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Dancing With Our Stars
February 17, 2018 - We enjoyed being a part of the Dancing With Our Stars event again this year. It was a great night with friends, watching the dancers and raising money for local children through Carteret Smart Start. Master Henry and daughter, Laurel, where among the judges this year. Our school's own, Arlene Baker and George Craft opened the event with a routine that mixed dance and martial arts (knives) and raised over $5,000 for local hildren programs. 

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Confidence Clinic
Students and family participated in a Confidence Clinic on Febrauary 18, 2018.  After a breif presentation, students had the opportunity to break their first board.

New mats for both classrooms
We have finished our mat upgrades in both ouf our studios.  

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Valentine’s Class
Students invited their Valentine to take a special class with them. Many memories were created while the students taught basic techniques to their loved ones.

Parent’s Date Night
Students wore their favorite Costume to class on October 30.

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Rally Against Bullying
Stand Up and Bee Heard Anti-Bully Rally on February 10 at  White Oak Church of God in Bogue, NC.

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Star Wars Movie 
Students enjoyed Watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi together at Atlantic Station Cinema.  There was also a surprise appearance by Darth Vader.

Costume Classes
Students wore their favorite Costume to class on October 30.

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18 Earn Rank from Grandmaster

Eighteen members from Morehead City earned degrees at Grandmaster Dong’s 84th lack Belt Exam held in Richmond VA on October 7, 2017.  Shannon Henry, co-owner and instructor of the school, earned the rank of 4th degree.  Ryan Winstead, aiden Snavely and Kasey Oregon were promoted to 3rd degree black belts while George Craft and Jerad Smith earned 2nd degree.  New 1st degree black belts were Noah Cerino, James Away, Scott Grant, Zach jones, Aaron Larson, Antonio Montouri, Morgan Price, Brett Rosania, Reed Rosania, Summer Stilley, Will Taylor and Lucas Wilson.

New locations in Western Carteret
On September 12, we will begin our beginner program at the Cape Carteret Aquatics & Wellness Center.  Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00.  Add on to your gym membership or after-school program.  To learn more or enroll online, visit

We also offer a beginner program in Cedar Point at the Western Park Community Center.  Classes are Mondays & Wednesdays at 4:00 (children) and 5:00 (family). To learn more about Cedar Point classes or to enrol, visit

The Morehead City school maintains a schedule of more than 30 day and evening  classes each week.  Classes are for ages 4 trhough adult with special classes for homeschoolers and families.

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Voted 2017 Best Martial Arts School

Grandmaster Dong was awarded the 2017 Best Martial Arts School award by the US Taekwondo & Martial Arts Grandmasters Federation.  Pictured below is  Master Phillip Henry, Shannon Henry and Grandmaster Dong.

Beaufort Farmers Market 

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We had a great day at the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market on August 5.  Some of our demo team member performed throughout the day and enjoyed some local shopping too.

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Pirates vs Ninjas Camp
Captain Jack Sparrow (Project Superhero) visited our camp today for pirate training and lots of fun. ARRR ye ready to choose a side? Pirates and Ninjas alike practiced balance, agility, navigating the high-seas and moving with stealth. They also enjoyed games, crafts, lunch and more.

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Instructor Shannon visited the Down East Library for their Summer Reading Program.  After a martial arts demonstration, she read The 3 Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood amoung other kids, martial arts themed books. 

Father’s Day Classes
Our Father’s Day Classes were held on June 19th.  dands and Granddads learned some moves from their loved ones and earned their camo belt.

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Kids Camps enjoy the Martial Arts
We enjoyed hosting kids camps from the Coral Bay Club and Little Citizens Daycare in June.

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$42,017 Donated to Children’s Hospital
Our annual tournament to benefit the Children’s Hospital raised 42,017, bringing the grand total to more than $500,000 through these events.  Shannon Henry of Morehead City is pictured below with the Grandmaster Dong.

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Safe Kids Class
Student in our Safe Kids Class learned about how to stay safe at home, on the go and in the cloud.

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Kids met characters & more at Jedi Camp
Our Jedi camp this year was viseted by Darth vader and Kylo Ren.  The younglings got to try the newfound skills out on them and then enjoyed Kona Ice, crafts and more.  

