Sensei Gene Villa started his martial arts training in 1963 at the age of five under the instruction of his father, a 3rd degree black belt in judo. As he got older, his interest in other martial arts grew. This led him to study several martial arts: Shotokan (Karate), Kenpo (Karate), Thai Kickboxing, Chinese Wushu and in 1977 he found his favorite, a style called Goju-Ryu.
To learn more about the art of Goju-Ryu, Sensei Villa began training in 1990 under Master Morio Higaonna. Under Higaonna Sensei’s guidance, he has become one of the most respected Goju-Ryu instructors in the United States. He currently holds the rank of Nanadan (7th degree black belt).