On Wednesday, April 10th, two members of the dojo made a presentation to the youngsters at Wyman Elementary School in Rolla, Missouri.


The theme of the event was “Confidence” and was part of their monthly student assembly.  Students in kindergarten through fourth grade listened as Kokondo Senior Instructor Charles Martin explained how confidence is a product of preparation and experience.  To illustrate the point, several self-defense techniques were demonstrated.  The assembled students happily observed as music instructor and Kokondo black belt Michael Martin was used as uke. 


The demonstrations included board breaking, much to the joy and amusement of the children.  In addition to the two Kokondoka, one teacher volunteered to attempt her first break ever.  After the physical details of the technique were explained, she was guided through the proper stance, hand position and targeting needed to complete the break.  There was never any doubt as the lumber was easily shattered.  Another example of having confidence and not allowing those pesky “inner voices” to get in the way.


We are honored to have been offered the opportunity to participate in Wyman’s assembly and thank them for considering us.