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Local martial artists make good

February 4, 2010

Team Bujutsu

Thanks to Pam Whitaker for sending this in…

Team Bujutsu of Bujutsu Combat Defense Academy is a group of kids and adults who train at the YMCA in Hope Mills and recently competed at the “War Angel Challenge” martial arts tournament in Dillon, S.C. on Jan. 23.

Team Bujutsu brought home 18 Gold Medals, 12 Silver and 10 Bronze and also won the War Angel Challenge “2010” Best Martial Arts School Award.

Pictured are:

1st Row – Brandon Criswell, Journey Beverly, Kailey Whitaker, Sydney Johnson, Camari Compton, Natalie Foley, Sophia Marroquin, Darius Milton
2nd Row – Mya Sampson, Corey Phillips, Justice Beverly, Erin Foote, Antonio Dupree, Madison Foley, Nina Marroquin, Tabitha Herring, Jacob Swanner
3rd Row – Cody White, Cullen Hickle, Janae Foley, Malaki George, Elliot Phillips, Terrence Fleming, Jeremy Swanner, Tyler Cook, Nick Dupree, Jairus Holley, Andre Murphy, Zandria Murphy, Senpai Charles Cook, Shihan James Beverly (not pictured)

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Karate update

August 4, 2008

Back in July, we told you about the folks from the U.S. Taekwondo Center in Spring Lake and their upcoming trip to California.

Well, they’re back now.

Thanks to Tina Feraca for sharing this with us:

A total of eight students, instructors and master instructors from the US. Taekwondo Center in Spring Lake participated in the 2008 World Taekwondo Hanmadang, World Championships for Amateurs, held in Anaheim, Calif., on July 16-20
This was the first time in 16 years that the World Taekwondo Hanmadang was held outside of Korea. Traditionally, it is a competition for black belts. This year, color belts from yellow to black were eligible.
The events held were: breaking, traditional and creative forms, self-defense techniques and demonstrations.

Pictured are – Bottom Center: Grandmaster Myong Mayes (9th degree black belt, highest ranked woman in the world and owner of U.S. Taekwondo Center in Spring Lake).
Second Row, left to right: Duane Shaw (4th degree black belt), Teresa Shaw (4th degree black belt), Jasmine Brown (red-high colored belt), Mateius Brown (1st degree black belt)and Gabrielle Shaw (3rd degree black belt).
Top row: Barbara Larson (2nd degree black belt) and Tina Feraca (3rd degree black belt).
Not pictured: Susan Richards (4th degree black belt), who participated as an Hanmadang International Referee and Judge.

Medal Winners:
Barbara Larson and Tina Feraca won World Gold Medals for their division in forms.
Duane Shaw and Maria Shaw (son and mother) won Silver Medals and Cup in pairs-forms.
Maria Shaw won a Silver Medal for her division in forms.

Larson, 69, was the oldest female competitor in the 2008 World Taekwondo Hanmadang.

Want to learn more? Call the U.S. Taekwondo Center 910-436-8782 and ask to speak to Master Kim or Grandmaster Mayes.

Just for kicks (probably punches too)

July 12, 2008

Thanks to Tracie Brown for sending this picture and information in:


The following people will be attending the 2008 World Hanmadang Taekwondo Tournament in Anaheim, Calif., July 16-20. The participants range in age from 9 to 69 years old. From left to right, Master Joey Shaw, Christina Feracca (3rd Dan), Gabrielle Shaw (3rd Dan), Mateius Brown (1st Dan), Jasmine Brown (Red-High), Master Maria Shaw, Barbara Larson (2nd Dan) and Instructor, Master Kim. They are all students at the U.S. Taekwondo Center in Spring Lake, owned and operated by GrandMaster Namkung Mayes.