Bill Viola Jr

 

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Tough Guys Amazon #1 Best Seller by Bill Viola Jr.

Bill Viola Jr. is an Amazon “Best Selling Author” and his book Tough Guys #1 martial arts book in America (September 2017).

bill viola jr pictureBill Viola Jr. is a 1999 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (Summa cum laude). He moved to Hollywood, California after graduation to work in the entertainment industry subsequently earning acceptance into the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio (AFTRA).

After working with top industry professionals Viola Jr. established his own production company, Kumite Classic Entertainment in 1999. The company’s signature event is the self-titled “Kumite Classic” is regarded as the mecca for martial arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Viola Jr. has served as an independent consultant for number major motion pictures including Warrior (2011) and as an Associate Producer for the mixed martial arts inspired film Tapped (2014) starring former Kumite Classic champion’s Nick Bateman and Cody Hackman and former UFC champion’s Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva.


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Bill Viola Jr. was born in Irwin, PA. He was introduced to Shotokan Karate by his father Bill Viola II, founder of Allegheny Shotokan Karate and co-creator of the modern sport of MMA. Viola Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps beginning martial arts lessons at the age of 3.

Viola was one of the most consistent sport karate competitors in the country recognized as a United States of America Karate Federation (USAKF) national champion and All American Athlete.  In 1998 he was recognized by Arnold Schwarzenegger as a World Champion at The Arnold Sports Fesival, Columbus, Ohio.

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Bill Viola Jr. is a successful author and journalist.  His most recent book, the award winning and critically acclaimed Godfathers of MMA, is available on Amazon.  The book is the subject of the upcoming documentary film, Tough Guys (2017)  Initial praise attracted a star studded lineup of executive producers including Academy Award® Nominated Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and Oscar® winning writer Ross Kaufmann (Born in Brothels).   The world premiere of “Tough Guys” took place at the American Film Institute (AFI) Docs on June 15th 2017 at the famous Landmark Theatre in Washington, DC.

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He established Kumite Quarterly Magazine in 2003, serving as publisher and oversaw distribution throughout North America until 2007.  As a freelance journalist, he has been contracted by Sport Karate Magazine to cover Sport Karate World Games on location in Canada, Mexico and across the United States.

Awards:

In 2003 Viola was inducted into the National Black Belt League (NBL) Hall of Fame. In 2011 Viola was awarded the “Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Award” (Most Valuable Person) for his work in the martial arts and fitness industry.  Read more.

 

He has the unique opportunity to work with some of the most prominent stars in the industry

 

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» Profile

bill viola jr photoBill Viola Jr. is a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania based entrepreneur, producer, Master Martial Arts instructor and Amazon best selling author.  He is the president of Kumite Classic Entertainment Inc. and operates  Allegheny Shotokan Karate Inc., established in 1969 by his father (Bill Viola Sr., the co-creator of the sport of mixed martial arts).  Pittsburgh Magazine recently named Viola Jr. as one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in the city in 2016.

» Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, Summa Cum Laude
  • University Scholar, 1998
  • BS Political Science, 1999

» Work Experience

Allegheny Shotokan Karate Inc., North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Master Instructor, 1995-Present

  • Recognized as World Champion by Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1998

Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

President & Founder, 1999-Present

  • Established 18th Annual Pittsburgh Fitness Expo
  • Film producer and writer

Author

Non-Fiction, 2003-Present:  Notable work  

  • Go Ask Your Dad (2016) Debuted on Amazon Best Seller List
  • Godfathers of MMA (2015) Inspiration of the documentary film Tough Guys (2016)

Kumite Quarterly Magazine., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publisher, 2003-2007

Eckert Seamans Law Firm, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

KI Scholarship Program Director, 2001-2007

Congressman Ron Klink (PA 4th District), North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Congressional Intern, 1997

» Associations

Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League Martial Arts Chairman Union member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio.

» Honors

  • Honored with The Willie Stargell “MVP Award” for community service, 2011
  • Recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award, Sport Karate Museum, 2005
  • Inducted into The Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 2003


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Pittsburgh Magazine named Bill Viola Jr. as one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in the city in 2016.

Bill Viola Jr. is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based producer, author and international martial arts champion who experienced the “Golden Era” of MMA firsthand as his father; Bill Sr. is credited as the co-creator of the sport (a decade before the UFC) by the Heinz History Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute.

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Zuchowski, Dave  (February 12, 2015).  “Karate kids: Viola family keeps kicking at World Games”.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette p.EZ-4

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Pickels, Mary  (February 8, 2015).  “Martial arts are a family affair”.  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,  p. B3.

