Feb 21

Tony Herr’s favorite advice: “Do or do not. There is no try”

Sometimes, it’s the little things that our martial artists pick up on and take away from their time with the program.

Old Settler's demo 2008Eureka College student Tony Herr says one of his favorite memories of Metamora Martial Arts is playing ninja ball. He also cites that being the under-black belt sparring champion for two years in a row at our once-annual tournament was memorable for him.

His favorite sparring partner? None other than Mark Craig. “My favorite grappling partner was Sassy (Brandon Sassaman),” Tony said. “He was always a challenge.”

Though having been removed from the program for several years, Tony still thinks back to some advice Mr. Chianakas said that he picked up from another wise sage.

“The piece of advice I still think about is Mr. C. telling me, ‘Do or do not. There is no try,” he said. “I would never be assertive and always avoid straight answers.”

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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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