VBKA Student Recognition Corner

Congratulations to Richard van Zyl!

Father of Sammie van Zyl

He has successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa!

To the left you see a picture of his official certificate which was awarded
on July 10, 2009. Below are some pictures from the climb.


Kyle Arango - Top fundraiser for MDA

Kyle raised $650.00!!


The Vero Beach Karate Association thanks all who participated in this year's MDA fundraiser events!


Over the years VBKA has raised more than $140,000 for this worthy cause.

The picture to the right shows Kyle when he was the recipient of the Student Excellence Award

Congratulations to Liam Carroll!

Liam is a student at Imagine Schools in South Vero.

Liam's Science Fair Project, "Creating Limestone" placed First in the Earth and Space category at Imagine's School Science Fair, First Place at Imagine's Regional Science Fair, held at Florida Institute of Technology, and First Place at the Imagine and Charter Schools of Florida's State Science Fair.

Liam is a student here at VBKA, and attends Mr. Voyles 6:30 class.

Way to go Liam!!!!!


Dalton Hull, 2nd Degree Black Belt


Richard Brown, 2nd Degree Black Belt



Recipients of the VBKA Student Excellence Award

VBKA Annual Tournament  - March 2009

Congratulations Dalton and Richard!

James Moulton, 1st Degree Black Belt

James Moulton is a student At St. Edward's Middle School and is involved with some really neat technology projects.

Recentlly some students, James among them, participated in World Math Day, which placed them in competition with students from all over the world.  The results were staggering.  St. Edwards students answered 41,036 questions correctly!

The total time spent answering questions was 2132 minutes, or 35 hours, 32 minutes.

James Moulton top scored with 3,549 correct answers!

Samantha vanZyl, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Congratulations Sammie -- on writing the best book report ever on Karate-Do: My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi.

You have captured the essence of this required reading assignment!  You have skillfully discerned the connection between Funakoshi's way of life and the life-lessons he outlined in his book with your own life and the values you hold dear.  At the same time you have captured the essence of the Vero Beach Karate Association's Core Values: Self-Defense, Fitness, and Personal Development.

.... Mr. Willis, Head Instructor

Click here to read Sammie's book report.


Have you been recognized for an achievement that we should know about?  We'd like to feature your accomplishment in the VBKA Student Recognition Corner.

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Sammi Howard, Purple Belt

Sammi Howard, a 5th Grader at Osceola Magnet School (OMS), won 1st Place in the Chemisty Division of her school's Science Fair 2007. OMS is a Math/Science Magnet School, which creates more than average competition in the Science Fair.

Sammi was competing against 24 other students in the Chemistry Division. Sammi will go on to compete at the next level, the "Regional Science Fair," in February 2008.

Sammi's project, "The Big Chill," determined which kind of container material, glass, aluminum, or styrofoam, keeps liquid colder. The results of her five trials proved that syrofoam keeps liquid colder.

Ben, Drew, and Rob McCartney

The McCartney brothers attend Liberty Magnet Elementary School, and every morning before school they participate in their school's "Jogging Club."  Not only does this demonstrate the boys' enthusiasm for physical fitness, it also shows that they take their training at the karate school seriously too, because it underscores two of VBKA's Core Values: Fitness and Personal Development.

The Jogging Club starts at 8:15 a.m.  Participants are challenged to run 100 miles before the end of the school year. Four laps around the field equals one mile.  For every mile they run, they receive a plastic foot which they wear on a chain around their necks.

So far, Ben has 75 feet, Drew has 60 feet, and Rob has 50 feet.  Congratulations boys!  Please let us know when you reach your goal of 100 miles!

Megan Nixon: Karate-Do Book Report -- Excellent ....  Intuitive!

Megan is a 3rd Kyu Brown Belt and has been involved with VBKA for two years.  Currently Megan is enrolled at IRCC and is working toward her degree.  She and her sister Nicole worked as afternoon counselors for the VBKA Summer Camp leading campers in crafts and games, and they are both members of the Dance Demo Team.  In addition, Megan has been involved with the Theater Guild, and having a very lovely voice, she has performed in several musicals.

Recently Megan submitted her Karate-Do Book Report, and it is both excellently written and highly intuitive.

Karate-Do My Way of Life
By Megan Nixon

Since the fall of man, the human race has been striving to reach that state of perfection that we once had. The drive to be “good” is prevalent in every culture. The definitions of "good" change with the regions, but most of the basic moral values seem to permeate even the coldest of cultures. In this book, those values are prevalent on every page. Though the religion in this book is not one that I personally can commend, the virtues modeled in this book are ones worth practicing, no matter ones beliefs.  Read more....

