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Master Al Gallo

Master Al Gallo started studying Shaolin Kempo Karate in 1973 at Fred Villari’s Studios of Self Defense in Worcester, Massachusetts and has been actively involved in the martial arts ever since. As the chief instructor at studios in Westborough and Shrewsbury, Master Gallo has trained hundreds of martial artists and has produced dozens of black belts in over twenty-six years of teaching. Master Gallo received his Seventh Degree Black Belt personally from Grandmaster Villari in July of 2001. He has been teaching Cardio Kickboxing, Powerflex classes and Personal Training at Bally Total Fitness in Worcester, MA for over three years. His other certifications include:

  • Tai Chi – Taoist Yoga – Chi Kung certification March, 1995
  • Reiki Level I certification – July, 2000
  • NAPMA Cardio Kickboxing Instructor – August, 1998
 

Joe Baker

Joe Baker is a Fifth Degree Black Belt who began his training Shaolin Kempo Karate in 1980 at Villari’s in Worcester. A member of the Worcester Fire Department since 1988, Mr. Baker is certified in CPR and as a CPR/First Responder. Mr. Baker is experienced in the following martial arts weapons: bo (staff), sai, Chinese broad sword, and nunchaku.

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Mark Urbin

Mark Urbin received his Fifth Degree Black Belt under Master Gallo. He started studying Shaolin Kempo Karate at the Westborough Villari’s in 1991. He is a certified instructor and has been teaching Shaolin Kempo Karate since 1997. Mark has studied different styles of martial arts for over 20 years, including Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Olympic style Saber.

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Carl Adams

Carl Adams began studying Shaolin Kempo Karate at Villari’s in Westborough in 1981 and has been teaching since 1983. He received his Fourth Degree Black Belt under Master Gallo in 1996. Mr. Adams is also an AFAA-certified aerobic kickboxing instructor, and has been teaching aerobic kickboxing since 1997.

 
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Rev. Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen received her Fourth Degree Black Belt under Master Gallo in 2007. She began studying Shaolin Kempo Karate at Villari’s in Westborough in 1994. Shaolin Kempo Karate at Villari’s in Westborough in 1994. Lisa is a certified martial arts instructor who has been teaching since 1996. She is also a certified Tai Chi – Taoist Yoga – Chi Kung instructor , a Reiki Master Instructor, and an Ordained ADL Minister.

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