On November 4-10th, 2017 Karate competitors from around the globe met in Orlando, FL for the 2017 WKC World Karate Championships. Representatives from each country were required to qualify in their respective countries to represent their national teams. Luis C. Vera, D.C., Associate Professor at Palmer’s Florida Campus attended the WKC U.S. Nationals in Detroit, Michigan and earned 2 gold medals and 2 US titles in the Black Belt Kata Divisions and the very prestigious position of being placed on the selective U.S. National Karate Team. As a member of the U.S. National Karate Team he then attended the 2017 WKC World championships and earned a gold medal and the honorable World Championship Title.

Dr. Vera, a 2003 graduate of New York Chiropractic College also won the Grandchampion award at the 2017 International Martial Arts Festival which was held at Walt Disney World and his performance was televised live on ESPN. As a result of his accomplishments he is the current World WKC Kata Karate Champion, 3x US National Champion, 5x Regional Champion, 8x State Champion and a 2x Hall of Fame Inductee. He also currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in Goju Ryu Karate. Congratulations to Dr. Vera for earning the U.S. gold medal at the World Championships and for all his success.