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Model Pittsburgh

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Kumite Classic present’s The Model Pittsburgh Pageant hosted by Bille Jo Powers Friday May 22nd 2015 @ Monroeville Convention Center.  5PM.  Thanks to Alpha Connection.  Our newest sponsor.

This is an open to all models  

No experience necessary or height requirements.

The Model Pittsburgh Pageant consists of two rounds:

18+ years old:  Fashion & Swimwear

13-17 years old:  Fashion and Sportswear (no swimwear)

Model Pittsburgh Pageant and Model Search Pittsburgh will be looking for the next up and coming talent to break into the business.

The Model Pittsburgh Pageant will crown Miss Kumite Classic and Miss Teen Kumite Classic.  The Pittsburgh based Model Search is open to all models.


Maxim Cover Girl

From small town girl to Maxim Superstar.  We congratulate former Kumite Classic Model sensation Dessie Mitcheson for her continued success.  Maxim’s Hometown Hotties winner is former Kumite Classic Model America Champion Dessie Mitcheson. Guys, meet America’s sexiest girl next door, Dessie! Dessie, meet two million guys who are going to try to buy your next-door neighbor’s house as soon as they see this photo shoot.  Dessie was also named to Maxim’s Hot 100 lists for 2013.  What a huge honor.  Congrats Dessie! You made Pittsburgh proud!  In 2013 she helped crown the Kumite Classic Model Pittsburgh Champion Paige Price.  Who will win the 2014 Pageant.  Register to enter


Meet & Greet

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Star of the upcoming major motion picture “Tapped” set to appear at the 2014 Kumite Classic.  Former Kumite Classic Champion Cody Hackman will be in the house to promote his latest movie at the Pittsburgh Fitness Expo.  Hackman alongside former UFC Champions Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida are among the stars in the upcoming Movie “Tapped” to be released by Lionsgate this May. An Action/Drama Film about a disgruntled teenager, sent Si parla del 1887 per quanto riguarda la costruzione della prima giochi gratis slot machine della storia. to do community service at a rundown Karate school, who enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents


Tapped MMA Movie

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We are excited for the upcoming release of “Tapped” a new mixed martial arts inspired movie starring our good friend and former Kumite Classic champion Cody Hackman. Synopsis: A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents. Co-starring Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and another great Kumite Classic Champion, Nick Bateman. The mixed martial arts film was shot in Canada and set to make its US debut early 2014. Coming to a theater near you…

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Summer Smash Karate Tournament

The first annual Summer Smash is in the books, and team Kumite had an impressive showing at the tournament.  Sensei Bill Viola was the head referee and Sensei Ali, Billy and Dom were coordinators.

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Billy Leader wins the adult black belt Grand Championship with Gojushihosho proving he is not just a national sparring champion but a well rounded martial artist.

Dominic Leader won the black belt sparring championship while his brother Billy took home the top honors in traditional kata.  Cameron Klos won the Jr. Black Belt Sparring title casino jameshallison and Rachel Bartuska took home the advanced grand championship.  The team dominiated the kids sparring divisions, and young Brady Johnson had a standout performance winning the 7-8 division.  Congrats to everyone who attended.  Hope Chase, Bridgid Chase, and Bess Chase aka the Chase sisters all took first places in the Jr. Black Belt divisions.  Special thanks to Ron and Diane Cain for serving has head coordinators, and all our NBL friends who were in attendance to support the event.

Congratulations to White Viper and Peter Chase and Bridgid Chase for hosting a fun and organized competition.

Kumite Classic

The Kumite Classic is Pittsburgh’s most prestigious open martial arts championships featuring the very best in sport karate, grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Sign up for Karate or  Sign up for Grappling/BJJ

Action shots from the 2013 Kumite Classic – Pittsburgh, PA.  Billy Leader executes a double leg take down sweep in the traditional karate division at the tournament.  visit for more photos.

Maxim Hottie in the House

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Dessie Mitcheson was in the house at the 2013 Kumite Classic to judge to help crown Miss Kumite Classic at the Model Pittsburgh Pageant.  She holds the prestigious honor of being named to Maxim’s exclusive Hot 100 List!

Congrats to former Kumite Classic model champion Dessie Mitcheson for making the Maxim Hot Top 100 sexiest women in the world  Representing Pittsburgh worldwide!

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To see more beautiful women visit the Kumite Classic May 24-25th for our annual model search and model competitions.


Maurkice Pouncey

Meet and Greet autograph session with Pittsburgh Steeler Pro Bowl Maurkice Pouncey at the Kumite Classic Fitness Expo Saturday May 25th 2013 at the Monroeville Convention Center Noon-1pm

*all special guests are subject to change. We reserve the right to update this information.


Fight Gone Bad

Integrated Fitness ( will be hosting a CrossFit Style event. This event will push your body to the limit by testing your speed, your power, your endurance and your overall physical ability.  This style of training is used by some of the top professional athletes in the world including BJ Penn and other top MMA fighters. Come out and see if you’ve got what it takes!”

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Coordinator Josh Bobrowsky


Cute Kids Contest

Crowning Mr. and Ms “Lil Sport” 2013  

SIGN UP HERE (please bring this form with you to the event if it is past May 20th. You can register at the door.)

The cute baby contest is quite simply a show of team spirit; a chance to win prizes for being the youngest sports fans in Pittsburgh!  Divisions are created for newborns up to 6 year olds.  Bring your fans, as we will also crown a People’s Choice champion!

The rules are simple, show your team spirit and dress to impress with your favorite team or sport fashion. Props are allowed and creativity is encouraged.  Kids will do a walk through (with parents when neccessary) on the main stage in front of a panel of judges.  Time TBA on Saturday afternoon May 25th 2013 at the Monroeville Convention Center.  Registration will open shortly.

Looking for the cutest sports fans in Pittsburgh.

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