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Westbury Okinawan Karate Hosts LI Shidokan Association Tournament

On Nov. 22, the Long Island Shidokan Association conducted its third annual karate tournament at the Westbury Village Sports Center, 346 Post Avenue. The Long Island Shidokan Association, which is made up of the following three Long Island dojos – Westbury Okinawan Karate, Budokan Karate in Hicksville and Budokan of Little Neck – and over 60 students from these dojos competed against each other.

Male and female multilevel blackbelts to 4-year-old whitebelts competed before an audience of family, friends and other visitors, including Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who welcomed all of the participating students and wished them well, and Village Clerk Ted Blach. Additionally, the blackbelts of all three dojos acted as judges, as well as competed in the tournament and put on a Kata demonstration.

Many of Westbury’s students took home trophies for first, second and third place in their respective divisions, as did those who attained honorable mention accolades, including:

First Place

Wilber Claudio

Dexter Golbourne

Nazyer Jackson

Karthik Manta

Leslie Villafuerte

Second Place

Gregory Jarvis

Viron Jones

Melvin Whitehead

Bryan Villafuerte

Third Place

Christina Bonaparte

James Claudio

Isabella Escorza

Jael Ferguson

Matthew Libby

Kiarra Richardson

Honorable Mention

Greg Abram

Tyler Bonaparte

Gerber Claudio

Lidia Claudio

Joseph Ferguson

Joseph Mothersil

Victor Perez

Claudia Perez

Sienna Richardson

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 fifth year and the school runs a continuous program that eventually leads to blackbelt and beyond. Westbury Okinawan Karate School welcomes male and female students ages six years to adult. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Sensei John Power at 333-8489 or visit