Chris Salamone founded the law firm of Chris M. Salamone & Associates in 1994 and continues to serve as its chair and CEO. He also has extensive experience operating leadership development programs for young people, most notably The National Student Leadership Conference and LeadAmerica, which he founded in 2001 and served as CEO until 2009.
Chris Salamone enjoys several recreational and athletic activities, including the ancient art of Jujutsu. For years Chris Salamone has studied Miyama Ryu Combat Jujutsu, named for a street in the South Bronx. Antonio Pereira, who learned hand-to-hand combat in the U.S. Army, began developing the martial art as a soldier in World War II. After the war, he studied how street criminals attacked their victims with the goal of developing practical systems people could use to defend themselves.
Pereira opened the Combato martial arts school in 1960 on Tremont Avenue in the South Bronx. There he taught an amalgam of many traditional martial arts styles as well as the defense techniques he had developed.
Continuing his own training, he traveled to Japan in 1962 to immerse himself in established schools and styles and learn from masters. After earning honors in Japan that are rarely bestowed upon Westerners, Pereira returned to Tremont Avenue and began to teach a form of Samurai self-defense as well-suited to the dangerous streets of urban America as to the hillsides of feudal Japan. This style incorporated elements of karate, judo,aikido and other eastern martial arts with boxing and American-style street fighting. He formally named the style Miyama Ryu Jujutsu in 1964. Miyama is a Japanese word meaning “three mountains” in English, which translates to French as “tremont.”