Jul 3

This month in history: July


Brian Beaver holds his first advanced tae kwon do class at our Sunnyland dojo. Students promoted past white belt in karate were able to take classes with Mr. Beaver. The classes lasted for about a year.

Also, MMA held the 2nd annual Undoo Renshu, where Mr. Chianakas taught Shudo-so.

July 31 – Metamora Martial Arts performed a demo before a Peoria Pirates game in the Peoria Civic Center. It was by far our largest venue we’ve performed in.

Check out Metamora Martial Arts Peoria Pirates demo pics on Facebook


July 3-9 – More than a dozen MMA members flew down to Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Open, held at the Coronado Springs Resort. On our trip, we spent a day at Universal Studios, another at Wet n Wild water park, two days at the biggest martial arts tournament in the world and one last day at Cocoa Beach.

Look through Metamora Martial Arts pictures at the US Open in 2007

By name, here is how our competitors placed…

Clay Blum
2nd place in Traditional Forms
no place in Point Sparring

Daisy Breitbarth
3nd place in Point Sparring
5th place in Traditional Forms
no place in Continuous Sparring

Carly Crabtree
1st place in Traditional Forms – Carly is the first Metamora Martial Artist to win 1st place at the US Open!
no place in Point Sparring

Brandon Sassaman
5th place in Traditional Forms
no place in Point Sparring

Alex Schertz
2nd Place in Traditional Forms
no place in Traditional Weapons

Thomas Deters (Traditional Weapons, Traditional Forms), Meaghan Gove (Traditional Forms, Point Sparring), and Courtney Yeast (Traditional Forms, Point Sparring) also competed, but none officially placed.


July 10 – Mr. Brian Beaver held the first ever Kyumson Invitational Tournament in Bradford.

Adam Bockler
1st place Forms
Grand Champion Adult Forms

Faith Robertson
1st place Forms
1st place Sparring
1st place Breaking

Adair Rodriguez
1st place Forms
1st place Sparring
Grand Champion Youth Forms
Grand Champion Youth Sparring

Alex Schertz also competed.

Check out Metamora Martial Arts at the Kyumson Invitational in 2010

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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