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St. Charles dojo’s program director all about outreach

ST. CHARLES – A new program director at PRO Martial Arts in St. Charles is getting the word out about bullying prevention and more.

Matt Bosko of St. Charles joined the martial arts dojo, located at 2422 W. Main St., Unit 4C, in February. He helps maintain the quality of the classes and does community outreach to get the word out about the business.

Bosko usually visits local businesses and schools with one of the dojo’s instructors and its mascot Rocky the Rhino, played by St. Charles East High School senior Mitch Karmis. While the children get excited about breaking boards, the parents can learn more about what the dojo offers in the way of bullying and predator prevention, martial arts and self defense.

“It’s great if they do the martial arts ... but if we can make life better at home, that’s what really important,” Bosko said.

At a recent visit to St. Patrick’s Preschool in St. Charles, the dojo focused on respect and being polite to adults with such phrases as “yes, sir or ma’am,” “please” and “thank you.” The St. Charles Colonial Cafe also hosted the dojo March 24 during its Kids Eat Free Night.

The PRO Martial Arts group quickly won the customers over, said Kate Obernesser, a Colonial Cafe guest services manager. She said the children learned about self-confidence during the in-store event.

Bosko said he enjoys making contact with different groups. He is used to outreach in a separate role he has as CEO of +10 Damage, a third-party interactive media review site and video game blog. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a St. Charles North High School graduate and has lived in town for 21 years.

“I’ve had great things happen to me here, and I want to be able to contribute to great things happening here for other people,” Bosko said.

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