Wayne Nguyen is one of the major players in Texas Sport Karate. He has evolved his entrepreneurial endeavors to become major components of several organizations. Wayne has gained years of experience producing karate tournaments and high end martial arts shows in the last two decades. The TKO organization has become one of the biggest Texas karate organizations. It is only eclipsed by the five decades old Texas AOK sport karate group. The Ocean Nationals is one of three tournaments produced by Wayne Nguyen every year. The Ocean Nationals is rated by the AOK and the TKO. It is a signature component to current Texas Sport Karate. This September 17th 2011 Ocean Nationals was once again held at the prestigious San Luis Convention Center.
As could be expected this event was well attended by top schools in east Texas and Louisiana with the best competitors from around the region in attendance. Over 500 competitors and 1000 spectators crammed into the main convention hall of the San Luis Convention Center. Dewey Sutton coordinated the event with help from Texas AOK officials. This one day event was able to run over 150 divisions in record time. Surf Board style first place trophies were an added attraction for all competitors who placed in the top places for their divisions.
Starting off the event at 9AM was the specialty and weapons divisions for juniors and adults. An army of under black belt juniors and adults swarmed the competition floor to compete. In black belt 12 to 17 years old specialty/weapons the amazing David Tate was first out of a large crowed. The 11 and under black belt champion was Sebastion Pedroza. Adult black belt specialty/weapons champions were Johnnie Murphy- adult weapons and executive specialty, adult specialty-Alfredo Bustamonte. The self-defense champion was once again and undefeated this year, Courtney Allen.
Black belt kata divisions were much larger than last year with few divisions having low turnout. Alfredo Bustamonte, the new sheriff on the block in adult forms won adult men kata and adult traditional kata. Donnie Lee was first in black belt soft style kata. Other men’s black belt kata champions were Larry Fields-men’s executive and Johnnie Murphy-senior executive men’s kata. Women’s black belt champions were Connie DeLeon-adult women and Sheryl Quick-senior women.
The junior kata divisions in both black belt and under black belt represented the bulk of all kata divisions. The black belt junior champions were Sebastion Pedroza- boys 10 to 11, Daniella Conway- girls 10 to 11, Connor Gillam-boys 12 to 13,Maritza Gaeta-girls 12 to 13, Spencer Goins-boys 14 to 15, Jordyn Craighead- girls 14 to 15, Prudencio Duron-boys 14 to 15 and Samantha Garcia-girls 16 to 17 kata.
Junior black belt and under black belt fighters filled the competition floor with some of the divisions exceeding twenty competitors. All being said the junior point sparring divisions were completed in record time. Few arbitrations and an overwhelming polite group of competitors helped expedite most divisions. The black belt junior point sparring champions were Makai Duport-boys 10 to 11, Kaitlyn Armstrong-girls 10 to 11, Sam Stewart-boys 12 to 13, Martiza Gaeta-girls 12 to 13, Anthony Robert-boys 14 to 15, Prudencio Duron-boys 16 to 17 and Jordyn Craighead-girls 16 to 17 point sparring.
Adult point fighters followed up all junior and adult kata divisions. The adult black belt point sparring divisions were the last to run. Black belt men’s division champions were Jason Holmes-men’s light weight, Gerret Lee-men’s Heavy weight, Tony Mosley executive men’s light weight, Dave Patterson-executive men’s heavy weight and Barry Benton-senior executive men’s. The black belt women’s champions were Connie Deleon-women’s fly weight, Ashley Wood-women’s light weight and Sheryl Quick-women’s executive point sparring champion.
After a series of large under black belt kata grand championships the adult forms grand’s were ran. The adult black belt kata champion was Alfredo Bustamonte and after a series of hard fights Tony Mosley of Houston won the men’s point sparring grand championship. Once again Wayne Nguyen pulled off another first class event and this one was one of his best.