Welcome to Fred Villari's of Plattsburgh
We may not want to think about it, but in today’s world, the possibility of facing a physical assault or confrontation is becoming more and more prevalent with each passing day!
Villari’s is committed to continually enhancing our program to address exercise, drills, safety tips and a realistic approach to self-defense situations.
Our Black Belt Leadership School is geared towards helping others to develop confidence through effective and practical knowledge of self-defense skills.
Our certified and internationally recognized Black Belt and Master Instructors have studied extensively for years to qualify as part of the Villari's Martial Arts Centers Team and undergo continuous advanced training to keep their skill sharp and fresh.
Grandmaster Fred Villari
the limelight, Grandmaster Fredrick J. Villari has
accomplished much with a minimum of publicity. He's rarely seen in martial
However 10,000 Black Belts and
15 million students after its conception Fred Villari's Studios are now a
far cry from the days when Fred Villari taught two students at seven in the
morning in a walk-up studio in Waltham Massachusetts. The name Villari and
Shaolin Kempo Karate is synonymous with East Coast Kempo. In 1995, annual
Villari national tournament, held at the World Trade Center (Boston), drew
10,000 spectators to watch 5,000 participants.
As a young person growing up
Villari studied martial arts with his father. Later he was exposed to and
studied several martial arts styles. During this period he and Nick Cerio
corresponded and trained with Professor William K.S. Chow. Villari's
approach to Kempo was to maintain the style as he learned it through Chow
and that is how it is presented in the Villari System today. Fred Villari
realized, because of his varied wealth of experience and his dedication in
seeking the ultimate fighting system, that each method offered something
unique, and each also had its glaring weaknesses that could make a fighter
vulnerable. Grandmaster Villari concluded that there really were only four
ways of fighting.
Grandmaster Villari realized that
the ultimate in self-defense lay not in one way or style of fighting. By
combining the "Four Ways of Fighting." he devised and developed ways to
integrate diverse methods of fighting into one, eliminating weaknesses and
vulnerabilities. This is the central theory and method behind Villari's art
of Shaolin Kempo Karate.
1. With your hands (punching,
striking - open or closed hand) or use of any part of the arms, elbows,
2. Kicking (with foot, leg, knee, shin)
3. Felling - that is to knock an opponent off his feet by throwing,
tripping, pulling, pushing, shoving, or scooping him
4. Grappling - by either wrestling, holding, breaking, locking bones or
joints against nerve centers
The backbone of the Villari's
style is the Shaolin system since he felt it was the best for promoting
overall good health, wisdom and longevity. This system is well balanced,
incorporating mind, body and spirit into one.
Villari promoted his ideas well through solid instruction and modern
business practices. Eventually his method was spread throughout the world as
more than 500 schools have been opened that teach his method. His
contribution helped open the way of the Asian martial arts, on a massive
scale, to the ordinary layman. Villari is still actively teaching and
demonstrating the martial arts in his schools today.
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Evan R. - Age 10
"Evan has learned respect, teamwork. Evan is not as shy as he has been. He met a lot of new friends. It has built his confidence."
Teddy D. - Age 10
"Teddy has learned that he is smarter than he gave himself credit for. He understands that it takes patience, skill, memory and concentration to remember the combinations to advance. His confidence in himself has skyrocketed! He Loves Villari's!
Chloe D. - Age 7
"Cloe has learned to slow down and think about how her actions affect others. She has actually grown closer to her brother, respecting his ability to advance so quickly. She wants to be like him.
Will V. - Age 6 (Orange Belt)
"Will loves karate! He says it's his "most favorite" thing to do. Will has grown a lot since he started karate two years ago. He's learned discipline and respect, and that it's important to focus on things that you want to do well. Will knows that if he wants to improve his karate, he needs to practice. He says that he would like to earn a black belt one day." - Heidi S. Eddie V.