Shannan!

Shannon!

Sensei and Shannon!

Sensei and Shannon!

 

Chris, Tray, Elian, Damian!

Chris, Tray, Elian, Damian!

Angel, Anya, Delia!

Angel, Anya, Delia!


 

 

 


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 us with the project!  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Bloodworth and Mrs. Blount!

Mrs. Bloodworth and Mrs. Blount!


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!

Austin, Milagras!

Austin, Milagras!

Sammy, Cullen, Nicholai, Alessandro!

Sammy, Cullen, Nicholai, Alessandro!

Eleanor, Tyler, Kyle, Aiden, Hannah!

Eleanor, Tyler, Kyle, Aiden, Hannah!

Zoe, Elysha!

Zoe, Elysha!

 

 


IMG_3407IMG_3441IMG_3454Thank 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 were a great audience and had some very good questions at the end!  Thank you to Kathy Hallen for all the great pictures!IMG_3459


Knife class!

Knife class!

Nunchaku class!

Nunchaku class!

That was close!

That was close!

Iaido class!

Iaido class!

Bo class!

Bo class!


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!