ROANOKE - Learning to assess a situation and take the next step is part of the fundamental training of martial arts. And, that’s just what Mike Oliveri did when he opened his own Heartland Dojo at 1407 W. Front St. on the west edge of town in April.
“I was ready to take the next step in my karate development and I decided it was a good time to get started,” Oliveri said.
Oliveri, who also serves as technology director for Roanoke-Benson District 60, is a martial arts sensei and also a student himself who previously taught at a dojo in Eureka.
He added martial arts training not only can be used as a self-defense technique, but also as a way for children to learn discipline and focus. Techniques can help children deal with bullies, learn to follow and respect rules and develop skills at their own pace, all of which can contribute to self-esteem. It also can become a good way to exercise and bring families together.
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