Vero Beach Karate Association
Family Oriented Self-Defense and Life-Skills Centers • Established 1971 • Enriching Lives for 47 Years!
Great Children Don’t Just Happen!
The formation of children into confident, well-mannered, and successful young adults is a process that includes caring and supportive parents, inspiring teachers, wholesome enrichment activities, well-developed programs, and positive role models.
While the martial arts is the center of what we do at the Vero Beach Karate Association, we learned many years ago that it could also be a vehicle to enrich people's lives through character building and personal development activities. We have carefully developed a variety of worthwhile and fulfilling activities, and these "enrichment" activities distinguish VBKA from many other martial arts schools.
Student Excellence Award
Every three months a Student Excellence Award is presented to two outstanding students.
The selection is based on good grades, involvement in other school, community, or church activities, and the student's training spirit in class. The students are selected because they train hard, are dependable, and display good sportsmanship.
Each recipient receives a $100.00 prize, along with their name on a permanent plaque at the Main School. The Vero Beach Karate Association has given nearly $30,000.00 to worthy students.
The goal of the VBKA Leadership program is to help people -- young and old -- 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.
All students are encouraged to help newer or lower level students, and VBKA maintains a requirement that students must have 30 hours assisting an Instructor to qualify for Black Belt. This not only reinforces what they have learned, but also, in a larger way, helps them to become better leaders and givers.
Please visit the Camps Page for a closer look at the VBKA camps. Along with a concentrated opportunity for increased and intensified martial arts training, the camps include many enriching activities, such as ballroom dancing, dance etiquette, dating etiquette, table manners, telephone etiquette, and music and art enrichment activities. The VBKA approach is to provide a camp experience that is fun and uplifting, while also providing a foundation for developing young people into great adults.
The camps also provide a context for grooming teenagers to be great role models for other young people. The opportunity for teens to be trained as camp counselors and then experience a leadership role first hand, not only develops them as proficient martial artists, but also promotes growth in the all-important areas of responsibility and reliability.