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Oscar Ties

Kumite Classic would like to congratulate Vanessa Campagna for her vocal work on the Academy Award winning “Inocente.” Campagna is a former talent showcase featured performer at the Kumite Classic and a great representitive of Pittsburgh making noise in the Entertainment Industry.

“Inocente,” won the Oscar for Best Documentary (short form).

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The City of Champions

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Team Kumite represents Pittsburgh Karate and Martial Arts nationwide at NBL National Black Belt League tournaments, competitions and championships. The team is based in Irwin / North Huntingdon, PA and coached by Bill Viola.

2013 Team Kumite NBL Schedule:

Tecumseh Conference:

Kumite Classic:  May 24-25th  Contact:  Bill Viola

North American Intl’s:  Sept.13-14 2013  Contact:  Connell Loveless

Spooktacular:  Oct.19th 2013  Contact:  Christine Fisher

Can-Am Conference: 

SMAC:  March 8-9th 2013   Contact:  Ron Cain

Grand Slam:  April 19-20th 2013   Contact:  Jeff Doss

Kumite Classic:  May 24-25th 2013   Contact:  Bill Viola

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Team Kumite is a Pittsburgh karate tradition.

NBL Player of the Year

Pittsburgh Martial Artist and Team Kumite Classic member Billy Leader receives the 2012 NBL Diamond Award Winner for Sport Karate “Player of the Year”

The 23rd Sport Karate World Games known internationally as the “Super Grands” was held 26th-31st in Buffalo New York. The tournament is sanctioned by the National Black Belt League (NBL) and Sport Karate International (SKIL) which are responsible for the largest sport karate ranking system and league for black belts in the world. The competition is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for martial arts with thousands of world class competitors representing North America, South America, and Europe each year at the Games. The competitor must compete at a series of regional and national events to earn a seed and qualify for the competition, a process similar to NCAA tournaments that is required to secure an invitation.


At the closing ceremonies of the World Games, the NBL Executive Office votes on a series of Hall of Fame categories that represent the entire league. For the first time in Pittsburgh history, a local resident was honored with the NBL Diamond “Player Award” The 21-year-old Billy Leader of North Huntingdon Township was inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame on December 31st 2012 and honored with this prestigious title. Leader’s coach Sensei Bill Viola Jr explains, “It is a special honor, an award for his entire body of work as a competitor. He was in contention with thousands of international competitors worldwide. This is huge, it puts Pittsburgh on the map when it comes to sport karate.” The Norwin Graduate and Penn State Junior has studied martial arts since he was three years old at the Allegheny Shotokan Karate School in atoledo Irwin, PA.
Allegheny Shotokan was founded in 1969 and since has produced more World Champions than any other school in the Pittsburgh region. They school as a rich tradition of representing Pennsylvania and the United States at the World Games dating back to the establishment of the league. Serving as captain of the Pittsburgh based all-star Team Kumite Classic, Leader defeated Andres Garcia of Guatemala (the reigning 6-time World Champion) in the Men’s Light Middleweight Continuous Sparring division en route to an appearance on the main stage for the finals. His brother, 19-year-old Dominic Leader, also advanced to the finals to face Hugo Mendoza of Mexico. Leader’s teammate also includes 20-year old Ali Viola who claimed her 4th continuous sparring World Title by defeating the top international competitors from Canada, Guatemala and Mexico in the finals. Viola had previously become the first female form Pittsburgh to win a World Title in 2006, 2008, and 2009 before winning the Adult title this year.
The Team Kumite Classic Roster also includes a trio of sisters; 14-year-old Bridget Chase, 13-year-old Hope Chase, 11-year old Bess Chase all of Imperial, PA and 17-year-old Connor Burns of North Huntingdon who was inactive due to a torn ACL two weeks prior to the tournament. All of the athletes compete in Black Belt Continuous Sparring, a hybrid of kickboxing which requires high levels of endurance and physical toughness.  Coach Viola was very proud of his team stating, “In all, we qualified six black belts who attended the World Games, and all six placed top three in the World. Its an incredible winning percentage, especially when you consider that our school is the only one in the Pittsburgh area to bring home a World Title. They are a special group of students and Billy [Leader] works harder than any other student I have ever had. Winning player of the year is well deserved.” Congrats Billy.

