VERNON-The Vernon Police Athletic League building once again hosted this year's annual Vernon Valley Karate Academy "Police Athletic League Benefit Karate Tournament." On June 26, students from throughout the area met to demonstrate their martial arts skills. Ranging from four to 16 years old, 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. Sensei Shull, director of the tournament and owner of the Vernon Valley Karate Academy, commented that the league organization shares a common goal with Karate Academy. "We develop positive values in our students. It is exciting to witness young people competing together in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. We develop a positive self-image that promotes pride in our accomplishments and respect for one another." Each year 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 over $3000 for the league to help our local youngsters. Beginning in the fall, an introductory karate program will again be offered through the league. Anyone interested in participating can call the Vernon Valley Karate Academy at 973-764-3104.