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News Archive from 2006

Saturday

December 9th

 

 

Graduation for students of the Noblesville Academy
Our next graduation for students of the Noblesville academy is scheduled for Saturday December 9th. The graduation ceremony will once again be held at St. Elizabeth Seton, 106th and Haverstick Rd in Carmel. For the location, please click this map to graduation site . In addition to the graduating students, visitors will see demonstrations such as a sparring demo, several empty hand katas and vaious weapons katas including the bo staff, tonfa, sai and nunchaku.

Saturdays and Sundays

 

 

Birthday Parties at Midwest Martial Arts
We have had great success with kids' birthday parties on weekends. Typically, we start with dodgeball and some games, then a 45 minute Karate class before we break for cake, ice cream and beverages. After some more fun and another Karate class (including some fun for the kids with foam nunchaku) the birthday guest opens presents, and other guests are given party bags.

We enjoy doing events like these as a way to introduce martial arts and our school to people in the community. If you know of a youngster with a birthday coming up, contact Sensei or Mrs. Metzler about scheduling the dojo for an afternoon of fun for the kids!

November

 

 

Weapons and Protech curriculums
In weapons classes we have switched from the nunchaku (short wooden sticks connected by rope or chain, made famous by Bruce Lee in his movies) to the kama (small sickle). In Protech classes we have completed the "Takedowns and Throws" curriculum and are now doing "Immobilizations" (one of our most popular classes).

Sunday

October 8th

 

 

Students Participate in PKC Tournament
Congratulations to our students who participated in their first PKC tournament. The PKC (Professional Karate Commission) is a martial arts organization headquartered in Indiana which sponsors and sanctions tournaments held by participant martial arts schools in Indiana and nearby states such as Ohio, Michigan, etc. The PKC also hosts a web site which keeps track of annual ratings of tournament performances, and sponsors an end of the year event for state and regional awards to top ten competitors in various categories.

Congratulations to Brittany Williams,Tessa Homan, Ryan Veazie, Rebecca Sterner, Benjamin Kuzel, Rachael Wright and Gabe Caban on their participation at the tournament. Our school received many compliments from the tournament sponsors, black belt judges and other schools about the quality of our students and their performance in events such as kata, weapons kata and kumite (free form sparring). Also at the tournament were Rob Pitzer, Andrew King and many friends and relatives.

It was a fun and exciting experience, and amazing to witness all the local martial arts talent. There was even an announcement with introduction of one local karate-ka (student of karate) who went to Germany to compete in an international tournament - and won the gold medal in his division!

Beyond the excitement of watching events, the thrill of competing, and the possibility to win awards and trophies, the tournament is an educational experience to see other schools with their similarities and differences, to meet new people or reunite with friends, and to participate in the martial arts community.

We will be posting pictures in the Midwest Martial Ar4s Photo Gallery soon.

September through December

 

 

Our Television Commercial at the Theatre and on Cable TV
If you have been to the Great Escape Theatre you may have noticed that their lobby kiosk, which plays movie trailers throughout the day, plays 3 varieties of our Midwest Martial Arts television commercial. It begins with our mascot, the kung fu chimp, and shows short clips of martial arts for kids, adults and families. Our commercial is also airing on Insight Cable television, at various times throughout the day on the following channels: ABC Family, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

August

 

 

Demos at Great Escape Theatre
Great Escape Theatre has concluded their annual Summer Children'sFilm Festival with free kids movies. Our demo team was at the theatre in Noblesville (on SR 37 behind Lowes) doing martial arts demonstrations for the general public . Thanks to the demo team members Mr. Rob Pitzer, Ms. Rachael Wright, Mr. Kevin Bader (and the support of their families) we were able to make a favorable impression on hundreds of local residents who were there for the movies. Many families said they have passed by our academy but otherwise did not know much about us or the martial arts except from what they see on television. Now they were able to witness first hand the Black Belt Excellence of our students who performed empty hands katas, kata with traditional karate weapons (bo, sai, kama, tonfa, nunchaku) and Modern Arnis (Escrima, Kali).

July 22nd

 

 

Birthday Parties at Midwest Martial Arts
Our first kid's birthday party at the Noblesville academy was a resounding success. Fun was had by over a dozen youngsters and compliments expressed by several parents. We started with dodgeball and some games, then a 45 minute Karate class before we took a break for cake, ice cream and beverages. After some more fun and another Karate class (including some fun for the kids with foam nunchaku) the birthday guest opened presents, and other guests were given party bags. We will be posting pictures in the
Midwest Martial Ar4s Photo Gallery soon.

