Testimonials

People love Villari’s, and they love our Villari’s location!  See what people are saying…

Cynthia says… Wow, just found this site. My two grown sons are products of Ken Canestraro’s wonderful Villari Studios. First in West Roxbury Massachusetts, then my husband and sons followed him when he opened his Marlboro Massachusetts studio. Beginning over 25 years ago as young boys all the way through adulthood. What a fantastic experience, really made it a family orientated destination. Even when truly challenged my sons always looked forward to going to the studio. Loved his approach of safety, courtesy, and personal strengths and of course his extensive knowledge of the martial arts. Now I see he is in New York. Nice to see he is still passing his gifts along. Go Ken!!!! And thanks


Connie says…
We were made to feel at home and at ease the second that we walked in, which is very important to me as a parent considering the amount of time that my son will be spending there!


Shawn says…
I started training with Master Leggeri in 1984 and although I had to stop training, I always liked how complete the system is. I’m glad Villari’s has come to Syracuse!


Michele says…
Awesome self defense class!


Chris says…
Villari’s is the best place to learn martial arts – a blend of traditional martial arts and real-world practical self defense material. It’s family friendly and has a welcoming atmosphere.

I’ve been involved in Martial Arts for many years and can honestly say I’ve never met an instructor more inventive and engaging as Master Ken Canestraro – I’ve learned more about the arts from him than anyone else to date. He’s a phenomenal teacher!


Adam says…
Master Ken Canestraro has been with the Villari organization for over three decades and teaches this revolutionary system in it’s pure unadulterated form focusing on history, tradition, self-defense, positive values for children and wellness for adults. While Martial Arts schools are a dime a dozen, what is offered by Master Canestraro and the Villari system is something truly unique and utterly invaluable in today’s high stress, high risk world.


Ali says…
Very friendly and comfortable environment. Thank you guys!


Anthony (child) says…
It’s really fun to learn karate here!


Matt says…
Great Place!


Timothy says…
Really appreciate how Master Ken & Master Adam interact with the students and their families. Well worth the investment!


Jamie says…
One of the questions that I get asked the most when it comes to training, martial arts, fighting, fitness, etc is…”where did it all begin?”…

Well, here’s your answer, 26 years ago in the upstairs of the Oswego YMCA with Master Ken Canestraro. He’s my Yoda, Mr. Miyagi, and Yip Man. Anyone who I ever trained, trained with, or beat up(HA) can thank this guy…because that’s where it all started…  I felt like that same small skinny 15yr old kid walking in to the Y for the first time in awe of my teacher. I wish I had the time to speak to your younger students about “this was where it began for me”…

Like I told the woman in the waiting area…that was where I started 26yrs ago.


Vanessa says…
Vanessa- Ken, it is an honor to meet you and thank you. Your impact on Jamie’s life has trickled down its effects to this 29 year old in Orlando. To see that after over two decades, Jamie continues to visit and pay respect to his roots is a testament to the impact that you’ve had on his life. He has a tremendous amount of respect and love for you, and so do I.


Master Mark Grupposo, 10th Dan, President of Villari’s  says…
Master Ken Canestraro is one of the most dynamic teachers in the Villari organization. Ken’s high-energy, upbeat attitude and emphasis on developing positive character is reflected in the success of his students. Master Ken is an expert in a variety of the traditional martial arts weaponry and is an avid sport karate enthusiast. Ken dotes on his two daughters Shelby and Shayla.

 

Dave Says… Great instruction on all facets of self defense. It’s a powerful one hour class! Size of class allows for personalized attention to detail. Learn how to defend yourself while getting exercise and an education. Have some fun and check out Villari’s. Actually I’m heading to class now, see you there!

 

Elizabeth says… I do the personal protection class. It’s a lot of fun, very informative and we all get a good workout too. Ken and Adam are fantastic teachers who also have fun during class with us, which makes our hour with them worth it! Can’t wait for Thursday’s!!

 

Stas says... A well-balanced dojo with qualified and humble instructors.

 

Scott says… A great school. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Good environment and a safe place to learn from. If I was still local I’d be there.

 

Stefanie says… I do the personal protection class. It’s a great workout with alot of helpful information. Ken and Adam are fantastic teachers who also have fun during class with us. I always look forward to class!