Grandmaster Barrett is an 8th Degree Blackbelt, KOJO Master Instructor, Director of the Leadership Program and Blackbelt Club. He also teaches the Hapkido Cane and self-defense classes.
Grandmaster Stephen Barrett
An 8th degree Blackbelt, Grandmaster Barrett has been involved in the Martial Arts for over forty years. He started his training with Grandmaster Duk, Sung Son of the World Taekwon-Do Association in New York, founded and presided over the IBM Karate Club for four years, was the director of Taekwon-Do for the Essex Junction Recreational Department for over thirty years, has been the director of Taekwon-Do for Essex Town, taught numerous after-school programs for the "Y" (Richmond, Burlington, S.Burlington, Essex Junction, Essex Town), was Master Instructor for the Jericho Center Academy of Taekwon-Do, was the Master Instructor and director of Taekwon-Do at the Movement Center in Essex Junction for fourteen years, was the publisher and editor of the Vermont Martial Arts Association Newsletter for five years serving all martial arts disciplines in the state.
He is a certified USSSA Taekwondo double A Center Referee and officiating judge. Grandmaster Barrett is the New England (Region One) Chief Referee for the USSSA and a member of the New England USSSA Taekwon-Do Association Executive Committee.
He is the Master Instructor and president of KOJO Academy of Taekwon-Do in Williston, Vermont. He is a dedicated Taekwon-Do Instructor who believes that Taekwon-Do should be taught in a non-contact format for the general public (light contact and full contact in competition with appropriate safety gear and rules) and supports a non-competitive, friendly, family atmosphere while still retaining the traditional values and teaching approaches but embracing modern training methods at the same time.
Master Robert Desrosiers
A fifth Degree blackbelt, Master Desrosiers has trained in Taekwondo with Grandmaster Stephen Barrett for 28 years. He also underwent self-defense and weapons training for over 8 years with Master Bruce Lancer.
He taught Taekwondo classes for Grandmaster Barrett in the Essex Junction Recreational program and Taekwondo/self-defense at the Movement Center for over 10 years. Currently he teaches a weapons and self-defense class for senior students at KOJO Academy of Taekwondo.
The weapons include cane, stick and knife. Operating on the principal that "you can't defend against something you don't understand", the training focuses on an understanding of how common weapons are used, and how best to defend against them.