Episode 4. Minyi: intelligence and sport

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Minyi Lee Redondo, is an example of the cultural bond of the Canary Islanders with the world. Her father is South Korean and her mother is from Arucas. She is a mixture of "strength" (Min) and "intelligence" (Yi), as she explains herself. She has lived part of her life in Extremadura, although she settled with her family in Arucas from a very young age, in the neighbourhood of Santidad, where she has spent the best years of her life.

Minyi is a young student and sportswoman who exudes a special strength, both physically and intellectually. She is a student teacher in her final year and she has found in the sport of calisthenics a philosophy of life that she shares with her partner, Xerach and with other members of MICalisthenics. team

Calisthenics can be defined as sports gymnastics practised outdoors. Basically, it is all the exercise you can do with your own body weight. It helps you to improve both mentally and physically and it makes you feel much better about yourself.

If I had to recommend an area of Arucas to someone, I would recommend the Church of San Juan Bautista, because it is impressive, it looks like a Gothic cathedral. But as I am a very nature-loving person, what I would recommend the most would be to go up the mountains. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Arucas.


Minyi sees herself in the near future as a teacher, helping children to grow as people, although her dream would be to work in a project related to sports. For the last couple of years, she and her team mates have been taking part in a healthy lifestyle project promoted by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Islands Government, where she explains the benefits of calisthenics training in schools.

Calisthenics is a booming sport among young people. Minyi and her team mates are the advance guard of a physical activity that will give much to talk about and that will make Arucas a place of reference for the practice of this sport. We wish Minyi good luck and success and we thank her for the time she has spent with us and the time that she devotes to others.


Production and direction: Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Arucas (Concejalía de Promoción Económica y Turismo)

Camera: Antonio Domingo Pérez Acosta (Reflejos pro)

Editing: Teresa Armesto (Reflejos pro)

Script and interviews: Epifanio Gómez Navarro y David Cabrera Guillén

Photography: Nacho González Oramas

Assitants: Beatriz Jiménez Jiménez; Carla Castilla Falcón y Yasmina Santana Velasco

Collaboration / Acknowledgments: Concejalía de Juventud; Biblioteca Municipal de Arucas; MICalisthenics Team; Xerach Velasco Petrini; Centro de Usos Múltiples de Cardones

Funding: Gobierno de Canarias (Consejería de Turismo, Industria y Comercio) y Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Arucas (Concejalía de Promoción Económica y Turismo)