Jan 2

January 2012 newsletter

Hello, everyone, and happy 2012 from all of us at Metamora Martial Arts!

This is the first in a series of new monthly newsletters to update students, families and friends of the program what we’re up to. This month’s newsletter will be longer than most due to the amount of material that I feel needs to be addressed as we start another year (our tenth!). While you’ll only receive one newsletter each month, you’ll receive periodic emails relating to policies (see below), events and more.

This month’s edition serves as a guide as to who we are and where we’re headed in 2012. In the future, I’ll try to write more columns or opinion pieces as opposed to housekeeping items.

Who we are

Since we’ve only sent out less than a handful of emails between the end of 2010 and now, I wanted to reintroduce Metamora Martial Arts.

We are an after-school karate program that is free for high school students and available at a minimal cost for all other students. In addition to Metamora High School, our grade school locations are in Germantown (GHMS) and Spring Bay (Riverview). Because we are not a full-time business, you’ll never have to deal with the hassle of contracts. We just want to provide a fun environment in which students can learn self-defense moves safely.

Joe Chianakas founded the program in 2002. Mr. C is a former English teacher who now teaches communication classes full-time at Illinois Central College.

I’m Adam Bockler, a second-degree black belt. I’ve been involved with the program since 2003, teaching the 3:30-4:30 class on Thursdays for the past semester. I’ll be the one writing these newsletters and I’m available for any and all questions or answers at the email address with which I’m sending this message. Please don’t hesitate to email. It is the best way to get in contact with me.

As you may have noticed, we’ve undergone some structural changes this semester, though we have regrouped and each instructor has added responsibilities with the hope that we’ll all be able to maximize our efforts for the program. Mr. Chianakas will be discussing these plans with his instructors soon as we move forward.

If you or your child is not active in the program anymore and you don’t wish to receive these emails, there is a link near the end of this email giving you the option to opt out.

Our class schedule can be viewed on our website: http://metamoramartialarts.com/blog/classes

Review of policies

As of now, Mr. Chianakas and the rest of the instructors are still finalizing policies for students earning a PE waiver, how promotions will be handled, and what we’ll do about student absences. Hard copies will be sent home with students. It’s likely we’ll send out a newsletter and announce it online.

Program goals

The most important thing students can do is review what they’ve learned in class at home. We make mention that students can achieve their black belt by the time they’re seniors, but that only comes with lots of practice outside of class. We can teach the material, but it is up to the student to keep reviewing to make sure the information is still remembered. Please make sure you or your student is putting in a good amount of training at home.

Our goal as a martial arts program is to attend more tournaments this year. I know of at least two this spring that are great – one in Springfield and one in Moline. Tournaments run anywhere from about $40 to $70, after all fees (and gas) are paid for. Please start saving now! We’ll get you and your student ready for these. Tournaments are lots of fun and a great way to see what other martial artists are doing. As you head for black belt, it’s important to know what else is out there. I will be doing research and posting any information I receive on our Facebook page and our website.

We’re also going to do more social gatherings. If you have an idea, please let us know. Many of you may watch the UFC, so we could try to head to a restaurant that’s airing a pay-per-view event. I’m not sure of any martial arts-related movies coming out in 2012, but I’m sure there are several. Please keep your eyes peeled and let us know what you’d like to do.

Finally, in May, I’d like to do two things – group pictures and an awards ceremony/potluck. More details will come on dates and such, but I want to make sure these happen. They’ll probably be on Thursdays toward the end of May.

Advanced belt stripe review Jan. 12

On Thursday, Jan. 12, Mr. Chianakas will be testing purple, brown and red belts at MTHS. Before we went on break, I had tested blue and under and promised you all that Mr. C would make a class to test you. This is your chance. Please be ready. If you feel you are missing something, please make sure you are at all classes prior to make sure you can talk with an instructor about what you need. You’ll be reviewing until then.

Help Metamora Martial Arts turn 10!

Our 10-year anniversary is this February. As such, I’m looking for all former and inactive members of the program to reach out to me by replying to this message with a valid email address.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Quote of the month

The Alchemist book coverSometimes, you just can’t hold back the river.” -Paulo Coelho

To celebrate winter break, I delved into The Alchemist, a book Mr. C bought for his martial artists several years ago. I found it a great read at this stage in my life, having just graduated and with a full-time job ahead of me. Not only was this quote inspiring to me personally, but I really think it’s fitting as Metamora Martial Arts heads into 2012.

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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