Fred Villari is acknowledged as one of the most important martial artists of the last 1000 years.
Great Grandmaster Villari is globally renowned for combining Northern and Southern Chinese martial arts, Chinese Boxing, Japanese martial arts and Chinese, Mongolian, and Japanese felling/grappling arts with Western Boxing.
Grandmaster Villari innovated changes from low to upright stances in order to have more fluency and freedom of movement.. The old stances were suited for people of a different stature and who fought in a low crouched position. Villari Fighting Stances were developed using the way of the upright position, which has been proven to be far superior. This is one of the most important changes that Grandmaster Villari has made in the Karate and Kempo systems. No wonder so many other martial art styles have copied and imitated his changes.
In addition, Great Grandmaster Villari incorporated Chinese and Tibetan internal martial arts (Energy Arts) to create the most complete and devastating fighting art the world has ever seen.
Great Grandmaster Villari has been the leader in creating a system that works in today’s world, including:
- Developing the first martial arts shoe (now a standard in almost every martial arts facility in the world)
- Designed and manufactures a designer-quality jean with a cut and material that is equally comfortable and stylish in the dojo as well as the street.
- Perhaps Great Grandmaster Villari’s most significant innovation was creating the first true “mixed martial art” over 45 years ago with his innovative “Four Ways of Fighting” Mr. Villari realized early on that while traditional martial arts had much to offer, many are outmoded in modern times. Mr. Villari knew that mixing Western Boxing, martial arts, and grappling is much more effective than one style alone. His philosophy is that every fight is different and people have differing abilities so one must have the ability to seamlessly change during a fight to ensure you are the victor not the victim.
In recognition of his exploits, in 2006 Mr. Villari was elected and inducted by Grandmaster Aaron Banks in a ceremony witnessed by over 100 Masters from all over the world as “The Grandmaster of the Century”.
Aaron Banks, who passed in May 2013 at the age of 85, was one of the country’s most respected tournament promoters. Aaron Banks was a Grand Master in the martial arts and he made it his personal mission to share the different forms of martial arts in the western world.
Grandmaster Aaron Banks promoted martial arts to the public with his Oriental World of Self-Defense shows that played in Madison Square Garden for over 20 years via ABC-Wide World of Sports, NBC Sports World, CBS Sports, and HBO Sports. His “Oriental World of Self-Defense” had millions of viewers. He is also credited with launching the career of Chuck Norris.
A Personal Message From Great Grandmaster Fred Villari
I wish to take this time to honor, remember and express my gratitude to all the grandmasters and masters of China, Japan, India and Tibet. These magnificent men and masters who are now gone through the ashes of time (and should never be forgotten) have passed down their wisdom and knowledge which has made it possible for me to further the combining and development of the Art of the Four Ways of Fighting. (Shaolin Kempo Karate).
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