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I am Steve Venturino AKA KEMPOMAN
This website is my outlet where I can share my Kempo story. A kempoman is anyone who has achieved black belt status in the art or arts of kenpo/kempo.

Kempoman started training in 1976 when the Rocky movie came out I hung up my fathers military bag and this nine year old was to be the next Rocky.
In 1978 Good Guys Wear Black the Chuck Norris movie came out I was going to be the next Karate Man.
In 1982 after a short time in Tang Soo Do the family moved to south florida where I walked into A Fred Villari's Studios of self defense

Jack Racine was my first Kempo instructor
I trained with him from white to black in the Villari shaolin Kempo system.
In 1985 I met Grand Master Frank Arteese on my black belt test.

I earned my 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th in the art of Shaolin Kun Tao under Grandmaster Frank Arteese

In the early 90s I received an honorary Black Belt in American Kenpo from Master Mike Allen one of Grand Master Ed Parkers black belts.

I have studied Kempo/Kenpo from
Master Mark Gruposso Ninth Degree Shaolin Kempo a few lessons I ran a school for him in the mid 1980s
Master John Fritz Ninth Degree Shaolin Kempo 18 months of black belt classes and private lessons in the mid 1980s
Master John Gilbert Eighth Degree Shaolin Kempo again about 18 months of black belt classes and some private lessons.

My foundation came from Jack Racine Fourth Degree Shaolin Kempo,Frank Arteese Tenth Degree Red Sash Grand Master in Shaolin Kun Tao Kung Fu from his father in Taiwan and Tenth Degree Red Sash Wing Chun from Yip Man and Eighth Degree Ninjitsu and Eighth Shaolin Kempo from Grand Master Fred Villari , and Mike Allen Ninth Degree Chinese Kenpo and Sixth Degree American Kenpo.Retired last I heard

Master Gilbert Passed away December of 2006 and will be missed.
Grand Master Frank Arteese My Father in the Martial arts died March 03 2007 and will be missed.
Jack Racine Retired from teaching Villaris Shaolin Kempo April 1987 same time I left the Villari System.
Grand Master Fred Villari is a friend of mine We talk far more about family and other business intrest then Kempo. We have never trained together, however if it was not for master Villari I would have never met Jack Racine,John Gilbert, Mark Gruposo, John Fritz,Van Gullo my best friend for over 25 years and so many more.

Promotion

In December of 2006 one of my Kempo Fathers Master John Gilbert passed away and in March of 2007 another one of my Kempo Father Grand Master Frank Arteese passed away that brought about the launching of this website just to remember them and share events they shard with me. Recently I was contacted by one of my old students who I had lost touch with and they informed me of my promotion. I said my what! They said Grand Master Frank Arteese had left this signed diploma for you and two and half years after his passing Master Arteese was reaching out to me to promote me. My relationship with Master Frank Arteese as far as training was never consistent. I first saw him in 1983 at a Fred Villari tournament. I first met him July 12th 1985 on my black belt test. After that I went back and forth my first Kempo Father Jack Racine in Coral Springs Fred Villari Studios and Don Worzel School in North Lauderdale Fred Villari Studios where Frank taught a Friday night class. I trained with Grand Master Arteese once a week then it was daily then he moved away for a year then move back into the area it was back to daily and finally his family moved in with mine and it was daily training. My Final rank while Frank Arteese was alive was 4th degree black belt in the Shaolin Kun Tao System.
I was not sure how to take this information so I contacted Grand Master Fred Villari and he sent me this email.


HI STEVE
I THINK THAT MASTER ARTEASE WOULD OF WANTED YOU TO BE FIFTH DEGREE , SO WOULD JOHN GILBET OF WANTED IT THAT WAY.
SO WOULD I , YOU ARE AN ADMIRABLE MARTIAL ARTIST . KEEP UP ALL YOUR GOOD WORK.
I AM ALSO PROMOTING YOU TO 5 TH DEGREE AS OF NOVEMBER 20 TH IN THE YEAR 2009
I HEREBY PROMOTE YOU TO 5TH DEGREE IN SHAOLIN KEMPO KARATE THIS DAY, NOV 20TH IN THE YEAR 2009 .
YOU HAVE EARNED IT FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS AND SPIRIT.
A MAN IS NOT TO BE JUDGED WHERE HE WAS FOUND OR PLANTED BUT BY HOW HE STANDS. I LIKE HOW YOU STAND .
CONGRADULATIONS ON YOUR PROMOTION .
TRY TO MAKE ONE OF MY NEXT SEMINARS , I HAVE JUST COMPLETED A TOUR OF THREE AND I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO SEE YOU .
AS FOR MASTER ARTEASE, I AM ENDORSING HIS PROMOTION OF HIM PROMOTING YOU TO FIFTH DEGREE ALSO. I KNEW MASTER ARTEASE VERY WELL , HE WAS A GREAT MARTIAL ARTIST AND AS FAST AS A CAT . I ALSO MISS HIM, HE WAS A FINE HUMAN BEING . MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF HIM AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE
THIS LETTER IS PROOF OF ALL THE ABOVE, SHOULD ANYONE DEAR QUESTION YOUR PROMOTION YOU TELL THEM THEY WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO ME .
YOU ARE A FINE MAN AN VERY CREATIVE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND MAY GOD ALWAYS SHINE HIS LIGHT ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
LIKE I TOLD YOU BEFORE { ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GREAT RIVER OF LIFE EVENTUALLY THE CURRENT TAKES US ALL}

GRANDMASTER FRED VILLARI


All I can say is thank you I was truly taken back by all of this and to think Master Arteese would have done this we were close but it had been several years since we last spoke I truly am at a loss for words

Thank you Grand Master Frank Arteese
Thank you Grand Master Fred Villari












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