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The Mind of Kumite

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Bill Viola is a Pittsburgh, PA based international martial arts champion, instructor, coach, fitness promoter and founder of Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp. Viola graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with a bachelor degree in Political Science. Immediately after graduation, he moved to Studio City, California and gained hands-on experience within the entertainment industry.  He subsequently earned acceptance into the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio (AFTRA).  The exposure afforded him the opportunity to meet and work with many of Hollywood’s top performers, celebrities, directors, and producers.  He gained an astute knowledge of event production that influenced him to create his own production company, Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp.  The company produces the annual Kumite Classic and launched the Fitness And Sports Tour (FAST Expo).  Viola’s professional experience has earned him international recognition within the fitness industry.  He has recruited and worked with amateur and professional athletes from across the world. Viola is the head instructor at Allegheny Shotokan Karate in  North Huntingdon / Irwin, PA.  The school was established in 1969 by his father and is now home to Team Kumite, an all-star sport karate team that that has earned the only NBL world titles in the Pittsburgh region since its inception.  For more information visit

Bill Viola's First Karate Class
-circa 1978

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Viola has been instrumental in the promotion and advancement of mixed martial arts (MMA) on the East Coast.  As sport karate, mma, and all aspects of combat continue to evolve, you can be sure to find Bill Viola working hard to further the popularity of the arts. 
Viola currently owns and operates Kumite Classic Entertainment and freelances as a talent scout and entertainment entrepreneur.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 
-Philippians 4:13