Children's Hospital receives $35,613 donation
Grandmaster Dong hosted his annual martial arts tournament on May 31, 2014 in Richmond, VA. More than 300 competitors and nearly 3,000 spectators were in attendance. This year's event raised $35,613 for the Children's Hospital at VCU bringing our grand total to nearly $390,000 through these events.
Sponsor - Carteret Community College Foundation Fishing Tournament
Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts is proud to sponsor the Carteret Community College Foundation's 7th Annual Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament to be held July 25-26, 2014. The event benefits the students and programs of Carteret Community College. For information or to sign up, click here.
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.
Ten students earn Black Belts from Grandmaster
Ten students from Carteret County earned their black belts along with 165 other students at the semi-annual Black Belt Exam held in Richmond, VA on April 26,2014. Earning 1st degree were Isaiah Holmes, Paige Yang, Gavin Yang, Connor Ballou, Emmy Herrle, Jaida Yang, Sabrina Jone, Sam Jones, and Charles Jones. Kasey Oregon earned her 2nd degree black belt.
Sponsor - Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism
Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts was proud to sponsor the the 4th Annual Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism. The event was held Saturday May 4th at the Beaufort waterfront. The money raised goes towards supporting local families affected by autism in Carteret and Craven counties. Programs funded from last years' event included a therapeutic summer camp, music therapy, art classes and a cariety of social programs for individuals with autism and their families. For more information, visit www.crystalcoastrunwalkforautism.org
Sponsor - Ultimate Family Fun Quest
Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts was proud to be a premium sponsor of the 2014 Ultimate Family Fun Quest held on Saturday, May 3 at the Morehead City Civic Center. The event featured martial arts, gymnastics and dance demonstrations along with fun activities for children including tree climbing, NC Aquarium touch tank, bounch house, toddler play area and more. The event benefited the Carteret County Partnership for Children. For more information, visit www.carteretkids.org.
Sponsor - Run Like A Kid - 10k/5k/1 mile Fun Walk
Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts sponsored the 2014 Run Like a Kid Storybook Run (10k/5/k/1 mile Fun Run). The event hosted by the Cateret County partnership for Childre was held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Runners and walkers dressed as their favorite storybook characters to support childhood literacy! Fancy Nancy, Waldo, dalmations, Flash Gordon along with some princesses were among those enjoyng the event. Race proceeds go to the Reach Out and Read Program. For more information, visit Run the East at www.runtheeast.com or the Cateret County Partnership for Children at www.carteretkids.org.
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."
Grandmaster Dong Releases Book in Digital Format
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
Grandmaster Seung Dong, re-released his most recent book "Where is My Black Belt?" in digital format at Amazon.com. 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.
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.
Instructor Earns Master Level 5th Degree Black Belt
Phillip Henry, owner and instructor at the Morehead City school, earned his 5th degree black belt at the 73rd Black Belt Exam held April 28, 2012 in Richmond, VA. The exam was conducted by 9th degree Grandmaster Seung G. Dong along with over 30 masters from the organization. After demonstrating forms, sparring and breaking, Grandmaster Dong held a traditional tea ceremony for his advanced black belts where he recognizes them as his direct student.
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