February 22

2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Induction

In conjunction with celebrating the 12th anniversary of Metamora Martial Arts this month, I’m honored to announce that I will be inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame this April alongside a multitude of stellar martial artists.

USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame - Official Hall of HeroesOne of my martial arts teachers and inspirations, Mr. Steve Aldus – a multiple-time Hall of Fame inductee himself – has nominated me for the award.

Dr. Jim Thomas, the co-founder of this Hall of Fame, wrote the following in his acceptance letter:

“You as a leader in our martial arts industry have paved the way for our new and up and coming generation of skilled martial artists. It’s you who walks in the path of “Bushido” as you diligently run your school, sacrifice a lot of your free time living your dream and love. Consequently your students are mirrors of your teaching!”

The ceremony takes place Saturday, April 12, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

By accepting this nomination into the Hall of Fame, I aim to learn from the other instructors who belong to this group. In turn, this will allow me to share new knowledge with my students and teach new techniques and strategies in the hopes of shaping superior martial artists.

Other events for the weekend include seminars Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, as well as a tournament to cap off the weekend on Sunday.

Seminar guests include:

  • Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, one of the most renowned competitors in the world
  • Master Ken, star of Enter the Dojo, the world’s only 11th-degree black belt and founder of the greatest martial art in the world, Ameri-Do-Te (heads up: Enter the Dojo is probably a PG-13 rating)
  • Ray McCallum, a legendary point fighter from the 70s and 80s
  • Art Camacho, a well-known martial arts figure in Hollywood
  • Frank Dux, who was portrayed in Blood Sport by Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Geoff Meed, a Hollywood stuntman
  • Tony Rivera, an original Guardian Angel
  • Alvin “Goldie” Mack, president of the Alliance and instructor of Sinbad
December 22

Martial Arts Classes for Kids in Metamora, Illinois

If you are not there, you cannot get hit.

Sounds logical, right?

Whether we’re talking physical violence or verbal abuse, if you aren’t there – if the offender doesn’t have a target – then you won’t feel its effects.

Help your children learn the art of avoiding violence all together with karate. We’ll be welcoming new students starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2014.

According to StopBullying.gov, nearly 1 in 5 students were called names or insulted at school, and roughly 1 in 10 students experienced some form of physical violence.

Voted Best Children’s Program by Black Belt Magazine readers in 2008, Metamora Martial Arts helps children learn tactics to avoid these unfortunate events.

When you sign up for three months, you’ll be given a free uniform – a $40 value!

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


December 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!

August 17

Back-to-School Metamora Martial Arts Special

It’s time to go back to school. This semester, add a new favorite class to your course load by joining Metamora Martial Arts.

Looking to try martial arts?

For September only, new students can sign up for $120 for three months and receive a free uniform.

No contracts required. It’s really as simple as that.

We’ll host a new-student orientation on September 5. Students and parents are welcome to attend to receive a free karate lesson, view a short demonstration of more advanced techniques, and ask any questions they’d like about our program. If you sign up that night or during September for $120, you’ll receive a free martial arts uniform (in karate, it’s called a gi) for free! Uniforms are typically a $40 value.

Metamora Martial Arts costs less than any school in the area. If price is your concern, I have priced out every martial arts school I know of within a 20-mile radius. Some programs charge double or triple the amount per month that we do.

Tell me more about receiving a free uniform!

Current students can earn referrals!

Referral discounts are available for current martial arts students who refer their someone else to the program. For each new student who signs up for 3 months, current students will receive $5 off their next month’s tuition.

It’s a win for everybody involved.

So what do you say?

If you’re not a martial artist, try out three months’ worth of martial arts classes and receive a free uniform.

If you are a martial artist, refer your friends and receive a referral credit for your next tuition due.

These offers only last through Thursday, Sept. 12. We only accept students ages 8 and up.
August 11

Students Place Well at Douglas Grose Memorial Tournament

Metamora Martial Arts students brought home trophies yesterday after competing in forms.

Mr. Adam Bockler, Faith and Dominic

Mr. Adam Bockler, Faith and Dominic

Faith won first place in her girls brown belt division thanks to her Empi Sho kata.

Dominic performed Tai Kyoku Ni and won third place in his division of yellow and orange belts.

I had registered to compete in the men’s black belt division. However, due to a previous commitment, I was unable to stay for the duration of the tournament to perform.

Regardless, I had fun watching our students compete. I’m very proud of both of them. (Update: read below)

Zoe had wanted to compete, but injured her knee this week. Faith was able to sub in for her at the last minute.

Dominic had never competed before, so this was a big day for him.

As far as the rest of the tournament goes, it was a great gathering of martial artists from all over the state, and even the country. I mentioned in my seminar blog that martial artists had come to Peoria from Texas, Nevada and Pennsylvania, to name a few, to be a part of the one of the longest-running tournaments in Illinois. The judges were fair and I heard very few complaints (you’re always bound to have some).

And for me, it’s fun to attend this tournament to see some superb martial artists and meet new ones along the way.

We’ll be back with a team next year!

Update 8/27/13

More than two weeks have passed since the event, and I have an update on why you should remain loyalty, trustworthy and respectful.

Earlier tonight at tai chi chuan practice, Mr. Aldus announced in front of the class that Ms. Vera Harrison, the tournament promoter, had awarded me with an honorary first place in my division, along with an honorary black belt grand championship in forms.

According to him, Ms. Harrison discussed with several other black belts, including members of the AJKAI, (who are not my instructors, by the way), about how I let her know I needed to be on my away and that I did not ask for a refund. She made the decision to recognize me as a competitor as a result of my previous performances at her events and others in the area, and the commitment I showed to her throughout the weekend otherwise.

I want to publicly thank Ms. Harrison and all of the black belt instructors she consulted for their support of me as a competitor, a martial artist and as a human being. I am better for knowing them.

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