Improved strength, ﬂexibility and balance
Increased mental focus Enhanced self-esteem and conﬁdence And a proud feeling of achievement.
These are the beneﬁts Villagers are experiencing from practicing martial arts. Whether they choose karate or taekwondo or wear a white or black belt, residents say the self-defense regimens from the East are providing them with a way to feel invigorated and powerful. His sense of humor continues throughout the intense 75-minute session of Martial Arts for Life. “ Arms up,” Aiello instructs. (Twosecond pause.) “Now give me all your money.” In between wisecracks, Aiello also gives wise instruction and detailed explanations of moves — this sensei (lead instructor) does have a serious side. The sixth degree black belt has taught for more than 40 years and safety is his top priority. “Do only what you can do,” the Village of Winifred resident instructs every member of the class. Aiello said he used to run a traditional karate class but now prefers a slightly more casual atmosphere. His current mode of operation includes a challenging physical workout with some routines set to modern music mixed with “katas” (karate practice routines) with an emphasis on self-defense. It has the basic appearance of a karate dojo (school), but Aiello made a few modiﬁcations to ensure his students’ safety and comfort.
By STAFF WRITER
Martial Arts for Life
If you don’t mind your sensei mixing snappy one-liners with snappy martial arts moves — Lee Aiello is the karate instructor for you. “We want to work those love handles,” Aiello said recently during a core exercise session.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - December 2010