2012-07-19 / News

Martial arts instructors earn licensure


Members of Kosho Battleground Maine center for Martial Sciences earned international, professional licensure. They are, from left, Gerald J. Bernier, Richard Caron, John Viol, president of International Sogo Bujutsu Federation, and Bryan LaBreque. (Courtesy photo) Members of Kosho Battleground Maine center for Martial Sciences earned international, professional licensure. They are, from left, Gerald J. Bernier, Richard Caron, John Viol, president of International Sogo Bujutsu Federation, and Bryan LaBreque. (Courtesy photo) Bryan LaBrecque, Richard Caron and Gerald Bernier of Kosho Battleground Maine Center for Martial Sciences in Biddeford completed a one-year intensive training program to earn a Shidoin Professional Instructor License from the International Sogo Bujutsu Federation and the United States Martial Tactical Association.

The licenses were presented to the men on June 29 at Kosho Battleground Maine Hombu Dojo in Biddeford by the president of the International Sogo Bujutsu Federation, John Viol, Menkyo Kaiden Sogobujutsu. Viol came to Maine from Ohio to do the formal presentation. Also in attendance were the national delegation of other Shidoin licensed instructors and United States Martial Tactical Association directors, John Linebarger from Tuscon, Ariz., and Dr. Michael Dunphy, of Canton, Ohio. A special training session was held June 30 at Kosho Battleground Maine, 408 Alfred St., Biddeford.

The International Sogo Bujutsu Federation and United States Martial Tactical Association are selective and prestigious organizations dedicated to the propagation of authentic, true and validated martial sciences. LaBrecque, Caron and Bernier are the only martial arts instructors in New England who met the stringent requirements mandated by the organizations.

LaBrecque is a veteran of the Air Force as a security specialist and S.W.A.T. team member. Caron is an 11- year veteran of the Army as an infantry drill instructor at Fort Devens, Mass., with the rank of Sergeant First Class E-7. Bernier is an Army 1968 Tet Offensive Vietnam combat veteran. Caron and Bernier are senior instructors at Kosho. The awards were followed by two days of extensive training focused on martial tactical methods that include various armed and unarmed techniques.

LaBrecque has 45 years of experience teaching and training in the martial arts and sciences and offers training for adults, teens and children at a professional level not available anywhere else in Maine.

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