Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal December Testing and Holiday Party on Dec. 15. At this time, 22 students who met the attendance requirement and proficiency of the skills that were required were tested. Additionally, four students tested for Junior Blackbelt on Dec. 13 received their belts at this time.
The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
Dragon Team (6 to 8-year-olds)
3rd Kyu: Green Belt w/stripe - Victor Perez
5th Kyu: Blue Belt - Nazyer Jackson
6th Kyu: Orange Belt - Bryan Villafuerte
8th Kyu: Gold Belt - Christina Bonaparte and Tyler Bonaparte
9th Kyu: Purple Belt - Claudia Perez and Manit Chugh
Jr Blackbelt: 2nd Dan - Quentin Abram
Jr. Blackbelt: 1st Dan - Jonathan Cox, Jennifer Pareja and Viron Jones
1st Kyu: Brown Belt w/stripe - Dwayne Depusoir
2nd Kyu: Brown Belt - Alvin Campos
3rd Kyu: Green Belt w/stripe - Jonathan Cox and Jennifer Pareja
6th Kyu: Orange Belt - Sienna Richardson and Kiarra Richardson
7th Kyu: Gold Belt w/stripe - Jonathan Cardoza
8th Kyu: Gold Belt - Gabrielle Brathwaite
1st Kyu: Brown Belt w/stripe - Steven Alexander
4th Kyu: Green Belt - Giordan Walker
8th Kyu: Gold Belt - Brandon Brathwaite
Following the test, the dojo had its annual holiday party. Refreshments, pizza and snacks were enjoyed by the students and their families and Santa Claus (a.k.a. Sensei John Power 4th Dan) raffled off several gifts for his students. Blackbelts from other dojos were on hand to witness and assist Power with the testing.
The Westbury Okinawan Karate School (dojo), has been working with the Westbury Recreation Department to bring a traditional Okinawan style of karate to the village. The program, coordinated by Sensei Power is wrapping up its fourth year. The Westbury dojo runs a continuous program that eventually leads to blackbelt and beyond. The school accepts children 6 years of age to adult. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
For additional information call Sensei Power at 333-8489 or visit www.westburykarate.com.