First, I just want to say “wow” finally after almost 2 years a big impressive martial arts sport karate extravaganza happened in Texas. This was the first big Texas event I have attended and competed at since 2019. Don’a Pettaway and Jason “J Dawg” Homes teamed up on this year’s May 29th Memorial Day monster tournament. The whole TKO/TNT organization was there in force. The folks at the airport Doubletree were freaking out cause of the massive crowd.
The final count of competitors alone was over 550 and along with the spectator’s staff and judges, there was hardly enough room to walk around in the main ballroom and hallways. The martial arts, Ju-Jitsu, Breaking, stick fighting and kickboxing divisions were well attended, and this made the variety of competition an amazing display of entertainment to behold.
Lately specific young adult age categories have been down but at the Jam All Nationals it was like the old NBL Nationals with the young adults coming out of the woodworks. Competitors and officials came from all over Texas, Louisiana, and from the west coast for a run at national level and world class competition. Many former NBL and NASKA sport karate world champions were competing. I was impressed with the well behaved and pleasant crowd in attendance.
I have been to every Jam All Nationals since its 1st 2009 major event and I won the 1st Jamal Hasan, Jam Ali Nationals of fame award so, I can honestly say this has been one of my favorite tournaments for the last decade. I also have a special connection with these producers since back in 2001 both promoters were members of my Team Focus. This massive event was a major tournament due to the hard work of Don’a, “j Dawg” Holmes, Wayne Nguyen and many judges and hardworking staff. In conclusion the event finalized at 9PM due to the many divisions offered.