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EYO: Fred Villari’s Studio in Plattsburgh prepares for 30th Anniversary

Villari’s instructors at the Plattsburgh studio (Left to right) : Assistant Instructor Casey Belrose, Master Instructor Mike Flanagan, Second Degree Helper Abbie Farley, Certified Cardio Instructor Leisa Boise, Master David Boise, and Assistant Instructor Carter Timon.

Villari’s instructors at the Plattsburgh studio (Left to right) : Assistant Instructor Casey Belrose, Master Instructor Mike Flanagan, Second Degree Helper Abbie Farley, Certified Cardio Instructor Leisa Boise, Master David Boise, and Assistant Instructor Carter Timon. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— For each class Boise said he generalizes moves while tailoring moves for the individual student.

“The martial arts is nice because it’s a very neat type of workout. Even though you’re in a group class it’s a very individualized activity,” Boise said.

The Plattsburgh studio offers a wide range of courses from self-defense, weights, abdominal/core workouts, setup aerobics and cardio kickboxing.

The reasons behind clients coming to the studio are very different, Boise said, but at the studio they can receive an individualized lesson in martial arts to teach discipline, self defense and empowerment.

“For everyone our class serves as both physical fitness as well as a stress reliever,” Boise said. “A lot of people like the challenge because not only are you getting a good work out physically but mentally it’s very stimulating that’s why people like it because it is never the same class; we never do the same thing.”

Boise said another component people are attracted to is the rich history and traditional values the sport teaches students.

Karate classes are offered for both men and women. There are also female-only cardio kickboxing classes taught by Leisa.

“The biggest benefit is self defense. It’s kind of like the cardio and kick boxing Leisa has been doing that since 1995,” Boise said, “which comes after 18 years of experience. I think the best thing for women is when they come in and see a change within the first couple weeks.”

Leisa said the women who come to the class can be shy at first. Oftentimes, however, they are the women who “cannot be peeled” from the bag at the end of the class, she said.

“The cardio people like it because it is very empowering. When we started it we didn’t want it to be very co-ed. Women like to get girls together and kick, punch and sweat,” Leisa said. “It’s empowering because self defense empowers you to speak your mind better, be more assertive and is a huge confidence builder. They say it’s a very therapeutic release.”

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