Shaolin Kempo Karate

Students of all ages and ability levels have been enjoying Shaolin Kempo Karate class for kids for fifty years. Since Grandmaster Frederick J. Villari opened his first martial arts school in 1968, his incredible fighting system has spread throughout the United States and beyond, with hundreds of schools and instructors promoting over 10,000 black belts.


While our karate classes in CT recognize the many forms of martial arts, Shaolin Kempo Karate is primarily based on the three styles for which it is named: Karate, Kempo, and Shaolin Kung-Fu. All Shaolin Kempo Karate students begin by learning the traditional karate method originating in Okinawa. Because it is easier to learn and execute, we start with karate. It is a largely linear art, relying on straight lines and right angles in order to develop explosive external power.


The training stances and footwork of karate are favored by Grandmaster Villari for their ability to create a strong foundation upon which the more complex techniques of Kempo and Kung-Fu can be built. Our karate training includes:

  • Mandatory basics
  • Foot maneuvers
  • Fighting techniques
  • One through five pinon
  • Statue of the Crane


The secret behind the success of Shaolin Kempo Karate classes for kids is found in its famous Four Ways of Fighting. After studying and mastering many different martial arts, Grandmaster Villari realized that there were only four ways to fight:

  1. Punching and striking with hand, forearm, or elbow
  2. Kicking with feet, legs or knees
  3. Felling (takedowns) by throwing, tripping, pulling, pushing, shoving, or scooping
  4. Grappling including wrestling, holding, locking, or breaking


While innumerable styles of martial arts are practiced throughout the world, and each has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, Shaolin Kempo Karate is the only martial art that integrates all four ways of fighting. It is therefore the most comprehensive, well-rounded, and effective martial arts in CT.