Mar 9

PE Waiver Update and a Stripe Test Change

I wanted to address something you had heard about this week.

Yes, it is true: this is the final semester that Metamora Martial Arts karate-ka will receive a PE waiver. I fully realize this is an unpopular decision with some students, but I have discussed this with the rest of the instructor team and we are in agreement. We have several reasons for discontinuing the PE waiver.

Most importantly, physical fitness is a key component to martial arts. Some instructors and arts would disagree, saying that a correctly timed technique in exactly the right spot at exactly the right time will guarantee a solid self-defense. I’m not denying that. However, running in and of itself can be self-defense by being able to sprint away from a would-be attacker. Put simply: if you are not there, you cannot get hit. Why waste time attempting a move or series of moves when there is no guarantee they’ll work? I love doing forms and applications, but if I’m able to, I’m going to run. And to run, I need to be fit and strong. Currently, students are only working out three days a week at most. PE works every day of the school week.

As I told the students last night, I would never expect them to do something I can’t do. I tested for my black belt during a semester I was in PE. I was pretty sore the following week, but I was still there. It’s possible.

Another reason is scheduling. I’m new at my job, and my managers are kind enough to let me leave early one day a week to teach on Thursdays. I will not be asking them to leave two days early to lead conditioning classes, especially with PE as a viable option. We currently have no firm commitments from our other black belts or adult coaches.

Our class offerings aren’t what they were several years ago when the PE waiver was implemented. We had several more hours of class and conditioning a week that we don’t have today. This means our program is evolving and we have to find ways to adapt to that change.

And finally, I want students coming to their martial arts class excited learning martial arts, not because they don’t have to go to PE.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that the stripe test for March 29 for purple belts and above has been canceled. I am attending a seminar for work that day and will be unable to attend class. Please note: Mr. Hawkey, unless I hear otherwise, will be holding his 4:30 class. Advanced ranks are welcome to test on March 22 with the rest of the students. Please email me at adam[at] if this will be an issue with you, or if we need to make other arrangements. Make note of what will be expected of you to earn your next stripe.

Any questions, comments, concerns? Please leave a comment here on the blog so that others may see if their question has been answered.



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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