milk before meat.

29 03 2011

I teach 2 breakdance classes:
Beginner.
Intermediate.

The beginner class is filled with young kids. I think most of them are under 10-11. Don’t let their age fool you though, they know how to get down. A couple guys learned this the hard way tonight.

I had 2 teenage guys show up for the Beginner class tonight. They don’t have any experience in bboying. Their mom brought them in couple minute after class, but both boys were adamant they were too good for the kids class. Haha

Have a look at one of my five year-old students, Jewelz.

10 minutes after the 2 teens watched class through the window outside the door opened and the two teens suddenly felt like they might actually need to take the Beginner class after all.

This has happened several times over the past few years. I laugh because I know they NEED the beginner class. I know they are so wrong to assume they can skip the foundation. It’s funny to me because I know I’ve done this exact same thing multiple times in my own life.

In fact, I still do it. I tell Leah all the time I don’t need her help with the “easy” stuff. I’ll just figure it out. I’m always wrong. I need all the help I can get. But there is something about pride that always seems to trick us into thinking we are better than we really are.

We all need the foundation laid first, then we can advance.
“must receive milk because they cannot bear meat…” (D&C 19:22)

? Have you ever tried skipping ahead a few steps and then found out you were totally lost because you didn’t start at the beginning?





i’m a little peeved.

9 03 2011

I went to practice at BYU last night with a couple of the kids I teach. Every Tuesday from 8:30-10:00 the BYU Breakdance Club meets.

I have participated in the club in one way or another since 2002 (minus the 2 years I spent on my mission). The club has been the focus of some negative attention from BYUSA the group that oversees all of the club activity on campus.

During my first year back from my mission (2005) the club hosted an incredible event. It was a breakdance battle held in the BYU Wilkinson Center. There was a terrific turnout – lots of spectators as well as the best bboys in the state.

That was the last event we were allowed to throw.

Fast forward several years when I helped Chris Sullivan run the club and I planned out another event. I took the plan to Adrian, the man who oversees BYUSA on the faculty side. I told him we wanted to invite nationally recognized crews to the event and that we were confident we could produce an event that would be both entertaining, fun and financially beneficial.
One of his first questions was, “what will these guys look like?
I told him that there would be guys with tattoos, beards, long hair and possibly piercings.


I didn’t get to say much more about the event.
He said the only way we could throw the event was if we could guarantee that everyone who showed up would look like a BYU student.
He said, “what would the alumni think if they saw people who looked like that on this campus?

By then my patience had pretty much gone and I asked him about the athletic program or about devotional speakers that are invited.

At the time we had athletes with tattoos and we obviously have athletes from across the country who are not forced to remove piercings, cover tattoos, cut hair or shave beards. In fact I remember during that semester, we actually had a devotional speaker who had a beard.

Adrian said that athletics generates there own revenue so we shouldn’t worry about them.

One of the main tenants of our church is to: “proclaim the gospel”.
“And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world…” (D&C 1:18)

I LOVE BYU.
In fact I love it so much I spent 5 years getting my undergraduate degree. Haha
I have written 3 posts recently about how great BYU was for the integrity they have shown with the Brandon Davies situation.
The school has done so much good and is filled with great individuals. doing the best they can.

I think that is why I am a little peeved.
I don’t understand why Adrian was so negative.
Last night the club president, Shunta, announced that only BYU students/alumni could come. BYUSA sent Shunta a letter stating that they were receiving complaints about the dress/grooming of people attending the club.
Everything I felt in my meeting with Adrian came back when I heard that.

Breakdancing can be used as a missionary tool. I know that the interaction between LDS and non-LDS at the club meetings has been positive. Everyone has benefitted form the things they have learned from each other. It’s sad that they want to take away the opportunity for some of the local bboys to come to the campus and feel the great spirit there.

Whew. Ok, I’ve vented. I feel better.
The new rules don’t really affect me anyways, I’m alumni. Haha
I’ve already had the chance to learn from the guys who can’t come anymore…
Too bad others won’t get that chance.

? Thoughts on the new rule?





proud parent.

26 02 2011

I’m not a parent, but I feel like a proud parent right now.

Tonight, GroundHounds Crew threw a battle for all of the kids in the area. It was a battle for kids who don’t normally battle.

I somehow convinced seven of my kids to go up.
They were pretty nervous and hesitant to do it.

I remember my first battle.
I thought I was going to pee my pants.

Out of the 7 kids, 6 of them made it past the preliminary round!

There was over 20 kids who competed.

Keyko, one of my older students, actually won the whole thing.

Oh wow.
Watching every single one of those kids made me feel like a proud parent.
I know that they were the ones who practiced and worked hard to learn the different moves, but it was incredible to feel connected to them.

