March 16

This month in history: March

2008

March 3 – Mr. Adam Bockler led a crew in Metamora Martial Arts’ first outing at Mr. John Morrow’s semi-annual tournament in Moline, Ill.

Competitors included Mr. Thomas Deters, Jim Craig, Joel Perez and Mr. Adam Bockler. We took five 1st place trophies.

Deshi Adam Bockler, Deshi Thomas Deters, Jim Craig, Joel Perez at Morrow's Academy in 2008

2009

Mr. Chianakas wrote an article published in the magazine, MA Success, about taking martial arts into public schools.

2010

March 20 – Jake Potter and Deshi Adam Bockler traveled to Springfield, Ill., where we both took second place in our respective forms divisions at the Auvenshines’ 11th annual tournament held at Lincoln Land Community College.

Jake Potter and Deshi Adam Bockler at the Auvenshines' tournament

2011

Joshu Adair Rodriguez, Deshi Adam Bockler and Miss Caitlan Rohman competed at the Auvenshines’ 12th annual tournament at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, Illinois.

Mr. Rodriguez and Caitlan both placed 1st in colored belt forms. Deshi Adam placed 2nd in black belt forms.

Joshu Adair Rodriguez, Deshi Adam Bockler and Miss Caitlan Rohman at Auvenshine's tournament in 2011

2012

On March 10, Joshu Adair Rodriguez places third at the Supreme Way Challenge in Pekin, Ill., after performing Nan Dan Sho in the black belt forms division. Deshi Adam Bockler also competed.

Joshu Adair Rodriguez and Deshi Adam Bockler at the Supreme Way Challenge in Pekin

One week later, on March 17, Deshi Adam Bockler placed 1st in black belt forms at the Auvenshine’s 13th Annual Open Tournament.

2013

On March 7, Deshi Adam Bockler re-opens Metamora Martial Arts at the Metamora Community Center. This is the first time in its 11-year history that Metamora Martial Arts has not been in one of the area school districts.