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

 

 

April 2

April 2012 Newsletter – Seminar, Tournaments, PE Waiver Update, and More

I hope you’re enjoying your spring break. It’s always nice to have some time off because it makes me look forward to training even more.

While you’re off, though, please take a few minutes to read through the April newsletter.

Seminar: Steve & Kim Aldus Come April 28

The month is finally here! Mr. and Mrs. Aldus will perform an exclusive workshop for us on Saturday, April 28, from 1:30-3 at MTHS. The event is only open to high school students, adults, and selected grade school students.

In case you’ve missed the announcement, I have been practicing tai chi chuan and hsing-i chuan with the Alduses since 2010. I’m very excited for all of you to meet them, but more importantly, that we all get to learn from them. I think the connection is special – they practice arts that predated and ultimately led to the formation of Shuri-ryu karate.

One, Two, Three New Yellow Belts!

Congratulations to Samantha Barth, Andrew Nauman and William Bracero who earned their yellow belts on March 22! The rest of the students who were part of the stripe test earned an additional stripe. It was great to see so much energy, but there’s still lots of work to do to refine those techniques before earning the next full belt.

Competition Update: Adair Rodriguez Takes 3rd, Adam Bockler Takes 1st

Tournament season is underway! Joshu Adair placed 3rd at the Supreme Way Challenge in Pekin on March 10. This was Joshu Adair’s first competition as a black belt, an impressive feat in a group of five black belts who are some of the toughest forms competitors I’ve seen in this area.

I grabbed 1st place at Auvenshine’s Taekwondo 13th Annual Open Tournament in Springfield on March 17 in a division of 2nd-degree black belts ages 16 and up. This was a big goal for me to accomplish, as I’ve come up short the last three times I competed there. I did not, however, take the grand championship.

Coming Up: Moline on April 14 and Bloomington on May 19

We have two more opportunities for you to compete. Mr. Morrow hosts his Karate & Kung Fu Championships on April 14 in Moline, and Mr. Walker hosts Tournament of Champions IX in Bloomington on May 19. If you’re interested, please let Adam know as soon as possible to help guide you through registering and to help get you ready.

PE Waiver Update

Please make sure your high school student is attending class. If not, the student can only miss class for other school-related activities. If a student receiving a PE waiver is not attending class, I will make requests to Guidance for that student to be removed from the waiver. This does not mean I don’t want the student in our martial arts program. I want to make sure, however, that we are doing right by the school standards.

Additionally, I have requested that Metamora Martial Arts students not be given a PE waiver next year. I know how popular this aspect of the program has been for students over the years (myself included), but I’ve explained in detail why the PE waiver will no longer be offered on our blog: http://metamoramartialarts.com/blog/news/pe-waiver-update-and-a-stripe-test-change.

June Schedule Coming Soon

Many students and parents have asked about our summer schedule. Because many of our instructors are in college and have jobs, we are only planning one month at a time at this point. Currently, we are planning on having classes Thursday nights. From 6-7 we’ll have grade school students, and from 7-8 or 8:30 we’ll have high school students and adults.

On two Wednesday nights, brown belts and above will be invited to Mr. Hawkey’s house for a special two-hour Wednesday class.

Please stay tuned to our website at http://metamoramartialarts.com to get the most up-to-date information about our summer schedule.

Quote of the Month

Bruce Lee headshot“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

I’d never studied much about Bruce Lee. But earlier in March, SpikeTV aired a really cool special called “I Am Bruce Lee” and I became hooked. There’s a lot to be said about his philosophy on the martial arts, bringing people together and finding the commonalities that all arts share, not to mention technique effectiveness.

March 5

March 2012 Metamora Martial Arts Newsletter

It’s March already – Can you believe it?

A special thanks to everyone who came out Saturday, Feb. 25, for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. We had terrific food and a great time bowling.

I also wanted to make a note to say that I’m thrilled to be the new director of Metamora Martial Arts. I have many plans going forward. But for now, I’ll keep hush.

Please sign and return contact sheets!

Our martial artists brought home a three-page sheet several weeks ago detailing the expectations we have if they want to be on the PE waiver or if they want to be promoted. Please make sure you read that, sign, and return the sheet. The sheet also has your contact information on it so you can be on our email list in case of last-minute changes or emergencies.

Special seminar with Steve & Kim Aldus – April 28, 2012

Metamora Martial Arts presents a special seminar with Mr. and Mrs. Steve & Kim Aldus on Saturday, April 28, at 1:30 in the MTHS wrestling room. Due to some of the maneuvers we’ll be learning, this seminar is open only to high school students and adults.

One thing I really wanted to do was start exposing our students to different arts. Mr. and Mrs. Aldus will be using the Chinese martial arts to help us better understand our Okinawan martial arts.

On its face, the Chinese and Okinawan martial arts may look very different. However, having studied under these knowledgeable and insightful instructors for the past 18 months, we shouldn’t be thinking about martial arts in terms of difference. Instead, what do karate and tai chi chuan have in common? As it turns out, lots!

They’ll be taking moves from our forms and showing us how we can think about them. That way, students either already know the forms, or will learn them on their way to black belt.

Stripe tests March 22 and 29

The next Metamora Martial Arts stripe tests will take place before spring break. Blue belts and under will be testing on March 22, and purple belts and above will test on March 29.

If students would like to test for their next stripe this month, they’ll need to read the requirements posted at that link. Any questions? Contact me at adam[at]metamoramartialarts[dot]com.

NOTE: This has changed.

Upcoming competitions

Spring competitions start in less than a week! This Saturday, March 10, Kosho Kai Karate hosts the Supreme Way Challenge in Pekin. On Saturday, March 17, Auvenshine’s School of Taekwondo hosts their 13th annual tournament in Springfield. Entry for one event is $40 for each tournament, plus another $5 for each additional event.

Competitions are by no means a requirement for promotion, but exposure to other martial arts help provide a better understanding of the art we study.

Quote of the month

“Nothing will work unless you do.” –Maya Angelou

Deshi Adam Bockler

3/5/12

 

 

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.