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About the author: Bill Viola Jr. is Amazon best-selling author and creator of the award-winning Sensei Says® life skills curriculum. He experienced the "Golden Era" of MMA firsthand as his father, Bill Sr., is credited as the co-creator of the sport of mixed martial arts in 1979. His book Godfathers of MMA inspired the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME film Tough Guys where he acted as a producer alongside an Academy Award accredited team. The Viola family owns and operates Allegheny Shotokan Karate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania now celebrating their 50-year anniversary (1969-2019). He is currently the President of Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp. bill@kumiteclassic.com • Connect LinkedIn #senseisays #sokepokey #martialwayist


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Kicking for a Cure

For Immediate Release Contact:  724-640-2111 Finding a Cure for Parkinson’s Disease One “Kick” at a Time An inspiring group of martial artists have made it their mission to KICK Parkinson’s disease—literally.  On September 2rd 2019 the Viola Karate Dojo and their sister program Norwin Ninjas assembled over 100 students to make a statement and kick non-stop for one mile at Boyce Park.  The students
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Viola Karate Family

William “Bill” Viola Sr. has began his journey in 1955 when my dad got his first taste of combat while studying boxing with a family friend, the legendary Marion “Slugger” Klingensmith. He discovered the Asian arts in the early 1960s. “My friend Medick Capirano picked up karate at WVU in the ROTC program,” my father said. “I thought I was pretty tough, but he
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WTAE Pittsburgh Athlete of the Week – Xander Eddy

WTAE Pittsburgh Athlete of the Week – Pittsburgh Karate / Kickboxing Champion, Xander Eddy Guy Junker Reports: Action Athlete: Will air Feb. 1st, 2019 @ 5:30 on WTAE.  Set you DVR Xander Eddy won a Gold Medal for Team USA (WAKO World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) National team at the 2018 Pan American Kickboxing Championships in Cancun, Mexico.  He won the team USA trials in
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Vocab

These are the required (kyu ranks) white-brown belt vocabulary.  Technical requirements are listed here (kata & kihon)  Japanese Pronouce Literal Common use WHITE BELT ↓ shiro shear-roe white white chōchō cho-cho butterfly butterfly Dojo doe-joe Way Place Karate school Gi gee uniform uniform Hai hi yes yes Hebi heb-bee snake snake Kamaete ka-may-e-tay posture low block ready Karate ka-raw-tay empty hand japanese self-defense Kiai
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My first karate test

It’s time to test.  Below are your minimum requirements, vocabulary and test fee info.  Your novice belt tests are only $35 and includes a new belt and certificate.


Christmas Kumite 🎄

Christmas Kumite 🎅❄🎄☃👊🥋🏅🏆 Congrats to the Norwin Ninjas, the sister program of Viola Karate, on another successful Christmas Kumite competition and demo! #seasonsbeatings demo Season’s Beatings!   The Christmas Kumite tournament continues the “Laurel State” Karate legacy that Shihan Viola established in the 1970s.  The “open” event  welcomes all styles and schools of karate, tang soo do, tae kwon do, kung fu etc. Whether you are
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Xander Eddy Team USA Karate Kickboxing

WAKO (World Association for Kickboxing Organizations) is the National Governing Body for Kickboxing in the United States and a member of the International Olympic Committee.  Read more.  9-year-old Xander Eddy of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, has become the youngest American to win the Pan American Kickboxing Championships in history.  His record setting performance took place in Cancun, Mexico October 23-28 at Barceló Maya Beach.  Eddy
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Chinese Exchange Students – Norwin

Chinese exchange students from Norwin learn martial arts at the Allegheny Shotokan Karate Dojo (Norwin Ninjas) in Irwin North Huntingdon Allegheny Shotokan “Viola” Karate played host to a group of 10-11 year old Chinese foreign exchange students.  The students are part of a cultural program through the Norwin School District.  One of their hobbies are martial arts, so they took up an afternoon of
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Like father like daughter

Sensei Bill Viola Jr. and daughter Gabby viola showing off the side kick (yoko geri kekomi) in karate competition.  3rd Generation Viola carrying on the Allegheny Shotokan Karate legacy.  


WAKO USA National Kickboxing Champions

WAKO Kickboxing Champs Team USA Congratulations to Xander Eddy and Luke Lokay for earning a spot on “Team USA” at the WAKO National Team Trials in Kansas City.  The two have earn spots to represent America at: Jesolo Lido (VE), Italy, 15-23 September 2018: WAKO Cadets and Juniors World Championships (All Disciplines) Cancun, Mexico, 24-28 October 2018: 10th PanAmerican Kickboxing Championships (All Disciplines) The World
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