January 28

Kaizen: incremental improvement

Hello everyone! And welcome to the new MetamoraMartialArts.com!

I wanted to start this blog by introducing a Japanese term taught to me by Mr. Hawkey years ago: kaizen.

Kaizen means to improve by increments, which is just what I’ve done with this website in the more than four years I’ve operated it. From basic HTML, to frames, to Invision Power Services and finally to our own self-hosted WordPress blog, I’m doing my best to keep our site current by integrating elements of the latest technology.

But more than just for me, I’m hoping this incremental improvement benefits you, the martial artist (or parent), the most. Improve your martial arts training by researching this site over time, and following the articles or links we may post. Visit the links to other schools and blogs I’ve placed toward the bottom of the page. Follow our Facebook page, and grab make sure to track our Twitter feed as well for exclusive items I may retweet.

I challenge all of you, whether you practice with us or not, to think about the ways you improve yourselves every day. Remember, you don’t have to make huge adjustments every day. The improvements are tiny – incremental – but are still there nonetheless.

Tell us how you make these small improvements every day. Are you reading books or visiting websites? Are you practicing more at home? Are you asking questions? Think about your answer and get back to us!

January 20

UPCOMING: Auvenshine’s Taekwondo 12th Annual Martial Arts Tournament

Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Patty Auvenshine host their 12th annual tournament at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, Ill. on Saturday, March 19.

Events include forms, sparring, grappling, breaking and weapons. Grand champions are awarded for junior and adult black belt forms. The rings are matted and there is also electronic scoring. On their Facebook page, the Auvenshines mention “expeditious scheduling,” which is the truth. They fill up a gym with about six rings and most of them are busy. Special athletes are encouraged to attend.

The school with the most competitors is awarded a plaque.

Metamora Martial Arts karateka have competed in this tournament twice – first in 2007 and again in 2010. I’ve been both times and would encourage everybody to make time in their schedules to attend this tournament.

Click here to register and to download a packet for all the details, including a schedule, motel recommendations, divisions and rules.

RSVP on Facebook

January 7

8th Annual Auvenshine’s Taekwondo Martial Arts Tournament – 1/27/07

Auburn Jr. High School

Auburn, Ill.

Stephen Arnold

1st place Forms
2nd place Weapons

Brock Blessman

1st place Forms
3rd place Sparring
4th place Weapons

Clay Blum

1st place Forms
2nd place Grappling
3rd place Sparring
Clay was forced to forfeit the match due to injury.

Adam Bockler

Competed, but did not place, in Forms

Daisy Breitbarth

1st place Forms
1st place Grappling
1st place Sparring
1st place Weapons

Joe Chianakas

1st place Forms
Adult Forms Grand Champion

Jim Craig

2nd place Forms
1st place Weapons

Mark Craig

1st place Forms
1st place Sparring
Jim and Mark competed in the same Forms division.

Carly Crabtree

1st place Forms
1st place Sparring

Roger Crow

1st place Forms
1st place Sparring

Jake Folger

4th place Forms
Jake also competed in Grappling.

Meaghan Gove

4th place Forms
3rd place Sparring

Tyler Prunty

1st place Forms
3rd place Weapons

Cliff Rummel

1st place Grappling
2nd place Sparring

Brandon Sassaman

2nd place Forms
2nd place Grappling
2nd place Sparring

Alex Schertz

1st place Forms
1st place Weapons
Alex was also in Tyler and Brock’s Weapons division.

Courtney Yeast

1st place Forms
Courtney and Meaghan were in the same Forms division.

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