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About the author: Bill Viola Jr. is Amazon best-selling author and creator of the award-winning Sensei Says® life skills curriculum. He experienced the "Golden Era" of MMA firsthand as his father, Bill Sr., is credited as the co-creator of the sport of mixed martial arts in 1979. His book Godfathers of MMA inspired the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME film Tough Guys where he acted as a producer alongside an Academy Award accredited team. The Viola family owns and operates Allegheny Shotokan Karate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania now celebrating their 50-year anniversary (1969-2019). He is currently the President of Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp.

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MMA Pioneer Jack Bodell


Jack Bodell was contracted by CV Productions Inc. as a national MMA referee in 1979 and worked fights in New Kensington, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Philadelphia and Greensburg along side World Heavyweight Kickboxing champion Jacquet Bazemore.  Bodell was know around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the “Presidents Bodyguard” due to his position in the United States Secret Service (responsible to proteting President Jimmy Carter).  Bodell was the first black belt promoted by Bill Viola, the founder of Allegheny Shotokan Karate and co-creator of the sport of MMA.

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