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Westbury Karate Students Advance

The Westbury Recreation Department’s Okinawan Karate program, taught by Sensei John Power, had its formal testing and holiday party recently. Twenty students that met the attendance requirement and proficiency required to advance to the next belt level were tested. The following students advanced to the next belt level: 


Jr. GoDan Black belt—Black w/green stripe — Christina and Tyler Bonaparte


Jr. NiDan Black belt— Black w/yellow stripe — Davesh Valagolam


Jr. ShoDan Black belt — Black w/white stripe — Maxwell Brown


6th Kyu — Orange Belt — Kaylan Clarke and America Salgado


9th Kyu — Purple Belt — Desmon Turner, Joshue Aguilar, Shane Williams, Amahni Williams, Isabella Bianco, Jake Alexis, Chloe Levy, Alexis Castanedas, Abbigail Vargas, Elianah Aguilar and Jared Bonilla.


Sensei Power’s students from the “Yes We Can” Community Center were also tested:


9th Kyu — Purple Belt — Sobin Ouseph, Ashley Torres and Michelle Torres.


Following the test, the dojo had a party. Pizza and drinks were enjoyed by the students, friends and their families. Sensei Power had Black belts, Marcel Toussaint (4th Dan), Margaret VanGulden (3rd Dan), Tyler VanGulden (2nd Dan) and Greg Abram (2nd Dan), from his former dojo on hand to witness and assist with the testing. 


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 for the past 11 years. The Westbury dojo runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Black belt and beyond. The school accepts children age six through 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 516-333-8489 or