Thursday, June 30, 2011


This is my new bracelet that I picked up at Wal-Mart this week.  Isn't it pretty?  I think so too!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pan Am Games in Regina

This past weekend, Jaren participated in the first Pan American Martial Arts Games in Regina, SK.  This event was put on by the World Martial Arts Games Association and it was by far the biggest tournament that we have ever been in!  Jaren was super excited to be there and the day started with Opening Ceremonies where each province marched in with their flag (accompanied by tons of cheering, of course).  We were then addressed by some of the people who organized the tournament, including the WMAG President.  Following that, we were able to watch a super cool chinese (I think) dragon dance ( I will post more pics later - Lindsey has our other camera on  his golf trip). 

Pictured above is Jaren getting ready for the competition on Saturday.  First he did his kata.  He did pretty well at it - I am pretty sure he got fourth (they show their scores, but anything below 1st, 2nd, 3rd, they don't announce).  Next came his favourite event - point sparring.  He fought really well and won his first match.  His next match was going pretty well, then when they threw in the towel (that is what they do when the 2 min is up), the fighters were tied for points.  UGH!  That means first point wins.  Unfortunately, Jaren did not get the first point!  So, on to match #3.  Guess, what?  Same thing happened again!  This time, Jaren was ahead for a bit, but when the time was up, they were tied - and again, he did not get that first point in.  This led to one very sad boy.  He loves point sparring and so wanted to get a medal in it.  This really seemed to affect his confidence in weapons sparring, but he was able to pull off a BRONZE in that category!  Hooray Jaren!

Here is the tough fighter sporting his medal.  We had a good chat after the events and he realized that it isn't all about winning.  He went in and fought some really awesome competition - you had to get 1st or 2nd in a qualifying tournament in order to get into the Pan Am Games - and he improved his fighting skills tons!  All in all, it was a great experience!  We are SO proud of you JAREN!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Three more sleeps

Three more sleeps until we leave for the Pan Am games.  Jaren is super excited.  He keeps telling people that he might be on TV.  So cute!  Wish us luck and send us positive - "assertive fighting" vibes!