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The Mixed Martial Arts Family Tree

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MMA Family Tree Pittsburgh native Bill Viola Sr. credited with creating Mixed Martial Arts in America

Yoi and double yoi.  You heard that right… Two Parmanti eatin’ terrible towel waving  “Yinzers” from Western Pennsylvania are credited with creating a new sport [MMA] over 14 years before the UFC. These weren’t your average yinzers though, they set sights on a “billion dollar” prize and would have won if it wasn’t for Commonwealth outlawing the sport with the passage of the Tough Guy Law in 1983.  Who knew??  Fascinating story of what if, but #Pittsburgh is documented as the birthplace of MMA. BURGH PROUD!  Read the book or Watch the Showtime Documentary

How a Pittsburgh karate pioneer Bill Viola Sr. fits in the mixed martial arts family tree from Pankration to UFC.  Learn more about the History of MMA

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Bill Viola Sr. & Frank Caliguri credited with creating the modern sport of MMA mixed martial arts



Greensburg Student Housing

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BZ Construction is the leader in Greensburg student housing. The real estate company was co-founded by Allegheny Shotokan Karate Club memeber Ethan Zontek’s father Tim. If you are a college student in the market for student rentals, apartments, or housing contact BZ today. Serving Pitt Greensburg, WCCC, Triangle Tech, Seton Hill and all local colleges.

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Monroeville Ninjas

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Monroeville Ninjas  @ The Monroeville Sports Center.  Build Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, and Respect. Children ages 4-7 years old.  Serving the Pittsburgh:  Gateway / Penn Hills area.  Award winning martial arts & karate program for kids.  Contact/TEXT Sensei Bill @ 724-640-2111

Only $99 for 6-weeks includes FREE uniform and headband!  Click here to Register.  

Space is limited, first come first serve.

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Norwin Ninjas, Spartan Samurais and Monroeville Ninjas are part of Kindergarten Karate