This week, The Independent recognizes Sensei Michelle Del Giorno as a Hero of the Hamptons.
Sensei Michelle is the primary instructor at Epic Martial Arts in Sag Harbor. Having previously been a teacher and chair of the Wellness Department at the Ross School for several years, Sensei Michelle is a full-time member at Epic Martial Arts now. Through her instruction, Sensei Michelle teaches a variety of classes for all ages, including self-defense training, kickboxing, and more.
Sensei Michelle has been extensively trained in a variety of different self-defense arts and she has won several highly competitive awards in her studies. The goal for her students when instructing these techniques is “to apply what they learned on the mat to the outside world, and how it can benefit other people, places, and things.”
Sensei Michelle further explained the training by saying, “When you think of karate, you think of punching, kicking, blocking, when in reality we are actually very peaceful people. We develop a sixth sense and become very aware of our surroundings and look to avoid conflict. However, I do teach my students to not be pushed around as well.”
She concluded by saying, “If we can reach more kids at young ages to show the importance of kindness, then I think we can really stomp out these issues with bullying that we face today.”
Sensei Michelle was nominated as a Hero of the Hamptons by Simon Harrison, who stated, “Michelle teaches to the entire planet; from little children, to the elderly and infirm.” Most notably, the children Michelle teaches are encouraged to give back to the community and they raised over $9000 from a single charity event.
Del Giorno also instructs a kickboxing class that is specifically designed for individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. She explained that the training has shown significant improvements in her Parkinson’s clients’ health by combating the neurological deterioration found in those afflicted with the disease.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining one of Sensei Michelle’s classes, Michelle Del Giorno can be reached at 631-725-5425 (KICK), or by visiting the Epic Martial Arts center on 75 Main Street in Sag Harbor.
Note that some of the classes, such as the class for those who are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, will require a doctor’s notice of approval. Again, there are classes for all ages and there are several every week. For the class schedules, go to www.hicksvillekarate.com/sagharborny.