About Villari's Self Defense Centers

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide every man, woman and child the highest quality of martial arts training so that they become empowered to live richer, more rewarding and meaningful lives, and in so doing, contribute to a stronger community.

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Who We are

Through dedication to our students and our commitment to providing quality training, we feel that we can offer you the best service in the area. 


Using blend of traditional martial arts and modern self-defense, Grandmaster Fred Villari’s system combines what he considers the most practical applications of Japanese and Chinese styles, emphasizing not only effective fighting techniques and defensive strategies, but also how to develop a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle through martial arts training.


  • For over five decades, Villari’s Self Defense Centers have helped thousands of people improve their lives in a powerful, positive way. Step-by-step, students have been transformed from beginners to Black Belts.


  • The martial arts at Villari’s Self Defense Centers have an amazing affect on how people experience life. Individuals ages 4 to 84 have been transformed over the years through Villari’s unique approach to the martial arts and have found training makes their lives more rewarding and meaningful.


  • Our certified instructors are specially trained to help students develop and grow at their own pace using an age-specific curriculum. Classes are taught in a fun and safe environment to ensure all students get the most out of their training.


  • Self-awareness and empowerment are at the core of the Villari's program. Students develop a greater understanding of who they really are and what they are capable of accomplishing in life. At Villari’s, students learn to believe in themselves at a whole new level.


  • Whether it’s getting better grades at school for kids or for an adult to decide to change careers, it’s not uncommon for people to make significant improvements in their lives because of the training they receive from Villari’s Self Defense Centers!

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What We Teach

3 Rules of The School

The Villari’s Martial Arts Kids Program is built around the foundation of our “3 Rules of the School.”


Villari’s Self-Defense Centers believe we have a responsibility to use martial arts to foster the development of strong character in America’s youth. Our program is designed to balance your child’s physical development with the concepts of Self Discipline, Respect, and Self Control.


  • Self-Discipline – Doing the things I know I should do without having to be asked or told.
  • Respect for Others – Treating others the way I would like to be treated.
  • Self-Control – Controlling my behavior to fit the situation and being responsible for my actions.


These rules provide the foundation for developing your child’s character skills, which leads to success in all other areas of life. Students are encouraged, rewarded, and reminded to follow these 3 Rules at home, in school, and at the Dojo.


Villari’s uses these rules to develop and reinforce the strength of character that is needed to resist peer pressure, drugs and alcohol and all the other forces that make growing up today such a tremendous challenge.

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Our History

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Shaolin Kempo Karate was founded by Great Grandmaster Frederick J. Villari.

In the last four decades, his fighting system has become widely recognized and respected. His art traces its origin back over a thousand years to the Shaolin Temple of China. Many of the basic methods are still used in his schools today. The present form has become famous because of its very effective “Four Ways of Fighting.”


His genius revolutionized and improved the martial arts, gearing it toward practical fighting for the 21st century. No other master or system can take credit for the unique fighting system of Great Grandmaster Villari – the Villari Shaolin-Kempo-Karate System. He made a valuable contribution to Asian martial arts in the western world, a history that cannot be disputed. Great Grandmaster Villari brought the way of the Asian fighting arts to ordinary people. Before him, teaching the martial arts on a large scale was taboo.

He demystified the myth that only a few select people could have the ability and intelligence to learn the martial arts.

He courageously broke from the tradition in showing westerners of all ages and cultures “the way of the Asian fighting arts.” Great Grandmaster Villari’s personal efforts created the turning point in teaching of martial arts on a large scale.


One of the unique characteristics of the Villari name has been the de-emphasis of tournament competition and the increased focus on self-development. The motto is “It is more important to be successful in life.” Children are encouraged to use their newfound skills and concentration to improve their grades. Adults find their social and business lives improve with increased confidence and self-esteem.

The atmosphere in a Villari’s martial arts school promotes family participation rather than the violence so prevalent in today’s society.

