Apr 10

Metamora Library Hosts Martial Arts Books, Weapons

Metamora Martial Arts is featured in the April 10, 2013, edition of the Woodford Courier.

Metamora Martial Arts and Adam Bockler in the April 10, 2013, Woodford Courier

Metamora Martial Arts featured in this week’s Woodford Courier

I’ve loaned several items – martial arts books, weapons and others – from my personal collection to the Illinois Prairie District Public Library headquarters in Metamora for display until the end of the month.

These items include a pair of sais and kamas, martial arts weapons (kobudo). I’ve also included a trophy I won as a result of placing first in forms in a tournament in Peoria last summer. And, I’ve included my 2nd-degree black belt that I received in 2009.

Finally, I of course included books! It is a library, after all.

All of the books placed on display in the library are great introductory books to martial arts. They include The Ultimate Book of Martial Arts, Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder’s The Way to Black BeltMind Over Muscle (written by judo founder Dr. Jigoro Kano), and The Weaponless Warriors: An Informal History of Okinawan Karate. The last two are among my personal favorite martial arts books.

I’m not convinced that people can pick up martial arts techniques reading books. However, these books primarily discuss what is involved in martial arts training, the history of martial arts, or martial arts theory and philosophy.

Head over to the library this month and check out these items on display.

But most importantly, just go get a book. Any book. For free. Learn from it. You’ll be happy you did.

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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