Dec 14

Starting in January: Adult Martial Arts Classes in Metamora

About 4 in 1,000 people in Illinois report being a victim of violent crime, according to my analysis of FBI crime statistics from 2011 and 2012.

Luckily, these statistics show a general decrease in violent crimes such as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, robbery and aggravated assault – all down between 2 and 5 percent. However, forcible rape saw a noticeable uptick – nearly 18 percent.

Men and women alike need to learn self-defense to protect yourself from these types of attacks, and my karate class will help you do just that.

For the first time in our nearly 12-year history, Metamora Martial Arts will offer a class specifically for adults starting Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Metamora Community Center.

Here are four reasons you should learn martial arts

1. Avoid Conflicts

It’s said that “there is no first strike in karate.” You’ll get the resources you need to avoid becoming a victim in the first place.

2. Defend Yourself

The statistics support the idea that you very well may need to defend yourself someday. In fact, overall, the FBI statistics show that violent crime increased slightly last year. I’ll show you how to escape from grabs, block incoming attacks, and how to safely return home to your family. We’ll also discuss Illinois law related to self-defense.

3. Earn a Black Belt

Unlike the trophies you earned playing sports in school, a black belt stays with you for life. It’s not an easy task, but one that is worth the effort given all of the ways it pays off in your life.

4. Get Fit and Stay in Shape

Condition your body to withstand and effectively deliver attacks! I’ve witnessed several martial artists who have completely transformed their bodies and minds as a result of the exercise involved in martial arts.

If you’re interested in learning more about joining our adult karate class, contact us!

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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