Mar 5

March 2012 Metamora Martial Arts Newsletter

It’s March already – Can you believe it?

A special thanks to everyone who came out Saturday, Feb. 25, for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. We had terrific food and a great time bowling.

I also wanted to make a note to say that I’m thrilled to be the new director of Metamora Martial Arts. I have many plans going forward. But for now, I’ll keep hush.

Please sign and return contact sheets!

Our martial artists brought home a three-page sheet several weeks ago detailing the expectations we have if they want to be on the PE waiver or if they want to be promoted. Please make sure you read that, sign, and return the sheet. The sheet also has your contact information on it so you can be on our email list in case of last-minute changes or emergencies.

Special seminar with Steve & Kim Aldus – April 28, 2012

Metamora Martial Arts presents a special seminar with Mr. and Mrs. Steve & Kim Aldus on Saturday, April 28, at 1:30 in the MTHS wrestling room. Due to some of the maneuvers we’ll be learning, this seminar is open only to high school students and adults.

One thing I really wanted to do was start exposing our students to different arts. Mr. and Mrs. Aldus will be using the Chinese martial arts to help us better understand our Okinawan martial arts.

On its face, the Chinese and Okinawan martial arts may look very different. However, having studied under these knowledgeable and insightful instructors for the past 18 months, we shouldn’t be thinking about martial arts in terms of difference. Instead, what do karate and tai chi chuan have in common? As it turns out, lots!

They’ll be taking moves from our forms and showing us how we can think about them. That way, students either already know the forms, or will learn them on their way to black belt.

Stripe tests March 22 and 29

The next Metamora Martial Arts stripe tests will take place before spring break. Blue belts and under will be testing on March 22, and purple belts and above will test on March 29.

If students would like to test for their next stripe this month, they’ll need to read the requirements posted at that link. Any questions? Contact me at adam[at]metamoramartialarts[dot]com.

NOTE: This has changed.

Upcoming competitions

Spring competitions start in less than a week! This Saturday, March 10, Kosho Kai Karate hosts the Supreme Way Challenge 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.

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.

Quote of the month

“Nothing will work unless you do.” –Maya Angelou

Deshi 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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