Jan 15

Upcoming Event: Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts Invitational Tournament on April 26, 2014

Contrary to the name, this tournament is actually an open event, according to the Facebook event.

2014 Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts TournamentThe 2014 Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts Invitational Tournament begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, and features grappling, forms, weapons and sparring.

Costs start at $25 for one event and go up to $50 for all four events.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

For a complete competitor packet, please visit this link.

Registration is only available online – in other words, no registration at the door.

The Taekwondo Times will be on hand covering the event.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Master Aaron Wayne-Duke at 309-299-5845.

Mr. Bockler’s Commentary

This, I believe, is the first-ever tournament put on by Mr. Duke. I would be delighted to take students to this event. Five years ago, Mr. Duke brought a contingent of students to our first-ever tournament, and did so when we held two more after that. There is nothing more I’d like to do than be able to help return the favor.

Personally, the character of Mr. Duke is unparalleled. He was one of the first to help my family after the tornado devastated several of their homes on Nov. 17, 2013, bringing an abundance of T-shirts and chotchkies for the kids, among other things. His students are lucky to have such a good person as an instructor.

Let’s help Mr. Duke have a successful tournament!

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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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