Apr 5

This month in history: April


Black Belt Magazine featured an article by Sensei Joe Chianakas on the “10 Keys to Combat.” Also, in the same issue, his Next Generation column discussed approaching weapons training with caution.

10 Keys to Combat in Black Belt Magazine, by Joe Chianakas

April 5 – Metamora Martial Arts hosted our first annual open tournament. We had more than 100 competitors representing around a dozen schools.

Metamora Martial Arts belts belts in 2008

Metamora Martial Arts black belts in April 2008 (L-R): Mr. Aaron Ruder, Mr. Justin Knobeloch, Ms. Amanda Dixon, Mr. David Hawkey, Mr. Thomas Deters, Mr. Adam Ulbricht, Ms. Jessica Duffy, Mr. Joe Chianakas, Mr. Adam Bockler, Mr. Neil Kirchoefer


April 4 – We hosted our second annual open tournament with about as many people as the first outing.

2009 Metamora Martial Arts Open Tournament


On April 14, Deshi Adam Bockler placed 1st in the men’s black belt forms division and 3rd place in the men’s black belt weapons division at Morrow’s tournament in Moline. Joshu Adair Rodriguez and Jake Potter also competed in forms and sparring.

Metamora Martial Arts at Morrow's 2012

Pictured L-R: Jake Potter, Mr. Adam Bockler, MMA alum Joe Maubach, Mr. Adair Rodriguez

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

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