We are so thankful for the members of our families that served in the armed forces. Our US Military is awesome.
Ernest Mixon served in the US Army
Bill Merkel served in the US Air Force
Albert Zbendin served in the US Air Force
Thank you so much.
It was a busy day for us.
AMMA Karate was asked to participate in the Memorial Day festivities at the Abilene Bombers Arena Football half time show.
We started out the day with practice. Eighteen members participated in the show. Well that's to say "performed". That doesn't include all the behind the scenes people that helped. Someone has to set up, hold boards, bricks, bats and coconuts, take video and pictures, and clean up. We could not do this with out help.
Practice went great, but of course there were last minute changes. One thing about this team, they can work on the fly. Shihan is good about seeing things at the last minute that could make the show better. So our team is trained, from the littlest at 5 to the oldest at 52, to make changes just minutes before the show.
After practice, we had some lunch and rest time. Katie got Mattie bathed and hair washed so we didn't have to do it when we got home after the ball game. And Mattie wanted her hair curled so it had to be washed first.
We had to be back at the dojo for one last run through and to load everything in the trailer. Some day I'm going to remember to take a picture of the loaded trailer. You just can't imagine how much stuff it takes to do a 12 minute demo!!!
We got to watch the football game until about 12 minutes left in the second quarter, then the team had to head down to get ready.
Savanna, Mattie & Rayven getting ready!
It is always surprising to me how quickly a show goes.
Even practice seems slower than the actual event.
On the field ready to go!
Littles doing their thing!
Elbow done, ready for foot,
She is actually just going into her front roll!
Mattie and Rayven starting their self defense skit.
Really?! Those big kids are going to mess with these girls?!
OK! We're ready!
Take that big guys!
Really?! You want more?!
She had not done it in over a year and she did
Katie & Frank broke too,
I just couldn't get to that end of the field
to get a picture.
Don't remember the mascot's name.
Mattie and Rayven rockin' out to some Michael Jackson
Noah and Mattie enjoying a bird's eye view of the game.
We had a lot of fun at the game.
We even stayed until Mattie got tired even though it was a school night. There are , after all, only 3 1/2 days left!
So it was a busy, but memorable Memorial Day, and it reminds us, as always,
No matter what happens, what we are handed in this life,
Everything is going to be OK.
Until next time,