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Gabby Viola

Meet Norwin Ninja’s very own Karate Champ Gabby Viola! In the words of Christina Aguilera, ” ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger Makes me work a little bit harder It makes me that much wiser So thanks for making me a fighter Made me learn a little bit faster Made my skin a little bit thicker Makes me that much smarter So thanks
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NASKA World Champions

Pittsburgh Karate Athletes Earn 2019 World Titles The North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) sanctions the most prestigious karate tournaments in the country and abroad.  For the last thirty years, the league has tracked and ranked competitors throughout the tournament season to determine the World Tour Champions.  The ratings are compiled annually, with the highest point total determining who earns the World Championship Belt
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Sensei Viola Day – Pittsburgh

September 23rd is “Sensei Viola Day” in Pittsburgh celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Allegheny Shotokan Viola Karate Dojo (The parent to Norwin Ninjas🥋). “Sensei Viola” Day in Pittsburgh  


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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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.  


Sensei Bill tops the Amazon Charts

Sensei Bill Viola Jr. is recognized as Amazon #1 Best Selling Author with the recent release of Tough Guys Norwin Resident’s Book About His Father, a Co-Creator of Mixed Martial Arts, Inspires Movie Produced by Award Winning Filmmakers “Tough Guys” Depicts Pittsburgh as Birthplace of the “Sport” of MMA Pittsburgh, PA (September 15, 2017) – A Norwin resident’s nonfiction drama about his father, Bill
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