Apr 21

2013 USKK International Karate/Kobudo Championships, June 14-16

Information has been announced for the United States Karate-do Kai‘s annual international seminar and tournament weekend to be held in Peoria and East Peoria, Ill., from June 14-16, 2013.

More information is available in the packet I have, but I am posting information I feel will be especially relevant to Metamora Martial Arts students. If you are visiting this site as a result of a search and want to know more about the meetings, receptions and awards banquet, please leave a comment to let me know if you have questions.

A traditional white gi is the only attire acceptable for competition or seminars.


Seminars will take place Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15.

Hanshi C. Bruce Heilman and his wife, Kyoshi Ann-Marie Heilman, will teach kobudo from the Odo lineage, as well as an advanced bo kata, Friday night, 6-9 p.m. Hanshi Heilman began his training in 1961, and now holds a judan in Okinawan kempo and kobudo. He was a senior student of Odo Seikichi.

The cost for the Friday night seminar is $40, or $10 for spectators.

Saturday will feature seminars taught by various style heads.

From 8-10 a.m., five instructors will teach four styles.

Sensei Keeney will teach Goju-ryu.

Sensei Awad will teach Shuri-ryu.

Senseis Yarnall and Maccarrone will teach Matsubayashi-ryu.

Sensei Koeppel will teach Matsumura Seito-ryu.

Seminars taught by the style heads are $15 each.

The seminars take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 100 Conference Drive, East Peoria, IL, 61611.


The annual tournament will be held starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 16.

Competitors must have head gear, groin cups, padded feet and hands, as well as a mouthpiece.

Events include kata, kumite and kobudo. The kata grand champion will be awarded $500 along with the Robert A. Trias Cup. The 2nd-place winner receives $250, and the 3rd-place winner receives $150.

Non-USKK members must pay either in advance for $45 for 1 event, $55 for 2, or $65 for all three, or $50, $65, or $75 the day of. Spectator admission is $5.

This post will be edited when information is made available online. This information was made available to me after attending Master Koeppel’s seminar in Springfield, Ill., yesterday. 

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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