Vero Beach Karate Association
Family Oriented Self-Defense and Life-Skills Centers • Established 1971 • Enriching Lives for 50 Years!
Celebrating 50 Years! Now Under New Ownership.
The Vero Beach Karate Association is celebrating 50 years of providing high quality martial arts training in Vero Beach and surrounding areas. We announce the continuation of our program with our new owners, Jason and Shannon Wesley.
Jason and Shannon began training at the Vero Beach Karate Association as children. After becoming black belts, they helped teach classes part time while in high school and college. After college, they both returned to Vero Beach and devoted additional time to teaching, while continuing their pursuit of higher black belt rank. Jason, a 5th Degree Black Belt, and Shannon, a 4th Degree Black Belt, have a combined total of 43 years of experience in the martial arts industry.
Jason graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Marketing and Information Systems Operation Management. Jason currently practices marketing for an insurance wholesaler. Shannon also graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration. After college, she managed events for the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce and is most recently pursuing a career in accounting.
Jason and Shannon met at the Vero Beach Karate Association and were married in 2015. They have two beautiful dogs, Belle and Thea, and are expecting a baby in Summer 2021. Jason and Shannon are both Vero Beach natives and are excited to continue Mr. Willis’s legacy in a town they love so much.
These are two capable individuals who spent most of their childhood, teens, and young-adult years immersed in the VBKA program, absorbing the core values of the organization, honing their martial arts skills directly under Mr. Willis, pursuing advanced Black Belt rank, earning their college degrees, and then sealing the journey through marriage. What could be more powerful? They are uniquely equipped to carry on my husband’s 50-year legacy!
… Mrs. Willis
My dad (Mr. Willis) began the formation of Vero Beach Karate Association in 1970, the same year I was born. I grew up with VBKA and feel great sentiment in celebrating 50 years in this transition of the organization to Jason and Shannon Wesley, two lifetime students and graduates of the VBKA program. With the passing of my father in November 2020, it is in honor of him and in gratitude that our family celebrates this next era of Vero Beach Karate Association!
… Cathy Willis De Schouwer