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




February 4

Auvenshine’s Taekwondo 13th Annual Martial Arts Tournament – March 17, 2012

Get ready for another tournament, everyone!

Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Patty Auvenshine host their 13th Annual Martial Arts Tournament at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Events include Forms, Sparring and Grappling. Grand champions will be awarded in junior and adult black belt forms divisions. Please note the the Sparring event is Olympic-style, meaning there will be two rounds of continuous sparring with 30 seconds of rest in between the rounds.

The cost is $40 for one event, plus $5 for each additional event. Spectators ages 12+ must pay $3, 6-11 $2, and ages 5 and under get in free.

Unlike many tournaments, this event includes electronic scoring and matted rings.

For a complete breakdown of rules, see the Auvenshine’s tournament package.

Metamora Martial Arts has competed in the Auvenshine’s tournament several times – first in 2007, then again in 2010 (Jake Potter and I both took 2nd place in our Forms divisions) and 2011.

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.

September 9

Upcoming tournament: Morrow’s in Moline

Save the date!

Morrow’s 37th Semi-annual Karate & Kung Fu Championships will be Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The event is held at Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts at 1321 5th Ave., Moline, Illinois.

Events include weapons, forms and sparring. This tournament features a black belt division of competitors age 40 and older, and a black belt championship match for a 4-foot trophy.

Mr. Morrow requires sparring competitors to bring dip foam boots and gloves, a groin cup and a mouth guard.

Registration is $30 for all events, and the spectator fee is $4. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, please call John Morrow at 309-764-1929. Don’t forget to like Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts on Facebook.

If you’re a Metamora Martial Arts student, let us know by Saturday, October 8, here on the blog or in our private Facebook group if you intend on competing.