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Karate Tournament at Westbury Sports Center

On Nov. 27, the Westbury Okinawan Karate School, which is part of the Westbury Recreation Department programs, held their annual November karate tournament. The karate tournament was held at the Westbury Village Phipps Sports Center at 346 Post Ave. Sixteen boys and girls from the Westbury dojo participated in the kata tournament for the audience of family, friends and other visitors who attended.

All of Westbury’s students took home trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective divisions. Those from the Westbury dojo that competed in the event were:

1st Place Trophies

Christina Bonaparte, Tyler Bonaparte, Billy Sargent, Alex Monereau and Natalie Escorza

2nd Place Trophies

Kiarra Richardson, Alexandre Petion, Alan Garcia, James Alexandro, Isabella Escorza and Genessis Acosta.

3rd Place Trophies

Alvin Campos, Alannah Frazier, Jaidyn Williams and Thomas Reardon

Several senior black belts, associates of Sensei Power, were on hand and acted as Judges for the event. They are Marcel Toussaint, 4th Dan; Gus Villatoro, 3rd Dan; and Brian Robert, 3rd Dan. Also on hand and acting as Scorekeeper was Aniello Discala, 1st Dan. Aniello also assists Sensei Power at the Westbury dojo regularly.

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 School 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 evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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