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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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Duquesne Law Student Ali Viola carries on family karate tradition

Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media Ali Viola (right), a seven-time National Black Belt League World champion. Following in her brother Bill Viola Jr.’s (back right) footsteps, Ali competed in the 2014 World Games, ceremoniously passing the torch to her 4-year-old niece, Gabby Viola (left), the youngest competitor at the Games By Mary Pickels Pittsburgh Tribune Review February 8, 2015 Growing up in the
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Pittsburgh Karate Legacy

The Viola family is a Pittsburgh martial arts legacy. Bill Viola Sr. is the co-creator of the modern sport of MMA while his children continue to spread his teachings. Great read about Pittsburgh Karate champions. By Dave Zuchowski Pittsburgh Post Gazzette February 12, 2015 When Bill Viola Sr. attended middle school in Brownsville in the early 1960s, an older friend taught him some Shotokan
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Norwin Ninjas “Outstanding Team”

Norwin Ninjas Wins top honors at Pittsburgh’s largest Martial Arts event North Huntingdon, PA – July 9, 2015 The Allegheny Shotokan Karate School was honored as the “Outstanding Team” at the 2015 Kumite Classic martial arts championships held at the 16th Annual BioRhythm Pittsburgh Fitness Expo. The Kumite Classic is the region’s largest and most established combat sports event, featuring over 100,000 square feet
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World Champions

Pittsburgh, PA — January 5th, 2015 Winning World Titles is nothing new for the Viola family, especially for Duquesne University law student Ali Viola. Over the course of the past decade, she has become a 7x National Black Belt League (NBL) World Champion with international honors that have made her the most successful female karate fighter in Pittsburgh history. She has followed in the
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Voted best karate school

Pittsburgh based Norwin Ninjas Karate was voted the best martial arts school in the region by Trib Total Media!  We thank all the friends and families that make our dojo special. Norwin Ninjas Karate:  A Family Martial Arts Tradition Martial Arts are great way to build self-confidence and boost self-esteem in children. Every mom and dad wants to instill respect, discipline and focus in their kids, but
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Norwin Ninjas Video

Norwin Ninjas karate video on Youtube Come visit our martial arts school in the Irwin / North Huntingdon area (Pittsburgh region)  


Black Belt Staff

Norwin Ninjas benefit from the oldest most established karate school in the area. North Huntingdon School Continues Its Black Belt Legacy Pictured Left to Right: Front Row: Dave Zezza, Perry Culver, Ray Walters, Bill Viola Sr., Bill Viola Jr. Ray Adams, Tim Meyer, Rocky Whatule Second Row: Dave Crissman, Bill Holshue, George Yurechko, Joce Viola, Ali Viola, Jacque Viola, Addie Viola, Dominic Leader, Dave
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Norwin Ninjas

Norwin Ninjas Karate:  Part of the Allegheny Shotokan Legacy… Allegheny Shotokan Karate, established in 1969, is a Martial Arts School based in Western Pennsylvania.  The club was founded by Sensei William Viola.  The name “Allegheny” represented the school’s first location in Allegheny County (East Allegheny High School). “Shotokan,” is the base style of Japanese Karate taught.  Over the past 40 years the school has held
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Positive Athletes

Norwin Ninjas builds “Champions In Life” Connor Burns (2013) & Dominic Leader (2012) were honored by Hines Ward as the most positive athltes in Martial Arts. We are proud that our black belts make a difference in the community! SEVEN DEINITIONS OF A POSITIVE ATHLETE: 1.Optimistic Attitude – Most coaches will tell you that an athlete who believes positive things will happen has a greater chance
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karate school irwin

  Visit Norwin Ninjas and see why it has been voted the top karate school Irwin, PA. Norwin Ninjas specializes in “Building Champions In Life.”  The family owned and operated school is run by the Viola family.  They members of the USA Karate and National Black Belt League Hall of Fame.  The students have been featured on www.kumiteclassic.com and www.pittsburghsportkarate.com Since 1969, The Allegheny
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