Meet our Instructing team at our Duarte martial arts studio!

Our team will do everything possible to ensure you are completely satisfied. We look forward to working with you - now and in the future.

Instructors

Master Instructor - Michelle Fanara - Current Rank - 6th Degree Black - Master Michelle Fanara has been studying the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate for 27 years.  She has been teaching for 20 of those years and has adored every second of it.  Master Michelle generally teaches all the Shaolin Kempo Classes as well as creates the KempoFit workouts every week.  Master Michelle is Graduate Student at Cal State LA.  Her major is English with an emphasis in Medieval Literature.  Give her a call so we can schedule your first class!

Assistant Instructors

  
 Evan Saykali - Current Rank - 2nd Degree Black.  Sensei Evan is one of Master Michelle's original adult students.  He has been studying at our Duarte location since the beginning.  With previous roots in different martial arts, Sensei Evan has accelerated at his martial arts skills.  As a college student at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in History. he uses his martial arts both inside and outside the dojo by applying the five principle rules to all that he does.  Sensei Evan subs in for Master Michelle every so often, so you never know when you might see him teaching!
  
 Lankinda Abeysinghe - Current Rank - 2nd Degree Black.
 Sensei Lankinda is also one of Master Michelle's original adult students.  He is actually her first student that she has taken from white to black.  Sensei Lankinda has been studying in our Duarte location since the beginning and has come a long way from the first time he put on his white belt.  Much like Sensei Evan, Sensei Lankinda is also a college student at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Applied Mathematics.  Sensei Lankinda also subs in for Master Michelle every so often, so you never know when you will see him in action.  

 

Elizabeth Hernandez - Current Rank - 1st Degree Black Belt.  Sensei Liz is one of Master Michelle's first children students in our Duarte dojo.  Coming from a background of Shotokan Karate and Tae Kwon Do, she went up through the ranking system fairly quickly to become the first black belt in our studio.  She mostly teaches kids classes, but, is definitely equipped to teach children, teens and adults.  Sensei Liz is currently a student at Azusa Pacific University majoring in Biology.  Sensei Liz subs in for Master Michelle and sometimes they both teach classes together.  

 

Miss Maria Diaz 3rd Degree Brown Belt.  Don't let Miss Maria's rank fool you, she's a great instructor with the kiddos.  Miss Maria works a lot of cardio and drills with the young ones to help with their coordination and flexibility.  Miss Maria is currently attending Cal State Fullerton with a major in Computer Science.
  
  
Teen Black Belt Instructors
  
 Jeremiah Crespo - 1st Degree Black Belt

Lisa Ing - 1st Degree Black Belt

Contact Information:

Villari's Martial Arts
1740 Huntington Dr.  #306
DUARTE, CA 91010

Phone: 626 327-4441

Email: villariduarte@gmail.com

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