Panian, A.J.  (January 23, 2014).  “Mt. Pleasant Author helps examine mixed martial arts”.  Mount Pleasant Journal, p. 1.

Gulasy, Doug  (Janurary 16, 2014)  “Team Kumite has ‘unprecedented’ success”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,. p. 28.

Schrecengost, Dave  “Kumite Classic kicks it up a notch”  Pittsburgh Tribune Review, May 23, 2013

Adamski, Chris (Janurary 25, 2013). “Leader earns top karate honor”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cartey, Richard  (November 2012).  “Tough guy Contest: The Real Beginnings of MMA in America”Fighters Only.  3: 72.

“Norwin junior claims a sport karate world title”. (January 14, 2011).  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Hartlep, Bill (Januray 6, 2011). “Karate coach Bill Viola recognized by Peers”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p.28.  

Kelly, Jack  (April, 16 2007).  “Festival puts emphasis on physical fitness”.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dopirak, Dustin  (June 16, 2002).  “Karate instructor passionate about foundation”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p. B7.

Hunger, Brian (July 22, 2001). “Viola poised to provide karate scholarships for youth”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p. B3.

Wertz, Majorie (November 4, 2000).  “North Huntingdon Township man hopes to hit it big in Tinsel Town”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, p. 5.

Schofield, Melissa  (November 1, 2000).  “Former karate champion makes transition to music video”. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. E5.

Iovino, Jim  (August 15, 1999).  Karate duo’s dreams crash before nationals”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, page 6.

MacGregor, Adam  (March 4, 1998).  “Fivesome may kick its way to a title”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

1997 Sports Champions List”.  (December 26, 1997).   Slam Sports. http://www.canoe.ca/Slam1997/yearend_champslist.html

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Biography

Bill Viola Jr. is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based producer, Amazon bestselling author, and international martial arts champion who experienced the “Golden Era” of MMA firsthand as his father; Bill Sr. is credited as the co-creator of the sport (a decade before the UFC) by the Heinz History Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute.

Bill graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and immediately moved to Hollywood, California to gain hands-on experience in the entertainment industry.  Subsequently, he earned acceptance into the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio (AFTRA) en route to establishing his own production company, Kumite Classic Entertainment in 1999.  The company’s signature event, the self-titled “Kumite Classic,” is regarded as the mecca for martial arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The company hosts the annual Pittsburgh Fitness Expo, regarded as the largest and most established multi-sport convention in Western Pennsylvania attracting sports and entertainment icons such as Lynn Swann, Franco Harris, Antonio Brown, Ice-T, and Royce Gracie over the years.

Viola Jr. established Kumite Quarterly magazine in 2003, serving as publisher and overseeing distribution throughout North America until 2007.  The magazine was the official publication of Kumite International, a scholarship foundation (the first of its kind) established by Viola Jr. in partnership with Eckert Seamans Law Firm.  Viola Jr. is an accomplished freelance journalist, contracted by such publications as Sport Karate Magazine and Sport Karate Illustrated.

In 2014, Viola Jr. published the critically acclaimed non-fiction book Godfathers of MMA inspired by the life of his father.  The book is the subject of the documentary film Tough Guys (2017).  Initial praise attracted a star studded lineup of executive producers including Academy Award® Nominated Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and Oscar® winning writer Ross Kaufmann (Born in Brothels).   The world premiere of “Tough Guys” took place at the American Film Institute (AFI) Docs on June 15th 2017 at the famous Landmark Theatre in Washington, DC.

Viola Jr. has also served as an independent consultant for number major motion pictures including the mixed martial arts movie Warrior (2011) and as an Associate Producer for the film Tapped Out (2014) starring former UFC champions Lyoto Machida and Anderson “Spider” Silva.  In 2016, he co-authored Go Ask Your Dad, an inspirational book about fatherhood which debuted on the Amazon best sellers list. In 2016, Pittsburgh Magazine named him to the prestigious “40 under 40” list recognizing the most influential young leaders in the city.

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Viola Jr. was one of the most consistent sport karate competitors in the country recognized as a multiple time United States of America Karate Federation (USAKF) national champion and All American Athlete.  In 1998 he was recognized by Arnold Schwarzenegger as a World Champion at The Arnold Sports Festival, Columbus, Ohio.  “Sensei” Bill is the head coach of “Team Kumite,” an all-star travel team that represents Pittsburgh on a global scale and continues to teach martial arts at the same school his father established in 1969 (Allegheny Shotokan). He is credited with developing the award winning “Norwin Ninjas” curriculum for teaching martial arts and instilling character in children.  He is part of a growing Pittsburgh karate legacy that that includes all four of his sisters and now his daughter, Gabriella Capri Viola.

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