Social at Carteret County Speedway
We had a great time with friends and family last weekend at the Carteret Speedway.

Kick-a-Thon Benefits Local Kids
March 20, 2021 - Our Kick-a-Thon to benefit the Carteret Partnership for Children raised $6,123. Students performed 131,807 kicks during the event with 7,777 kicks being the most performed by one student. We know that this money will go a long way to benefitting children in our community!
Visit the Partnership’s website at for more information about all the wonderful things they do. 

Welcome Instructor Gabriel
We are excited to announce that we have added a new Instructor to our team. Gabriel has been taking martial arts with us since he was 6 years old and is now a 3rd Degree Black Belt. During his free time he enjoys playing lacrosse and beach volleyball.

Confidence Clinic
January 2021 - Some of our new students participated in a Confidence Clinic where they got to break their first board. We are proud of all of you for challenging yourselves, breaking through obstacles, and having the confidence to reach your goals!

Students and Instructors earn degrees
Congratulations new Black Belts! Twelve students and two instructors tested for new degrees during Grandmaster Dong's 90th Black Belt Exam held in Richmond, VA on October 3.
5th Degree Black Belt: Master Instructor Shannon Henry
4th Degree Black Belt: Head Instructor Ryan Winstead
3rd Degree Black Belt: George Craft
2nd Degree Black Belt: Abby E, Antonio M, Dylan L, James E, Will T and Zach J.
1st Degree Black Belt: Andrea C, Aralyn G, Beau G, Brenner L, and Oliver G

Halloween Fun
Halloween week was full of fun!  Students enjoyed wearing their favorite accessories to our Glow Classes while learning self-defense in low-light situations.  Children and adults alike wore their favorite costume to class in our Annual Costume Class.

Spider-Man Camp

Everyone had an AMAZING time at our Spider-Man Camp!

Board breaking Camp
Students had a great time creating their own breaking routines during our Board Breaking Camp.

Over 1,000 Virtual Private Lessons during COVID Our awesome team has taught more than 1,000 virtual private classes in addition to Live classes, and educational videos since the stay-at-home-order. Thank you to our members and staff for keeping some normalcy during this time.

Students recieve Black Belts during Ceremony
We are proud of our students earning black belts during the ceremony Saturday evening. Congratulations!
3rd Degree - Gabriel Necaise
2nd Degree - Rachel Jacob, Morgan Price, Kayleigh Snowe, Kendal Snowe
1st Degree - Emily Bell, Allen Cayton, Allyson Foley, Evan Easton, Hayden Cox, Martha Massaad, Tate Cole

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Parent’s Date Night
Our Valentine's Date Night was a hit! Students enjoyed a night of fun with friends while parents enjoyed a night out for Valentine’s.

Morehead City Insructors Earn Awards
Instructors of Grandmaster Dong's Martial Arts in Morehead City, NC received recognition at the World Martial Arts Grandmasters Federation ceremony in Manassas, VA. Grandmasters from around the world attended the weekend event. 

Jedi Camp
Students enjoyed a day of Jedi training, character visits, crafts, games and more during our summer camp.  Lunch was catered by No Name Pizza and Kona Ice.

Dads earn camo belts in special class
Children and their dads participated in our annual Father’s Day classes.  They enjoyed practicing martial arts moves and fun exercises together.  The children then presented their father with a camo belt.   View our Facebook photos

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Tournament for Children’s Hospital
Our annual tournament to benefit the Children's Hospital was held on June 1 in Richmond, VA. Thirty-one students from our school competed in forms, sparring and board breaking. The event raised $35,246.41 for the Children's Hospital at VCU.  View our Facebook photos

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Mother’s Day Classes
Moms earned their pink belt during our special Mother’s Day classes.

87th Black Belt Exam
Nine students from Morehead City were among more than 150 students earning rank at Grandmaster Dong’s Spring Black Belt Exam in Richmond, VA.  Congratulations to our new black belts! We are proud of you!
2nd Degree: Sean Cartwright
1st Degree: Adianara Cox, Alexandra Cox, Christian Davis-Taylor, Hannah Harrington, Ian Hartshorn, Miranda McDonald, Tessa McFarland, Amanda O'Loughlin

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Morehead City Chamber Expo

Chamber Expo

We enjoyed being a part of this year’s Chmaber of Commerce Expo at the Morehead City Civic Center. 

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Helicopter Egg Drop & Spring Festival

We were proud to sponor the helicopter egg drop at this year’s Spring Festival at Camp Albemarle.   Families enjoyed a variety of activities, games, food, vendors, a toddler egg hunt and the helicopter egg drop.

Board Breaking Seminar
We taught students about different types of boards and other breaking material.  They also learned how to hold for different techniques and make breaking routines.

Master Henry training with Grandmaster
Master Henry and Master Highfill practicing a hand drill we learn in class while Grandmaster Dong watches.  Master Henry attends classes monthly with Grandmaster Dong.

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Instructor reads to Children at local Library
Master Shannon had a great time doing two presentations at the Down East Library (@carteretpublib) this morning! Libraries Rock has been the theme for their Summer Reading program and this group definitely rocked at learning some beginner martial arts. They also got to hear “Ninja Red Riding Hood” by Corey Rosen Schwartz.

Instructor visits kids at County Library
We enjoyed sharing the benefits of the martial arts with the Book Ends reading group at the Western Carteret Public Library.

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Demo team performs at Sports Expo
Our demo team perform at the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Expo at the Civic Center.  This was their first performance as  the 2018 team.  Great group!

Owners/Instructors featured on Coastal Living Magazine cover
March 13, 2018 - Masters Philip and Shannon Henry, along with their three children, were featured on the cover of Coastal Living magazine, March 2018.

Dancing With Our Stars
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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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.

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

Morehead City Demo Team at local Wrestling Event

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.

Excel Learning Center Field Trip

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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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