August 29

Ty Campos Shows Kali Drills, Disarms and Chokes

As an instructor, I think it is important to remember what it’s like being a student.

That, and my first-ever martial arts instructor instilled in me to “never stop learning and seeking new knowledge.”

That’s why I keep attending new seminars with new instructors. Often times, the ideas are similar, but their methods and techniques are wildly different.

In July, my friend Mr. John Morrow of Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts in Moline invited me to a seminar being taught by one of his former students, Ty Campos.

Ty didn’t go into his background much, but it was clear to me he was very proficient in using single- and double-stick techniques. I enjoyed his drills and have been practicing them on my own since this event.

A sampling of what Ty taught during his seminar have been assembled in the medley video below.

A three-hour won’t let anybody work anything in depth, but it was great to see just how broad and even how deep some of these techniques can go.

Thanks to Mr. Morrow for bringing Ty Campos to his school. And thanks to the people I worked with for being my partners.

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July 11

Ty Campos Teaching Kali Seminar in Moline

A multi-faceted martial artist will teach a seminar on single- and double-stick weaponry Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Ty Campos of the Minnesota Kali Group is featured the day as the guest instructor during a seminar taking place from 1-4 p.m.

The cost of the event is $35.

For more information, contact Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts at 309-764-1929.

Mr. Morrow invites only the best martial artists to his school, so I expect attendees at this event will learn many things from Ty Campos. Campos’ resume includes training in at least six martial arts.

September 16

Morrow’s 40th Semi-Annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament Oct. 12

Mr. John Morrow is hosting his 40th semi-annual martial arts tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Davenport, Iowa, at St. Ambrose University’s Lee Lohman Arena.

This is a tournament I highly recommend for martial artists in the Peoria/Quad Cities areas due to the level of competition, the fairness of the judges, and the great attitude displayed by everyone. Faith and I attended the spring version of this tournament earlier this year and we did well.

Events include Forms, Sparring, Weapons, and the unique horse-riding stance competition.

Competitors pay $35 for all events. Spectators are $5, and kids 5 and under are free.

Sparring competitors must wear dip-foam gloves and boots, a groin cup, head gear and a mouth guard.

Registration begins at 9, and the tournament begins at 10.

For more information, contact Mr. Morrow directly at 309-764-1929.

April 17

39th Semi-Annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament in Davenport

For the first time in more than five years – maybe ever – Mr. John Morrow and Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts is hosting the 39th Semi-Annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament and Black Belt Championships in a location other than his own school.

This event will be held instead at the Lee Lohman Arena at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Events include Forms, Weapons, Sparring and the unique Horse Riding Stance competition, in which the winner outlasts all others will maintaining a horse stance. Divisions are broken up by age and gender.

The grand champion in black belt sparring receives a 4-foot trophy.

Head gear for sparring is mandatory.

Fees are $35 for all events or $5 per spectators.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the competition begins at 10 a.m.

This is a tournament we’ve been to numerous times in the past. I have attended several events promoted by Mr. Morrow, including tournaments since 2008, and a seminar that he hosted as his school’s new location in February of this year.

For Metamora Martial Arts students – I understand this is six days after the North American Grand Nationals, but I would highly recommend this tournament if you’re interested in competing.

Lee Lohman Arena
518 W. Locust Street
Davenport, Iowa 52803

If you would like any more information on this event, please contact John Morrow at 309-764-1929.

April 15

Competitors Do Well at Morrow’s Tournament in Moline

We had a great time yesterday at John Morrow’s tournament in Moline. Not only did our competitors do well, but we got to see a few old friends, too.

I should mention that “well” isn’t necessarily measured in trophy count. Neither Joshu Adair Rodriguez nor Jake Potter were able to bring home hardware. However, I feel based on their kata performances and their sparring matches, both represented Metamora Martial Arts with pride and dignity. Joshu Adair especially showed he could get vicious during the game of tag that is a sparring match by forcing his opponent to lose his balance and fall over several times. I’m not trying to take anything away from his opponent (whose name I didn’t catch and who was very, very good), but I think there is something to be said for that.

Jake Potter, Deshi Adam Bockler and Joshu Adair Rodriguez at Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts

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I was stunned to hear that I’d won first place in black belt forms – and by one-tenth of a point, at that. There were so many other great forms competitors in both the men’s and women’s divisions. I saw Tomari Bassai, which I learned from the black belt who performed it that the kata is just one of the many variations of Bassai Dai. I saw an Empi Sho performed with kamas, which was very cool. And I was very excited to see a couple who practiced tai chi chuan perform and place highly. It’s an honor to be able to show my art – our art – with people who are so similar but so different at the same time.

One of my favorite parts about Morrow’s tournament is that one Metamora Martial Arts alumnus, Joe Maubach, lives in the Quad Cities area. Every time we travel to this event, I’m grateful that Joe always shows up to support our team. After the tournament, we had a good mid-afternoon dinner at River House.

All in all, I’m very happy with our experience at Mr. Morrow’s. We’d love to go back next year.