Master David Leggeri , 9th degree black belt , has been training in the martial arts since the late 1960's. He became interested in the martial arts while serving in the army in Vietnam. After returning to the States in 1969, he met Great Grandmaster Fred Villari and began studying the system of Shaolin Kempo Karate that the Great Grandmaster had developed. In 1976, Master Leggeri received his black belt and began teaching at a Fred Villari school located in Porter Square, Cambridge. In 1984 the school moved from that location to its present location in Somerville. Master Leggeri has trained many martial arts champions throughout the years. Upon the induction of Great Grandmaster Villari into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2006 Master Leggeri was named one of the " Seven Dragons" of the Villari system. The "Seven Dragons" are the foremost authority of Great Grandmaster Villari's four ways of fighting.
Master liz pennell 5th degree black belt , forms and sparring champion on the Villari tournament circuit, has authored the book, Women's Self-Defense (Getting Home Safely).
brad rOgers 4th degree black belt , has trained in the Villari's Shaolin Kempo Karate system for over 17 years. Brad began training in our Malden Dojo 17 years ago and transferred directly under Master Leggeri's instruction about 8 years ago. Brad has achieved success in both sparring and forms competition in several tournaments.
Jennifer Swanson-Downes 3rd degree black belt ,
Brendan McKernan 3rd degree black belt
Max Vaden 2nd degree black belt
Jeff Green 1st degree black belt
|Liz's study and love for the martial arts gave her the knowledge and information to write this book. This book is also the guideline for a 6-week women's self-defense course, which she teaches. For more information about the course, contact our Somerville Dojo.