Valentine's Class
Students invited their Valentine to a special class on Monday February 15, 2016.


Parent's Date Night (aka Fun Night)
Our annual Valentine's Fun night is a night out for parents while the kids enjoy an evening at the studio.  This year's activities included, movie, games, crafts, light saber battle, photo booth and a snowball fight.  

Confidence Clinic & New Student Orientation

Beginner martial arts students participated in a Confidence Clinic and New Student Orientation on Saturday, February 13, 2016.  After the school orientation, the student learned tips on building confidence and having healthy daily habits. Students then learned how to break a board.

Kung Fu Panda 3 premier

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Over 100 students and guests joined us for the opening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at Atlantic Station Cinema this evening. Our mascot, Master Grr, greeted the near capacity crowd along with our demo team members. Just before the movie the demo team gave a short performance including forms, basic techniques and board breaking.
Make sure to join us at the movies again in June for the opening of TMNT2 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Spreading Christmas Cheer
Our students enjoyed geeting in the Christmas spirit this year at the Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Newport and Morehead City parades.

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Santa By The Sea - NC Aquarium

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Children enjoyed making a ninja elf craft at the Santa By the Sea event at the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, NC on December 11, 2015

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Sharing a positive message at Tiller School
Master Henry and Instructor Shannon shared the martial arts and a positive message to the children in Miss Courtney's 2nd grade class at Tiller School.

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Students earn Black Belts from Grandmaster
Thirteen students and an instructor from the Morehead City, NC were among 150 promoted at Grandmaster Dong’s 80th Black Belt Exam held in Richmond, VA on October 24, 2015.  Instructor Shannon Henry earned 3rd degree Black Belt and took part in a traditional tea ceremony with Grandmaster Dong.  Ryan Winstead, Clayton Daniels and Austin Purifoy earned 2nd degree black belt.  1st degree Black belts were earned by Caleb Conneely, Alex Craft, Lauren Drysdale, Grace Fortin, Liam Fortin, Sam Fortin, Gabriel Graham, Erica Hensly, Linda Izaguirre, and Cameron Tydings.  Read the Carteret County News Times article

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Grandmaster releases new book

Grandmaster Dong has a new book! The result of a ten year process, Martial Arts Mastery: Evolution of Training, contains more than 700 pages and over 1,700 pictures. The e-book is now available at

Project Super Hero

We are proud to sponsor this inspiring project - Project Super Hero of Eastern NC - and help promote their encouraging message to our local community as they give back to the hearts and imaginations of our young people.  To contribute, visit their Go Fund Me page.  See a news clip from WCTI - Channel 12

Self-defense Seminar for Chick-fil-A 

Staff members of the Chick-fil-A in Morehead City joined us for a self-defense seminar on July 12.  After learning some techniques, they learned to break a board.

Kickin’ at the Ball Game

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Students enjoyed a night out at the Marlins game.  Members of our demo team performed and we raise awareness for a new non-profit in the area - Project Super Hero of Eastern NC.  

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Board Breaking seminar
A breaking seminar was held on July 10 for children and adults.  Students learned breaking safety, how to hold, and a variety of breaking techniques.  The spectators were then witness to the students' breaking routines.  Watch the video below for the highlights.

Children's Hospital receives $34,406 donation
Grandmaster Dong hosted his annual martial arts tournament on May 2, 2015 in Richmond, VA.  Thirty-three students from the Morehead City karate school attended the event and placed 1st-3rd in their division.  The Morehead City demo team, Elements, opened the event to a near capacity crowd.  This year's event raised $34,406 for the Children's Hospital at VCU bringing our grand total to $424,428 through these events.

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Spring & Summer of Sponsorships
Our school is proud to be an active part of our community.  So far this year we have sponsored: 

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Run Like a Kid Storybook Run hosted by the Carteret County Partnership for Children on Saturday, April 4, 2015.     See a news clip of the event from Time Warner Cable.

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Ultimate Family Fun Quest hosted by the Carteret County Partnership for Children on Saturday, May 2 at the Morehead City Civic Center.

Run/Walk for Autism 5k and 1k walk/run held in Beaufort on May 16, 2015.  

Carteret Communit College Foundation Spanish Mackerel Tournament held on July 24-25, 2015 in Morehead City.

Expansion Complete

Take a tour of our school including our new 1,200 s.f. expansion  featuring   Life Fitness cardio equipment, weights and additional viewing area. 

79th Black Belt Exam

Seven martial arts students from Morehead City participated in the 79th Black Belt exam held in Richmond, VA on Saturday, April 4, 2015. More than 150 students tested in front of Grandmaster Dong for ranks ranging from 1st to 5th degree black belt.  See the Sunday, May 17 edition of the Carteret Count News Times for the complete story.

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1st Degree:
Rich Weaver
John Austin
Stacy Goff
Leslie Goff
Joy Miller
Kiley Griffin

2nd Degree
Aiden Snavely

Dancing With Our Stars

We had a great time at the Dancing With Our Stars event by the Carteret County Partnership for Children.  It was exciting to be there to see all the great dancers and enjoy the wonderful food from local restaurants.  We also enjoyed the evening getting to socialize with many of our karate students or their parents.  The event raised more than $20,000 for the Partnership that assists local children to enter school healthy, motivated and ready to succeed.

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Breaking Seminar

A breaking seminar was held on October 10 for children and adults.  Students learned breaking safety, how to hold, and a variety of breaking techniques.  The spectators were then witness to the students' breaking routines.  Watch the video below for the highlights.

Sharing with the 1st Grade at Newport Elementary

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Instructors gave a presentation to 1st grade students at Newport Elementary on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.  A brief discussion about martial arts was followed by active participation and a positive message from Master Henry.  The 1st-graders were then amazed at the board breaking demonstrations performed by a few of their classmates that were students of Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts.  They then cheered as some of their teachers learned to break a board of their own.

Girl Scouts Get a Kick Out of Safety Seminar

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Carteret County Girl Scouts enjoyed self-defense seminars on Saturday, May 11.  Five age-specific classes were offered for Girl Scouts ranging in age from 5 to 16.  Subjects included situational awareness, stranger, telephone, Internet safety and bully prevention, as well as dating safety for the older girls.  The Girl Scouts received both lecture and hands-on application of safety techniques.  Each of the girls also received a custom badge for the completion of their class.                                      Read official press release

Instructor Elected to CCPC Board

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March 2013 - Instructor Shannon Henry was elected to the Board of Directors for the Carteret County Partnership for Children.  The Partnership "is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving children from birth through age 5.  The programs are funded by local donors  The Carteret Community Foundation and Smart Start.  The Partnership provides or funds "many programs that promote Smart Start's mission of helping all children in NC enter school healthy, motivated and ready to succeed."

Ms. Henry also serves on the Board of Directors for Shape Carteret, a non-profit whose mission is "To build a better community by promoting healthy eating and active living."  For more information on these organizations, visit or

It was one of the proudest moments of my life.  To look at my boy and reflect on his journey; the struggles, the joy, and his monumental acheivement of Black Belt made me so proud.  Without any direction or encouragement he has already set his new goal--2nd degree Black Belt.  Thank you Grandmaster Dong, Master Henry and Shannon Henry for making this possible.

-- Bryan T. (Father)

        Morehead City, NC

Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Lindsey B. of Beaufort for being awarded our $500 Vision, Value, Victory scholarship to Carteret Community College.  Lindsey, a wife and mother of one, is returning to college to earn her degree in cosmetology, something she has wanted to do since graduating high school.  We wish her great success in reaching her goals.

Read official press release
Letter from Lindsey and College


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