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Okinawan Karate Holds December Testing, Holiday Party

Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal December testing and holiday last month. Sixteen students that met the attendance requirement and proficiency of the skills that were required were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:

Jr. SanDan Black belt – Black with orange stripe – Christina and Tyler Bonaparte

Jr. NiDan Black belt – Black with yellow stripe – Brandon Brathwaite

2nd Kyu – Brown belt – Davesh Volagolam

3rd Kyu – Green belt with stripe – Maxwell Brown

5th Kyu – Blue belt – Billy Sargent

6th Kyu – Orange belt – Natalie Escorza and Alex Monereau

7th Kyu – Gold belt with stripe – Davide Scalese, Gabby Destra and Haziel Richardson

8th Kyu – Gold belt – Julian Pearson and Tyler Horsford

9th Kyu – Purple belt – Princess Capellan, Precious Capellan, Devin Powell and Kaylan Clarke

Following the test, the dojo had its holiday party reception. The students and their families enjoyed pizza and drinks and some goodies were given out.

Sensei John Power conducted the testing and he was assisted by Black belts from his former dojo – Marcel Toussaint 4th Dan and Aniello Discala 1st Dan.

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 4th Dan is in its ninth year. The Westbury dojo runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Black belt and beyond. The school accepts children 6 years old up to adults. 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 John Power at (516) 333-8489 or check out the website at