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.
Sponsor - Run/Walk for Autism
We were proud to again be sponsors of the Run/Walk for Autism 5k and 1k walk/run held in Beaufort on May 16, 2015.
Also we will be sponsoring the Carteret Communit College Foundation Spanish Mackerel Tournament to be held July 24-25, 2015 in Morehead City. www.carteretsmt.com
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 www.carteretkids.org.
Take a tour of our school including our new 1,200 s.f. expansion featuring Life Fitness cardio equipment, weights and additional viewing area.
Beginner martial arts students participated in a Confidence Clinic and New Student Orientation on April 24, 2015. After the school orientation, the student learned tips on building confidence and having healthy daily habits. Students then learned how to break a board.
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.
Sponsor - Run Like A Kid - 10k/5k/1 mile Fun Walk
Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts sponsored the 2015 Run Like a Kid Storybook Run (10k/5/k/1 mile Fun Run). The event hosted by the Cateret County Partnership for Children was held on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Runners and walkers dressed as their favorite storybook characters to support childhood literacy! Local mascots, including our own, Master Grr, also participated in the Mascot Dash. Race proceeds go to the Reach Out and Read Program. For more information on the Cateret County Partnership for Children at www.carteretkids.org. See a news clip of the event from TWC.
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.
Students shared martial arts techniques with friends and family members at our annual Valentine's Class.
School participates in County Christmas parades
Our school spread a lot of Christmas cheer this year at the Atlantic Beach, Newport, Morehead City and Beaufort Christmas parades.
Veteran's Day Parade
Students walked in the Morehead City Veteran's Day parade on November 8, 2014. Thank you to all who have served and their families.
Beginner martial arts students took part in a Confidence Clinic in Morehead City on November 7, 2014. Participants enjoyed healthy snacks during a breif lecture on building confidence and daily healthy habits. Students then were taught how to break their 1st board. They were also the 1st to enjoy the new expansion before the final details. View a short video review of the event.
78th Black Belt Exam
Seven martial arts students from Morehead City participated in the 78th Black Belt exam held in Richmond, VA on Saturday, November 1, 2014. More than 140 students tested in front of Grandmaster Dong for ranks ranging from 1st to 6th degree black belt.
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.
Ten students earn Black Belts from Grandmaster
Ten students from Carteret County earned their black belts along with 165 other students atthe semi-annual Black Belt Exam held in Richmond, VA on April 26,2014. Earning 1stdegree 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. See a video of their board breaking.
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 www.shapecarteret.com or www.carteretkids.org
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.
Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts
5270-A Hwy 70 West - Morehead City, NC 28557