then the kata Chikin Shitahaku no Sai and Shirotaru no Kon!  We had Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Shorin-ryu, Isshin-ryu and Kenpo styles all represented and training together!  Great day of training!  We all went out to eat Chinese food […]

Congratulations to Marc Mitzner on his recent outstanding performances at the 2017 AAU National Championships in Raleigh, NC! Marc took a silver medal in kobudo, and bronze medals in kata and kumite! We are all proud of you!

Great to have a visit from old friends and students!  Greg and Alzada are original students from when CMAC started in 1991!  They moved to Chicago in 1993 and are now living in Washington state!  Both are still actively training in Shorin-ryu karate.  They were in town to visit and train June 23rd – 25th!

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

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 […]