April 5

This month in history: April

2008

Black Belt Magazine featured an article by Sensei Joe Chianakas on the “10 Keys to Combat.” Also, in the same issue, his Next Generation column discussed approaching weapons training with caution.

10 Keys to Combat in Black Belt Magazine, by Joe Chianakas

April 5 – Metamora Martial Arts hosted our first annual open tournament. We had more than 100 competitors representing around a dozen schools.

Metamora Martial Arts belts belts in 2008

Metamora Martial Arts black belts in April 2008 (L-R): Mr. Aaron Ruder, Mr. Justin Knobeloch, Ms. Amanda Dixon, Mr. David Hawkey, Mr. Thomas Deters, Mr. Adam Ulbricht, Ms. Jessica Duffy, Mr. Joe Chianakas, Mr. Adam Bockler, Mr. Neil Kirchoefer

2009

April 4 – We hosted our second annual open tournament with about as many people as the first outing.

2009 Metamora Martial Arts Open Tournament

2012

On April 14, Deshi Adam Bockler placed 1st in the men’s black belt forms division and 3rd place in the men’s black belt weapons division at Morrow’s tournament in Moline. Joshu Adair Rodriguez and Jake Potter also competed in forms and sparring.

Metamora Martial Arts at Morrow's 2012

Pictured L-R: Jake Potter, Mr. Adam Bockler, MMA alum Joe Maubach, Mr. Adair Rodriguez

April 4

Joe Chianakas: Next generation – Approach weapons training with caution – Black Belt Magazine, April 2008

Joe Chianakas: Approach weapons training with caution - Black Belt Magazine, April 2008

Joe Chianakas: Approach weapons training with caution – Black Belt Magazine, April 2008 (Download PDF)

There are perhaps as many martial arts weapons as martial arts styles, from the ancient whip chain to the modern tactical folding knife. Before taking up the study of any of them, you should be aware of not only the variety but also the associated legality.”