Martial Arts Center of Oregon

The art of Shaolin Kempo Karate was originated and founded by Grandmaster Frederick J. Villari. His fighting system of Shaolin Kempo Karate.

The roots of the system come from the Shaolin Temple in the Song Shan Mountains of the central China, which was established around 495 AD. It was built by the Chinese Emperor Hsiao Wen for an Indian monk named Batou, known by the Chinese as Fo Tuo. In this temple around 530 AD, Buddharama, an Indian monk traveling from India, introduced a new Buddhist meditation method and fighting techniques to the monks. First, he introduced to the temple monks a form of breathing exercises based upon animal movements, to strengthen and condition there bodies and purify their minds. Then he taught them how to use the movements of the animals for self defense purposes. Over time, the monks changed and improved these movements. This style became known and respected as the art of Shaolin Temple Boxing of Shaolin Chuan Fa.

In the 1600's, after Japan conquered Okinawa, the people of Okinawa were restricted from using any weapons to prevent retaliation. The natives had no alternative but to practice the art of empty-handed fighting known as Te. This name was derived from the Chinese T'ang Dynasty, when many empty-handed styles of fighting were popular. The Okinawans changed the name of their martial art from Te to Karate, and many styles were developed. The term Karate means Empty Hand and is used to acknowledge the Chinese influence in the Okinawan's art.

The Tibetans and Mongolians had their own form of combat from which the venerable art of Chin Na, the art of the White Tiger was further developed.
Chin Na is a devastating form of locking, seizing, holding and grappling.

Grandmaster Villari realized that each fighting system offered something unique while having weaknesses that could make a fighter vulnerable. After mastering these styles Grandmaster Villari concluded that there are four ways of fighting.

The present form has become famous because of its very effective Four Ways of Fighting. Some evolutionary changes were necessary due to modern culture along with technological development of many types of weapons. People today are bigger, stronger and more knowledgeable about weapons and methods of combat; therefore movements had to be updated. Grandmaster Villari developed a fighting system that combines the Four Ways of Fighting into one. Today his system has spread worldwide making a permanent record in the annals of martial arts history.

With your hands (punching, striking - open and closed-handed) or use of any part of the arms, elbows, forearms, etc.
Kicking (with foot, leg, knee or shin).
Felling - that is to knock an opponent off his feet by throwing, tripping, pulling, pushing, shoving or scooping him.
Grappling by either wrestling, holding, breaking or locking bones or joints against nerve centers. 

Grandmaster Villari understands that the ultimate in self-defense lies 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 Villaris art of Shaolin Kempo Karate. The Shaolin fighting system is the backbone of the Villari system, promoting overall good health, wisdom and longevity. This system is 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 theory 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 both learn and execute. It's 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. They are also more explosive. Karate concentrates more on the external and fewer moves are required to get the job done.

Grandmaster Villari utilized the art of Kempo. It is a mixture of both hard and soft movements that blend nicely, though 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 hard Karate.

Shaolin movements are more fluent than either Kempo or Karate and have more patterns of multiple strikes. The weakness here can be the many movements, which create opportunities 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 body's 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.

Villari's Shaolin Kempo Karate system also incorporated 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 art can have such control over an attacker. 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 and it has the ability to change 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 Grandmaster 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 Òthe way of Asian martial arts. Grandmaster Villari is still actively teaching and demonstrating the martial arts in his schools today.