The Dojo Banquet

The Annual Dojo Organization Banquet was held on January 13, 2018 at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, South Carolina. Sponsored by the 2017 Dojo Organization Promoters this event acknowledge the Top Competitors, Runner-ups and those who had achieved other outstanding awards and recognizations. The banquet began with President Kyoshi Corey Waiters greeting everyone and thanking them for coming out to honor eveyone and their accomplishments during the 2017 year. He also thanked everyone for supporting the Dojo Organizaiton, its promoters and competitors throughout the year. Everyone had time to mangle, meet again with friends they had not seen since the last Dojo Organization event, catch up on the martial arts news aboard and talked about the upcoming year's events. .

Addie Miller from Karate at the Crossroads (Professor Pat McDaniel) from Midlands, North Carolina was recognized for being on the Steve Harvy Show where she demonstrated her martial arts techniques by kata, breaking boards and self-defense moves. Professor McDaniel stated Addie Miller had been under his instructor since she was 3 years old and had demonstrated great potential in leaps and bounds, and was not suprised when Addie was asked to appear on the Steve Harvey Show which aired this month and was on Facebook for over a week with comments all congratulating her. When asked if she had any comments, Addie shyly said in a very soft voice "Thank you". Professor McDaniel also gave recognization to anothe of his students, Laney Glosson who recevied 7 gold medals as a World Class Champion at the World Martial Arts Competition. Toby Willis gave a testimonial of his beginning with martial arts and how it has given him the tools he needs to succed in life. He gained not on confidence, self-esteem and learned self displine but martial arts has become a way of life for him and will continue in the future.

Dinner was served by Johnny Boy's, Arch Street, Lancaster, SC with a good home-cooked meal. Entertainment throughout the evening was a slide show of photos taken throughout the 2017 year and put to instrumental music consisting of various styles. Before the start of the meal prayer was given by Sabumnim Donald McCluney. After dinner President Kyoshi Waiters and Hanshi James White gave recognition to all the promoters who in turned spoke of their upcoming events with dates, times and locations. This was following with the presenting those who had completed the Black Belt Judge's Certification, the official Black Belt Judges, and the 2017 Top Competitors and Runner-ups. Also presented this evening with awards for all members who participated in the Dojo Organizaiton events and Sensei Darryl Evans reconized two of his students was awards and belt advancement. Awards were also given to Distinguished Schools: Pat McDaniel, Hanshi James White, Sabumnim Donald McCluney, Randy Robinson and Sensei Darryl Evans. Grandmaster Rickie Maddox, was added to the Dojo Organization as a new promoter. Kyoshi Corey Waiters presented the 2018 Dojo Organization Schedule. As the banquet ended everyone took pictures together and made plans to attend the next tournament event on Feburary 10, 2018 in Monroe, NC.



Kyoshi Corey Waiters, Waiters Martial Arts Academy, Monroe, NC;
Sabumnim Donald McCluney, McCluney's School of Tae Kwon Do, Shelby, NC;
Hanshi James E. White, Universal Karate Studios, Lancaster, SC;
Sabumnim Charles Burris, Burris Academy of Karate & Tae Kwon Do, Gastonia, NC;
Sensei Darryl Evans, Martial Arts and Fitness, Rock Hill, SC; 
Professor Pat McDaniel, Karate at the Crossroads, Midlands, NC,
Professor Steve L. Dirton, Steve Dirton's Kajukembo Martial Arts Academy, Greenville, SC 
and Grandmaster Rickie Maddox, Rickie Maddox School of Pon-Do-Kwan Martial Arts, Hickory, NC

Remember to mark your calendars as the Dojo Organization's year starts off with Kyoshi Corey Waiters' event on Saturday, February 10, 2018 "21st Annual Union County Karate Nationals

at Central Adacemy School Gym, Monroe, NC.

Kyoshi Corey Waiters can be reached by telephone at 843-672-5125 or 803-289-9554 or by Email at