October 10

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar in Peoria on Sunday, Nov. 4

Get a crash course in women’s self-defense!

Kim Aldus, a 25-year martial arts veteran, will be teaching a women’s self-defense class on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10:30-2:30 at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria.

No experience is necessary for you to take part in this seminar. Come dressed in comfortable clothes. Sweats and a T-shirt will do the trick.

Save $5 before Oct. 31 and register for $40, or pay $45 at the door. Make checks payable to Kim Aldus.

Space is limited. If the class fills up, an alternative date will be available.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Aldus at 309-648-4528.

Contemporary Art Center
305 SW Water St. (2nd floor)
Peoria, IL 61354



February 27

Metamora Martial Arts Seminar with Steve and Kim Aldus

I am thrilled to say that Steve and Kim Aldus will be leading a seminar for Metamora Martial Arts students on Saturday, April 28.

Steve and Kim Aldus present a special seminar for Metamora Martial Arts students

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We made this announcement Saturday night at our 10th anniversary celebration. The seminar will take place in Black Partridge Park at 1:30 that afternoon and will cost $15. Participants should pay the day of the event.

Mr. and Mrs. Aldus will be giving us instruction that will benefit our karate training in several ways.

For one, it’s always great to be exposed to different arts. I think karate is great, but my passion really began when I was first exposed to tae kwon do, and now tai chi chuan. For me, these other arts have made my primary art stronger because I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned from them and bring them back into karate. Plus, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a goal.

Secondly, the information Mr. and Mrs. Aldus will show us will have relevance to us. They’ll take moves out of our katas and adapt them for the Chinese martial arts. As you’ll see, the Chinese martial arts and the Okinawan martial arts have many common bonds.

Ahead of announcing this special seminar, I had many conversations with Mr. Hawkey and Mr. Aldus. One thing we wanted to make sure was that students didn’t attend this seminar and forget everything they had learned within a few months since we don’t regularly practice tai chi chuan. By showing extensions of our karate forms, Mr. and Mrs. Aldus will help us strengthen the moves we already know and practice on a regular basis.

Due to some of the techniques we’ll be performing in this seminar, we’ve agreed to limit participants to ages 14 and up. That means high school students and adults are welcome. Grade school students may attend by invitation only.

I have been training with Mr. and Mrs. Aldus since August 2010 and it’s been a great experience. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable and capable, but they’re both fun to work with. They create a great environment to learn in.

Steve AldusMr. Steve Aldus has more than 40 years of martial arts experience. He is recognized as the only known student in the United States continuing the teachings of Master Li Chi Lan in the arts of old yang style tai chi ch’uan and hsing-i ch’uan. Mr. Aldus possesses an 8th dan in tae kwon do, a 2nd dan in karate (Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Koeppel-Ha), a 2nd dan in ju-jitsu, and has trained in numerous other arts. He’s a multiple-time USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, he’s won championships for the past four decades, and he’s performed seminars and demonstrations all over the United States. To learn more about Mr. Aldus, read:

Mrs. Kim Aldus is a 6th dan in tae kwon do, a 2nd dan in karate (Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Koeppel-Ha), a 3rd dan in ju jitsu, and has a master-level teaching certificate in both tai chi ch’uan and hsing-i ch’uan.

June 25

Richard Clear presents Combat Tai Chi in Peoria – August 5-7, 2011

I recently heard about a seminar that will be happening in Peoria this summer. Thanks to Mr. Steve Aldus for passing the information along. You may remember Mr. Aldus here at Metamora Martial Arts for explaining why he teaches and the value he places on respect.

Tai chi chuan stylist Richard Clear will present a seminar in Peoria, Ill., from August 5-7, leading workshops, private lessons and holding free practice sessions. For more information, check out the Mr. Clear’s Combat Tai Chi website.

Free sessions

Friday, Aug. 5 – 6-9 p.m. – Intro to combat tai chi & healing. Dream Center Peoria.

Sunday, Aug. 7 – 4-7 p.m. – Practice with Q&A.

Combat tai chi workshop

Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dream Center Peoria. $100.

Tai chi healing workshop

Saturday, Aug. 6 – 6-8:30 p.m. Dream Center Peoria. $45.

Private lessons

Mr. Clear will be offering six sessions of private lessons of combat tai chi, healing, silat and more at $200 per hour. The private lessons can be split between four people, splitting the cost to $50 per person.

Saturday, Aug. 6 – 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dream Center Peoria.

Sunday, Aug. 7 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contemporary Art Center.


For more information, please contact…

Sigung Dexter Parker – 309-550-1736
Sifu Ed Parker – 309-232-2402
Sigung Steve Aldus – 309-648-5409

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Richard Clear - combat tai chi seminar in Peoria - August 2011