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Kumite Classic Entertainment Est. 1999

Bill Viola Jr Author



Kumite Classic Entertainment (est. 1999):

The Kumite is a full scale production company that is best known for its self-titled “Kumite Classic” tournament and expo.  The martial arts showcase is the crown jewel of the Kumite brand, recognized as the mecca for martial arts in Pittsburgh.  The annual martial arts and fitness convention grew into the largest and most prestigious event of its kind with an annual draw of 15,000 spectators and competitors over Memorial Day weekend at the Monroeville Convention Center. Professional athletes, Olympians, and celebrities flocked to Western Pennsylvania for a fusion of sport and entertainment which included over 15 different combat sports and fitness events under one roof.

Since 1999 the Annual Kumite Classic is Pittsburgh’s largest and most established multi-sport event. Over 20 competitions and championships are hosted under one roof at the Pittsburgh Fitness Expo at the Monroeville Convention Center. The Kumite is widely regarded as the Mecca for martial arts in Pittsburgh. The prestigious kumite classic combat sports event attracts competitors from around the world in sport karate, grappling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, cross fit, wrestling, strongman, powerlifting, MMA, arm wrestling, body building, fitness, figure, model, and more.  

組手 Announcement: Kumite Classic Expo is on a temporary hold.

For nearly 20 years, the Kumite Classic has served as the regions largest sports and fitness expo. The show promoter, Bill Viola Jr., has made the difficult decision to step back from the business and spend more time with his daughter (Gabby) who was diagnosed with bowel disease at 7 years old.  He has vowed to bring back the event once she is in full remission and can maintain the chronic illness.  Currently she receives infusions at UPMC Children’s Hospital.  His current focus is research and fundraising to raise awareness for all inflammatory digestive diseases and ulceration colitis. Thank you for your understanding, and stay tuned.  We will be back!  As we continue to iron out our new date and vision, please be patient. As always, thanks for your support!!!

Kumite Classic Entertainment is the parent company of Allegheny Shotokan Viola Karate and Norwin Ninjas.  We are proud to support Team USA and Team Kumite a national sport karate travel team.

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