Vernon Valley Karate holds Vernon Day demonstration

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  • Nickolaus Hefner shows off his trophy.



Students from throughout the area met at Maple Grange Park to demonstrate their martial arts skills during Vernon Day on Sunday, June 8.

The Vernon PAL once again hosted this year’s annual Vernon Valley Karate Academy “PAL Benefit Karate Tournament”.

Ranging in age between 4 and 13, participants competed in three different karate disciplines: Kata, the performance of prearranged karate techniques; Kumite, sparring between two students where points are awarded for effective and controlled punches and kicks; and Kobudo, arrangements of fighting moves using traditional Okinawan weapons.

“Each year we meet to give all of our students an opportunity to demonstrate both their developing skills and their exemplary sportsmanship," said Sensei Thomas Shull, director of the Tournament and owner of the Vernon Valley Karate Academy. "It is gratifying to witness such displays of friendship and mutual respect. Karate strives to bring out the very best in a person. Discipline, confidence and politeness are the qualities that stand out as the competitors exhibit their expertise.”

Yearly, the Vernon Valley Karate Academy works hard to raise funds to benefit the local Police Athletic League. This year the school, along with the continued support of many local businesses and residents, was able to generate more than $2,000 to help the PAL to help our local youngsters.

During the summer and then again throughout the school year an introductory karate program will be offered through the PAL. Anyone interested in participating, contact the Vernon Valley Karate Academy at 973-764-3104.

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