Tai Chi Chuan

Adam Bockler teaches the martial arts of karate and tai chi chuan

I’m excited to offer tai chi chuan classes through Metamora Parks & Recreation!

Adults can realize a number of benefits from practicing tai chi chuan:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improved mood
  • May promote weight loss without any other changes
  • Improved cognition
  • Improved aerobic capacity
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Improves COPD symptoms
  • Improved flexibility, balance, stability, and agility
  • Improved muscle strength and definition
  • Reduced back pain and pain from knee osteoarthritis
  • Improve the quality of life in people with heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses
  • May ease fibromyalgia pain
  • May reduce chronic neck pain
  • May improve reasoning ability in older people


When Do Tai Chi Chuan Classes Start?

The next open enrollment in tai chi chuan classes in Metamora will be in late 2022.

To find out exactly when, sign up to join the waitlist!

Click here to join the tai chi chuan class in Metamora waitlist


How Much Do Tai Chi Chuan Classes Cost?

Classes start at $130 and cover a 4-month period.

Learn more about pricing here!


What Can You Expect If You Join Metamora Martial Arts?

In addition to regular class, I’ll provide opportunities to learn outside of class through seminars, home workouts, and competitions. 


Class Times & Location

Tai chi chuan class is held weekly in person on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-7:45 p.m. at the Metamora Park District office on the square. Please be punctual.

If class must be canceled (due to weather or instructor illness), I will coordinate in advance. Please stay home if you are sick.


Frequently Asked Questions About Tai Chi Chuan


Are there fluctuations in pricing?

Yes—click here to learn why, and what other martial arts programs in the area cost.


Do I need to get on the ground?

No! Although tai chi chuan shares some similarities with yoga, this healing art won’t require you to go to the ground.


Will I have to spar?

No! I provide opportunities to use the techniques against a pad safely.

But this art requires no sparring or combat with me or your fellow students.


Will tai chi make any of my problems worse?

Although generally considered safe, read this post to learn more about potential issues brought about by participating in tai chi classes—a qualified instructor can recommend changes or help you avoid painful movements.


Yoga vs. tai chi—Which is best for me?

You can do both! Learn more about the similarities and differences between yoga and tai chi.


Are you a good instructor?

I’ve been described as “professional, motivating, and fun.” But you can read more reviews here.

Here’s what my mom had to say about taking the class:

I have been taking Tai Chi for adults for several months now. The instructor, Adam Bockler, is very experienced and has a firm understanding of the techniques and applications of Tai Chi. I have experienced improvement in coordination, balance, and an understanding of what Tai Chi is. I have enjoyed getting out of the house to attend the classes and have enjoyed meeting and working with the other people in the class.



About Sifu Adam Bockler

I’ve practiced and taught martial arts since 2003.



I began learning Okinawan Shuri-ryu karate as a high school freshman under Sensei Joe Chianakas. Mr. Chianakas promoted me to 1st-degree black belt in 2006 and 2nd-degree black belt in 2009.

After founding Metamora Martial Arts in 2002, Mr. Chianakas passed the program to me in 2012.

I also trained for several years under Sensei Dave Hawkey. Mr. Hawkey studied for many years and was a standout student of the Navy veteran who brought karate to America from Asia in the 1940s, Master Robert Trias. 


Tai Chi Chuan & Hsing-i Chuan

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.


Accolades & Resume

Through all my martial arts experience, my teachers and lineage can be traced back to 1602. 

Regarding the sport aspect of martial arts, I’ve competed in and won forms and sparring tournaments throughout Illinois and Iowa.

I’ve been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 3 times:

  1. Karate Black Belt of the Year (2014)
  2. Leading Seminar Instructor of the Year (2015)
  3. Leading Martial Arts Instructor of the Year (2016)

I’ve also participated in seminars with world-renowned instructors including:

  1. Former UFC champion Dan “The Beast” Severn
  2. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace
  3. Iain Abernethy
  4. Mike Chat
  5. And many more other talented instructors!

My additional credentials include: 

  • MMA Conditioning Specialist — National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist — American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Level 1 instructor — DDP Yoga (DDPY) 
  • CPR / AED / First Aid — American Red Cross


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