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Westbury Okinawan Karate April Testing and Party

On April 27, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had a formal Testing and Reception Party. Twenty students who met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills required were tested. Additionally, four students who tested for Junior Blackbelt the previous day also received their belts.

The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:

Dragon Team (6-8-year-olds)

2nd Kyu: Brown Belt – Victor Perez
4th Kyu: Green Belt - Nazyer Jackson
5th Kyu: Blue Belt – Bryan Villafuerte and Aaron Vinsky
7th Kyu: Gold Belt w/stripe – Christina Bonaparte and Tyler


8th Kyu: Gold Belt - Claudia Perez and Alex Vinsky

Ninja Team (9-11-year-olds)

Junior Blackbelt: 2nd Dan – Viron Jones
Junior Blackbelt: 1st Dan – Matthew Libby and Dwayne


5th Kyu: Blue Belt – Sienna Richardson and Kiarra Richardson
8th Kyu: Gold Belt w/stripe – Gabrielle Brathwaite
9th Kyu: Purple Belt – Amilcar Bonilla, Bryceda Platero and

Ricardo Platero

Eagle Team (12 years old to adult)

Junior Black Belt: 1st Dan – Steven Alexander
3rd Kyu: Green Belt w/stripe - Giordan Walker
7th Kyu: Gold Belt w/stripe – Brandon Brathwaite

Following the test, the dojo had its traditional Party. Refreshments, pizza and snacks were enjoyed by all of the students and their families. Sensei Power also had blackbelts from other dojos on hand to witness and assist him with the testing.

The month of April marks the fifth 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 years to adult. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For additional information call Sensei Power at 333-8489 or visit