Villari’s Company History

Founding

Villari’s Martial Arts Centers was founded in 1968 by Frederick J. Villaris. Our first studio was in Waltham, MA.

Grandmaster Villari envisioned that martial arts should be a practical vehicle for everyone to learn self defense, fitness, and healthy activity.  To that end, he worked tirelessly  to change the paradigm of the industry from dimly lit dojos in church basements or corners of smelly gyms with questionable instructors to professional, comfortable retail storefronts in safe neighborhoods with well-trained & experienced instructors, separate classes for adults and children, and rates most anyone could afford. Our organization continues to grow across North America as the premier martial arts instruction chain.

We’ve taught generations of Americans – now it’s your turn!

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