September 5

Kim Aldus Performs Self-Defense Routine and Slip Set

Kim Aldus is a tremendous martial artist.

She’s thoughtful, patient, and she operates with precision.

But in this video, she shows her vicious side.

Mrs. Aldus performed this series of self-defense techniques as part of a routine at the Martial Arts for St. Jude demo held in August. In it, she shows defenses against chokes and grabs, and she even demonstrates some cane techniques.

A few weeks later, she demonstrated a slip set of various locks and holds on Mr. Landrew Olson at the Share the Martial Arts camp.

Martial artists around the country have taken note of Mrs. Aldus’s skills, having performed demos and seminars in Wisconsin and Florida, among other places. I’d definitely like to get her on The Martial Arts Podcast sooner rather than later.

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July 22

Martial Arts Demo for St. Jude in Peoria August 2

I will be participating in a demo for Martial Arts for St. Jude in Peoria on Saturday, Aug. 2 at St. Paul Baptist Church on Forrest Hill Ave.

Martial Arts for St. Jude demo Aug. 2Metamora Martial Arts students are welcome to attend, too, as are family members.

The seminar lasts from 9-12, and will include several USA Martial Arts Hall of Famers, including:

  • Dexter Parker,
  • Eddy Parker,
  • Steve Aldus,
  • Kim Aldus,
  • Robert Adell, and
  • Vera Harrison.

Admission to the event is $7 – additional donations are also encouraged – and all proceeds will go directly to St. Jude.

This demo is sponsored by Trinity Training Center and SOCA School of Combative Arts.

St. Jude demo 2013

Sensei Adam (2nd from left) as part of last year’s St. Jude demo

July 31

Trinity Training Center Demo for St. Jude a Hit

The Trinity Training Center in Peoria put on what I believe was its first benefit for St. Jude this past Saturday at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Peoria.

The event featured several talented and knowledgeable instructors presenting information about a variety of arts, mostly Chinese in origin.

I was invited to participate as a member of Aldus Martial Arts, where I’ve trained in tai chi chuan and Hsing-i chuan for the past three years. The Alduses and several students presented a short piece of the old Yang style tai chi chuan form and the five Hsing-i element forms, but the audience was stunned when they began seeing the self-defense applications. They were literally “ooh”ing and “ahh”ing when Mr. Aldus showed practical applications on me and his top student. Mr. Aldus showed empty-hand applications, as well as applications with escrima sticks and a cane, before ending his allotted time with a spear form.

Other instructors showed some great arts, as well.

Audience members and students alike participate in a group stretching session during Trinity Training Center's St. Jude benefit

Audience members and students alike participate in a group stretching session

One whose name escapes me (please forgive me if you read this, or leave a comment and let me know who you are), led a stretching session for about 30 minutes to begin the day. Both students and attendees were invited to participate.

Mr. Ed Parker, the emcee of the event, brought up audience members to teach them several self-defense techniques, including an armbar and a wrist turn.

His uncle, Mr. Dexter Parker, showcased the abilities of his students, and later demonstrated five-animal hung gar kung fu on his nephew.

Ms. Vera Harrison, whose seminars and tournaments are coming up quickly, demonstrated some taekwondo sparring techniques before delving into some self-defense and jiu-jitsu work.

Two more students of the senior Mr. Parker invited members of the audience out for some breathing exercises, which I enjoyed.

I also participated in a challenge with the host school’s students in which we had to balance on our left leg for 10 minutes while holding our right knee at our belt level. I made it nearly 7, and I applaud the students who soldiered through 10 solid minutes. Afterward, many of the same students participated in a horse stance competition for the same duration.

I was honored to participate in this demonstration with so many other talented martial artists. Next year, I’d like to bring Metamora Martial Arts into the event and perform some Okinawan martial arts.

April 10

Martial Arts Demo at ICC International Fair Saturday, April 13

ICC students and families will have a unique opportunity to see a brief martial arts demonstration at ICC’s International Fair this Saturday, April 13.

ICC International Fair - Saturday, April 13, 2013, 12-3 p.m.

ICC International Fair – Saturday, April 13, 2013, 12-3 p.m.

Of course, this is a fantastic opportunity to teach others a little bit about Okinawan traditions.

From 12:40-12:55, I will discuss Okinawan karate, kobudo and breaking.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how the bo (staff) was used among Okinawan farmers, and how they adapted the instrument into a weapon during the 17th century after the Okinawan king banned all weapons on the island.

I will also be bringing multiple boards for attendees to break, showing them it can be done with the right skill, focus and technique. Fair-goers will also be able to break boards over my arms and legs.

If you are a Metamora Martial Arts alum, drop by and say hey!

The International Fair celebrates international students’ cultures. The event will be hosted in Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus cafeteria. Cost for admission is a $2 donation. Children 12 and under are free.