I have to admit, the youngest kid who went actually stole the show!
Jewelz KILLED it! You’ve gotta see this girl dance, she is adorable and is SO close to being able to do full-on headspins!
What a kid!

Yeah, I feel like one of those parents who gushes over how talented their kid is. I don’t even care! These kids are so talented, they deserve the credit and praise!

Can you imagine how Heavenly Father feels when he sees us succeed?

It has to be the ultimate in parental pride!
“And that he created man, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them…” (D&C 20:18)

? Are you a proud parent?





it happened.

2 12 2010

Missionaries come home with some of the craziest stories.
My favorites are usually the “I crapped my pants” stories.

Pretty much every elder who serves in South America has one of those…. But this isn’t something reserved for just the foreign missionaries.

My brother served in Nebraska and he’s got some good stories.

I never had that problem on my mission. The worst thing that happened to me was food poisoning. (I threw up right in front of a little girl and her mom.) I always wondered how anyone could ever be in a situation where they simply couldn’t make it to the bathroom.

I no longer wonder.

I must have eaten something bad (no, it wasn’t Leah’s cooking). It was a reheated burrito from awhile ago.

Well, let’s just say it didn’t sit so well. In fact I had a close call just sitting here on the couch.

Then I left to go judge a bboy competition.
Right as I pulled up to the venue….

Boom.
It was simply beyond control.

“and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency…” (1 Corinthians 7:5)

I turned the car around – headed back home.
But then came the awkward struggle to decide how to handle the cleanup. A variety of thoughts came to mind, but I finally decided on:

taking my shoes off and rolling my pants up like capris to help avoid any spillage.
So, I trudged through the snow in socks and capris and opened the door and headed straight to the shower.

Anyways, I made it back to the jam…. still feeling not so good, but able to judge. It was a fun night with some good battles – but the craziest battle of the night was the one I had with my bowels…

I lost.
Obviously.

Maybe next time I should try these.

? Any good stories out there?

 

 





awkward haircut.

20 11 2010

I like long hair. I’d like to grow my hair out but it’s just not going to fly here in the business world.

However, I’m not a huge fan of getting haircuts.
I’m mostly tired of every girl who cuts my hair making some kind of comment about the state of my scalp.

hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30)

I’ve been to Fantastic Sam’s – and I’m now on my fourth girl.

Yes.
I wake up with some fairly large chunks of skin floating around in my hair each morning after practice.
Yes.
I know it disgusts you.
Yes.
I know you think it must be some kind of illness.

It’s called bboy dandruff.

I need a barber who understands this condition and who will cut without judgement.

? Anyone know a good barber?

 





sore loser.

18 11 2010

I am a sore loser.
Fact.

Obviously no one likes to lose – but I don’t handle it well, especially if I feel slighted.

Tonight UVU’s Best Dance Crew Competition.
8 crews entered.

We took 4th.

Oh man.
We should’ve taken second.

I say second because the crew that won was legit. I loved them. In fact I teach one of them. They were amazing. Congratulations to them!

BUT – the 2 crews that beat us.
WTF?!?!

They didn’t.

In fact the one judge with real dance experience ranked us second but got outvoted by the others.
Weak.

I’m pissed.
So pissed.

“inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward….” (D&C 58:28)
Wrong.

We did good and got no reward.
Haha

Give me one hour to try and learn the routines of the people we lost to and give them an hour to try and learn the things we did tonight.

Sometimes I think bboys don’t get the credit they deserve for the difficulty of the moves…

Ok, I’m good now.
I just had to vent somewhere.
Looks like it’s time to get back to practicing….

? How do you handle losing?





grown-ups.

13 11 2010

I watched the movie Grown-Ups last night.
(Leah had a girls night which means I got to watch a dumb comedy with Adam Sandler and his friends)

Overall, the move should’ve been better. They’ve got a lot of big name comedians so it could’ve been a lot funnier. But I still enjoyed it. (That’s not saying much though, I enjoy practically every movie I watch)

Grown-Ups is about a group of really close friends who grow up and go live separate lives and are brought back together to attend the funeral for their mentor.

Despite years of being apart pursuing very different lives, nothing changed.
When they were brought back together it was as if they were still 14.

Tonight I battled with the crew at the Federation Battle in SLC.
I thought about how we have all had periods of time where we have been away from each other – yet when we get back together, nothing has changed.

They’re family in every way but blood.

I thought about the movie as I drove home tonight.
We’re that group.
We are all pursuing different things in life and some of us live in different states and even countries – but one thing will never change.
The close friendship we share.

“Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord…” (Alma 17:2)

Twenty years from now I hope to be able to have the same experience as Alma.

? Have you guys seen Grown-Ups?








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