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Michael Russell

A Family run school, with exceptional instruction and care. This is not a chain, you will progress at your own pace. From the beginners to the nationally ranked team members to the senior black belt instructors, they bring out the best in the kids! The Viola’s are legends in the sport karate world and there is no other school in Pittsburgh that has more honors, awards, or champions! My daughter has been a paying member for over 8 years!

-Michael Russell


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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