Feb 6

February 2012 Newsletter – Metamora Martial Arts Turns 10!

It’s official

Metamora Martial Arts is 10 years old this month! I’m happy to say I’ve been a part of the program for more than eight of those years. In that time, I’ve been with us as we welcomed a blue Power Ranger, performed kata in the Atlantic Ocean at Cocoa Beach, opened three satellite programs, presented seminars and demonstrations for hundreds of people in the Peoria area, and trained dozens and dozens of students.

Thank you to everyone who has bowed with us over the past 10 years. Here’s to 10 more!

For more milestones, check out February’s “This Month in History” post.

10th anniversary party

To celebrate our 10th anniversary party, we’re throwing a potluck dinner on Saturday, February 25, from 5-8 p.m. in the study hall room at MTHS. Current students, their parents, as well as MMA alumni are welcome to attend. Please bring a dish.

Wish us a happy anniversary!

In late January, I reached out to more than two dozen Metamora Martial Arts alumni. I’ll be posting their responses on our blog as I receive them.

If you would like to wish Metamora Martial Arts a happy birthday, please email me at adam[at]metamoramartialarts[dot]com for how you can get involved.

Upcoming competitions

We’re going to competing in a few tournaments this spring, and I’d love to take a big group with us to any of the following events. The Supreme Way Challenge, hosted by Kosho Kai Karate, is Saturday, March 10, in Pekin. On Saturday, March 17, Auvenshine’s School of Taekwondo hosts their 13th annual tournament in Springfield. Entry for one event is $40 for each tournament, plus another $5 for each additional event.

In May, I’d like to attend a tournament hosted by Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts. I’m unsure of a date, but Morrow’s tournament is another reasonably priced event located in Moline. When I receive more information, I’ll post it on our website.

We’ve done well at both tournaments before. I’ve found that our students enjoy connecting with students of other arts.

Competitions are by no means a requirement for promotion, but exposure to other martial arts help provide a better understanding of the art we study.

Instructors meeting

Basic and advanced class will be canceled on Thursday, Feb. 16. The instructors are working on updating our curriculum and policies. We’ll be taking that day to meet and start setting some standards.

Metamora Martial Arts instructors have been notified via email of the time and location of this meeting. Please check your email. If you did not receive one, please contact Adam.

Quote of the month

There is no single point that marks the completion of karate training; there is always a higher level. For this reason practitioners should continue training throughout their life. –Gichin Funakoshi, “The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate

Gichin FunakoshiFunakoshi is referred to as the “father of modern karate.” He is credited as having introduced Okinawan karate to Japan and he founded Shotokan karate.

I thought his words were fitting for our anniversary. Sure, we’ve been doing this 10 years, but we’re still working to achieve more goals. I’m confident in my abilities, but I recognize where I need work. We all might think Mr. Hawkey has all the answers – and he does have a lot – but I’ve seen him hesitate and really think through movements and applications before. My tai chi chuan instructor, who’s been in the martial arts 40+ years, will still tell you areas where he believes he needs improvement.

The point is, the martial arts is a lifetime pursuit. We’ve only just scratched the surface.

-Adam Bockler

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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