We enjoy doing events like these as a way to introduce ourselves to others in the community, and already have two more parties being scheduled. If you know of a youngster with a birthday coming up, contact Sensei or Mrs. Metzler about scheduling the dojo for an afternoon of fun for the kids!

June 24th

 

 

Midwest Martial Arts at the Fishers Freedom Fest
Thank you to all the students and their families who stopped to see us at the Fishers Freedom Festival. We had a booth in the tent with a banner and table-top display, information handouts for interested visitors, and videos of our school playing on a DVD player. We gave out bottles of cold water - as the temperature was quite hot! Also, we performed demonstrations (e.g. sparring, kata, Arnis stick drills, etc...) on the blacktop pavement area outside the tent, and answered questions from interested visitors.

June 17th

 

 

Graduation for students at the Noblesville Academy
Graduation ceremony for the Noblesville academy was held at St. Elizabeth Seton, 106th and Haverstick Rd in Carmel. For the location, please click this map to graduation site . Congratulations to our Little Dragons (3-5 yr olds), children, teens and adults who graduated. Also, thanks to our demo team students who performed sparring demos, empty hand katas and weapons katas.

June 3rd

 

 

Arnis Seminar by International Expert
We were very fortunate to have Master Ken Smith of the International Modern Arnis Federation (headquartered in the Fillipines) do a seminar at our Greenwood academy. Master Smith is recognized as one of the finest practitioners in the world, and had a lot to teach for everyone from beginners to experts.

May 13th

 

 

Bring Mom to Class!
On the day before Mother's Day, we would like to invite all Moms (this includes Aunts and Grandmothers, etc) to join in during the classes. If you are bringing the kids anyway, just wear something loose and comfortable, and join in! During Basic Karate class you can do some blocks, kicks and punches. During Protech, you can learn a few judo/jujitsu throws, and have fun throwing Sensei and/or your kids. A great way to share time with the offspring in advance of your holiday!

April 21, 22

 

 

Graduation
Graduation ceremonies were held for both the Noblesville and Greenwood academies. We had honored guests come from Chicago (Master Gunderson and Sensei Scorza) and St. Thomas, Canada (Professor Ed McLachlan and Yondan Jonathon). Our Demo Team did a short performance: including empty hands kata, weapons kata and a sparring demonstration. Mrs. Metzler was promoted to Black Belt (Shodan).

April 15th

 

 

Board Breaking Seminar
This is one of our most popular seminars - done with proper instruction it is both safe and fun! The seminar was attended by students, families and friends. First-timers were shown how to use a "hammerfist" technique to break through standard pine boards supported across concrete bricks. Other participants chose from a variety of techniques (palm-heel, knife hand, ridge hand and elbow strikes, one-inch strikes, finger strikes, snap kicks and even flying side kicks) to break single or multiple boards. If you are interested but weren't able to attend this time, let Sensei or Mrs. Metzler know; we will schedule another before the end of the year.

April 1st

 

 

Welcome our newest student
If you haven't met our newest student, please take this opportunity to click this link. He is a close relative of Sensei, so if you see him at the school, please give him a warm welcome.

Feb 24th

 

Jujitsu seminar at Midwest Martial Arts
We were honored to have the foremost authority and international seminar host for Small Circle Jujitsu, Professor Leon Jay (son and heir of GrandMaster Wally Jay) and Master Will Higginbotham (37 years martial arts experience, Jujitsu and pressure point expert) presenting a Jujitsu seminar at our school. The seminar was well attended and everyone had a good time during the three hours of exciting Jujitsu training. The dojo was filled with a mixture of men and women, young and old, of all ranks and levels of experience. We especially appreciate those students who came from out of state (Illinois and New York) to join us in learning from these prestigious Masters.

February

 

 

Midwest Martial Arts academy in Greenwood is now open
In response to great success in our Noblesville location, we have opened another academy just south of Indianapolis, in Greenwood. Students can train at either or both locations. It is located on State Road 135 (Meridian) just south of County Line Road. Sensei Kuzel and Mrs. Metzler will continue at the Noblesville location. Sensei Howe will be chief instructor in Greenwood, with black belt Ben Loschky assisting.

 

 

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