Apr 12, 2016 7:09 PM
CONCORD - A Black belt karate expert is offering free martial arts training for New Hampshire military veterans.
Scott Lombardo specializes in training karate to amputees and people with disabilities. Now through a program called Veterans Martial Arts Training (V-MAT) he’s using that expertise to help veterans, particularly those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
He says the program is designed to teach students how to defend themselves, but more importantly, how to resolve situations peacefully.
“There’s a lot involved in learning proper breathing, calming the mind, meditation, and controlling the body,” said Lombardo who cites health studies boasting karate’s benefits for veterans who are struggling with anger, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Joe Simpson is an 86-year-old WWII and Korean War veteran who is taking the free classes in Portsmouth. He hopes the classes will help him to keep his mind active and increase his mental concentration abilities.
“I was looking for the spiritual as well as the physical element,” Simpson said.
Lombardo donates his time twice a week to work with veterans. His father and grandfather both served in the military, and he says this is his way of giving back.
V-MAT is accepting more military veterans into the program. If you would like more information, visit their Facebook page here.
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