Jul 26

An Open Letter to Metamora Martial Arts

Metamora Martial Arts karate-ka, family and friends,

For more than 10 years, with no off-season, Metamora Martial Arts instructors have provided quality self-defense lessons to students in the area. In fact, in 2008, Black Belt Magazine awarded Metamora Martial Arts as the Best Children’s Program in the United States. Our instructors have a wide array of martial arts experience, incorporating lessons learned in weapons, Chinese arts and Korean arts. Our students have taken numerous championships at the local level, and they’ve even taken home the hardware at competitions with worldwide notoriety.

As part of the celebration of our 10th anniversary earlier this year, our founder, Sensei Joe Chianakas, installed me as the director of Metamora Martial Arts. I have consulted with Mr. Chianakas and our senior instructor, Mr. David Hawkey, since that time about how to improve our program; expose our students to more friendly competition, knowledge and ideas; and how to ensure our students are getting top-quality instruction. Despite these efforts, we have noticed a decrease in student engagement and class attendance.

We believe it’s best to take some time to regroup.

After months of lengthy conversations with both Mr. Chianakas and Mr. Hawkey, I have decided it is in the best interest of the program to put all classes for the fall on hiatus. This means we will have no classes at Metamora Township High School, Riverview Grade School, Germantown Hills Middle School, or Metamora Grade School. All instructors will be communicating in the coming months about the best plan to go forward. We are targeting a tentative return date of January 2013.

Our last class this summer is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2.

As we discuss the best way to proceed, we would like to hear from you. Let us know how you feel and what you want to see from us in the future. It’s the enthusiasm of students and parents that have kept this program strong. Your enthusiasm and participation are vital to the success of our program.

Please contact me at adam@metamoramartialarts.com with your thoughts. If you would like to speak with me via phone, please email me first so that we can set up a time to discuss.

I firmly believe the martial arts have a place in Metamora. We’ve proven it year after year for the past 10 years. Please be patient as we evaluate our options.


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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