Keith Vitali began his martial arts career at the University Of South Carolina in 1971 and it only took two years for Mr. Vitali to earn his 1st degree Black Belt. Keith began competing in regional tournaments then moved on to major events throughout the United States, then the world. Before he was done, Keith was named World Karate Champion one time, and US National Karate Point Champion 3 consecutive years. (1978-1980) Keith is considered one of the 10 Best Fighters of all time according to Black Belt Magazine and was inducted into the Black Belt Hall Of Fame in 1981. Keith was also inducted into Officials Karate's Legion of Honor and as a “Centurion” in Joe Corley's Battle of Atlanta. Keith has appeared on 14 covers of national martial arts magazines.
Keith Vitali also became a successful author of instructional karate books. His first book, "Beginning Karate", sold over 30,000 copies in it's first run and is currently used as a textbook at the University Of South Carolina. He has gone on to write "Intermediate karate" and "Advanced Karate" for Contemporary Books as well as "Winning Tournament Karate" for Unique Publications. His new kid’s illustrated book, “Victor Stops the School Bully” will be released in the fall of 2006 nationwide.
Keith Vitali began his career in films as a featured player in "Force Five" and then landed the role in "Revenge of the Ninja" for cannon films which became an instant hit. Next, Keith co-starred with the famous Jackie Chan in "Wheels On meals" for Golden Harvest. Keith went on to star in Seasonal Film's No Retreat, No Surrender, 3" and then starred in "American Kickboxer 1" for Distant Horizons. Keith starred as the villain in Seasonal's "Superfights" as well as working as the Associate Producer. Keith Co-Produced another Seasonal production entitled, "Bloodmoon,” starring Gary Daniels. Keith Produced "Your Money Or Your Life" for Strandberg Productions and starred in “The Cut Off” for Screen Action Productions.
Keith Vitali made national Headlines with his video production company, K.V. Video Productions. Keith's first video, Self Defense For Kids was an instant hit and made headlines across the country with articles running in major newspapers such as: The USA Today, the Gannett chain, the Atlanta Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Post, just to name a few. Because of the success of the video and his self-defense background, Mr. Vitali appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show as a guest expert on kid's safety. Keith’s current kid’s safety video, “Stop the Bully” will be ready for release in the fall of 2006.
The Keith Vitali KIDS Foundation (Kid’s Individual Development and Safety) is an anti-bullying prevention program founded by Keith that reaches out in a proactive way to promote safety, health, education and welfare of children.