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About Our School

For over 55 Years Villari’s has been the foremost in martial arts training. With over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, you will not find a stronger martial arts institution anywhere. Founded in 1968, this location opened in 1975 with one mission: 

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.

Purpose of our Dojo: To empower our students to live the lives they want to live by providing “Personal Growth Through The Martial Arts.”

Villari’s Martial Arts Center serves Somerville, Medford, Cambridge, and surrounding areas.

Our professional staff offers family and individual lessons for ages 4 yrs old and up. Whether you are looking to help build the confidence of your child and family, or to train to defend yourself properly, Villari’s is the training center you’ve been looking for.

Contact Villari’s Martial Art’s Center Today.

Stay Safe! Never Fear Again!

Instructor/Owner Brad Rogers

As a child Master Brad had a lot of trouble staying focused and on task, due to undiagnosed ADHD. He lost his mother to Leukemia at a very young age. Because of these he was angry, had low self-esteem and he was bullied. He, along with his friends, would dream of being a great martial arts master, saving the day from bullies. His father could not afford to get him martial arts lessons, but he never lost determination to start. At the age of 20, when he had a job of his own he sought out a martial arts dojo to start his journey. On his search he asked each dojo one question, “How long does it take to get to Black Belt.” The only one that gave him the answer he was was looking for was Villari’s Martial Arts Centers. That answer was, “That depends on you.” He decided Villari’s was the dojo for him. His journey in the martial arts thus far has helped him immensely with his temper and his focus, among many other unexpected benefits.

Master Brad has broken through his fears and doubts to become a 7th Degree Master Black Belt in the venerable art of Shaolin Kempo Karate after 28 years of training , and now owns his own Villari’s Martial Arts Center.

He has since realized that the power of personal growth has the ability to save more than just the day. When we are open, vulnerable, and empathetic we can create a world that does not need saving. We can live our dreams and live together in love and joy!

In 2015 Master Brad decided that his Villari’s Martial Arts Center would have a laser focus on “Personal Growth Through the Martial Arts,” and added powerful new programming to support this focus.

“I love what I do because I love to see people making progress and reaching their true potential. My favorite part of teaching Martial Arts is those moments when the students starts to see their own success and believe in themselves. That can happen for you and/or your child, too”

“The word karate means ‘Empty Hand.’ I believe we can also refer to it as an “open hand,” open to everyone. “Open” can have many connotations: vulnerable, giving, receiving. My path is to make an impact on the world through the martial arts, remaining open to all those who seek personal growth and development.”

Master Brad Rogers

Why Choose Villari's Martial Arts Centers?


At Villari’s in Somerville Massachusetts, our main focus is the personal growth and development of each individual student. Although we do participate in a few tournaments a year, competition is not the top priority in our training.

All too often martial arts schools put their art first and try to fit the student into the art, making the benefits more of a side effect. We mold the art around the student, putting the growth and development front and center! This way you will feel the benefits much more quickly and in a way that is more lasting.


Our expert team of instructors are here for you. With an unparalleled level of personal training and attention, our goal is to build your confidence and skillset.

Building Confidence and Training Based on EACH Student

Safety Is Our Priority; We are a safe environment in which to train for dangerous situations. We value safety more than most.

Serving Families & Individuals

All Ages Welcome, 4 Years Of Age & Up

Our Martial Arts Team Takes Great Pride In The Reviews We Receive

See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs

Melissa Silvia

Master Brad at Villari's of Somerville is creating a martial arts experience that goes beyond the typical run of the mill karate class. At Villari's, kids and adults alike benefit from a real opportunity to explore a broader understanding of themselves through the mental and physical disciplines of karate, and through an introspective exploration of thoughts, feelings and personal behaviors and how they impact our personal realities. Classes begin with a short meditation, a physical work out with stretching, practice of forms and structure and wind down again with meditation and discussion. Kids are encouraged to celebrate their accomplishments no matter how big or small, and each child/student progresses at their own pace. My two children, 12 and 9 have been taking classes at Villari's for over 4 years now and have grown tremendously over that time. As a parent concerned with raising my children to be good, productive, compassionate people, I have found Villari's to be a wonderful support to what I try to teach at home, and sometimes, I learn a little something from them too! Give them a try - you'll love it!

Caleb H.

During these challenging times Master Brad has been a tremendous source of consistency and support through out. He was able to shift from an in person model to a fully remote model and has pushed in when kids needed additional support...It has been very positive.

P. S.

After doing yoga for 5-6 years, I wanted to try something new. After some googling, I stumbled on this convenient location, went in for a free trial class - and I've been coming here ever since. Master Brad is an amazing teacher, and he runs a fantastic operation for both children and adults. It is reasonably priced, especially in comparison to other studios in the area, and you definitely feel like you get your money's worth. The people that go here are open-minded and welcoming, regardless of your martial arts ability. The upper-level belts take the time to help out us lower-level folks. When I first started, all I really wanted was a good workout, and to learn to protect myself. In addition to getting that, there are also many psychological, emotional and personal benefits.You focus on mental growth in addition to physical growth. My confidence has shot through the roof in the past 8 months! To be fair, this is my only experience with a martial arts studio - but I don't want to go anywhere else.