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  • Fred Villari's Shaolin Karate System and it's Roots

    The art of Shaolin Kempo Karate was originated and founded by Grandmaster Frederick J. Villari. His fighting system of Shaolin Kempo Karate has become widely recognized and respected in the last 3 decades, and his international organization of martial arts studios has grown to be the largest chain to martial arts studios in the world. His art traces its origin over a thousand years to the Shaolin Temples of China and India, and many of the basic methods are still used. The present form has evolved, to become famous and popular for its very effective Four Ways of Fighting. These evolutionary changes were necessary due to the cultural development of man and the technological development of many different types of weapons. People are bigger, stronger and much more knowledgeable about weapons and methods of combat, therefor, movements had to be changed and updated to suit the 21st century. Grandmaster Villari has achieved what no other master has ever done, he developed a fighting system that combines the Four Ways of Fighting into ONE.  Today, Fred Villari’s Shaolin Kempo Karate system has spread nationally and internationally. Grandmaster Villari, and his system, have carved a permanent mark in the annals of the martial arts history that will perpetuate for the benefit of future generations


    The Shaolin temple was first built around 495 A.D. by a Chinese Emperor Hsiao Wen for an Indian monk Batou or known by the Chinese as Fo Tuo.  It was in the great Shaolin temple in the Songshan mountains of central china that Buddharama, a sixth century Indian monk first introduced Buddhism and a form of meditation methods and fighting techniques. he introduced to the temple monks a form of breathing exercises based on animal movements, mostly exercises for strengthening and conditioning the body. The reason he taught the monks these exercises was to purity their bodies and develop inner strength. Then came the movements of the animals which were taught for self defense purposes. Over a period of time, the monks changed and perfected these movements, gearing them towards fighting.  This style became known and feared as the art of Shaolin Temple Boxing. Buddhism and Shaolin Temple Boxing or Shaolin Ch’uan Fa were the Shaolin Temples’ main legacy to the world. So it was in China, that the philosophical and religious systems upon which many marital arts depend was first created and nurtured. The teachings of Lao Tzu, Confucius and Buddha were blended with the development of the various Chinese marital arts systems which spread to many other Asian countries.

  • Grandmaster Fred Villari, founder of Shaolin Kempo Karate delivers a montage of kicks, punches, locks and take downs. Includes Villari Bio Voice over.