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Allegheny Shotokan “Viola Karate”

🥋The Viola Karate School (Allegheny Shotokan) was established in 1969 by Bill Viola Sr., recognized as the co-creator of MMA (mixed martial arts) in America. The 空手 school has a rich tradition serving the Pittsburgh region and Western Pennsylvania for nearly 50 years. The family owned business has is the oldest and most established karate and martial arts school in the North Huntingdon (Irwin, PA). The Viola Family is internationally renowned, with teaching experience you can trust training and working with Olympic-level competitors and professional athletes from the NFL and MLB.  The dojo features the award-winning Sensei Says ® Life Skills curriculum. “Home of National, International, and World Champions.”  We have been ranked #1 Top Karate School in Pittsburgh for decades. The dojo is dedicated to teaching budo “martial way” by building character, respect, and focus. Call or Text Viola Karate:  724-640-2111 to speak with Sensei Bill Jr.

-The top karate school in the Pittsburgh region since 1969
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  • world champions WKC World Champions - WKC World Champions For Immediate Release:  11/21/19                   Contact:  Call/Text Bill Viola Jr. 724-640-2111 2019 World Titles brought home to Western Pennsylvania The World Karate and Kickboxing Council (WKC) hosted the World Championships November, 3rd -9th in Niagara Falls, New York.   The world’s best from 22 countries converged to compete in WKC Tatami-style divisions.  The competition… Read More
  • Sensei Viola Day - September 23rd 2019 was named "Sensei Viola Day" in Pittsburgh 🥋. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald enacted the day in honor of the dojo's 50-year anniversary. Congrats. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article Pittsburgh Tribune Review Article Read more about Sensei Viola Day. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, by virtue of the authority… Read More
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  • black belt Journey Continues for Master Ray Adams and Master Dave Zezza - The Journey Continues for two North Huntingdon Martial Arts 🥋Masters On Wednesday August 29, 2018 history was made at the Allegheny Shotokan Viola Karate Dojo.  North Huntingdon / Irwin  Residents Sensei Ray Adams, 76, and Sensei Dave Zezza, 63, were promoted to Master Rank in the art of Shotokan karate.  It has been a lifetime… Read More
  • $10,000 Donation Made to KICK Parkinsons - Kick Parkinson's Disease 2018 We gave Parkinson's a swift KICK this weekend!  Very proud to announce that Allegheny Shotokan "Viola" karate and its sister program Norwin Ninjas in conjunction with Team Kumite to have combined to raise over $10,000 for The Pittsburgh Institute of Neurological Diseases #PIND  Read more.  The “KICK” concept was developed Irwin… Read More
  • USA Karate Kickboxing Team - A pair of Pittsburgh martial artists are poised to make history as they represent the United States of America (USA) as members of the prestigious 2018 “Team USA” at the Pan American Kickboxing Championship in Cancun, Mexico October 24-28th. In the upcoming months while other kids are enjoying summer break, 15-year old Luke Lokay and 9-year… Read More
  • Martial Arts Success - Sensei Bill Viola Jr. is featured in Martial Arts Success Magazine. He explains "How to Organize a Successful Tournament" in the feature story of the issue.  Viola is considered one of the foremost experts on tournament promotion in America.   Read More
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  • Shihan Viola’s life story comes to Showtime network - "Toughs Guys" make television history on Showtime   When you think of MMA, most people think Dana White.  He has been the face of the UFC and mixed martial arts for years.  A new documentary reveals the true creators of MMA:  Pittsburgh martial artists Bill Viola Sr. and Frank Caliguri (1979-1983). Their company CV Productions… Read More
  • norwin ninjas karate Pittsburgh Karate Champs - Allegheny Shotokan named 'top team' at Pittsburgh Kumite Classic STAFF REPORT | Sunday, July 2, 2017, 11:00 p.m. The Allegheny Shotokan Karate School was honored as the “Top Team” at the 2017 Kumite Classic martial arts championships at the 18th annual Pittsburgh Fitness Expo on May 26-27 at Monroeville Convention Center. The Kumite Classic is the region's largest multisport… Read More
  • Tough Guys Movie - Shihan Viola's life is the subject of the book "Godfathers of MMA" which has been adapted to major documentary set to air on network television later this year called Tough Guys.                     ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED MORGAN SPURLOCK JOINS ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER ROSS KAUFFMAN FOR THE MIXED… Read More
  • Tough Guys #1 Amazon Best Seller - Tough Guys #1 Amazon Best Seller Mixed Marital Arts MMA Book An interview with the Bill Viola Jr. (Author of Amazon #1 best seller Tough Guys). Tough Guys (2017) Kumite Classic Press   Oct. 16, 2017 Why and when did you decide to write Godfathers of MMA? The real story of who invented the sport of… Read More
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  • allegheny shotokan Black Belt Legacy - Alleghey Shotokan is the oldest most established karate school in the area.  North Huntingdon 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… Read More
  • The California Kid - Sensei Bill Viola got the chance to catch up with Urijah Faber the California Kid at the 2013 Arnold Classic in Columbus. Read More
  • hines ward team kumite Hines Ward Show - Allegheny Shotokan and Team Kumite represent Pittsburgh Karate 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.  Connor Burns, Dominic Leader, and Coach Bill Viola all represented sport karate and martial arts.  Hines was able to learn some karate… Read More
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-Allegheny Shotokan Karate 🥋 and the Viola family are martial wayists who have served the Pittsburgh region for over 50 years.  Allegheny Shotokan is the the most experienced school in the area teaching martial arts in the Pittsbugh region of North Huntingdon & Irwin area since 1969.  Allegheny Shotokan karate is experience you can trust! Viola karate is home of the award winning Norwin Ninjas children’s program and World Champion Team Kumite competition team. Viola Karate implements the award-winning  Sensei Says ® Life Skills curriculum.  

Allegheny Shotokan has produced hundreds of regional, national, and international champions including titles from; Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), United States of America Karate Federation (USAKF), United States of American National Karate Federation (USANKF), National Black Belt League (NBL), Sport Karate International (SKI) North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA), and Police Athletic League (PAL) Pennsylvania Karate Rating Association (PKRA). Contact Allegheny Shotokan or Norwin Ninjas for a free lesson at no obligation.  

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Viola Karate Dojo 🥋

Home to Allegheny Shotokan Karate  Norwin Ninjas (Sister program) & Team Kumite (All-Star Travel)

GDC Plaza (underneath)
12591 Rt. 30
North Huntingdon, PA 15642

Call or Text: Sensei Bill Viola Jr. 724-640-2111