“Sensei” Bill Viola Jr. is a bestselling author, film producer, and creator of CommonSensei ® life skills Black Belt in Life ® book series and Sensei Says® curriculum. He is a world renown martial arts promoter, champion and karate instructor. MMA historian
Sensei Says is an award winning martial arts and education curriculum.
Being a SENSEI isn’t for everyone, but everyone needs a Sensei -Bill Viola Jr.
My Sensei gave me the greatest gift he could give someone, he believed in me. This is a concept I have dedicated my life to sharing with the world. Sensei Says ® is life skills curriculum that promotes character based education. The program was created by Sensei Bill Viola Jr. Sensei is an award-winning author and motivational speaker. #senseisays
Sensei Bill Viola Jr. aka Common Sensei and Founder of Sensei Says
Bill Viola Jr. is a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania based author, producer, and Master Martial Arts instructor. He is the president and founder of Kumite Classic Entertainment Inc. and operates Allegheny Shotokan “Viola” Karate, 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.
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
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