March 11

Adair Rodriguez Places 3rd in Men’s Black Belt Kata at Supreme Way Challenge

Joshu Adair Rodriguez placed third in men’s black belt kata Saturday at the Supreme Way Challenge in Pekin. His Nan Dan Sho proved a stiff challenge for the tremendous competitors in our division. I performed Kanku Sho.

Supreme Way Challenge 2012 - Adair Rodriguez, 3rd place champion in men's black belt kata, and Adam Bockler I wanted to post a few takeaways from this tournament:

* I love what we do. I really do. I think are forms are cool, and I think how we do them is cool and works for us. But there are so many other cool martial arts out there. I saw some great forms competitors today who represented their school and their art very well. Several times I said to myself, “I have to learn that form!”

* In my studies of other arts, I try not to focus on the differences. However, I noticed students who were running the same forms we do that were running variants. I saw a Wansu that looked to be more performed at a 45-degree angle than a straight line. Adair saw a Go Pei Sho where a te uke usually on one side was on the other. Some people started their forms with or added a few “extras” along the way. But, again, the main idea is that they’re doing exactly just what we do with some modifications. It’s like handwriting – everybody does it, but each person has their own individual touch.

* I was struck by several martial artists who, several years ago, were still kyu ranks and were now black belts, taking responsibility for judging and really upping their competitive game. These martial artists competed in Metamora when we would host open tournaments, and it was great to see how they’ve advanced since our last one in 2010.

For those who asked yesterday that may be reading this: Yes, I’d like to eye an open tournament again. But first, we need to get our martial artists out to other tournaments to see how it’s done.

* Coaching your students from outside the ring is okay, depending on the rules of the particular tournament. Blatantly standing behind a referee and vocally disagreeing with the calls is unsportsmanlike, though at least a judge can choose not to acknowledge it. Getting in the face of the center referee and cussing him out, however, is not an appropriate way to handle those disagreements. There was an incident today between two instructors that I feel did not represent martial artists in the best light. Thankfully, this incident is in the minority.

* Kudos to Mr. and Mrs. Fink of Kosho Kai Karate in Pekin. They did a great job of making sure that things ran smoothly. And thanks to the Lincoln’s Challenge cadets who also volunteered their time to help out.

February 3

The 2012 10th Annual Supreme Way Challenge is in Pekin on March 10

This year’s Supreme Way Challenge is located in Pekin at the Moose Lodge. The March 10 event features Forms (Kata), Sparring (Kumite) and Weapons (Kobudo). Special events include Chanbarra, Self-defense, and Three-person Team Synchronized Kata.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the tournament begins at 11.

As you’ll see, the tournament organizers require the following safety equipment: Foam headgear, hand pads, foot pads, mouth guard and groin cup for male competitors.

The tournament is hosted by Frank and Patricia Fink of Kosho Kai Karate in Pekin. For more information, I’ll include the tournament flyer, registration form and rules summary.

The Finks can be contacted via email or at 309-353-8639.

The last time Metamora Martial Arts competed in the Supreme Way Challenge was 2007.

November 1

This month in history: November

2006

November 25 – Metamora Martial Arts hosted its Fifth Annual Holiday Tournament, the last tournament of its kind we hosted. It was a competition for members of the program.

Grand Champions (Sparring) – Mark Craig (High School) and Jim Craig (Grade School)
Best Competitor (Forms) – Daisy Breitbarth
Best Competitor (Overall) – Daisy Breithbarth (High School) and Jim Craig (Grade School)

Ben Alig
2nd place in Breaking

Jon Bell
2nd place in Breaking

David Bess
1st place in Forms

Brock Blessman
2nd place in Sparring
3rd place in Forms
3rd place in Weapons

Clay Blum
2nd place in Forms

Daisy Breitbarth
1st place in Breaking
1st place in Forms

Jim Craig
Youth Sparring Grand Champion
1st place in Breaking
1st place in Forms
1st place in Soft Sword Sparring
1st place in Sparring
1st place in Weapons

Mark Craig
Adult Sparring Grand Champion
1st place in Breaking
1st place in Soft Sword Sparring
1st place in Sparring
3rd place in Forms

Roger Crow
1st place in Breaking

Jake Folger
1st place in Forms

Ted Gove
2nd place in Forms
3rd place in Breaking

Travis Haedicke
3rd place in Forms

Tony Herr
1st place in Forms
2nd place in Breaking

Greg Johnston
3rd place in Forms

Brandon Love
3rd place in Breaking
3rd place in Forms

Robert Pitts
3rd place in Sparring

Tyler Prunty
1st place in Soft Sword Sparring
1st place in Sparring
1st place in Weapons
2nd place in Forms
Tyler was the runner-up in the Youth Sparring Grand Championship!

Faith Robertson
1st place in Forms
2nd place in Soft Sword Sparring

Tiffany Robertson
2nd place in Forms
3rd place in Soft Sword Sparring

Cliff Rummel
2nd place in Forms

Brandon Sassaman
1st place in Forms

Alex Schertz
1st place in Forms
2nd place in Weapons

Bob Schertz
2nd place in Breaking

Andy Seidel
3rd place in Forms

Sarah Turpen
2nd place in Breaking

Robert Unger
1st place in Breaking

The 2006 Metamora Martial Arts roster

2007

November 3 – Metamora Martial Artists travel to Rantoul, Ill., for the Supreme Way Challenge.

In alphabetical order, here are the results.

Adam Bockler
1st place Team Forms

Mr. Chianakas
1st place Team Forms

Carly Crabtree
1st place Forms
1st place Sparring

Jim Craig
1st place Forms

Mark Craig
3rd place Sparring

Thomas Deters
1st place Team Forms
2nd place Forms
3rd place Weapons

Tony Herr
2nd place Sparring

Greg Martin
1st place Sparring
2nd place Forms

Jake Potter
4th place Forms
2nd place Sparring

Alex Schertz
1st place Forms

Some of the MMA crew in Rantoul