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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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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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