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June 2012 Metamora Martial Arts Newsletter

I hope you have enjoyed the two-week official break from Metamora Martial Arts. Sometimes it’s nice to recharge our batteries.

We are ready to go for the summer and we hope you are, too! Classes start back up this Thursday at 6 p.m. and go until 8. All classes will be held at Metamora Township High School.

We know the summer months can be very busy, so we understand if you cannot attend class. If you can be with us, great. If not, we hope you have a good summer.

Classes Resume Thursday, June 7

Martial arts class begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, for grade school students. Unlike during the school year, we offer summer classes for free!

High school students and high ranks – You are welcome to attend these classes in order to get extra practice, as well as if you’d like to become an assistant instructor.

Once the grade school students finish, high school students, high ranks and adult ranks are asked to be ready to bow in at 7.

Grade school students and parents – If you or your child would like extra practice, you are welcome to stay on the mat with us once the grade school class is bowed out.

Advanced Summer Classes with Mr. Hawkey

Mr. Hawkey is once again offering classes for advanced ranks (brown and above) at his home in Hopewell. These classes will be offered on specific Saturdays. We are currently trying to pick when we’ll have the first class since he is out of town two weeks in June. Keep your eyes peeled to Metamora Martial Arts on Facebook for an update.

Kempo Seminar in Dana, Ill., on June 9

We received word on our Facebook page last month of a seminar being held by Professor Pat McDaniel in Dana at DragonsFire Dojo this weekend thanks to Ki Do Kai Kempo.

Mr. McDaniel has been practicing self-defense for more than 40 years. He plans to cover speed drills, smoke drill concepts, slip blocks and says his methods can be incorporated into any style.

The DragonsFire Dojo is located inside the Dana Fire Department at 115 E. Washington Street in Dana, IL, 61321.

Soo Kim Taekwondo Open Championship in Peoria, Ill., on Sunday, June 10

Our friend Charles Robertson alerted us via Facebook that Master Soo Kim will be holding his annual tournament this coming Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. at Peoria Academy, 2711 W. Willow Knolls. The cost is $50 for the first event and $20 for each additional event.

Master Kim was recently featured in the Peoria Journal Star.

USKK International Karate/Kobudo Championship in Peoria on Sunday, June 17

Charles also notified us of the United States Karate-do Kai’s next tournament being held at the Riverplex in Peoria beginning at 9 a.m. on June 17.

The competition will feature kata, kumite and kobudo. Non-USKK members can compete for $45 for the first event if registering beforehand and $50 the day of. USKK members receive a $5 discount. Spectators will be admitted for $5.

Additionally, the USKK is hosting three days of events. On Friday, June 15, will be the USKK euchre tournament and a feature seminar. On Saturday, June 16, several heads of styles will be hosting seminars from 8-10 a.m. Finally, the tournament will be held on Sunday, June 17.

For more information, please download the USKK International Karate/Kobudo flyer.

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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