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.

Our Team

Michelle Fanara

Master Instructor | 6th Degree Black Belt

Master Michelle Fanara has been studying the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate for 29 years. She has been teaching for 25 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!

Lankinda Abeysinghe  

Instructor | 3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Lankinda is 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.  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.

Evan Saykali

Instructor | 2nd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Evan is also 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. 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!

Jeremiah Crespo

Instructor | 2nd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Jeremiah was one of Master Michelle’s original kids class members when she opened her doors almost nine years ago. Over the last nine years, he has gone from being a rambunctious child to a respectful, responsible young man. Sensei Jeremiah mostly helps teach kids classes with guidance from Master Michelle. While Master Michelle is the kids’ favorite instructor, Sensei Jeremiah comes in a close second.


Lisa Ing

Instructor | 1st Degree Black Belt

Sensei Lisa has been doing karate since she was a child, starting at the karate classes at her city’s park. Sensei Lisa practically grew up in the dojo and is proud to call it her second home. She helps manage the dojo’s social media accounts and is also Master Michelle’s highest-ranking female student! As a high school student, Sensei Lisa applies the discipline she learned from karate to her studies and aspires to major in computer science once she enters college.

Contact Information:

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


626 327-4441



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