To see Billy or any of the Team Kumite members in action, mark your calendar for the 2013 Kumite Classic Karate Tournament in Pittsburgh at the Monroeville Convention Center May 24th-25th.

Kumite Classic NBL Sport Karate

The world’s best martial artists visit Pittsburgh! The Kumite Classic is the cities largest karate tournament.  The championship is proud to be apart of the NBL National Black Belt League Can-Am National Conference. The NBL is the worlds largest league of sport karate tournaments with a ranking system for black belts.  The 2013 schedule includes:

SMAC Internationals   March 8-9th      Ron & Diane Cain

Grand Slam Open         April 19-20th     Jeff Doss

Kumite Classic               May 24-25th      Bill Viola

Survivor                         July 26th-27th    Corky Sikes

 

Where are they now

Our former champions are include International Model Nick Bateman… the face of Virgin Mobile.  The Kumite Classic has a rich tradition of talent who have made the “Big Time.” From movies to international model campaigns former World Champion Martial Artist Nick Bateman has risen to be an industry leader.  Watch the Virgin Mobile commercial below.

2013 Kumite Classic Sport Karate

The 2013 Kumite Classic is set for Friday-Saturday May 24-25th 2013 at the Monroeville/Pittsburgh Convention Center. The Open Martial Arts and Sport Karate Tournament is Pittsburgh’s largest event of its kind with competition for point sparring, continuous sparring, traditional kata (separate Japanese, Korean, Chinese & Kenpo), open forms, traditional weapons, open weapons, self-defesne, breaking, team demo, grappling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and more . Vendor booth for the expo are available on a first come first serve basis. The Kumite Classic is part of the NBL National Black Belt League Can-Am National Conference, a qualifier for the Super Grands World Games. Visit www.kumiteclassic.com or contact Bill Viola 724-861-5162 for more details.

Western PA PAL

The Kumite Classic has a long partnership with the Western PA PAL Police Athletic League and it’s director Jimmy Cvetic. In 2012 Cvetic was honored for his dedication to the sport of boxing and providing a positive outlet for youth in the Pittsburgh Region.

Pictured Martial Arts Pioneer Bill Viola Sr., Boxing Promoter Jimmy Cvetic, Kumite Classic promoter Bill Viola Jr.

 

Model Search Winners

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Pittsburgh Model Search Winners at the 2012 Kumite Classic. Judged by international model and movie star Nick Bateman (Ontario, Canada) and national recording artist Ambtition (Pittsburgh, PA) Winners can be found in Physique 3D Magazine.

Male Division Chuck Mauceri

Female Division Stephanie Snyder

Chuck Mauceri: Solon, Ohio  
Former Kumite Classic Natural Body Building Overall Champion
Owner Mauceri Private Fitness llc (11 years)
Strength and Conditioning Coach Notre Dame College
Strength and Conditioning Coach Chanel High School
Strength and Conditioning Coach Brecksville High School
B.A. exercise science (fitness management, sports management)
He has been competing in bodybuilding for 9 years and is a proud father of two children.
His wife is a npc figure competitor
Stephanie Snyder: Pittsburgh, PA
Occupation: Student and fitness model
Stephanie is currently a full time student at La Roche College. As a senior she is finishing up her marketing degree and would love to get into Pharmaceutical Sales while pursuing a fitness career. She has always been athletic excelling in soccer and swimming. “I decided to join the modeling industry and from there on added in fitness! I love feeling healthy and great about my looks. I joined Team Bombshell and just began competing. I see where my hard where can take me and I will be dedicated through the ‘off season’. There is no such thing”