Morehead City Demo Team at local Wrestling Event

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Student’s from the Morehead City Demo Team perform at the Premier Wrestling Federation event at the Boys and Girls Club.  Master Grr, the schools mascot, showed off his moves during the mascot dance-off.


Morehead City school wins Spirit Award
The 2016-17 School Spirit award was awarded to Grandmaster Dong’s Martial Arts of Morehead City during the Children’s Hospital Charity Tournament on June 3.  

Watch a video review of the event.

42 local students participate in Charity Tournament
Forty-two students Morehead City students were among hundreds to participate in this year’s annual Children’s Hospital Charity Tournament.  The demo team also performed during the opening ceremony.  Special guests were Congressman Dave Bratt, Grandmaster Kim, and Grandmaster H.Y. Kwon.

Excel Learning Center Field Trip

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Students from Excel elarning Center in Morehead City visited our school for a field trip on May 16.

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Run/Walk for Autism We are proud to sponsor the Autism Society of the Crystal Coast's 7th Annual Run/Walk in Beaufort held on May 13.

For more information about the Autism Society of North Carolina, visit

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Mother’s Day Class
Students invited their mothers and grandmothers to join them for a special Mother's Day class on Monday, May 15. Parents received their pink belts while learning basic techniques, self-defense, and fun drills to do with their children.

Sports Expo

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We enjoyed being part of this year’s Sports Expo hosted by the Carteret County Parks & Rec.  Our demo team had a lot of fun showing their routine and helping other kids learn.

Johnson Family Dentistry self-defense seminar

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Staff from Johnson Family Dentistry joined us from a 2 hour self-defense seminar on April 28.

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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.

Twelve Morehead City students earn black belts

Twelve students from the Morehead City school earned rank at Grandmaster Dong's 83rd Black Belt Exam on April 22 in Richmond, VA.
Second Degree: Connor Ballou, Emmy Herrle, Gabriel Necaise and Jake Johnson
First Degree: Caden Ballou, Emma Hunter, Emma Leary, Emma Smith, Kayleigh Snowe, Kendal Snowe, Logan Graham, and Sawyer Brower.
Watch the video below or click here for our Facebook album.

Field Trip for Parks & Rec
We enjoyed having children from the Carteret County Parks & Recreation - Ft. Benjamin join us for martial arts this afternoon during their Spring Break Camp.

Tax Day Bag Bash
Adults and guests took part in our annual Tax Day Bag Bash to get out some of those frustrations at tax time.  The 30 minute workout surely did just that!

Beginner Program now offered in Cedar Point
We now offer a beginners program at the Western Park Community Center in Cedar Point.  Classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday at 4:00 (kids) and 5:00 (family).  Discover more about this program.

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Spring Festival at Camp Albemarle
Families enjoyed a day playing at Camp Albemarle during their Spring Festival.      Our school provided martial arts demonstrations and give-a-ways.  Darth Vader and Batgirl even stopped by to take pictures with the kids.  Other activities included, carnival games, crafts, outdoor play area, Easter egg hunt, food and a variety of vendors.

Board Breaking Seminar
Students learned about the different types of breaks and a variety of techniques during our board breaking seminar.  They also learned how to set breaking routines and challenged themselves to try something they have never done before.

Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Month

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.


Havelock Elementary School talent Show

Aftermath of a smashing performance at the Havelock Elementary School Talent Show! Congratulations Zoey for doing such a great job.

Instructor class and banquet
Masters, Instructors and assistants enjoyed a n afternoon of instruction by Grandmaster Dong.  Afterwards, they surpised Grandmaster with a dinner in his honor and to celebrate his induction into the Hall of Fame.  3/4/17  

Little Citizens Daycare field trip

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Children from Little Citizens Day Care enjoyed a field trip to our school this morning. They learned some basic moves, got some energy out and listened to Shannon read Ninja Red Riding Hood.

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. 

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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

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. 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.

Sharing with the 1st Grade at Newport Elementary

Instructors gave a presentation to 1st grade students at Newport Elementary.  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

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 , visit

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

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