Instructor Certification Program


    The Instructor Training classes cover the basics of class structure, how to make class fun as well as providing an understanding of learning styles and how to teach students of different abilities. Instructors are certified on three levels: Instructor Assistant, Instructor Intern and Certified Instructor. At Villari's, earning a Black Belt does not entitle someone to teach. The Villari's Instructor Training Program teaches instructors how to teach students in an interesting and entertaining way.

    In addition, all of our instructors and classroom assistants receive monthly training to enhance their skills and ensure a consistent teaching environment.

    Our instructors are Black Belts in Shaolin Kempo Karate, and are trained to teach children. They become familiar with every child, learning their names, strengths and areas for improvement. Instruction is tailored to the needs of your child in a group setting.

    There are over 100 studios across the country teaching the Villari's system. Great Grand Master has several high ranking masters teaching around the country, who are always learning and teaching us the best ways to teach adults and children.

STORM Program & Instructor Mentors


    STORM stands for Special Team Of Role Models. One of the best ways to learn martial arts is to help teach martial arts. As students progress through the ranks they have options to help other students in the dojo. Advanced students may be invited to assist in classes with the guidance and mentoring of senior instructors. They work with an instructor and assist in a class by being a role model for the students. In addition to developing martial arts skills, STORM team members develop skills in public speaking, organization and responsibility. Developing into a teaching role is an important part of the Martial Arts tradition and allows students to "pay it forward" and pass along the things they have learned.

  • Instructor Assistants (IA)

    Instructor Assistants go through training period that teaches them how to be helpful in the lobby, in the community and in the dojo. They have specific jobs to do perform during a class to be helpful to the Certified Instructor.

  • Intern

    The intern in the class may run small sections of the class and work directly with the Certified Instructor to assist in implementing drills.

  • Certified Instructor

    Once a Black Belt is Certified and ready to start teaching, they are placed in a classroom with an instructor mentor. We have adult instructors or mentors present in each class. The instructors will work with students in a positive environment that promotes learning martial arts and build favorable character traits. The Certified Instructor plans and implements a class according to the curriculum.

Our instructors

Mark Lehman

Mark has 14 years experience in Martial Arts. Mark is a 4th Degree Black Belt and has taught for over 10 years in Villari's Martial Arts, earning his black belt in 2005.

Rob Whitney
Blackbelt Instructor

Rob started his martial arts training in 1984 at the Framingham Villari's. He earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1989 and currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt which he earned in 1997. Rob teaches black belt and grappling classes.

Beef Mazzola
Master Instructor

Beef is a 6th Degree Master Black Belt, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher/Master of Masters and member of the regional Master Board. He has been with the Villari System for 30 years and has been teaching for over 20 years. He also conducts wellness classes.

Pat Wyatt
Master Instructor

Pat started her martial arts training in 1990 and currently holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt which she earned in 2012. Pat teaches adult classes.

Karen Humphries
Chief Instructor

Karen is a 3rd Degree Black Belt. She teaches children's classes, helps run testing and mentors Jr. black belts.

Roy Kennedy
Certified Instructor

Roy started studying martial arts in 2002, and now holds his 4th Degree Black Belt He teaches the younger beginning students at both the Natick dojo and the YMCA; and also teaches the brown belt class.

Mike Collins
Certified Instructor

Mike has a 3rd Degree Black Belt, and has been studying karate for over 8 years in Natick. Mike teaches martial arts and T'ai Chi classes for adults.

Matt Higgins
Certified Instructor

Matt Higgins has a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has been studying Shaolin Kempo Karate since he was a child, and teaching children classes for several years. As a first responder in Sherborn, Matt has a deep commitment to serving in the community.

Natick Villari's Martial Arts
148 East Central Street 4B, Natick, MA 01760–3660
42.288084 -71.334465