Vero Beach Karate Association - Testimonials


Dear Vero Beach Karate Association,


Thank you. Thank you, not only for the scholarship, but for everything that you have taught me over the past twelve years. Thank you for the lifelong friendships that you have allowed me to make through the summer camp programs. Thank you for following my growth inside and outside of the karate school. Finally, thank you for teaching me how to be a well-rounded young man.


It is very rare to find a place as unique as the Vero Beach Karate Association. It is a place where people not only learn self-defense, but where they learn valuable life lessons that will stick with them forever. It is a place where people come together year after year as a family in order to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association or for the Scholarship Fund. It is a place that invests in the lives of young people and rewards them for their hard work, not just within the karate school but also, for the work that is done in the community and classroom.


To Mr. Willis, thank you for creating this wonderful place that continually and positively affects the lives of the children in the program, inspiring them with hopes and dreams of achieving their black belt. It is truly an honor to have been a part of this amazing program throughout the years, and I am so thankful for everything that this program has done for me.



Richard Brown

From left to right: Lindsay Alexander, Kyle Arango, Richard Brown, Evan Norconk, and Sammi Howard

Dear Mr. Willis and Mrs. Watkins,


Thank you so much for such a generous scholarship and also for everything that you both have done for me throughout my childhood. You two are truly amazing people and have touched the lives of many young adults like me. Here is a picture of some of your scholarship recipients at our prom last weekend. I thought I would share because we took this picture just for you all.



Lindsay Alexander

Vero Beach Karate Association has displayed a unique method in martial arts training that students are able to receive in various levels from several disciplines: Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Tai Chi. The knowledge gained from the instructors results in discipline, respect, and honor toward others. I have observed from several years of instruction that the values the students receive are immeasurable and beyond one's expectations. Vero Beach Karate Association is a home to us, and it is as valuable as an accomplished school or church.


Douglas  Stubblefield


My Experience at Vero Beach Karate Association


There is so much that I can say about Vero Beach Karate Association. No matter what age, there is something for everyone. My grandson and I joined 2 years ago, and now my daughter and granddaughter have joined.


We all love and enjoy it so much. You not only learn a valuable skill, but you make friends and get a good workout to stay in shape. At almost 60 years old (Yes, you are never too old to start!) it has improved my health more then I can say. My granddaughter is 4 and enjoys it so much.


The adult class is so much fun. It is run by Mrs. Watkins who is a great instructor and who also makes the class enjoyable and sometimes very entertaining! All of the instructors are very knowledgeable and very willing to help.


Another thing I love about the school is that the teaching is well rounded. You not only learn Karate but also, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, weapons and Tai Chi. There is also a cardio kickboxing class you can take. There is something for everyone.


Paul Storms

VBKA has been a wonderful place for my children to learn and grow.


The patience and self-discipline they have learned through this program are fundamental in every area of their lives. Tremendous values and moral character are integrated in their instruction. These values and character have transferred into keeping them grounded and focused and have been of extreme benefit as they have grown.


There is no other program of instruction we have ever been involved in that has had such a great, positive impact in their lives. The true care and concern from the instructors and other students are rare and precious "gifts" that will be treasured as they continue their journey with VBKA.


Stacy Kurutz

Dear Mr. Wesley,


I want to apologize for not taking the time out of my day to thank you for teaching my son the skills that he has learned over the years at VBKA. This organization has made such an influential difference in my son's life. My son has reached a milestone: He has a black belt in Karate and Jui-Jitsu, and this, in my opinion, is an impressive achievement.  I also wanted to give special thanks to Mr. Willis and Mrs. Watkins, who, over the years, have helped my son grow, not only in his martial arts skills but in becoming a fine respectful young man. Your school has a wonderful program for all ages, and most importantly for children during the most influential years of their lives.


This endeavor started years ago when my wife was attending the St. Helen's Mardi Gras dinner. We were going through the items being offered for private auction, and we came across your offering for karate lessons. It was for either 3 or 6 months, which you had so kindly donated to the school. I could not take my eyes off of it, and I just had to get this for my son. This is what we had been searching for to aid my son in his fears and his cautious behavior. My wife and I had tried so many different things to help him overcome his fears and did not know where to turn. However, it seems the answer in aiding my son had found us, instead of us finding it.


You may not know that when Carl was little, he broke his femur bone. Ever since, he has been fearful of getting hurt by playing sports. When he did try and success ensued, he would consider it luck. He just could not build the self-esteem that he was lacking. However, when his attempts failed, Carl was overcome by frustration. When he was around 3 to 4 years old, we tried everything: baseball, basketball, riding a bike, and just playing football with other kids in the neighborhood. We thought he would grow out of it. So you can see it means everything to Carl, and to us, that your school is not just about learning to fight or self-defense. You teach your students to give of themselves, care for others, be thoughtful, set goals, give 100% of oneself, and never quit trying and learning. VBKA teaches as much about life skills as it does about the different disciplines.


Carl Sciara


Vero Beach Karate Association

1946 Wilbur Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960

(772) 567-9899 •

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