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Tom Ingargiola

Tom Ingargiola

Master Ingargiola is a 8th Degree Blackbelt, in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, which comes through the lineage of the following Martial Art Masters:

  • EIZON BUSATSU KOSHO (founder 1235 ad Japan)
  • JAMES MITOSE (21st Descendent)

Master Ingargiola is always training and refining his skills under the guidance of Professor F. P. "Kimo" Ferreira (known as the bridge between USA Kempo and Japan). Master Ingargiola is the East Coast Director for Professor Kimo's KAI. On Professor Kimo's most recent visit (Jan. 2004), he named Mr. Ingargiola Co-Inheritor of his System, under the auspice of his KAI and with official Samurai blessing. Master Ingargiola often cross trains with various Masters throughout the country. Master Ingargiola has been Teaching the Martial Arts for over 20 years, at his Babylon, NY location for Shaolin Self Defense Centers; with 2 dozen affiliated locations across the country. His Shaolin Kempo Karate System is a unique blend of traditional material and reactionary activities, which has been designed to give a well rounded experience. The curriculum is designed to constantly challenge the students physical and mental abilities, by using written tests along with the physical aspects for achieving New Belt Ranks. The System is highly regarded and sought after due to it's high standards and thorough Curriculum, many Black Belts and Instructors from various styles have sought to be trained by Master Ingargiola for this reason.

His many accomplishments include a series of Belt Rank Videos based upon his Shaolin Kempo Karate System, these videos are available from any Shaolin Self Defense Center, or directly through our website and his Annual OPEN tournament held every November at the West Babylon High School which includes: Continuous Sparring, Self Defense, Weaponry, Kata and Breaking.

Mr. Ingargiola developed a device for helping learn focus and proper striking technique, called "The Strike Master". He was also instrumental in developing a new child alarm system, called: "Kidd-pro-tek", to help locate missing or abducted children. He also helped develop a computer program (TIA System), for running a martial art school, creating a paperless office system.

In 1998, he has competed in full contact kickboxing matches; with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, many of these matches appeared on cable-TV channels and as well as ESPN. He has had write-ups in several national Martial Art Magazines.

In 1999, Master Ingargiola was inducted into the "United Martial Artist Hall of Fame" for his contributions to the art of "Shaolin Kempo Karate" and was also placed on their evaluation board to evaluate future inductee's. Master Ingargiola extended his record to 12 wins 2 loses and 1 draw during 1999 on November 19, 1999 at "Superfights IX". He ended his professional competing with an outstanding challenge. He agreed to fight in 2 matches back to back. The first fight was a 4 round full-contact kickboxing bout and the second match was an 8 minute submission grappling bout. Master Ingargiola won both of these matches, to a standing ovation from the sold out arena.

On November 19, 1999 he won the "Professional UKBA Welterweight NYS" Title Belt and the "Lightweight Grappling Submission" Championship. Competing in these 2 matches back to back with "no break" was a first in the Martial Arts World.

Since retiring from competing professionally, Master Ingargiola still keeps his skills honed with daily training and keeps up on his progress of Shaolin Kempo Karate. During the year 2000, he helped produce three amateur world title holders in three different weight classes in full contact kickboxing. His students continue to fight throughout the country winning amatuer and professional titles. The current school record is 164 wins 54 loses and 10 draws, Our Nickname in the full contact circles is SHAOLIN SHORT NOTICE as well over 70% of our bouts have been accepted on very short notice, sometimes only a week other times only a day or two, we have even gone down to the 1/2 day and the hour mark!.

Shihan Ingargiola has been busy with putting together the big Hawaii Kempo training trip as well as launching our new AQAU ~ ARTS program. This new revolutionary trademarked program brings together 4,000 years of martial arts knowledge to a pool. It will be offered by BALLY'S HEALTH CLUBS (L.I.) in the fall of 2003 as well as some of the local Y's in Long Island. He also has been traveling extensively throughout the country teaching seminars and working with the fighters / promoters on the Full Contact circuit.

Master Ingargiola understands that the bouts in the ring are not reality, but it is a great place to test the concepts of Shaolin Kempo Karate - A PLACE TO PUT THEORY INTO ACTION. Competing at such intense & high levels is not for everyone, but the regular Shaolin Kempo Karate student should feel quite excited that their art has been put to the test and has passed with flying colors.

If you would like to contact Tom Ingargiola, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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