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PKRA Karate

The Pennsylvania Karate Rating Association PKRA is a sport karate rating association for karate competitors in the Pittsburgh area.  It is one of the oldest active systems in the nation.  The organization is headed by Frank Caliguri of New Kensington, PA (Academy of Martial Arts) Bill Viola Jr. was the most successful sport karate champion in Pennsylvania Karate Rating

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Pittsburgh Sport Karate

Champions bleed black & gold. Since the 1960s the Pittsburgh area has produced some of the top karate champions in the country. Pittsburgh “Sport Karate” is regions top ranked fighters in open karate, tae kwon do, tang soo do, kung fu etc. The best of best in Japanese, Chinese, Korean competitive martial arts. For upcoming

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Pittsburgh Karate Champions

Ali Viola, Pittsburgh’s top female black belt sport karate champion. 3x NBL World Champion from Irwin / North Huntingdon, PA. Ali is a member of Team Kumite and Allegheny Shotokan Karate.  She is currently a D-1 athlete playing soccer for Youngstown State University.  She is a pre-law student with a 4.0 GPA.  She joins a

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Norwin junior claims a sport karate world title

Norwin junior claims a sport karate world title <style> .es-carousel ul{ display:block; } </style> By Tribune Review  Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 Only a handful of Western Pennsylvania athletes have claimed a sport karate world title. Norwin junior Dominic Leader not only claimed his first world title, but he did so with an undefeated record. Leader

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January 14, 2011 3:56 am
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Karate coach Bill Viola recognized by peers

Karate coach Bill Viola recognized by peers Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Norwin Star) By Bill Hartlep January 6, 2011 Hartlep, Bill (Januray 6, 2011). “Karate coach Bill Viola recognized by Peers”. Norwin Star,  p.28.  The Champions Association, in conjunction with Highmark, presented the 35th annual Willie Stargell Memorial Banquet and Pittsburgh MVP awards on Dec. 16.

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January 6, 2011 3:36 am
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Karate instructor passionate about foundation

Karate instructor passionate about foundation By Dustin Dopirak Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Thursday, June 13, 2002 Bill Viola Jr. had spent countless hours on the phone, on airplanes and in different cities trying to get his organization, Kumite International, going. He had put everything, even a budding career in Hollywood, on hold. But he remembered why he was

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June 13, 2002 2:54 am
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Viola poised to provide karate scholarships to youth

Viola poised to provide karate scholarships to youth By Brian Hunger TRIBUNE-REVIEW July 22, 2001 Page B 3   The tone in his voice tells it all. He wouldn’t tell you it himself, but when Bill Viola graduated from HempfieldArea High School in 1995, he just might have been the most accomplished athlete in his class. But because his

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July 22, 2001 2:44 am
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North Huntingdon Township man hopes to hit it big in Tinsel Town

North Huntingdon Township man hopes to hit it big in Tinsel Town November 4, 2000 By Marjorie Wertz TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wertz, Majorie (November 4, 2000).  “North Huntingdon Township man hopes to hit it big in Tinsel Town”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p. 5.   Standard Observer Section You can take the man out of western Pennsylvania, but you can’t take westernPennsylvania out of the man. At least,

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November 4, 2000 3:40 am
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Karate duo’s dreams crash before nationals

Karate duo’s dreams crash before nationals By Jim Iovino TRIBUNE-REVIEW August 15, 1999 Billy and Addie Viola stood on the sidelines and patiently watched 11 members of their father’s Allegheny Shotokan Karate School in North Huntingdon Townshipwin 36 medals at USA Karate’s 25th National Championship in Canton, Ohio. There was no doubt the siblings were happy for the students – most of whom they helped

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August 15, 1999 2:58 am
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