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Kempo Karate has its roots in Okinawa. As taught at the Mullaney Center, it is a blending of Okinawan Karate with elements of Shaolin Kungfu and Jujitsu.
Grandmaster George Pesare, one of Grandmaster Gascon first black belts, and the man who introduced Kenpo Karate to New England. S.George Pesare began his training in Karazenpo-Go-Shinjutsu in 1958. In 1960 Grandmaster Pesare, opened his school in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Mr. Pesare continued his training in the following martial art disciplines: 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo, 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, 4th Degree Black Belt in Eskrima, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Aikido. George Pesare has been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. He is the 1994 Rhode Island State Police Pistol Champion, and is the Police Pistol Champion of the Prestigious Police Pistol Governors Twenty. It has been said "A student that has trained in Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Kenpo Karate in New England was either taught by Mr. Pesare or one of his pupils, or one of his pupils' pupil". S. George Pesare is the founder of Kempo Karate in New England. From this school would come black belts that would open school across America.
In 1966 Nicholas Cerio recevied his black belt in Kenpo from S. George Pesare. Nicholas Cerio soon after opened Cerio's Academy of Martial Arts. After studying with William Chun, Sensei Cerio was given permission to train under William Chow. On August 15, 1967 William Chow awarded him Shodan in Chinese Kenpo. In 1983 Edmund Parker awarded him 9th Dan. In 1989 the World Council of Sokes awarded him Above Ranking Status. He Passed away in 1998, and will be greatly missed by the martial arts community.
In 1991 Masters Self Defense Centers was formed. Shihan Nohelty and Shihan Bryant both hold multiple black belts in various styles of Kenpo. Both Nohelty and Bryant have been studying Kenpo, Kung Fu, Shotokan, Okinawan, Japanese, and Chinese weapons for over 30 years. The style has roots back to Karazempo Go Shinjitsu and Kajukenbo systems.History copied with permission from Masters Self-Defense.