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Out and About: Anthony Neri

Out and About:  Anthony Neri
When one thinks of the martial arts, names like the famed Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan will surely come up in a conversation. Playing larger than life characters may look fun, but martial arts is serious business and not one to take too lightly. There is discipline and respect learned with powerful reflexes. Where to find the beginning of that journey here in Windsor, all one has to do is start with Villari's Martial Arts Center. Nestled within the plaza at 645 Poquonock Ave. (Next to Price Chopper), it has been at two locations within the same building; therefore, it's essentially the same address. The Windsor location was established in 1995. Villari's began in 1968, and has since grown to include 120 studios spread throughout Connecticut. Anthony Neri is the Chief Instructor at Villari's Martial Arts Center in Windsor.

Anthony was born in Rome, NY at Griffiss Air Force Base (now Fort Drum). When he was a toddler, his family relocated to Rhode Island, before settling in Newington, CT., where he went to school. At around the age of eight years old, Anthony was introduced to the world of karate. He had stopped for a time, but got back into it when turning sixteen. Anthony says, "I'm one of the first guys they fast-tracked to black belt. I got my black belt in three years. It normally takes four to five years in the system." He graduated from Newington High School in 2006. "It was kind of cool. I got my graduation and my black belt." From there, he tried one semester at Manchester Community College (MCC). "I decided I didn't like school." Soon after, Villari's asked him to run the Enfield location. He had been with the Newington branch. Anthony became a franchise operator at just eighteen years old. Anthony states he had Certified Instructor Training (CIT) while earning his black belt, which helped him get the job. "You go through a three year course/program where you learn everything you need to know about the business. So, they teach you how to teach, principles, rules, how to be an instructor. The third year they teach you the business aspect of it." In 2010, Villari's needed someone to run their Windsor location. He agreed to it, as it was closer to home for him (driving from Newington). Anthony now manages operations here in Windsor.

Villari's offers classes for both adults and children of all ages. Anthony says, "We teach every individual that we teach to help them reach their own personal goals. Realize their full potential and black belt excellence." He adds in, "We are part of their lives for four to five years and beyond that. We try to enforce our three rules: Respect. Self control. Self discipline."

Anthony feels very strongly about his adopted town. "I love Windsor. I loved the town since I first came here. It reminded me of Newington where I grew up. It's a small-knit community where everybody knows everybody."

He loves eating at Union St. Tavern, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, Bart's Drive-In, Track 139, and 226 The Bean. It doesn't hurt having Pizza Rama practically next door to Villari's. Anthony reveals he worked part-time at a location in Newington when he was twenty as a delivery driver to make extra money.

His participation in Windsor ranges from having fundraisers for elementary schools in both Windsor and Windsor Locks where Villari's has raised over $10,000 for various programs, donating to the Windsor Food Bank, participating in the annual Chili Challenge, and currently is Shad Derby Committee Chairman, along with sponsoring a queen candidate. He had been with the Windsor Jaycees for a couple of years and remains a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Three words that describe Anthony: Modest. Disciplined. Patient.



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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 2 at Windsor Train Station Studios
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 5 at WAC Train Station Studios
Gardens in the Hudson Valley
Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Hypertension Workshop
Jun 6 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Virtual Book Club
Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 12 at WAC Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Learn How to Lead Like a Pro
Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Windsor Toastmasters Club
Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Camino de Santiago Lecture
Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor House Tour is Back!
Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Strawberry Festival and Vendor Fair
Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 21 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios