The Andover Townsman
---- — Kyle and Sean Vumbaco recently earned their Jr. Black Belts from The Self-Defense Institute in Tewksbury.
The achievement, which enters them in the National Black Belt Club, encompasses outstanding martial arts skills, academic excellence and community service contributions.
The boys began karate lessons in kindergarten and have trained many years for their Jr. Black Belts, attending classes twice a week as well as special Black Belt workshops. They also perform on the Self-Defense Institute’s Team TSDI, which showcases karate/self-defense skills at fundraising and social events in the Tewksbury area.
The brothers are the sons of Beth and John Vumbaco. Kyle is in the eighth grade and Sean in the sixth grade at Wood Hill Middle School.