Cequence Henry

Junios Smith | August 28th, 2017
Cequence Henry (Photos by Howard Gaither)

Cequence Henry (Photos by Howard Gaither)

Cequence Henry is looking to make his mark on the North Carolina martial arts scene. Since 2016, Henry has been teaching at the Greensboro Martial Arts Academy, continuing his dedication to the art of self-defense. A graduate of Northeast Guilford High School, Henry said he has been training since the age of 4 in the art of Kuk Sool Won before taking up several other practices.

“Kuk Sool Won is a form of Korean martial arts, which I learned from my instructor, Jeremiah Wills,” Henry said. “With me being so young and him knowing me so long — I’ve pretty much known him my own life — he saw I had talent and took me under his wing.

“When he passed in 2009, another instructor named Doug Orr picked up where he left off. Most of Mr. Wills’ students dispersed and nobody picked up the teaching, so I did. I continued to train while learning and studying disciplines such as Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Capoeira, etc.”

Henry teaches Kuk Sool Hapkido at the Academy, a different variation of what he learned as a child. Since I’m not longer a part of the organization, I had to change the ending,” Henry said. “That way, I’m able to teach what I know without any disrespect to the federation”. Over my years of studying through enlightenment and research, I’ve honed my abilities to instruct as well as gaining respect others who are both older and younger than I am.”

The teachings and research have helped the 21-year-old Jones in several ways, as he trains more than 40 students at the Academy — mostly under. Jones has also been a decorated winner in tournaments, competing across the state and branching out to Washington D.C. and Detroit collecting awards.

“I was always the outcast in the tournaments since I broke away from the organization I was with (in 2009),” Henry said. “I was more of a lone wolf when I competed in all three events — forms, weapons and sparring — and I’ve had about 200 first-place finishes in my career.” While Henry continued to impress in competition, he said others provided him with great opportunity until he was able to work at the Academy.

“I found Doug Orr at the YMCA in my journey of looking for schools and he kept me fresh,” Henry said. “He made sure I would continue training and never give up. I was still competing, doing demonstrations and expos to get my name out. Later on, Aaron Gaddy introduced me to Sijo James Robinson of Running Fist Kung Fu (in Concord).”

Henry said in his research he dispels the notion of one set of martial arts being stronger than another one. “There’s no such thing as a ‘best’ martial arts,” Henry said. “I feel like people try to put that idea upon others — it’s all about how someone progresses in a certain style. As far as which one to take, it all depends on what they’re looking for. If they’re looking at one for more exercise, more combat, defensive skills, there are numerous options. For thousands of years, martial arts was used for protection so in my opinion, if you’re going to study an art, do it to the best of your abilities.

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