Our instructors are well-trained, professional martial artists who run their own schools and teach hundreds of students every week. They are highly qualified teachers who are comfortable working with any rank, age, and ability level. With their decades of experience, they know how to keep beginner, intermediate and advanced students motivated and hungry for more.

Master Carrie Waskowicz
Currently a 5th Degree Black Belt, Carrie Waskowicz has been teaching professionally since 2001 and training in the Villari’s Organization for over 2 decades. She successfully earned Championship Titles throughout her career competing in Forms, Sparring and Weapons divisions. Master Waskowicz is the Chief Instructor at Villari’s Martial Arts Center in Southington, CT and a Regional Manager for Villari’s Connecticut.

Master Christopher Olson
Currently a 5th Degree Black Belt, Chris has been training in the art since the age of 15. He started teaching professionally in 2003 and has been able to train and learn from some of the best martial artists in the country. Chris is the Chief Instructor at Villari's Martial Arts Center in West Hartford, CT. During his time competing Chris has had success in the sparring division, and ancient weapons division.

Ms. Melissa Trinks
Currently a 4th Degree Black Belt, Melissa Trinks has been teaching professionally for the past 8 years and training in the Shaolin Kempo Karate since the age of 9. Melissa is a Certified Instructor teaching all ranks and age groups including our youngest Little Dragons. She is an avid competitor in forms, sparring and weapons with a strong focus on the Bo Staff. Miss Trinks teaches primariliy at Villari's Martial Arts Center in Windsor, CT.

Mr. Anthony Neri
Currently a 4th Degree Black Belt, Anthony Neri has been teaching professionally for over a decade and training in the art since the age of 10. Anthony is the Chief Instructor at Villari's Martial Arts Center in Windsor, CT. He is an avid competitor in forms, sparring and weapons, with many championships in the sparring division.

Mr. Andrew Schlechtweg
Currently a 4th Degree Black Belt, Andrew Schlechtweg has been teaching professionally for over a decade. Andrew is the Chief Instructor at Villari's Martial Arts Center in Enfield, CT. He is an avid competitor in forms, sparring and weapons, with many championships in the weapons division.

Master Keith Horan
Currently a 5th Degree Black Belt, Keith Horan has been teaching professionally for over a decade and training in the art since the age of 8. Keith is the Chief Instructor at Villari's Martial Arts Center in Torrington, CT. He is an avid competitor in forms, sparring and weapons, with many championships in the forms division. 

Master Chris Gray
Currently a 7th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, Chris Gray has been teaching professionally for over 25 years. Throughout his career he has competed succesfully in Forms, Sparring and Weapons compititions earning Championship titles in all catagories. Master Gray is Villari's Connecticut Regional Manager and Certified Instructor Trainer.

Master Dave Shirely
With of 40 years of martial arts training, Master Dave Shirley is one of the worlds premier authorities in Shaolin Kempo Karate earning the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt from Grand Master Fred Villari. In 2006 he was named to Villari's Shaolin Kempo Karate's board of Seven Dragons. Today Master Shirley oversees the state of CT where he operates or manages ten locations for the Villari Organization. 

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