About

For over 50 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.”

Since its inception Villari’s has taught more than 15,000,000 students and has brought more than 10,000 of them to black belt.

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.

Student-Centric Training

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.

Why Villari’s Martial Arts

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

Villari’s has taught more than 15,000,000 students and has brought more than 10,000 of them to black belt.

You can be next. Contact Villari’s Martial Art’s Center Today.


Instructors

Master Brad Rogers
6th Degree Black Belt
Sensei Jeffrey Green
3rd Degree Black Belt
Sensei Andrea Vaden
2nd Degree Black Belt
Sensei Justin von Bosau
2nd Degree Black Belt
Sensei Beth Capotosto
1st Degree Black Belt

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Master Brad Rogers

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Brad Rogers has been studying Shaolin Kempo Karate for over 20 Years. He began studying in the Malden location in March of 1995 and began teaching in 1998. He received his Black Belt in June of 1999. He purchased the Villari’s Martial Arts Center in Somerville in March of 2013. Under the guidance of Professor David Leggeri he reached 5th Degree Master Black Belt, which is the first level of mastery, in November of 2013. He has since earned the rank of 6th Degree Master Black Belt. Over his 23+ years of experience Master Rogers has developed a unique way of teaching that gets results. He seems to have a way with helping children with behavioral issues and social disorders.

As a child Master Rogers would dream of being a great martial arts expert, saving the day from bullies with his martial arts skill. Master Rogers has broken through his fears and doubts to become a 6th Degree Master Black Belt, and now owns the Villari’s Martial Arts Center in Somerville.

He has since realized that the power of martial arts and 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!

Master Rogers decided that his Villari’s Martial Arts Center would have a laser focus on “Personal Growth Through the Martial Arts.” He added new powerful new programming and implemented a unique teaching method to support this focus.

“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 mission is to make an impact on the world through “Personal Growth Through the Martial Arts,” remaining open to all those who seek personal growth and development.”

Sensei Jeffrey Green

3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Jeff teaches both children’s and adult’s classes and is a demo team instructor. He studied Tang Soo Do as a child. He started studying Shoalin Kempo Karate in 2005 and found that it is the best fit for him. He went through a Villari’s Instructors College with Master Ken Smith at the Villaris Self-Defense Center in Royal Palm Beach FL. He has a master’s degree in professional counseling. As well as teaching at Villari’s he also works as a afterschool group leader and substitute teacher. He has also worked in human services as a residential counselor, youth counselor, outpatient therapist and an addictions counselor. He worked with children and families as well as adults.

“I became a martial arts instructor so I can help others reach their full potential. It is a way to share my knowledge and be a small part of another person’s journey and success.”

Sensei Andrea Vaden

2nd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Justin von Bosau

2nd Degree Black Belt

Justin loves teaching at Villari’s because he gets to see the growth in the students. Everyone expands themselves in the martial arts, and he thinks is wonderful to watch people gain more confidence, power, and balance within their motions and their lives. Justin got to see students he’d helped since childhood mature into teens and confident young adults, and within that, knew he’d made an impact on their lives for the better.

Justin started with Villaris’ through an after-school program in 7th grade when he was 12. Due to mild Asperger’s syndrome and organizational issues, Justin had issues with confidence and strong emotions. Almost nine years later, Justin is leaps and bounds above where he was. In under-Black-Belt-training, he learned to be more aware of himself and his surroundings. In Black-Belt-training, he’s grown in grace and confidence, overcoming fears. Now, he is happy and determined in his goals for the future.

Justin is a senior at Boston University, studying film-making. He is a Producer for a college horror show, and has numerous stories about that. Despite being knowledgeable about what goes on behind the camera, Justin also enjoys acting and screenwriting. He is currently adapting his first feature length script into novel form. Justin also reads, plays video games, and is working on learning the katana.


“It’s easy to think that belt tests or difficult forms or something like that is the ‘hardest part,’ of Martial Arts, but I would say that it is 100% just coming in the first time. People all come in with pre-conceived notions about what they’ll find; for some, they might expect MMA, or something like Cobra Kai. I know for me, I was so timid my first class that, when I found out I was late for it, I didn’t even go—but next week got there extremely early expecting to be yelled at. In actuality, I met Master Brad, and had a wonderful class that hasn’t really ever stopped since!”

– Justin von Bosau

Sensei Beth Capotosto

1st Degree Black Belt

Sensei Beth (Shodan) discovered her love for teaching in 1998 as a music tutor and private instructor. Over the past 20 years, she has expanded her passion for knowledge through teaching an array of subjects and students. Wanting to try something new and exciting, she enrolled in Shaolin Kempo Karate (SSK) classes and has been hooked ever since. Sensei Beth has found true inspiration and joy through helping students perfecting new skills and supporting them on their own journeys through life. Always the optimist, she looks for the opportunity in all situations and fearlessly challenges herself to do as many scary things as possible.

Since her martial arts journey began, Sensei Beth has become a passionate supporter of the participation of women and girls in the martial arts and self-defense. She actively trains with The National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) for trauma-informed Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD). Over the past 5 years, she has pursued national certification for ESD through this organization and will be fully certified in 2018. Thanks to the NWMAF, Sensei Beth has also been able to train in different martial arts styles: Baguazhang, Silat, Krav Maga and Kajukenbo to name a few. All the skills she’s learned through this organization she seamlessly blends into her teaching, so that she can enhance the learning experience and worldview of her students.

Sensei Beth also receives ESD training from, and now works for ESD Global, Inc. This Boston-based non-profit is dedicated to making high quality Empowerment Self-Defense accessible worldwide. She also holds professional martial arts memberships with The National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and The Association of Women Martial Arts Instructor. When she’s not in the dojo or smashing the patriarchy, Sensei Beth likes to dabble in street photography, is a connoisseur of Kung Fu films, an avid reader and supporter of learning as many new and exciting things as possible.