Vadha Kempo and Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin karate

Kyokushin karate


An experienced dentist who works on New York’s Staten Island, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has owned and operated Dentistry for Children for more than a quarter of a century. Outside of the professional environment, he is a dedicated athlete who built upon his experience as a former college wrestler to excel in the martial arts. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, holds two black belts in Vadha Kempo and Kyokushin karate.

A traditional form of marital arts that originated in Tibet, Vadha features a range of hand and foot strikes and defensive maneuvers as well as control arcs that can redirect an opponent’s force of attack rather than stop the attack directly. After the Vadha form came to the United States in the 1950s, American black belt John Salvaggio combined Vadha basics with other techniques to found a new martial art style known as Vadha Kempo.

Founded in 1964 as a full-contact incarnation of karate, Kyokushin stresses the importance of personal spiritual development and exploration, as well as practical self-defense. This form of karate takes its name from four Japanese words that translate as: “ultimate,” “truth from within,” “to join,” and “sanctuary or school.”