- Aug 15, 2006
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- Seattle, WA
I wonder what it is that MAKES villari so controversial. I admitt I dont know much about the guy
Because he was one of the forerunners of the McDojo chain schools where you now see black belts worn by adults who can't fight and children. He now sells them through the mail. I get sick of people asking if I have a black belt and then telling me that their grandchild has one too and he's 13 years-old. Takes a lot of explaining to make them understand that it's not the same thing. When people put money ahead of quality, problems arise.
When I first started with Villari it was in '73 and I don't remember kids being there..maybe...the brain gets kinda cloudy after a weekend let alone 35 years....(I do though remember it being a very rough and tumble crowd..they did pride themselves on having effective ranks...least in my school....I worked out alot of the then Black Belts and they were a tough crowd)..
I think my first kempo teacher Elizabeth was taught the same as you, she would pick us apart during the drill!!! re aligning the legs, arms fist, foot position, posture....and you were in for some pain if she had to correct you twice in one class...I remember my 3rd class she was explaining something and i did not hear so i whisper to the guy next to me...then BANG a back kick and the realization that i needed to purchase a jock strap! No further correction necessary. and when she hit you she used a fraction of her power and you left with bruises..later she would hit me harder so i know that it was only a fraction. I loved those classes!!!! I do not remember any kids...and wonder of wonders she had to close. I almost quit when she moved away because the new instructor was "softer" and i felt like it wasn't kempo. None of Elizabeth's students were allowed to be sloppy and did not learn even the next move of a technique before she was satisfied!! I miss that lady.