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NBL Supergrands

Team Kumite of Pittsburgh, PA proved to be one of the most successful sport karate competition teams at the 2013 NBL Supergrands World Games in Charleston, South Carolina.  Special thanks to team Captain Billy Leader for leading the crew.  World Champions:  Chase Sisters:  Brigid Chase & Hope Chase, Ali Viola, Dominic Leader and Rookie of

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Christmas Kumite

Season’s Beatings… the 2013 Christmas Kumite is scheduled for Saturday September 14th for more info visit www.christmaskumite.com PKRA Karate rated karate competition, the best competitors in the Pittsburgh region, matted rings, electronic scoreboard, custom awards and more…

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Champions

CHAMPIONS GATHER—Hall of Fame karate legend, Master Bill Viola Sr. welcomes former World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer from Monessen and special guest Chanel Smith, former Ms. Pittsburgh and now bodybuilding competitor and fitness trainer. Smith, a Duquesne University graduate, now lives in Washington, D.C.   Bill Viola, Black Belt Artist and the mastermind behind the

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Pittsburgh Karate School

Pittsburgh Karate School Continues Its Black Belt Legacy Pictured Left to Right: Front Row: Dave Zezza, Perry Culver, Ray Walters, Bill Viola Sr., Bill Viola Jr. Ray Adams, Tim Meyer, Rocky Whatule, Second Row: Dave Crissman, Bill Holshue, George Yurechko, Joce Viola, Ali Viola, Jacque Viola, Addie Viola, Dominic Leader, Dave Jones, Back Row: Mark Luctoch, Josh Dorazio, Arnold

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NBL Super Grands

Pittsburgh was represented at the 23rd Sport Karate World Games aka the NBL National Black Belt League Super Grands by Team Kumite. Ali Viola claimed her 4th continuous sparring World Title and Championship in Buffalo New York over New Years.  She defeated international competitors from Canada, Guatemala and Mexico in the finals. Team Captain Billy Leader

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Pittsburgh Karate Legends PKRA

The 40th Annual Pittsburgh Karate Championships brought together martial arts pioneers from all over the region to celebrate all those who have been involved in karate for more than 40 years… many of them over 50 years+ in the arts.  PKRA (Pennsylvania Karate Ratings Association) director Frank Caliguri hosted the tournament that attracted legends such

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Tough guy Contest: The Real Beginnings of MMA in America

Cartey, Richard  (November 2012).  “Tough guy Contest: The Real Beginnings of MMA in America”.  Fighters Only.  3: 72.  http://www.fightersonlymag.com/magazines/17078-issue94 Fighters Only Nov. 2013 Tough Guy Contest

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MMA’S FORGOTTEN FOREFATHERS

MMA’S FORGOTTEN FOREFATHERS  Cartey, Richard (November 2012). “Tough guy Contest: The Real Beginnings of MMA in America”. Fighters Only. 3: 72 Mixed martial arts in the United States was not conceived by the Gracie family and Art Davie in 1993, it actually began life 14 years earlier in a Pennsylvanian diner. FO reveals the untold story of… Click magazine

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November 1, 2012 8:13 pm
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The Martial Chronicles: Before Fighting Was Ultimate It Was Super

The Martial Chronicles: Before Fighting Was Ultimate It Was Super By John S. Nash on Oct 24 2012, 8:30a 3 1979s Original Philly “Tough Guy”, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) | What’s better: karate, boxing, or wrestling? Who’d win if Ali fought Bruce Lee? How ’bout either against Bruno Sammartino? Could I do better than those guys? Would you (or

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October 24, 2012 6:45 pm
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Team Kumite Classic

Here we go Pittsburgh Karate! Champions Bleed Black & Gold and Team Kumite Classic is known as Pittsburgh’s top sport karate competition team and home to the only NBL World Champions in the Pittsburgh region in the past decade. The open martial arts travel team represents Western PA and Pennsylvania at the NBL Super Grands World Games

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