Back-to-School Fun Night
October 12 - Children enjoyed the evening with a movie, pizza, games, and ice cream while meeting new friends.

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Mac Daddy’s Back-to-School Blast Off
August 25, 2018 - We had a great time sharing the benefits of the martial arts with the folks at Mac Daddys.

Jedi vs Stormtrooper Camp
August 17, 2018 - Epic duels, new friends and meeting Chewbacca and Darth Vader was all part of our last summer camp of the season.

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Instructor reads to Children at local Library
July 23, 2018 - 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.

Superhero Camp
July 20, 2018 - Great times at our Superhero Camp. Special visits from Captain America, Black Widow, Spiderman and Batgirl.

Instructor visits kids at County Library
June 28, 2018 - We enjoyed sharing the benefits of the martial arts with the Book Ends reading group at the Western Carteret Public Library.

Father’s Day Classes
June 18, 2018 - We held special classes for fathers and grandfathers.  They participated with their loved ones in a variety of drills, learned some self defense techniques and earned their camo belts.

Ninja Turtle Camp  June 15, 2018

Tournament for Children’s Hospital
 We presented a check to the Children's Hospital for $27,656 raised at our annual tournament in Richmond, VA on June 2. The event, which has raised more than $530,000, opened with comments from Grandmaster Dong and Congressman Dave Brat followed by competitions in breaking, forms and sparring.  Thank you to all of the students, families, and business that help make this event a huge success.

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Confidence Clinic
May 20, 2018 - Students and family participated in a Confidence Clinic. After a brief presentation, students had the opportunity to break their first board.

Mother’s Day Classes
May 14, 2018 - We held special classes for mothers and grandmothers.  They articipated with their loved ones in a variety of drills, learned some self defense techniques and earned their pink belts.

Students and Master Instructor advance rank
April 28, 2018 - Congratulations to all of our new Morehead City black belts. We are proud of all your hard work and dedication. 1st Degree: Jacob Carroll, Koen Crank, Abby Erway, Rachel Jacob, Noah Kimbro, Isabelle Larson, Della Purifoy, Zoey Wade - 2nd Degree: Arlene Baker, Wes Deters - 6th Degree: Master Phillip Henry

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Demo team performs at Sports Expo
April 23, 2018 - 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!

Chamber of Commerce Expo
April 20, 2018 - Shannon enjoyed meeting people at this years Chamber of Commerce Expo at the Morehead City Civic Center.

Sponsor of the Carteret County motor Speedway
April 14, 2018 - We are proud to be a sponsor of the Carteret County motor Speedway.  Exciting opening season race with friend and famlies!

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.

Camp Albemarle Spring Festival
March 12, 2018 - We held a self-defense seminar for Carteret County realtors.

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Self-Defense for County Realtors

March 18, 2018 - We held a self-defense seminar for Carteret County realtors.

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

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.

New locations in Western Carteret
September 12 - New 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.

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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

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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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Johnson Family Dentistry self-defense seminar

Johnson Family Dentistry - self defense

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!

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.

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.

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