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This month in history: October


October 27 – XMA founder Mike Chat visits our Sunnyland dojo. The former blue Power Ranger visited several local schools to promote Extreme Kumi-Taku Martial Arts, then wound up back at the dojo to perform some seminars for current students.

Mike Chat, Tom Livingston, Joe Chianakas


October 15 – We visited the North American Nationals in South Beloit, Ill. By rank, here is how our competitors placed at the Ramada Inn Convention Center.

Thomas Deters
1st Place in Forms
1st Place in Weapons
Thomas won the Weapons division against a previously undefeated kama competitor from the nationally ranked Team Diamond.

Adam Bockler
1st place in Forms
3rd place in Sparring

Daisy Breitbarth
2nd place in Forms
1st place in Sparring
Daisy also competed in a large 13-17 Weapons division.

Brandon Sassaman
1st place in Forms

Jim Craig
1st place in Forms
Jim also competed in Daisy’s 13-17 Weapons division.

Alex Schertz
2nd place in Forms
Alex also competed in a Weapons division.

Honorable mentions go to…

Mark Craig (Forms), Tony Herr (Forms), Meaghan Gove (Forms and Sparring), Jon Herr (Forms and Weapons), and Stephen Arnold (Forms and Weapons).

The Metamora Martial Arts crew poses with their winnings

October 21-22 – Adam Bockler tested for first-degree black belt on Saturday and was officially promoted on Sunday. The test began at noon and lasted six hours and 45 minutes.

Joe Chianakas congratulates Adam Bockler at the completion of his black belt test

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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