Master Dominick Violante
Master Dominick Violante began Martial Arts training in 1977. He was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in July 2003, and the USA Hall of Fame in 2004. He is a Master Level Practitioner 8th Dan Black Belt of Kempo Karate and is ranked 4th Dan Black Belt in Aikido. In addition, he holds a black sash in White Crane/Long Fist Kung-Fu.
Master Violante was an instructor for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System instructing state, local and Auxiliary Police Officers for more than 15 years. He also became the first non-police officer tobe certified in the R.A.D. (Rape Aggressive Defense) Program. Master Violante had a seat on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Reserve Police Federation as the advisor for defensive tactics. He has developed numerous self defense programs recognized by the Massachusetts Board of Education.
Chinese weapons: 3 section staff, Bo, Hookswords, Cane, Broad Sword, Tai Chi Sword, Chop Sticks and Fan. Okinawan Weapons: Tonfa, Kai Bo, Nunchuku, Sai Sword, Kubotan and Kama, Japanese Weapons include: Katana, Naginata, Bo, Jo, Han Bo
Master Dominick began his Kempo training in MA with some of the most highly respected and reknown Masters including: 10th dan Grandmaster Fred Villari, 9th dan John Fritz, 9th dan Mark Gruposso, 9th dan Cal Carozzi. He has also studied in RI with the late Professor Nick Cerio. Trained in Aikido with the late 8th dan Mitsunari Kanai and 6th dan Len Coffey, Aiki Ju-Jutsu under Shihan Tony Annesi, AMAK Escrima and knife fighting with Professor Tom Sotis, White Crane/Long Fist Kung-Fu with Bruce Langston and Chet Nelson.
Master Jeanene Violante
Master Jeanene Violante began training in 1992 and holds the rank of 5th Dan Black Belt in Kempo Karate. She started her Kempo training with 8th Dan Master Jim Caruso and has also studied Aikikai Aikido with Master Dominick Violante. She has over 12 years of experience in teaching and operating a Dojo. Master Jeanene currently studies Kempo with Master Dominick Violante.
Master Jeanene has been very successful in Tournament competition placing at all ranks for sparring, forms and weapons. She also has experience in several different types of weapons, including Chinese steel fan, Broad Sword, Japanese and Chinese Bo staff, and the Japanese Naginata.
POTENTIAL SEMINAR TOPICS
SMAF Anniversary Special:
Pardon me while I counter your counter for my counter
This seminar will demonstrate some of the rarely seen Aiki counter for a counter technique. The techniques are from a variety of Aiki styles, including Aikikai Aikido, Aiki Ju Jitsu, & Judo. Participants will first learn how to counter certain Aiki locks, and then learn the very rarely seen counter to those counters. Techniques will include defense against striking, static (grab) attacks, and some ground counters as well. The ground counters will be against Aiki osae (pins).
Cane-Fu, Cane Self Defense Techniques
Master Dominick will demonstrate and teach Cane techniques from the Wah Lum Kung Fu system. Techniques will include defense against Kicks, Hand Strikes and Static (grab) attacks. Some of the techniques taught in this seminar are rarely taught outside of the Wah Lum system. ***Please bring a cane if possible as there will be a very limited supply of canes to borrow.
The Animals of Shaolin: Praying Mantis, Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Crane, and Dragon.
Masters Dominick & Jeanene Violante will demonstrate & teach the major differences & similarities between the animals of Shaolin. Some of the differences examined will be the hard & soft nature of the animals in their movement and ability to attack & defend. Also examined will be how some of the animals use long range and some use short range (in close) techniques to gain the advantage over its opponent. The techniques taught in this seminar originate from both Kempo & Kung Fu