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Westbury Okinawa Karate Holds Annual Parent’s Night

On Monday, Feb. 28, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its Annual Parent’s Night. The parents of all the students were invited to come to the dojo and train with their sons or daughters.

Several fathers attended and participated in the program. Unfortunately, only the dads of the first class came to the dojo to train. Those that did come had some fun with their children and at the same time learned something about karate. They were taught the very basic moves of karate – such as stances, blocks, punches and kicks. They were also instructed in the importance of balance and body movement. After the warm-up, stretching and basics, their children in a couple of the basic forms or katas led them. The program wound up with Sensei John Power teaching them some self-defense techniques. All of the fathers seemed to have a fun time working with their children as a few of the mothers watched. In past years we had more of the mothers participate than dads. This year was different – they only wanted to observe.

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 yrs. 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