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The very best in Martial Arts training for the Irwin, North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County area.  Home of the only NBL Champions in the Pittsburgh region!
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Allegheny Shotokan Karate (ASK) was established in 1969 by Shihan William Viola.  ASK has a rich tradition serving Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for over 40 years.  The club is a pillar of the community, noted as the oldest and most established school in the area. Owner and founder, Shihan Viola is an internationally renown coach & instructor with experience you can trust!

Contact us for a FREE lesson, absolutely no obligation and see first hand why our "Award Winning Classes" are recognized nationwide.  ASK is Western Pennsylvania's choice for World Class Martial Arts training!  
History of our name: 
The name “Allegheny” represents the location of our first school in Turtle Creek (Allegheny County) opened in the late 1960’s.  “Shotokan,” is the base style of Japanese Karate we study and teach.  Shotokan Karate offers a positive outlet for students to study a traditional Martial Art based on discipline and respect. The school now resides in (Irwin) North Huntingdon (Westmoreland County) Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.  Learn more about Shotokan.  

1969-2009 Celebrating our 40 year Anniversary!  
Shihan, William Viola Sr., 
President & Founder Allegheny Shotokan Karate Inc.  Established-1969

William Viola is a Master of The Martial Arts with over 45 years  experience. As a 7th degree black belt, he is considered a pioneer of karate on the East Coast and recognized internationally for his promotions and advancement of the art and sport.

Shihan Viola began his training in Shotokan under the JKA (Japan Karate Association) in the early 1960's. Shihan Viola was also promoted by Grandmaster Robert Trias (United States Karate Association) and Grandmaster George Anderson. (United States of America Karate Federation).   

*Viola is documented as one of the "true" originators of modern day Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) having produced MMA shows in the 1970's years before groups such as UFC or Pride became popular. He also trained & coached champion mixed martial artists, boxers, and full contact kick boxers for championship bouts.


*Inducted into USA Karate Hall of Fame- Canton, Ohio
*Honored as 2003 Man of the Year, Lifetime Achievement-USA Karate Federation
*Official Member of Who’s Who in the Martial Arts
*Awared Lifetime Achievement-Kumite International Hall of Fame Recipient
*Promoter:  USA Karate Federation Junior Olympics,1992
Member of United States of America Olympic Committee


As a family man, Shihan Viola has had the opportunity to teach all of his five children in the art of karate.  Bill Viola Jr, Addie Viola, Jacque Viola, Alison Viola, and Joce Viola.  All five childern have acevd their black belts and gone on to win state and national karate titles.  Viola is also a retired Science Teacher from the East Allegheny School district. 
Sensei Bill Viola Jr.,  Head Instructor 
Sensei Viola. is a 4th degree black belt with over 27 years martial arts experience. He is the most successful sport karate champion in Pennsylvania Karate Rating Association history winning an unprecedented (record setting) 8-consecutive State Titles (1992-1999).  He is a internationally renown fitness promoter credited with producing The Kumite Classic (as seen on ESPN).  He is the editor and publisher of Kumite Quarterly Magazine and founder The Kumite International, a scholarship organization.  As a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and The American Federation of Television and Radio (AFTRA) He has made numerous guest appearances for television, film, and radio.  His experience includes appearances on networks such as MTV, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, UPN, WB, USA, and ESPN



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