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Penn-Trafford sophomore takes 2nd in world karate tournament

Penn-Trafford sophomore takes 2nd in world karate tournament By Nathan Smith Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Submitted Nick Kosan, left, finished in second place continuous sparring at the National Blackbelt League Super Grand World Games.   Nick Kosan walked into the National Blackbelt League Super Grand World Games in Buffalo last month not knowing what to

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January 14, 2015 6:51 pm
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Western Pennsylvania martial arts team has ‘unprecedented’ success at World Games

By Doug Gulasy Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m. | Sports Western Pennsylvania martial arts team has ‘unprecedented’ success at World Games Members of Western Pennsylvania martial arts all-star squad Team Kumite competed at the Super Grands World Games from Dec. 26-31, 2013, in Charleston, S.C. Team members at the tournament included, in front, from left: Nick

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January 14, 2014 3:58 am
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Martial arts workout touted as packing a punch

Martial arts workout touted as packing a punch By Doug Gulasy Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m. 1 / 3 Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review Dave Nackoul, age 57 of Canonsburg, works up a sweat shadow boxing at Fight Club Pittsburgh, an MMA-type facility in Robinson, on Saturday July 6, 2013. The club offers boxing lessons for not just professionals

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July 10, 2013 6:50 pm
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Kumite Classic kicks it up a notch

Kumite Classic kicks it up a notch By Dave Schrecengost Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:04 p.m. | Sports Submitted Dominic Leader, at left, of Team Kumite in North Huntingdon competes during the finals of the 2012 Kumite Classic at the Monroeville Convention Center. An automobile accident in 1999 left Bill Viola Jr. with a fractured vertebrae

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May 22, 2013 4:20 am
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Leader earns top karate honor

By Chris Adamski Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 3:44 p.m.   | Sports Leader earns top karate honor Black belts from Allegheny Shotokan Karate school in North Huntingdon gathered last month for a group photo while honoring longtime student and new black belt Dave Jones. They are, in front, from left, Dave Zezza, Perry Culver, Ray Walters, Bill

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January 25, 2013 4:03 am
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Best Karate School Pittsburgh

Congratulations to Allegheny Shotokan Karate for being named the Best Karate School in Pittsburgh by the Western PA Police Athletic League. The martial arts school has been serving the Pittsburgh region since 1969 founded by Bill Viola Sr. The school is home to Team Kumite Classic, an all star competition team that travels throughout the

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Hines Ward Show

Kumite Classic champions represent Pittsburgh Sport Karate and martial arts on the Hines Ward Show. WPXI host Alby Oxenreiter, Brett Keisel and Hines were on hand for the program that features Positive Athletes in Pittsburgh. PKRA Karate champion Connor Burns, NBL World Champion Dominic Leader, and Coach Bill Viola Jr. all represented sport karate and

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Pittsburgh Karate Tournament

The Kumite Classic is the Mecca for sport karate and martial arts in the Western PA region.  The annual Pittsburgh based tournament is the largest and most diverse in the area attracting competitors form across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The open tournament features sparring, continuous sparring, forms / kata, weapons, self-defense, breaking and team demos.  Every

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Pittsburgh Karate School

There are hundreds of karate schools and martial arts organizations in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas of Monroeville, Penn Hills, Murrysville, Penn Trafford, Greensburg, Irwin and North Huntingdon.  When searching for a new dojo or dojang please remember that not all schools are created equally. When selecting a new school, always do the proper research.

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Ali Viola Karate Star to Soccer Star

Pittsburgh’s top female sport karate champion, Ali Viola,  has made a successful crossover from Sport karate into D-1 Athletics as the Goal Keeper for the Youngstown State University Girls Soccer Team.   As an NBL World Karate Champion she has made a name for herself as one of the toughest and dominant continuous sparring competitors in the country.  That

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