Grandmaster Dong inducted into Hall of Fame
Grandmaster Dong was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame on December 3. He received the award for his "Technical Advancement" of the martial arts. The event was hosted by the US Taekwondo & Martial Arts Grandmasters Federation.  Other Grandmasters receiving the Hall of Fame awards at the Washington, D.C. banquet were: Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee,  Grandmaster Myung Hak Kang, Grandmaster Chun-jae Park PHD, Grandmaster Eunggil Choi, Grandmaster Tiger Yang.  View the Facebook album or watch the video below.

Dancing With Our Stars 2017

Master Henry and Laurel's performed in the Dancing With Our Stars fundraising event hosted by the Carteret County Partnership for Children’s.  All proceeds benefit local, early childhood education prgrams.  Laurel performed theatrical ballet while Master Henry performed a compilation of 3 martial arts forms.  They won the event overall by raising the most money, nearly $12,000, and also won the Audience Choice Award.  View a video or album on Facebook.

Sharing a positive message at Tiller School

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We enjoyed our visit to Ms. Nadine's class at Tiller School in Beaufort on February 15. The kids got to see two of their classmates Noah and Mya break a board and then even Ms. Nadine showed her students her inner-Ninja. We finished the visit by reading "The Ninjabread Man" and a reminder of our Grandmaster's motto: Thinking Before Acting!

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Parent’s Date Night
Our annual date night was a lot of fun.  Parents enjoyed an eveninig out while the kids enjoyed active games in Studio 1 and board games, bowling and Valentine crafts in Studio 2.  We also showed a video and had pizza and ice cream.  View a video or our photo album on Facebook. 

Self-Defense at Duke University Marine Lab

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Master Henry and Instructor Shannon taught a self-defense class to under-grads at Duke Marine Lab on February 13.  Along with the physical techniques, they discussed how to stay safe at home, away, and in the cloud.  Students also got to break their fisrt board.

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Valentine’s Classes
Students invited their Valentine to special classes on February 13.  Participants learned some basic karate moves, fun partner drills and some self-defense.  More importantly, they created a lot of fun memories together. View a video or photo album.

Field Trip for Partnership for Children

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Our school hosted 2 field trips for the Carteret County Partnership for Children on Tuesday, January 24.  After the kids learned some fun martial arts moves, Instructor Shannon read them the book The Three Ninja Pigs. 

Having a little fun with a Mannequin Challenge
Students and guests participated in the Mannaquin Challenge between classes on Thursday, November 17.  The goal was to have everyone freeze in place at the same time while taking the video. 

Voted  "Top Ten Martial Arts School" in the USA

Grandmaster Dongs Martial Arts was voted as a Top 10 Martial Arts School" in the USA by the US Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Grandmasters Federation.

82nd Black Belt Exam
Twelve students from Morehead City earned their black belts at Grandmaster Dong’s 82nd Black Belt Exam on October 1st in Richmond, VA.  They were among more than 125 student testing for 1st through 5th degree.  Watch a video or view our Facebook album.  Read the article in the Carteret County News Times.

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Back-to-School Fun Night
Children enjoyed an evening of fun with their friends while the parents enjoyed an evening out.  The night included a movie, pizza, ice cream, games and activities. View our Facebook album.

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Demo Team Performs at Crystal Coast Showdown
Our Demonstration Team performed during half-time at the  Commit2Achieve  Crystal Coast Showdown basketball game on August 7 at West Carteret High School. Proceeds from this charity event benefit MS and Colon Cancer Research.

Summer Camps

Super Hero Camp
Students learned special superhero sidekick training, enjoyed a super maze, games, crafts and a visit from superheroes... Captain America and Spider-Man.

Jedi Camp
"Do or Do Not, there is no try!" Our students learned the way of the force as they trained with Jedi Knights. They learned Lightsaber skills, how to build there own droid (craft), how to use the force for good and more!  

Pirates vs Ninjas
ARRR ye ready to choose a side?  Pirates and Ninjas alike practiced balance, agility and speed while learning to navigate the high-seas and move with stealth.

Wine & Design
We enjoyed visiting the Artbuzz Kids Camp at Wine & Design in Morehead City.  They learned some fun stretches and some martial arts moves. 

Visit to the Reading Program at County Library 

Instructor Shannon along with some demo team members shared martial arts with a couple of Elementary summer reading program groups.  The children also enjoyed martial arts themed books for their reading program.

Father’s Day Class

Dads and Granddads joined their kids for a special martial arts class on Monday, June 20. After learning fun drills they can do with their kids and some self-defense techniques, the Dads earned their camo belt.

Sharing at the County Libraries

Instructor Shannon Henry visited the Down East Library in Otway on June 20th to read a story with the kids and share a positive message.  The story this week was “The Three Ninja Pigs” after which the kids enjoyed learning some karate moves.

Instructor Shannon Henry had a great time visiting with the Book Buddies at the Western Carteret Library on June 21st.  After story time, the kids heard a positive message, enjoyed a breif demonstration from a couple students and them learn a few techniques of their own.

Annual Touranment for the Children’s Hospital

Grandmaster Dong’s 45th Anniversary tournament to benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation at VCU was held on June 4, 2016.  This years' event raised $38,456 for CHoR.  Since the envents beganin the 90’s, more than $463,000 has been donated to the Hospital at VCU.

Forty students from the Morehead City school participated in this years’ tournament and earned 1st through 3rd place meadls in the event.  The Morehead City Demo Team performed to a cheering crowd as they took a “Journey Through Pop Culture.”   
Read the full article in this article in the Carteret County News Times.

Run/Walk for Autism

We were proud to sponsor this years’ Run/Walk for Autism to support our local Crystal Coast Chapter held on Saturday, May 14 in Beaufort, NC.  Instructors and students aslo enjoyed participating in the events.

Mother’s Day Class
Students invited their mothers and grandmothers to join them for a special Mother's Day class on Monday, May 9. Thirty-seven parents received their pink belts while learning basic techniques, self-defense, and fun drills to do with their children.

Students Earn Black Belts at 81st Black Belt Exam

April 30, 2016 - Morehead City student tested for black belt in front of Grandmaster Dong and other Master.  They were among more than 150 testing for 1st through 5th degree black belt.  
2nd Degree Black Belt: Sean Willis  1st Degree: Arlene Baker, Sean Cartwright, George Craft, Wes Deters, Carter Roberts, Kylee Thomas

See the full article in the Carteret County News Times edition on Sunday, May 22

Master Henry speaking at the 81st Black Belt Exam

Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

April 28, 2016 - We enjoyed meeting meeting people at the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Expo held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Month

Kung Fu Panda 3 premier

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

Santa By The Sea - NC Aquarium

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

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

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

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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Sponsor - Ultimate Family Fun Quest

Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts was proud to be a premium sponsor of the 2015 Ultimate Family Fun Quest held on Saturday, May 2 at the Morehead City Civic Center.  The event featured fun activities for children including tree climbing, NC Aquarium touch tank, bounch house, toddler play area, demonstrations and more.  The event benefited the Carteret County Partnership for Children.  For more information, visit

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. 

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

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

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

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

Grandmaster Dong Releases Book in Digital Format
Grandmaster Seung Dong, re-released his most recent book "Where is My Black Belt?" in digital format at  The book, originally released in paperback in 2006, tells a story about martial arts technique and philosophy through eyes of Cookie, the squirrel that lives in the attic of the karate school.  151 pages.  Download it today! 

College 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


Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts
5270-A Hwy 70 West - Morehead City, NC 28557