Ever since I can remember I’ve always had an interest in martial arts. I used to love watching Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but it wasn’t until I saw Blade with Wesley Snipes that I decided to pursue it. It was like martial arts with soul, and that’s how I wanted to be. After all my injuries from basketball I felt now was the time to start following my childhood passion.

I’ve been training with my teacher Master Sayed Qubadi for a little over a year now and loving it. I recently received my black belt in Hapkido, a form of martial arts derived from Korea. Perhaps after achieving this goal is when I felt it best to take my skills to the next level. No more safe haven sparring, I wanted to test my abilities in the real arena! I tried getting my dads opinion but he was too busy being a negative nelson so I decided to go straight to the source.

I figured my master would better understand my urge to compete competitively, if anyone would have my back it would be Master Sayed. Well to make a long and extremely embarrassing story short, he made a very persuasive argument and I decided not to do it. Looks like I’ll have a lot more time to focus on school and music now…awesome.

I’ve always tried to maintain a more serious outlook when it comes to health. Eating healthy and staying active has become an integral part of my daily regimen. I will admit I was more on the heavier side during my teen years, mainly due to my terrible excuse for knees. After both knee surgeries I took it upon myself to create a plan to prevent myself from getting any heavier. Today that plan consists of lifting weights, martial arts, and maintaining a healthy diet.

Staying on any regular workout plan is fairly difficult for my father. It’s not that he doesn’t want to do the work or is lazy but due to his constant traveling, he is never in one place long enough to perform any type of active routine. However, the rare times he has breaks, the gym is the first place you will find him. Same applies towards his eating habits, while at home he will stay true to a healthy diet. When he’s on the move, the amount of healthy food options becomes quite scarce. Anyone living the nomadic life will understand the difficulties which come with such a lifestyle.

Now lucky for us, our dad has had a little time off so we decided to make the best of it. We became concerned when our dad’s high blood pressure came to our attention. But instead of freaking out over it, we decided to solve the issue Adkins style. We went shopping and got ourselves some healthier food.  Paige called Chef Sam Bell to come cook for us, now that was a nice treat I must say. He showed us a way of making the meals we like while keeping them healthy, it was the craziest thing. He did come off a little aggressive at first but I guess it was only tough love. After that we had ourselves a nice family workout and just to be adventurous, we took a hip hop class. In the end my dad got his blood pressure down so yeah, mission accomplished. Oh and one more thing – I would just like to point out that I am not a strong dancer so I ask that everyone refrain from judging me off my performance if at all possible. You will have my deepest appreciation.  Thanks.