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About Metamora Martial Arts

Established in 2002

Metamora Martial Arts offers weekly karate and tai chi chuan classes through the Metamora Park District and private lessons.

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Core Values

Learn what guides Metamora Martial Arts.

Meet Your Instructor

Adam Bockler brings 20 years of experience.

Certifications & Specializations

Sensei Adam holds a number of internationally recognized credentials.

Awards & Experience

Sensei Adam and Metamora Martial Arts celebrate their achievements.


Metamora Martial Arts has reached thousands since its 2002 founding.

Class Offerings

Join us for weekly martial arts classes with the Metamora Park District!

View of the front of the Metamora Park District building

Metamora Martial Arts holds weekly karate classes and tai chi classes at the Metamora Park District office on the historic town square.

We are a proud affiliate school of the International Okinawan Budo-Kai.


Participants will learn the dynamic punches, kicks, forms, and practical self-defense applications of Shinmei Shorin-ryu karate.

Karate classes are Tuesdays from 6-6:50 p.m.

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Tai Chi Chuan

Participants (18+) will learn basic, low-impact postures and forms from old Yang-style tai chi chuan for increasing strength, flexibility, balance, and self-defense.

Tai chi chuan classes are Tuesdays from 7-7:45 p.m.

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Private Lessons

Private lessons for martial arts are held at Sensei Adam’s home in Metamora.

Participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Sensei Adam for pricing and availability.

Core Values

Learn what guides our teachings.


We are guided by what piques our interest.


We seek self-improvement.


We are dogged in our pursuits.


We recognize and celebrate our accomplishments.

Meet Your Instructor

A lifelong Metamora resident, Sensei Adam Bockler brings 20 years of experience to our students.

Adam Bockler poses in horse stance during a forms competition

I began learning Okinawan Shuri-ryu karate as a high school freshman in 2003 under Metamora Martial Arts founder Sensei Joe Chianakas. He promoted me to 1st-degree black belt in 2006 and 2nd-degree black belt in 2009. In 2012, Sensei Chianakas passed Metamora Martial Arts to me.

I also trained under Sensei Dave Hawkey from 2005-2015. Sensei Hawkey was a student of Master Robert Trias, the Navy veteran who brought karate to America from Okinawa in the 1940s.

In 2010, I began training with Si Tai Gung Steve Aldus in the Chinese martial arts of tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, and baguazhang. Mr. Aldus certified me as a black belt and assistant instructor (sifu) in those styles in 2019. Through all my martial arts experience, my lineage can be traced back to 1602.

Currently, I train under both Sifu Aldus and Hanshi James Gifford, 9th-degree black belt and chief instructor for the International Okinawan Budo-Kai. I am a 2nd-degree black belt in Shinmei Shorin-ryu karate.

I have competed in and won forms and sparring competitions throughout Illinois and Iowa.

Beyond karate, I live in Metamora with my fiance and her daughter. I work from home as a project manager for the marketing agency ONEFIRE. Since 2016, I’ve taught classes with the Metamora Park District.

Certifications & Specializations

Sensei Adam holds a variety of internationally recognized certifications and specializations.

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Certified Instructor

International Okinawan Budo-Kai

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Certified Personal Trainer

American Council on Exercise

National Academy of Sports Medicine logo

MMA Conditioning Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Certified in First Aid / AED / CPR

American Red Cross

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Fitness Nutrition Specialist

American Council on Exercise

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Certified Level 1 Instructor


Awards, Seminars, & Training

Sensei Adam holds a variety of internationally recognized certifications and specializations.

Sensei Adam has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame on three occasions:

  • Karate Black Belt of the Year (2014)
  • Leading Seminar Instructor of the Year (2015)
  • Leading Martial Arts Instructor of the Year (2016)

He’s also learned from the following world-renowned martial arts champions and personalities:

  • Former UFC champion Dan “The Beast” Severn
  • Bill “Superfoot” Wallace
  • Iain Abernethy
  • Mike Chat

A Brief History of Metamora Martial Arts

Serving Metamora Since 2002

Founded in 2002 by fourth-degree black belt Sensei Joe Chianakas, Metamora Martial Arts was originally an after-school karate club for Metamora Township High School students.

Over time, Mr. Chianakas opened up the program to hundreds of students at Metamora Grade School, Riverview Grade School, and Germantown Hills Middle School.

Our students have competed all over Illinois, Iowa, and even the U.S. Open in Orlando, Florida.

In 2008, Black Belt Magazine honored Metamora Martial Arts with two awards:

  • Best Children’s Program.
  • Best Humanitarian Act for our Relay For Life Break-a-thon held in 2007.

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