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 and ring. North Huntingdon residents Xander Eddy (10 years old), Luke Lokay (16 years old), and Cameron Klos (17 years old) became the first Western Pennsylvania martial artists to win a NASKA title since their Coach, Bill Viola Jr. and his sister Addie were ranked #1 in NASKA in the 1980s.
The awards are presented at the AKA Warrior Cup in Chicago, Illinois. It is the longest running tournament in America founded in 1964. The tourney hosted the NAKSA Banquet on Thursday January 23rd 2020. President Larry Carnahan from Minneapolis, MN presided over the ceremony in which three Western Pennsylvanian black belts were honored as the best competitors in the World for their age categories.
Sensei Bill Viola Jr. said, “I am so happy to pass the torch to these kids. They are an inspiration to this community and a testimony of hard work and dedication. They made Norwin proud.”
NASKA World Tour Champions:
- 10-year-old Xander Eddy World Champion (10- Open Weight and 10- Black Belt)
- 16-year-old Luke Lokay World Champion (16-17 Light Weight Black Belt Sparring)
- 17-year-old, Cameron Klos World Champion (15-17 Open Weight
- 16-17 Heavy Weight black belt sparring
The team is gearing up for the 2020 WKC World Championships will be held in Madrid, Spain and fundraising to send a team to Tokyo, Japan to attend the 2020 Olympics.
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Cameron, Luke, and Xander now carry the torch from Billy and Addie Viola who won NASKA titles in the 1980s at Allegheny Shotokan Dojo.