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Westbury Okinawa Karate August Testing And Party

Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal August Testing and Pizza Party on Monday, Aug. 27. Fourteen students who met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:

Jr. YanDan Blackbelt – Black with blue stripe – Kiarra Richardson

Jr. SanDan Blackbelt – Black with orange stripe – Alvin Campos

Jr. NiDan Blackbelt – Black with yellow stripe – Christina and Tyler Bonaparte

4th Kyu – Green Belt – Maxwell Brown

6th Kyu – Orange Belt – James Alexandro and Billy Sargent

7th Kyu - Gold Belt with stripe – Natalie Escorza and Alex Monereau

8th Kyu – Gold Belt – Davide Scalese, Christian Castro, Gabby Destra and Haziel Richardson

9th Kyu – Purple Belt – Julian Pearson

Following the test, the dojo had its pizza party reception. Sensei John Power had blackbelts from his former dojo on hand to witness and assist 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 John Power 4th Dan is in its ninth year. The Westbury dojo 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 evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For additional information call Sensei John Power at 333-8489 or check out the website at