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

April is Autism Awareness Month!IMG_0265


Syndi, Cat, Cusita, Natalie!

Sindi, Cat, Cusita, Natalie!

Adam!

Adam!

Zachary, Owen!

Zachary, Owen!


2017 Winter Camp Participants!

2017 Winter Camp Participants!

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Kyoshi Troy Price!

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Hanshi Darren Myers!

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!


Kuniba, Shogo (1935-1992)

Kuniba, Shogo (1935-1992)

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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!!!IMG_0184


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 on the 14th and nunchaku and sai training on the 15th.  Testing has also held on the 15th for those qualified!  Shihan Gurganus received Godan, Sensei Bill Harman and Sensei Rita Parke received Nidan in kobudo!  Congratulations!  Thank you to everyone!!!

2017 Masters Memorial!

2017 Masters Memorial!

Kevin Gurganus, Rita Parke,Hanshi Dometrich, Bill Harmon!

Kevin Gurganus, Rita Parke, Hanshi Dometrich, Bill Harmon!

CMAC participants!

CMAC participants!


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