Trevor Klutz Places First in the 2008 Fiddle Championship
Trevor Klultz is truly an amazing young man!  He's only 14 years old, but he has already earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt and is an accomplished musician. He recently won first place in the  2008 Yee Haw Junction Fiddle Championship.  Trevor plays five instruments: Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, and Violin/Fiddle.

Trevor is also a member of both the
VBKA Children's Demonstration Team and
the VBKA Dance Demonstration Team.

Sean Minix: Brown Belt (Main School)-- A great book report!

by Sean Minix

This book has meant so much to my life. Karate is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. Master Funakoshi lived to a very old age and still was in great health. It has helped me see how lucky I am. Master Funakoshi had to train for years before he mastered one kata. When he finally mastered the kata the only response from his master was “good”. For us it only takes three months to advance to the next level and we get a lot more input from our instructor. The compliments we get are “great”, “awesome” and “excellent”. Master Funakoshi had to train at night in secret in his instructor’s backyard because it was illegal to do karate. We don’t have to train in secret and we get to train at a nice dojo with great instructors at VBKA. But all of these facts made Master Funakoshi a better karate adept.

Karate is not just about cool techniques and defending yourself. It is about discipline, respect and honor. Discipline is having control when training, sparring or working with a partner. Respect is choosing not to boast about your karate ability but to appreciate that you can defend yourself if you need to. Honor is mastering the art of being a good and honest member of society. Master Funakoshi tells us a lot of stories to teach us about the true meaning of karate. My favorite story is when he entered a hand wrestling match and beat everyone.

Read more....

Marland Micket - Brown Belt (Sebastian School)

Marland Micket, a brown belt at the Sebastian School, recently won an important Math competition.  The competition was a team and individual competition for 4th and 5th graders in Indian River county.

Marland won the individual competition for all 4th graders.

Another neat thing about this is that his team coach was Mrs. Clements, Chelsea's mom.  Chelsea Clements is one of our 3rd Degree Black Belts and this year's National Champion at the 2008 US Open.

Marland's parents Bob and Alejandrina Micket are both Black Belts.

Pictured right:
Marland with team coach Mrs. Clements
and other team members.
Marland winning the VBHS math team sponsered Mighty MU math competition.
Lillian Marsiglia
Sebastian River High School
Named High School Student of the Month
Rotary Club of Orchid Island

Lillian is presently in training for her Black Belt, and is a member of the VBKA Children's Demonstration Team.  An excellent student, Lillian is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta, and the mathematics honor society. 

Lillian is in the International Baccalaureate program participating in Higher Level Mathematics.  She is also involved in her school's Parent, Teacher, Student Advisory Association, Art for All Club, the Superintendent's Student Advisiory Council and the school's tennis team.

After high school, Lillian hopes to attend the University of Florida and will major in mathematics and education.  Her long term goal is to be an elementary school teacher.

Kyle Arango, Brown Belt
Another great book report!

Karate-Do: My Way of Life
By Kyle Arango

I have enjoyed reading Karate-Do, My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi over the past couple of weeks. It has taught me a lot of things about karate and life. It has taught me what to do and what not to do in a situation.

I have also learned a couple of the Japanese words in the book, like the word Shoto which means sword hand. I remember one page has a lot of Japanese words on different types of kicks and punches. I have learned some of these techniques in class. It’s amazing how many words I have learned, and when I am in class and Mr. Voyles calls out a technique in Japanese, we all know what to do, even though we don’t speak Japanese.

My favorite chapter is One Life. It is a very sad chapter, but it also has a meaning. You only have one life and you should not waste it with drugs and alcohol. You should love and take care of your friends and family because like you, they only have one life. Life is too short to worry about the little things that bother you and complain about every small thing. You should just enjoy the life you have right now and the people that are in it. Material things shouldn’t mean so much; friends and family are what is important. I have a great family that supports me in everything I do. They also try to protect me from bad things. I also have great friends who watch out for me. I love coming to Karate Camp because it feels like a big family, where everyone looks out for you. It’s like having a bunch of brothers and sisters.

Above: Kyle Arango, along with
Lindsay Alexander, receive the
VBKA Student Excellence Award
Now as I told you earlier, Karate Do has taught me a lot of things. It has become my favorite book. I have also used it to help me with my homework. It has helped me in history because I have taught my teacher some Japanese words I have learned from the book. History is my favorite subject and my teacher is great. He has traveled all over the world, so it was cool that I was able to teach him a few things.

So as you can see, Karate Do has had an effect on my life, and I am sure I will read it again many times. I have learned a lot from it about his way of living and thinking. I have decided that when I die and go to heaven, he is someone I definitely want to meet.

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