1600 Yellow Springs Rd, Chester Springs, PA (484) 985-9692


Our Company

About Our CompanyThrough dedication to our students and our commitment to providing quality training, we feel that we can offer you the best service in the area. We proudly serve parents in Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmore, Lionville, Phoenixville and the surrounding regions. We are also close to Kimberton, Eagle, Byers Station and Spring City. There is plenty of parking available at our facility as well!

Through a blend of traditional martial arts and modern self-defense, Grandmaster Fred Villari's system combines what he considers the most practical applications of Japanese and Chinese styles, emphasizing not only effective fighting techniques and defensive strategies but also how to develop a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle through martial arts training.

Just one of the many independent martial arts schools in Pennsylvania that teaches the Villari system, Villari's of Chester Springs prides itself on its fun, healthy, family-oriented environment committed to providing opportunities for all of its students to build confidence and character.

Our Mission

Our mission is 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.

Our Values

Villari's Self-Defense Centers believe we have a responsibility to use martial arts to foster the development of strong character in America's youth.  Our program is designed to balance your child’s physical development with the concepts of Self Discipline, Respect, and Self Control.

The Villari’s Martial Arts Kids Program is built around the foundation of our “3 Rules of the School”:

  • Self-Discipline - Doing the things I know I should do without having to be asked or told.
  • Respect for Others - Treating others the way I would like to be treated.
  • Self-Control - Controlling my behavior to fit the situation and being responsible for my actions.

These rules provide the foundation for developing your child’s character skills, which leads to success in all other areas of life.  Students are encouraged, rewarded and reminded to follow these 3 Rules at home, in school and at the Dojo.

Villari's uses these rules to develop and reinforce the strength of character that is needed to resist peer pressure, drugs and alcohol and all the other forces that make growing up today such a tremendous challenge.

Our Team

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.

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.


Sensei Paul Manili

Sensei Paul Manili

Owner / Chief Instructor

Master Harry Pfister

Master Harry Pfister

Supervising Master

Why Choose Villari's?

  • Villari's Builds Character
    By joining Villari’s Self Defense Center, you will become a part of your community’s most respected martial arts association. At Villari’s we are not only interested in fighting skills, but the development of each person as a whole. These are the tools of everyday life.
  • Villari's Builds Self-Esteem
    We have a trained staff of patient instructors who love to work with children, but are also very clear about limits. We enforce good behavior in class, and expect it to carry over to school and home. A psychological study found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in willingness to take foolish risk, and a higher sense of self-esteem.
  • Villari's Builds Strength
    Villari’s is a family oriented school, where you can get involved in your child’s activity. Our training goes far beyond the benefits of standard health-club type exercise programs. We give you a full-body, stress relieving workout, and the best part is that you’ll be learning practical and realistic self defense skills at the same time. After a long day at work come recharge your batteries in a class that’s motivational and fun.
  • Villari's Builds Confidence
    The typical student that begins karate training is somewhat subdued, quiet, and often timid. This is normal for most because they are trying something new and unknown. Villari's builds confidence by teaching us to overcome our fears, how to improve our self image, and by placing us in control of our body for the first time in your life. This confidence spills into every aspect of your life, making you a stronger, better person.
  • Villari's Builds Friendships
    At Villari's, you will have the opportunity to meet a whole new group of people who share your interest in martial arts. The relationships and friendships you form through your martial arts classes last a lifetime.