Sports!

Happy New Years Eve!! I am so excited for this year to be in the books and I am looking forward to what adventures will happen in 2021.

Over the past few months we’ve had the joy of learning about different sports from around the world. I know we’ve only scratched the surface but here are sports from Canada, Mexico and China. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Ice Hockey

This sport is extremely popular in Canada not only professionally but also in pick up games with adults and kids just playing for fun. I don’t know a lot about hockey myself, I’ve been to two pro games in Pittsburgh to see the Penguin’s play. It was really exciting to watch but hard to follow if you don’t know the game. Luckily for us YouTube is here to help!

Before COVID my husband and I were planning on signing Martin up for a couple different sports camps last summer to give him a taste of different types of sports. We are both big into the arts and we have exposed him to all sorts of music, art, dance and theater without even trying, it just happens naturally. With sports we have to be intentional- so I thought this was a great way to introduce him to a new sport!

Unfortunately, we don’t own any hockey equipment… but that didn’t stop us! I explained how the game worked and we set up his soccer net, each took a sword, and went to town!

You heard me, a sword *face palm*

The closest thing we had to a hockey stick was a foam and plastic sword, instead of a puck we used a tennis ball and his soccer net. Ingenuity at it’s finest!

We had a lot of fun playing this bizarre version and for me it was a good reminder that we don’t always have to spend money to do new fun things!

Soccer

The most popular sport in Mexico is football or soccer as we call it in America. They have a deep love of historically significant sports like Charreria which inspired American rodeos. The country is also large enough that there are popular sports in different regions, like in the north they love baseball. But in the end regardless of where you are in Mexico fútbol is extremely popular.

Sometimes when learning about a new country we don’t have to buy or learn something from scratch. Instead we can learn something new about something we already know and love. Martin has a net and soccer ball that we’ve spent many a day playing with outside over the summer. Thankfully the weather was still warm and we were able to go out and play soccer as a family!

Kung Fu

Martin received a very simplified introduction to the ancient art of kung fu or gong fu. Much like we experienced when we learned about Karate during Japan week, it started with a silly (albeit effective) work out. This time? Kung Fu penguins…. yes penguins.

He enjoyed learning about it and if it wasn’t for COVID we would have taken a trial class at one of our local martial arts schools- I think he would really enjoy Kung Fu.

There are some amazing movies out there to expose kids and adults to more kung fu- sadly Martin’s not quite old enough yet.

For kids there is the Kung Fu Panda series.

And for those who are much older there are many movies staring Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li or Donnie Yen just to name 4. My husband discovered “IP Man” on Netflix last year and encouraged me sit and watch the first one and I absolutely loved it. It was visually beautiful and the kung fu was amazing to watch.

The actor who plays IP Man is Donnie Yen he also played Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One the Star Wars movie in 2016. I love me some Rogue One, and Chirrut was one of my favorite characters. So I was excited to see this actor in another style movie and I was not disappointed!

If you haven’t seen a kung fu movie before, you owe it to yourself to make some popcorn, snuggle under a blanket and get ready to read some subtitles- because let’s be honest, the best kung fu movies are made in China.

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