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Testing and Party at Westbury Okinawan Karate

On Aug. 24, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, held a formal Testing and Reception Party. The following students met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills required to be tested and successfully passed to advance to the next belt level:

Dragon Team (6-8-year-olds)

1st  Kyu: Brown Belt w/Stripe – Victor Perez
4th  Kyu: Green Belt - Bryan Villafuerte
6th Kyu: Orange Belt – Christina Bonaparte and Tyler Bonaparte
7th Kyu: Gold Belt w/Stripe – Claudia Perez
9th Kyu: Purple Belt – Joseph Mothersil, Isabella Escorza and James Claudio
Ninja Team (9-11-year-olds)
4th Kyu: Green Belt – Sienna Richardson and Kiarra Richardson
8th Kyu: Gold Belt – Amilcar Bonilla
9th Kyu: Purple Belt – Jael Fergusan. Joseph Ferguson and Wilbur Claudio

Eagle Team (12 to adult)

6th Kyu: Orange Belt – Jonathan Cardoza

High-ranking Blackbelts from other local dojos were on hand to witness and assist Westbury Okinawan Karate Sensei John Power with the testing.  Following the test, the Westbury dojo held its traditional party featuring refreshments, pizza and snacks for students and their families.

This year 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 and coordinated by Sensei Power – 4th Dan, who runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Blackbelt and beyond. The school accepts children 6 years of age 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 call Sensei Power at 333-8489 or visit