2022 CRESCENT CITY KUMITE
We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to attend our 12th Annual Martial Arts Tournament. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the 12th Crescent City Kumite, will be held Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Fritchie Park Gymnasium (905 W Howze Beach Blvd in Slidell, La) hosted by Save One Now, Inc & XS Martial Arts Dojo. Viewing is open to the general public with admission prices varying based on age ($8-$10 each). This year’s competition will host a myriad of guests, most prominent among them is Hollywood actor and director: Michael Jai White. Mr. White is an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in eight different styles: Shotokan, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms).
The events are generally divided by age with another division based on general belt rank: black belt, advanced, and underbelt. Each group has a variety of different events such as sparring, performing with traditional weapons, and performing traditional coordinated forms in which they can demonstrate their skills, creativity, and endurance.
XS MAD Celebrates 20 Years
XS Martial Arts dojo is celebrating 20 years of changing the lives of many (young and otherwise). XS MAD’s focus is discipline. Our moniker is” Where Discipline is #1! Sensei Horne says: “Martial Arts is not all about kicking and punching, but discipline. Beyond being physically fit and performing well, there is an expectation of discipline and respect as well as responsibility.” As a martial arts family we believe in “a family that kicks together sticks together.” This became evident during the pandemic. XS MAD kept holding classes except we did so on Zoom and with the help of our staff and many of our black belt students.
Sensei Jason B. Horne is also celebrating 31 years of his own career in karate. He started in 1991 at the age of 15. During this time he has competed in countless tournaments, and he became famous as he entered the Karate Hall of Fame in ___. He recalled that the earlier days of karate were much different compared to the modern platform. Protective padding was nearly non-existent and many of the participants at that time were adults. The demographic changed over the years with the release of the Karate Kid and Cobra Kai which have sparked a new surge of younger students.
We would like to thank our parents, students, competitors, and sponsors. It is our intent to uphold the highest standards to ensure a fair, safe, organized and exciting event. We hope to take this opportunity for a friendly competition from a wide variety of schools. All men, women and children training in invited schools are welcome to compete in this event. Proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Save One Now, Inc., which helps at-risk/disadvantaged youth to gain access to martial arts. We are excited to be hosting this great event and look forward to your participation. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.xsmad.com.