Martial arts instructor Hensley serves as role model to community
In the form of martial arts, Master Aaron Hensley most definitely brings energy and excitement to the North Augusta community by allowing students ages 3 and up to participate in a fun-filled martial arts environment.
While Hensley loves training students and competing himself, "the best part of the job is when you see a shy, reserved kid turn into a very outgoing person. I love being a part of that change," Hensley said.
Hensley became interested in martial arts when he was just 2 years old. His father, Eric Hensley, got him interested.
According to Master Eric Hensley, "Aaron was very, very smart, but I was afraid that Aaron would be on the computer all day and not be well rounded (mind and body). That is why I trained him in the martial arts. That also gave us a bond that still keeps us close."
Hensley is very active in the North Augusta community and well-liked by kids and adults of all ages. He runs the North Augusta Premier Martial Arts School alongside his dad, at 401 W. Martintown Road. The business will be moving to a new spot in the same shopping center on May 1.
In June, Hensley will be going to Texas and Louisiana to film a movie with Chuck Norris, where he gets to be "killed by Norris," Hensley stated.
"He's excited that he's been chosen to star in this movie alongside his idol, Chuck Norris. It'll be really fun."
Among running the Premier Martial Arts school, this coming fall, Hensley is also about to run an after-school program for children in the community where he feeds them, helps them with their homework and tutors them. According to Hensley, "There will be a special room built for homework stations, they will have karate classes and PE classes on alternating days, and Fridays will be field trip days."
The after-school program will also "allow students to play video games. It's becoming very popular," Hensley said.
Hensley grew up in Augusta but is currently living in North Augusta with his wife, Brooke Hensley, son Jackson, and soon-to-be little girl Laken Sky.
Hensley loves working with kids and loves seeing kids come alive after just a short period of time working with them. Growing up, Aaron Hensley attended all types of schools, which makes him extremely relatable and capable of instructing kids at his martial arts school. He attended a "public elementary school, a private middle school, and was home-schooled for high school."
Hensley later attended the University of Miami for college in 2001.
Aaron doesn't get much time to relax because his typical day starts at 8 a.m. and doesn't end until 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday. But when he does get time to relax, he loves spending as much time with his son as possible because he "likes doing everything that he does ... it makes it awesome."
Aaron's guiding principle of his life is that he "doesn't just read about the character of a person, psychical sense, or the scripture every day. Instead he just lives that life every day."
In the words of Hensley's role model and father, Aaron is very "disciplined, and I found it most enjoyable to see him grow into a man that cares about people and gives back to humanity."