May 9

This month in history: May

2004

Metamora Martial Arts performed at the Cherry Tree Festival in Washington, Ill., to promote our Extreme Kumi-Taku Martial Arts studio in Sunnyland.

MMA alumni Jessica Duffy, Neil Kirchoefer and Amanda Dixon perform

2007

We participated in Central Grade School’s Arts Day, as we had for several years.

May 22 – We hosted students from the Harrison and Dorris College of Martial Arts for a special seminar to prepare for our first tournament that would take place the following year.

Metamora Martial Arts students team up with students from the Harrison and Dorris College of Martial Arts

2008

Mr. Chianakas’ Black Belt Magazine column on MMA training hits newsstands.

May 10 – Mr. John Morrow hosted his 31st Annual Karate & Kung-Fu Championships in Moline, Ill. To view full results, click here.

Metamora Martial Arts students competing in Moline, Illinois

May 25 – I led my first Arts Day at Central Grade School in Washington and was assisted by Amanda Dixon, Braden & Brandon Love and Emily Berger.

2009

Both Justin Knobeloch and I tested for second-degree black belt. We are the fourth and fifth nidans in Metamora Martial Arts.

2010

Andy Seidel tested for and achieved his black belt. He was the 10th first-degree black belt to be promoted in our program.

Andy Seidel tests for black belt

2011

May 11 – Adair Rodriguez completed a five-hour physical exam for his first-degree black belt. On the 11th day of May 2011, he was named our 11th black belt.

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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