May 17

Info Packet: 2014 Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament

2014 Harrison Dorris AJKAI IOBK Tournament packet

Download the full tournament packet, including rules for each event

The Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament takes place Saturday, Aug. 9, once again in Peoria at First English Lutheran Church, but with some minor tweaks.

For the first time and to eliminate crowd congestion, karate and tae kwon do events will take place at different times. These events have traditionally been divided in the past. However, divisions have run concurrently until this year.


Karate (or similar style) events – forms, point sparring, tag team and masters’ divisions – will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Combined events – breaking and weapons – take place starting at 12 p.m.

Finally, tae kwon do events (or similar style) events – forms, Olympic sparring (continuous), tag team and masters’ divisions begin at 1:30 p.m.

No-gi grappling begins at 9 a.m., and the special events division begins at 11 a.m.


Competitors participating in 1-2 events can enter for $50, plus an additional $10 per event up for a total of $90 for all 6 events.

Tag teams are $60 per team.

Spectators pay $6 if they are 10 or up, $4 for children and senior citizens, and children 3 or under can get in for free.

Friday Night Seminar

Ms. Harrison’s “Slam, Bam, Wham” seminar features two sessions.

Master Jim Hemphill will cover grappling techniques in session 1 from 4-6 p.m.

Masters Kim Aldus and Erin Lehman will present self-defense techniques in session 2 from 6:30-9:00.

The seminars cost $30 each, or $50 for both, with a $5 spectator fee.

Sensei Bockler’s Thoughts

You should attend this event, whether you’re one of my students or you stumbled on this website through a link your friend posted or through a search.

Honestly, I’m pretty bummed that I have a commitment already made for this weekend because I would love to compete against Peoria’s finest black belts, leaving me unable to attend any event listed here.

Last year’s event was fantastic. You can read about some of my thoughts from the seminars and watch some videos, too.

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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