Friends of RPL to Host Self-Defense Seminar Fundraiser

Wayne Burley
Wayne Burley

The Friends of Rodman Public Library is sponsoring a self-defense seminar fundraiser in March.

The two-hour event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 inside the Rodman Main Auditorium. The cost is $20 and anyone 12 years and older can sign up to take part in the class.

The class will be taught by Wayne Burley, an area native who is the owner of C.O.B.R.A. Defense Canton. He has 36 years of experience in defensive tactics instruction and is a sixth-degree master level instructor in martial arts.

Burley, who holds a degree in education from Malone College and a Master’s of Science in Fitness Management from the United States Sports Academy, has been teaching since 1984 and was recently inducted into the United States Kido Federation Black Belt Hall of Fame.

During the two-hour seminar at Rodman Library, participants will learn the following:COBRA

  • Who are the Three Type of Bad Guys
  • What does AAA Mean?
  • Importance of Using Your Voice
  • Understanding Criminal Intent
  • S.A.E. It- How it Works
  • Threat Recognition
  • Physical Skills and Techniques that Actually Work

Registration is required to participate in the seminar.


For more information, visit or call 330-204-5661.