What a fun weekend, following a busy week. We’ve enjoyed watching the two oldest boys and their mom perform at their Tae Kwon-do graduation ceremony. They were so proud of their accomplishments. Way to go mom for keeping up with the boys! We now have three orange belts in the house and they can’t wait to move to the next one.
What a fun weekend, following a busy week. We've enjoyed watching the two oldest boys and their mom perform at their Tae Kwon-do graduation ceremony. They were so proud of their accomplishments. Way to go mom for keeping up with the boys! We now have three orange belts in the house and they can't wait to move to the next one.
Martial arts are good for for teaching discipline, structure, and character, not forgetting other values such as self-control, balance, and much more. We're hoping that this investment in their lives will make them better leaders in the future.
Master Kang's Tae Kwon-Do Graduation Class
Mirabelle enjoying the show in the background.
The backstage team cheering for team Adunagow as they perform for their Tae Kwon-Do graduation ceremony. Way to go!
The Broken Arrow Soccer Club (BASC) Fall Season came to an end last week-end, concluded with the Fall Tournament, in which both Nick and Ethan participated. What an amazing season it’s been. They can’t wait for the Spring season to start so that they can play again.
The Broken Arrow Soccer Club (BASC) Fall Season came to an end last week-end, concluded with the Fall Tournament, in which both Nick and Ethan participated. What an amazing season it's been. They can't wait for the Spring season to start so that they can play again.
Nick's team (Andromeda FC) finished fourth in their league and came third in the Fall tournament. Not bad for a new team (first season). They played very well together and had demonstrated some amazing talents. I hope they all come back next season in the same team and continue to grow together as players.
I do want to see Nick play midfield next season though, although he performed very well as a center back defender and captain of the team. He has a good vision on seeing who's open and where to pass the ball. I really enjoyed watching this team play ball.
Ethan's team (WildFire FC) finished tied as No.1 team in their league and lost in the semi-final in the Fall tournament. Another new team that performed very well. It was actually fun watching them get better every week! I believe if they stay together next season, they will win the tournament as well. Ethan played forward right and performed very well. Such a talented guy!
This team had some amazing first time players, especially the center defender Trenton and forward striker Eli. Last, but not least, the goalkeeper Michael was amazing. Overall, I really want to see them all back next season together again; it will be unbelievable.
Now, I hope to get time to go through all these videos and photos that I've captured on their first soccer season; such great memories will last forever.
Soccer has come a long way in the United States. I remember when I first moved to the United States, living in Philadelphia, PA. I couldn’t find a park with a soccer field, or kids playing soccer in the street. American Football and Baseball were dominating all kids gathering and I knew nothing about both sports.
Soccer has come a long way in the United States. I remember when I first moved to the United States, living in Philadelphia, PA. I couldn't find a park with a soccer field, or kids playing soccer on the street. American Football and Baseball were dominating all kids gathering and I knew nothing about both sports.
Luckily, when I left Philly for Florida to attend school, I was able to get back to my favorite sport. Attending an international university such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University had exactly what I needed; fellow football lovers from all across the globe. I was quickly drawn into intramural teams and joined the all African Black Starz team, which was made of African students attending the school.
We competed against teams from the middle east, Asia, Europe, and South America; I have to say, we were pretty successful at the game. I strongly believe football is for Africa lol.
In my senior year, I had multiple opportunities to actually join soccer leagues. One chance was in Miami, Florida and the other was in Los Angeles during my internship with B/E Aerospace, Inc. I resisted the urge to drop out of college on my last year and decided to focus on getting my degree instead. I strongly believe I could have been successful on either life paths (as a soccer player or an Aerospace Engineer). I chose the later and I'm grateful for it.
To close the loop, one of my dream goal is to coach a youth soccer team in the future. In the meantime, I enjoy playing the game with coworkers every week and teaching my kids how to play.
I have to say I've seen the evolution of soccer since I first moved in the States in 1996. I believe credits are due to the Women's National Team. They've been increasingly playing at a higher level every year and their successes have brought many supporters in the US Soccer program. The Men's team also contributed a lot, but never really maintained the fire as the women's team. One thing that I've learned from living in the States, we, Americans, love to win and be on top. The USWNT have been able to provide just that for Soccer. I believe they are still ranked as the number one team in the world.
I personally find myself drawn into watching their game more often then the Men's national team. I hope that Hope Solo will return! She's the best goalkeeper in my books and I strongly believe the federation made a mistake on banning her from the USWNT.
Since my kids decided to dress up as superheroes for this Halloween, I thought that I will give them the proper venue since they looked so awesome all dressed up. Amazing kids; my little #superheroes..
Things you will do for your kids. They got me playing soccer in winter under the snow. Luckily, it wasn't as cold as it seemed. Lots of fun.
I've been contemplating the idea of becoming a coach as my boys are getting older and are still sticking with soccer as their main sport. We practice together any time we get a chance, but I would like to dedicate some time to teach them the core basics. Should they continue with this, I will probably have them join a competitive team and see how they handle it. Right now, it's more for exercise and fun time.
Nick and Ethan
Last year, both Nicholas and Ethan played on a small church league competition and they both enjoyed it so much that they wanted to do it again this year. There are so many leagues where we live; it's hard to pick. But, the main thing is all about making sure that we can accommodate driving them back and forth to practice and to all the other activities that they will have to participate on. Should they join a team, I will make sure to update their progress here online.
In the meantime, maybe I will make a section in this webpage for some practice videos? Stay tuned...
I’ve been following this music duo artists for a while and they are quite impressive. There is no doubt that Africa is full of very talented people; and Music and dancing are just a few talents that are just printed in our DNA.
I've been following this music duo artists for a while and they are quite impressive. There is no doubt that Africa is full of very talented people; and Music and dancing are just a few talents that are stitched in our DNA.
Arts in general is one of our keen domain. Whether it comes to paintings, drawings, music, dancing, and other form of artistic works, we have talented people that can fill the spot. We may not have the latest technology in place yet, but we have great concepts. Recent works are getting done much better than five years ago: better video clips, movies, and even news reporting. With more African publishers investing in better technology, and with the availability of affordable consumer products as well, we are seeing a positive trends when it comes to quality.
Next step to tackle should be "piracy." Combating piracy will help the producers to actually invest their profits into better equipment; which will drive more sales and expand the market even to non-African communities. I'm still waiting to see Nollywood movies into the western market streams, a jump Bollywood has been able to breach.