Our dojo competition Team: If you really want to make karate something special in your life, consider our competition team. It will give you the extra push, confidence, and opportunities to take your skill to the next level. Many of our kids have gone on to national, international, and world status… but our goal is always building “Black Belts in life.” Each champion began as a novice student on “Team Kumite.” It has been an incredible journey to see their growth.
About Team Kumite: KUMITE (組手) is Japanese for “fighting” or sparring. In 1999 Sensei Bill founded Kumite Classic, his signature brand. For nearly 20 years, The Kumite Classic became one of the largest martial arts and fitness expos in the world. He simultaneously founded “Team Kumite” to represent Pittsburgh at the most prestigious martial arts competitions in the world. Since its establishment, no other team in the Greater Pittsburgh Region has been more successful on the open sport karate circuit. We are a homegrown dojo family, that has earned titles with every major sanctioning body. Team Kumite and Coach Bill Viola have developed more national, international and world champions than anybody in Western Pennsylvania. You will be joining a Pittsburgh sport karate legacy!
Eligibility: We are looking for potential! Any student (any age) currently enrolled in sparring class may tryout. The only prerequisites are effort, respect, and a good attitude.
Competition: It’s not how good you are, it’s how great you can be. There are many competitions for beginners and novice members. Students will begin at a state level, then progress through tri-state, national, etc. There are competitions for all ages and ranks to develop. Don’t be intimated, the team will support and guide you through the process.
When: Tryouts take place on Wednesdays @ 7PM (Dates TBA) once per quarter. Student will spar multiple-rounds at different skill levels to test abilities (including a continuous round at the end). Work ethic, heart (determination) respect, and positive attitude are the only prerequisites! You don’t have to be great to start, but you must start to be great!!!
Requirements: Team members are required to attend (4) tournaments per year. The annual Christmas Kumite (Dec.) and Summer Shiai (July) are mandatory. The other events can be chosen from an extensive list throughout the year.
Special training: We host special workouts and training that you will be invited to. Currently regular team practice is Saturdays 11-noon. We rotate between Sat/Sun practices depending on our tournament schedule.
Responsibility: We hold our team members to a higher standard, so please lead by
example: always show respect and lend a helping hand to others. Be an inspiration! We also expect our team members to keep all academics at a high standard.
Fees: All members must join our 501.c3 non-profit booster club @ $35 annual dues. Also, there is no charge to join the team, but students must upgrade membership to the unlimited program: This will give you access to all classes throughout the week, including team workouts. The quarterly payment for unlimited is +100 from the 2x per week tuition – $450 per 3-months.
Team Uniform: The starter black & gold team uniforms start at $80. If you join the team see Sensei to order the appropriate size.