Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00
In late December, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had a formal testing and its annual 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:
Jr. Black Belt-ShoDan – Black Belt w/white stripe – Christina Bonaparte and Tyler Bonaparte
2nd Kyu – Brown Belt - Isabella Escorza
4th Kyu – Green Belt - Davesh Valagolam
6th Kyu – Orange Belt – Maxwell Brown
9th Kyu – Purple Belt – Jaidyn Williams, Alan Garcia and Natalie Escorza
Jr. Black Belt San Dan - Kiarra Richardson
8th Kyu – Gold Belt – James Alexandro, Thomas Reardon, Billy Sargent and Joey DiMeo
9th Kyu – Purple Belt - Genessis Acosta
Following the test, the dojo had its traditional reception and holiday party. Pizza, soda and snacks were enjoyed by all of the students and their families. Sensei John Power also had a small raffle and distributed gifts to the students who attended. Several high-ranking Black Belts 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 Black Belt 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.