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Advancing in Taekwondo Again

Nyan goes to taekwondo class every Thursday evening. Every three months or so, they run a “grading” exercise where everyone shows off what they’ve learned and, if they do it well, they advance to the next level of training and get a new belt. 

The grading is on a Sunday morning in an old shopping mall, and usually attracts hundreds of kids, grouped by the dozens. We show up, Nyan gets his gear on, and the kids wait for the call to go in and do their routines, waiting outside the grading classroom, across an interior courtyard area from where the parents wait. The kids practice their moves and goof around a bit, as Daddy takes photos and videos from across the way.

Those pics and video are from the November 2019 grading exercise. A couple weeks later, we got the call from the studio: he passed! He gets a new belt! The new belt comes at a brief ceremony before his weekly class.

And here he is with all his classmates, in his new belt.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Parkour!

Most of the schools across Singapore were closed for a week or two in October 2019 — fall break — so there were plenty of day camps available to keep the kids occupied. We sent Nyan to one that was all about parkour — the urban sport where you basically run around and use city objects as part of a self-made obstacle course. He had a blast, and at the end of the week, parents were invited in to see a demonstration.

Not bad, eh? Here he is getting a certificate showing that he completed this particular level of parkour skills.

After that, they let the kids bounce and run around for a while. 

Not a bad way to spend a week!

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Taekwondo: Another New Belt!

Yep, Nyan’s still doing taekwondo. Yep, he still complains about it when it’s time to go to class — and then has a blast. And yep, he’s still extremely (and rightfully) proud of himself when he passes up to the next level. 

Here he is getting his blue belt in September 2019.

So yeah, we’ll keep at it.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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In the Pool and on the Pitch

A quick look at some outdoor fun in the month of August 2019.

Nyan still loves to be thrown in the pool:

Check out that somersault at the end of this toss!

And how about some indoor soccer on a rainy Saturday.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Another Trip to the Sports Store

Our neighborhood Decathlon, the sporting goods chain store, lets you try out pretty much all the equipment right there in the store. So whenever we stop by to pick up whatever, we always spend lots of time playing around, as we did in June. Check it out:

Messing around in the kayak:

Working on his dribbling:

Working on his free throws:

Bouncing: 

And finally, a little rock climbing!

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Taekwondo: an Update

Here’s a quick look at Nyan in his taekwondo and sparring classes in March and April 2019.

Lots of running:

And sparring too:

He complains a lot about going to class, but once he’s there, he always, always has the time of his life. So we keep at it.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The Soccer Tournament

Nyan’s weekly soccer club had a tournament of sorts back in March: three or four teams played each other, then had a sort of playoff to determine the winner. Nyan’s team didn’t win, but it was all in good fun, and they did have fun!

There was lots of strategizing…

and action.

Afterwards, there were medals and trophies and whatnot.

Finally, some poses. Including with Jayden, who came by to watch (and to come over afterwards for a sleepover!)

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Taekwondo, Continued

A quick look at Nyan’s taekwondo actions in February.

First and foremost, most importantly: a new belt! Blue-tip.

He continues to enjoy the sparring part of taekwondo lessons. It’s more than just hitting each other though. There’s a lot of running and push-ups too.

And finally, various poses in his uniform:

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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A Visit to Decathlon

Decathlon is a sporting-goods chain store. Wide range of stuff, decent quality overall, good prices. This year they opened up a new “lab” store where you can basically try out everything. We decided to make a little trip out of it.

The personal trampoline was a good workout:

The bouncy ball was a lot of fun:

He worked on his sit-ups: 

And on his hula-hooping:

He also spent a good deal of time working on his skateboarding skills. He has a ways to go, but he’s out there trying!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Uncle Jeff, Taekwondo and More

We got a visit from Uncle Jeff for a few days in January. Always good to see him.

(That one photo is Nyan measuring his height against Jeff, so we can compare the next time we see Jeff.)

Nyan continues his taekwondo, including sparring:

He had another grading session in late January, which — if he passed — would mean another level up.

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Did he make it? Tune in next time!

Finally, here’s a brief selection of some of the art and drawing that our boy got up to in January.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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