Great Grandmaster Villari is a visionary who sees martial arts helping to develop the character traits lacking in today’s world: respect, etiquette, and moral values that improve our society.


Since the opening of his first school over 40 years ago, Great Grandmaster Villari’s international organization has grown to become the largest chain of martial arts studios in the world.

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Our President

Villari's of Pennsylvania

 

Master Rick Madore

10th Degree Black Belt

President of Villari’s Pennsylvania
Master Instructor

Master Rick Madore has been training in the Martial Arts for over 40 years. His training started in Shotokan for 2 years and then 1 year of boxing. It was right after his Sophomore year in college that he began training in the Villari’s Shaolin Kempo System. 


He still trains with 12th Degree Great Grand Master Fred Villari and 10th Degree Master Mark Grupposo. He is also one of the few Master’s trained in board and brick breaking.

Master Madore is certified in knife fighting defense and is an expert knife thrower. His training in the Kung Fu style of Wah Lam for many years has brought the addition of several weapons forms.

He graduated the University of Maine in 1982 with a degree in Business and Computer Sciences. He opened his first studio in 1985 in Long Island, NY and since then has opened over 50 studios nationwide for the Villari’s organization.


Master Madore is now the President of the Pennsylvania area as well as President of Business Development for Villari’s International. He was part of the developmental team that created the Villari’s Instructor Training Program that is used nationally to train and certify all our instructors.

Our Chief INSTRUCTORS

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Master 

Harry Pfister

7th Degree Black Belt

Vice President of Villari’s Pennsylvania
Owner and Chief Instructor
Villari’s of Chalfont


Master Pfister’s high energy and fun classes keep students motivated and energized. He is fantastic at teaching the different age groups in an appropriate and engaging way. Constantly reinforcing Respect, Self Control and Self Discipline, the students become healthier both physically and emotionally. 

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Master 

Brian Sebastian

6th Degree Black Belt

Regional Manager, South Central PA
Owner and Chief Instructor
Villari’s of Mechanicsburg


Master Sebastian places an emphasis on self-defense skills in his classes and tailors them to fit with the age group he is working with, and he truly hopes that his students realize that they can accomplish far more than they thought possible and develop the unstoppable drive to succeed.

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Sensei 

Paul Manili

3rd Degree Black Belt

Certified Instructor
Owner and Chief Instructor
Villari’s of Chester Springs


Manili has devoted many years to working with children of all ages through work as a teacher, soccer coach, Scout leader, and now martial arts instructor. He aims to ensure that his passion and devotion to teaching children the martial arts are evident in his energetic teaching style.

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Master 

Leon Psculkowski

5th Degree Black Belt

Owner and Chief Instructor
Villari’s of Harleysville


As the Owner and Chief Instructor of Villari’s Self Defense Center of Harleysville, he oversees the operations of instructing students in the art of the Villari’s Shaolin Kempo System. 

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Master 

Carl Cellini

5th Degree Black Belt

Owner and Chief Instructor
Villari’s of Ambler


Master Cellini offers oversees the operations at Villari's Self Defense Centers of Ambler. He instructs children, teens and adults in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, Jui Jitsu, Kung Fu, Self Defense and Tai Chi. 

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Our Locations

AMBLER, PA

113 Poplar St

Ambler, PA 19002

(215) 646-9999

ambler@villariskaratepa.com

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CHALFONT, PA

New Britain Village Square

4275 County Line Rd.

Chalfont, PA 18914

(215) 997-2222 

chalfont@villariskaratepa.com

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CHESTER SPRINGS, PA

1600 Yellow Springs Rd

Ste 300

Chester Springs, PA 19425

(484) 985-9692 

chestersprings@villariskaratepa.com

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HARLEYSVILLE, PA

301 Maple Ave

Harleysville, PA 19438

(215) 256-9356

harleysville@villariskaratepa.com

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MECHANICSBURG, PA

4930 Carlisle Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

(717) 975-2111


mechanicsburg@villariskaratepa.com

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