Meet the Aylesbury family not to be messed with

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SAT around the Sasso dinner table is just shy of 150 years’ worth of martial arts experience – this is one Aylesbury family not to be messed with.

At the head of the table is 60-year-old Tony Sasso, an 8th Dan karate Black Belt and expert in Tai-Chi.

Martial arts family - pictured is Sensei Antonio Sasso and Nathan Sasso (his son) demonstrating some moves

Martial arts family - pictured is Sensei Antonio Sasso and Nathan Sasso (his son) demonstrating some moves

Tony has run a martial arts training centre in Aylesbury, Shotokan Karate and Internal Arts Association, for more than 30 years. He alone has 40 years experience in both Tai-Chi and Karate.

To Tony’s left sits his wife Jo, who he has trained for the past ten years since they met. She is now a 3rd Dan Black Belt.

“We train every lesson together,” said Tony.

“Jo and I do four hours Tai-Chi Qi-gong every Sunday morning. We normally do this training on our own but anybody who wants to learn true Tai-Chi Qi-gong is welcome to come along.”

From front to back to the right of the table sits Nathan, a 2nd Dan Black Belt, Amy, a 4th Dan Black Belt and Clair, a 3rd Dan Black Belt.

To the left of the table from front back is Natalie, a 4th Dan Black Belt and Luke, who is 1st Dan Black Belt.

“All the girls carried out either Karate or Tai-Chi training through their pregnancies,” added Tony.

“Between the family we have nearly 150 years training.

“I have trained hard but feel I am blessed to be able to and blessed to have such loyal and spirited students.”

For more information about the school call Tony on 01296 641344 or 07852 736889.