Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00
On Monday, Dec. 6, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had a formal testing and its holiday party. Fourteen students, that met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills that are required, were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
Dragon Team (6- to 9-year-olds)
3rd Kyu – Green Belt w/stripe – Christina Bonaparte and Tyler Bonaparte
5th Kyu – Blue Belt – Isabella Escorza
7th Kyu – Gold Belt w/stripe – Davesh Valagolam and Indraneel Reddy Vaka
9th Kyu – Purple Belt – Sebastian Kearse and Maxwell Brown
Ninja Team (10 to teen)
Jr. Blackbelt Sho Dan – Alvin Campos and Kiarra Richardson
2nd Kyu – Brown Belt – Nazyer Jackson
3rd Kyu – Green Belt w/stripe – Brandon Brathwaite
5th Kyu – Blue Belt – Gerber Claudio and Lidia Claudio
7th Kyu – Gold Belt w/stripe – Joseph Ferguson
Following Monday nights test, the dojo had its traditional reception party. Pizza, soda and snacks were enjoyed by all of the students and their families. Several high ranking Blackbelts from Sensei John’s previous dojo were on hand to assist in the testing.
This year marks the seventh anniversary of Westbury Okinawan Karate and its association with the Westbury Recreation Department. The program was started to bring a traditional Okinawan style of karate to the village. The program, coordinated by Sensei John Power 4th Dan runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Blackbelt and beyond.
The school accepts children 6 years of age up to adults. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9 p.m. For additional information call Sensei John Power at 333-8489 or check out the website at www.westburykarate.com.