May 6

Testing, testing…Adair Rodriguez, you’re next…

We invite you to a black belt test at Metamora Township High School from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11!

MTHS senior Adair Rodriguez is the 11th person in line to test for black belt at Metamora Martial Arts.

Joe Chianakas and Adair Rodriguez pose in May 2011

Adair Rodriguez, right, tests for black belt on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Adair has trained diligently for the past four years. He was a standout student in my first large group of white belts that I taught by myself during my first semester out of high school and has since evolved into a leader as the sempai of the program.

Throughout his high school career, Adair has won numerous awards within Metamora Martial Arts and even more trophies at area tournaments, while continuously giving back by volunteering his time as an assistant instructor and hitting a multitude of demonstrations and seminars. He even trained for a brief period in another art, kajukembo.

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We will post Adair’s black belt essay on Monday.

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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