Vero Beach Karate Association

Family Oriented Self-Defense and Life-Skills Centers • Established 1971 • Enriching Lives for 50 Years!

Milestone Plaza, 2015 9th Street SW, Vero Beach, FL

(772) 567-9899 •

Welcome to the Vero Beach Karate Association 

Celebrating 50 Years! Now Under New Ownership.

Meet the new owners

Dr. Dennis Saver

VBKA, along with the entire Vero Beach community, joins in mourning the loss of one of our very own, 4th Degree Black Belt Dr. Dennis Saver. Dr. Saver joined our organization in 1991, about 6 months after two of his sons began training. This led to a joyful 30 years of a love for the Martial Arts. He took his first test in October of 1991 and his first Black Belt test in April of 1996. Early on in his training he began practicing Tai Chi with Mrs. Zeran. He saw the many health benefits of Tai Chi and continued his training to become a certified trainer in Tai Chi for Health and Rehabilitation. He posted flyers in his patient rooms about Tai Chi and didn’t miss a chance to encourage any of his patients to try a class. For the past 20 years he has donated his time helping Mrs. Zeran teach the VBKA Tai Chi program. A selfless giver, he was never too busy to share some jokes with our founder, Mr. Willis. 

In addition to his devotion to VBKA, he has volunteered in the Indian River County Medical Society "WE CARE" Indigent Care program since 1991and chaired the IRCMS Public Health and We Care Committee since its beginning. We are blessed to have known Dr. Saver and to have trained with him all these years.

Visit Dr. Saver’s Obituary:

Karate and Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Training

Classes for all ages:

  • TNT’s (Tiny Tots) - Age 5 - 6
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults & Seniors

At VBKA we teach two martial arts styles to all ages: Karate (forms, katas) and Jiu-Jitsu (self-defense). Judo and Weapons Training are also integral parts of the program (age-appropriate).

A Variety of Programs & Activities

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Vacation Camps

The Vero Beach Karate Association has been offering camps to young people for over fifteen years. The camp schedule follows the public school system, and camp sessions start as soon as school is out for the summer and end when school resumes. VBKA also provides holiday camps during the winter holiday season, as well as a spring break camp.

Fitness, Wellbeing, and Personal Development

Cardio-Karate (Aerobic Kickboxing) is a great way for busy adults who are not interested in earning a black belt to benefit from what the martial arts has to offer. They can dress comfortably and have a lot of fun getting in shape, plus they learn a great deal of self-defense. Participating in a Cardio-Karate program requires no previous martial arts experience.


Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi for Health is ideal for those who are not able to participate in strenuous workouts. This is truly a low impact exercise program that can invigorate your body with minimal risk of strain or injury. Tai Chi for Health is a program anyone can do. Each hour starts with slow exercise to build muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and improve breathing.

Leadership Program

The goal of the VBKA Leadership program is to help people become leaders. This program involves training beyond the regular martial arts curriculum and includes motivational and leadership skills training. This additional training helps develop people into leaders in their families, schools, churches, and in any field in which leadership skills are needed.

We’re dedicated to self-defense, fitness, and personal development for you and your family!

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Vero Beach Karate Association

Milestone Plaza, 2015 9th Street SW, Vero Beach, FL

(772) 567-9899 •

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