Jul 1

Metamora Martial Arts Grand Re-Opening on July 13


Metamora, Ill. – July 1, 2013 – Metamora Martial Arts announces its grand re-opening on Saturday, July 13, at the Metamora Community Center in Metamora.

Martial artists will be performing demonstrations at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. during the farmers market on the historic Metamora square.

“With concealed carry expected to go on the books in Illinois this year, many people seem to think using a gun is the only way to protect yourself,” said Adam Bockler, 2nd-degree black belt, and owner and director of Metamora Martial Arts. “But each of us has all kinds of tools at our disposal, such as our hands, our feet, and most importantly, our brains.”

Metamora Martial Arts primarily teaches its students the empty-hand art of karate, which has developed over the past 1,500 years throughout Asia and later the rest of the world.

“The intelligence and effectiveness of the old martial arts masters still shows today since we use self-defense techniques that are hundreds of years old,” Bockler said. “Because of societal changes, we now have laws to abide by, and it’s no secret to my students that it’s only okay to use what they’ve learned on other people if their lives depend on it.”

Learning how to fight isn’t the only benefit of martial arts practice.

“In fact,” he said, “what I try to teach is how not to fight by promoting situational awareness and confidence, among other things.”

A number of other benefits can also be attributed to martial arts classes.

“I’ve seen plenty of martial artists increase their quality of life by improving their flexibility and grade point average, as well as losing weight,” Bockler said. “I myself have lost more than 40 pounds since testing for my black belt seven years ago.”

First established in 2002, Metamora Martial Arts was named Best Children’s Program by Black Belt Magazine in 2008.

Metamora Martial Arts classes are open to students ages 8 and older at the Metamora Community Center on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit http://metamoramartialarts.com.

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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