The art of Shaolin Kempo
Karate was founded and developed by Grandmaster Villari after many years of
studying and mastering numerous different styles of the martial arts
including Shaolin Temple Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Kempo, different styles
of Karate, as well as the secret art of the White Tiger (Chin Na).
Grandmaster Villari realized, because of his varied wealth of experience and
his dedication in seeking the ultimate fighting system, that each fighting
system offered something unique, and each also had its glaring weaknesses
that could make a fighter vulnerable. After studying and mastering many
different styles and ways of fighting, Grandmaster Villari concluded that
there really were only four ways of fighting.
1. With your hands (punching, striking - open or closed hand) or use of any
part of the arms, elbows, forearms, etc.
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
Grandmaster Villari understood 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 Villariís art of Shaolin Kempo Karate. The Shaolin
fighting system is the backbone of the Villari system since Grandmaster
Villari 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. In the realm of fighting, Shaolin is renowned for its devastating
kicking and punching techniques. It incorporates the movements of five
animals: Tiger, Crane, Dragon, Snake, and Leopard. The Shaolin theory of
fighting is based on circular movements, speed, conditioning, and developing
strong internal energy, tendons, and ligaments. These are essential for
producing a superior fighter.
Karate is also highly favored by Grandmaster Villari, and he regards it as
simple and quick to learn and execute. Known for its linear and angular
movements with quick shuffles and in-line fighting movements, karate-type
blows are more mechanical in execution than Shaolin blows. They are also
more explosive. Karate concentrates more on external power and fewer moves
are required to get the job done.
Grandmaster Villari also utilizes the art of Kempo. It is a mixture of hard
and soft movements that blend nicely, though it is not sophisticated enough
by itself. Kempo lacks the grace of Shaolin with its integrated leg
maneuvers, the quick shuffles and footwork of Karate, and the explosion of
Shaolin movements are more fluent than either Kempo or Karate and have more
patterns of multiple strikes. The weakness here is many wasted movements
which create openings for counter-attack. Karate, on the other hand, has too
few movements and is too rigid to stand alone. Shaolin takes longer to learn
than Karate, but once mastered, its blows are delivered more effectively
because Shaolin is a balance of the bodyís external strength and internal
power. Each martial art offers something to compliment the other. By
combining circular and linear movements, the end result is a system greater
than the sum of its parts.
Grandmaster Villariís Shaolin Kempo Karate system also incorporates the
venerable art of Chin Na. It is the ultimate form of neutralizing an
opponent, utilizing holding, seizing, locking, throwing, felling and
delivering controlled pain. No other martial art gives such control over an
Grandmaster Villari also teaches moves of the Immortal Monkey, known for its
art of illusion. The Monkey cannot be hit. Its movements are lightning-quick
with the ability to change its direction rapidly. It never exhausts its
energy and has superior longevity. The monkey is always happy!
Grandmaster Villari is one of the pioneers of martial arts in the Western
World. He revolutionized and enhanced the martial arts, directing it more
toward practical fighting. His contribution to Asian fighting arts helped
open the way of the Asian martial arts, on a massive scale, to the ordinary
layman. Before Master Villari, teaching the martial arts to the masses was
taboo. He demystified the prejudice that only a few select people should
have the opportunity to learn these skills. He showed Westerners of all ages
and cultures "the way of Asian martial arts." No other master or system can
lay claim or take credit for the unique fighting system of the Villari
Shaolin Kempo Karate System. His input and involvement produced a major
turning point in the teaching of martial arts. Master Villari is still
actively teaching and demonstrating the martial arts in his schools today.
Make a commitment to the
martial arts and you will enjoy a life filled with confidence and health. Be
proud for yourself and your family. Here are seven principles to guide your
1. Develop the mind. Effective use of the mind is a martial artistís
2. Look at the solution, not the problem. Donít waste time feeling sorry for
yourself. Concentrate on resolving the situation.
3. If it works, use it. Take immediate action. Let simple and fast be your
4. Be confident. Train hard. Listen, learn and practice and youíll have a
5. Eliminate fear. Attack completely with mind, body, and spirit. Always
give your best effort as you breathe deeply.
6. Use your opponent. Remain alert and aware. Be patient and wait for your
7. Use your strengths. Know yourself and your abilities. Respond with your
most trusted techniques. Keep fighting until you prevail.