Sometimes, it’s the little things that our martial artists pick up on and take away from their time with the program.
Eureka College student Tony Herr says one of his favorite memories of Metamora Martial Arts is playing ninja ball. He also cites that being the under-black belt sparring champion for two years in a row at our once-annual tournament was memorable for him.
His favorite sparring partner? None other than Mark Craig. “My favorite grappling partner was Sassy (Brandon Sassaman),” Tony said. “He was always a challenge.”
Though having been removed from the program for several years, Tony still thinks back to some advice Mr. Chianakas said that he picked up from another wise sage.
“The piece of advice I still think about is Mr. C. telling me, ‘Do or do not. There is no try,” he said. “I would never be assertive and always avoid straight answers.”
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