> Out and About: Anthony Neri

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.



Events

November Food Drive at Many Rivers
Nov 11 at 3 Barnard Lane, Suite 205, in Bloomfield
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Nov 13 at Chamber office
Business After Hours
Nov 13 at Webster Bank, Broad St, Windsor
Game Dinner
Nov 13 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Beth Caruso and The Salty Rose
Nov 14 at Windsor Public Library
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
WHS Drama Presents "CLUE"
Nov 15 at Windsor High School. 50 Sage Park Road. Windsor, CT. 06095
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Dom's Fundraiser for Food Pantry
Nov 16 at Dom's Broad St. Eatery, 330 Broad St., Windsor, CT 06095
Student and Faculty Recital
Nov 16 at First Church in Windsor, 107 Palisado Ave.
Turkey and Twenty Drive
Nov 16 at Eagle on the Green by Windsor Public Library
Vendor & Artisan Fair: SagePark PTO
Nov 16 at Sage Park Middle School - 25 Sage Park Road
WF&FB Fundraiser at ACE
Nov 16 at WINDSOR ACE HARDWARE 296 Broad St.
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga Paint Party
Nov 17 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga & Wellness Center
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Nov 19 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Supplements
Nov 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Stillness in Motion - Art Center
Nov 20 at Windsor Art Center
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Stillness in Motion - Art Center
Nov 21 at Windsor Art Center
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Nov 21 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
WinTech Showcase
Nov 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Dr, Windsor
Kids Movie, Craft, and Pizza Night!
Nov 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Old Fashioned Christmas with Clara
Nov 22 at The Music School at Sound Crossing, 101 Palisado Ave. Windsor, CT
31st Annual "Food For Health" Drive
Nov 23 at Dr. George B. Curry of 15 Central Street
Artist Talk/Panel Discussion
Nov 23 at Windsor Art Center
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Auction & Dinner!
Nov 23 at The Lodge
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Tacos 7 Trivia
Nov 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Veterans Coffee Hour
Nov 28 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Christmas Sampler
Nov 30 at L.P. Wilson
Shop Small with HBG
Nov 30 at House of Books and Games
Small Business Saturday
Nov 30 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Santa Brunch
Dec 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Shop Small with HBG
Dec 1 at House of Books and Games
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Dec 3 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
WCC Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 4 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Block Printed Gift Wrap Workshop
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Festival of Wreaths
Dec 5 at Kimberly Hall North Building 1 Emerson Dr Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 5 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
A Victorian Country Christmas
Dec 6 at 778 Palisado Ave., Windsor CT
Holiday Open House!
Dec 7 at Therapeutic Solutions - 96 Poquonock Ave, Windsor, CT 06095
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Holiday Movie
Dec 9 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber office
Ukulele Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 10 at Windsor High School Auditorium
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Dec 11 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Card Stamp event to win Gift Cards
Dec 14 at House of Books and Games, Ewe and You, The Bean
Hearth Cooking Class
Dec 14 at Windsor Historical Society
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
HBG Beth Caruso book signing
Dec 15 at House of Books and Games
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 7, 2020 at Chamber office
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.