Master Gelo’s Family Karate will offer free introductory martial arts classes at Waterfall Arts in Belfast Wednesday, May 5. Tai chi will be offered at 5 p.m., kids’ karate at 6:15 p.m. and adult karate at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so call to reserve a spot. For more information call Randy Gelo at 505-0980.

The study of martial arts helps teach responsibility, respect, focus, discipline and self-control. It gives each student a greater level of confidence, and the courage to try new things, such as public speaking. For those who want to get into better shape, relieve stress or gain some confidence, martial arts is a great place to start. Master Gelo believes in teaching students how to burn off their stress before it’s a problem, and learn how to control violence without thought, using his “Block-n-Lock” techniques.