Fredrick J. Villari

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Fred Villari

Artistic Rendition of Villari about 1975
BornFredrick J. Villari
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts
NationalityUnited States American
StyleShaolin Kempo Karate
Teacher(s)Nick Cerio, William Kwai Sun Chow
Rank     12th dan black belt: SKK
     5th dan black belt: Chinese Kempo : Nick Cerio Kempo[1]
Websitehttp://www.villari.com/
 
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Fred Villari

Artistic Rendition of Villari about 1975
BornFredrick J. Villari
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts
NationalityUnited States American
StyleShaolin Kempo Karate
Teacher(s)Nick Cerio, William Kwai Sun Chow
Rank     12th dan black belt: SKK
     5th dan black belt: Chinese Kempo : Nick Cerio Kempo[1]
Websitehttp://www.villari.com/

Fredrick J. Villari is a 12th Degree Grandmaster and founder of Shaolin Kempo Karate - a unique martial arts style that combines the Five Animals of Shaolin Kung Fu, the core competency of Kempo, the hard-hitting linear explosiveness of traditional Karate, as well as the power of Boxing and the felling and grappling arts of Jujutsu, Chin Na, and Mongolian wrestling.[2]

Fred Villari was also the original proprietor of the successful United Studios of Self Defense,[1] or USSD chain of martial arts centers, and later changed the name to Fred Villari’s Studio of Self Defense over in-fighting which led to a business split between Villari and a number of his high-ranking subordinates.[1]

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Early Years & Development of Shaolin Kempo Karate

After years of training in various forms of kung fu, karate, boxing. and wrestling in his youth, Fred Villari studied as a young man under Professor Nick Cerio to strengthen his roots and master the art of Kempo. The problem was that Kempo was in constant flux due to the hybrid and non-dogmatic roots and philosophy of the art,[3] and therefore Fred Villari set out to create and strictly codify a balanced system that was robust in the "4 ways of fighting" :Striking, Kicking, Felling, and Grappling.[2][4][5]

"Villari’s martial arts training started early in his life. After being introduced to Western and Chinese boxing by his father, Villari went on to study jiujitsu and wrestling with the LeBlanc brothers in his middle teens. By the time he was 18, Villari realized his martial arts training was stagnating and sought out Nick Cerio as an instructor of Chinese kenpo. After completing his requirements as second degree black belt with Cerio, Villari traveled to the West Indies where he traded his techniques for karate and kung-fu training. While in the islands, Villari also studied under a Chinese-Australian instructor Soo, and gained his third and fourth degrees. After working with another master Len Chou, Villari received his fifth degree and soon decided to open his own school."[1]

Influences

Nick Cerio was the first martial arts instructor to give Fred Villari a black belt, and many of Cerio's black belt forms exist in Villari's standard curriculum today.[1][6]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Ayoob, Massad. "Fred Villari Markets the Martial Arts" Black Belt Magazine, July 1975.
  2. ^ a b Villari, Fred. "Hidden Beneath the Shadows - Balance Your Mind and Body for the Millennium" Sumerel Enterprises; 2nd edition (March 1998)
  3. ^ Kempo History
  4. ^ Villari, Fred. The Martial Arts and Real Life Quill 1st Edition (1985) ISBNL 0688047149, 9780688047146
  5. ^ Official Online Bio
  6. ^ Kempo History