Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Video clips from the First East Africa Jump Rope Competition and Workshop, featuring 36 of the best jumpers from Tanzania and Kenya. On Day 3 of the workshop, each region was given two hours to develop a performance for the staff and other children. Here are some of the highlights.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
The competition yesterday was great. Today, we just finished day one of the three day workshop. The kids won't stop jumping, many going nine hours today. And all the kids - from six cities in two countries - have tightly bonded: jumping, teaching and relaxing together. I wish I had time to tell you more. It's just going to have to wait until I can post some pictures. More to come...
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tomorrow is the First East Africa Jump Rope Competition and Workshop, hosted by Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. Peter Nestler, Dennis and Amy Canady, Colleen McCary, Courtney McBroom and James Evans have all arrived over the last few days. Sandile Ntombela, Manager of the South Africa National Rope Skipping Program is here with World Champion Sibusiso Mabele.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
The First East African Jump Rope Competition and Workshop will be held from July 2nd-July 5th at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. Children from Tanzania and Kenya will compete on July 2nd, then take part in a 3-day workshop staffed by national and world-champion jumpers from South Africa and the U.S. Stay tuned for updates, pictures, and videos!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
First day back in Nairobi. Walked onto a soccer field to see 50 kids, from all over Kibera, who showed up early on a Saturday morning to jump rope. The trainers here are running sessions six days a week, with regular attendance from the entire group. It took me about 15 minutes to stop smiling.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Just finished a visit to Morogoro, stopped in Dar for the day, and heading to Iringa tomorrow. Can Frida break the East African 30 second speed record of 64? Count on it. Check back soon for new pictures and updates.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Three days into teaching in Dar es Salaam. In addition to the T.J., E.K., Inverse T.J., E.B. T.J., Sideswing Quad, and Toad to Frog, Amisi is doing skills I've never shown him before. He's figuring out how the rope moves, how skills link from one to the next. Athumani has taught so many of the younger kids in Dar.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Green fighters - 100
The new issue of Sotokoto ( ソトコト ) Magazine just arrived in Ohio. Sotokoto is a lifestyle magazine for the urban dweller of Japan, and focuses on health, environmental, educational and social issues. The special May edition outlines the work of 100 "Green Fighters." I am honored to be among them.
It is an awesome group. Featured green fighters include Paul Watson and the entire Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose mission it is to protect the whales, porpoises, seals and other sea life of the oceans through direct action and intervention (see cover at left).
Among the green fighters for Africa are Feliciano dos Santos, who has dedicated his life and his music to campaigning for better public health through clean water and adequate sanitation in Mozambique; Eveline Aendekerk, managing director of dance4life, which advances skills for survival and AIDS/HIV awareness across Africa; Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, founder of Conservation through Public Health, which seeks to prevent spread of disease between human and gorilla populations in Uganda; and Muuewa Chikanba, founder of Zambikes, inexpensive locally made bikes in Zambia.
Other global greenfighters include an ecologist promoting the understanding of biodiversity through the popular media, women who advocate environmentally friendly environmental publications, local food businesses which connect students and the elderly, the publisher of a journal for the full-figured woman advancing in the business world, and social entrepreneurs who bring clean safe water to remote villages.
Many who have risen to the top of the world of government and business are among the "Green Fighters 100" for 2010, through their commitment to humanity and the environment. I noticed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet and Jeff Skoll, former president of eBay, and founder of the Skoll Foundation.
I feel honored to be part of this group.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The single rope speed record for East Africa, which has stood at 60 for the past month, has been broken. Last Saturday, 11-year old Constance from Kibera reached a score of 64 right-footed jumps in 30 seconds. That's 128 total jumps. With a licorice rope. With one mistake. At the end of a 3 hour training session.
I leave for Moshi today. It's been an amazing month here in Kibera, and I wish I could stay longer, but I'm excited to see all of the kids from Mkombozi, Amani, and Tunahaki. I'll spend the next three days in Moshi, return to Nairobi, then head to Mombasa for a few days. Check back for videos soon!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Amisi is a jump rope student in the Dogodogo Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. When I returned to Dar after my first visit in January, 2009, I started to wonder if there was anything Amisi and Athumani could't do with practice. Not only had they mastered the skills I taught them during my first visit, but they had created new combinations, and taught the basic skills to other kids at the Centre.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Special thanks to Will Futch and Greg Sronce for all of their help the past couple of weeks in Kibera. They took many excellent photos and helped teach many of the kids here. some of his photos here:
Photos from Kibera
They both left Monday afternoon for Dubai. Asante sana, marafiki!See
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I just finished up at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa. It was great watching the kids progress during my time there. Many of them have put together some really nice crossing combinations, a few can do the pushup, and some have mastered complex wraps and rope releases. A small group of residential students are now training during their 6 a.m. exercise sessions.
One of the Academy students shattered the 30-second speed record set in Tanzania. It now stands at 60, making him the fastest speed jumper in East Africa. He's 9 years old.
I arrived in Nairobi last night, where I will be teaching with Carolina for Kibera (CFK). CFK was founded by Salim Mohamed, the late Tabitha Festo, and Rye Barcott, an MBA from Harvard. Here is a video of Rye with staff members in Kibera that will give you an idea of the challenges faced.
Thank you for all of your continued support. It means so much to these kids.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Six very good friends of mine are competing for the title of America's Best Dance Crew on MTV. Saltare (Latin for "jump") is comprised of team members Lee Reisig, Brittany Fortier, Lisa Brown, Billy Jackson, Chaz Robinson, and Tyler Perez. Read more about Saltare here:
These are some of the top jumpers from the U.S., and they will do a great job representing the sport in a new arena of competition. Tune in each Thursday at 10 PM ET/PT. Congratulations, and good luck!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
After a few short stops in Tanzania (Tanga, Morogoro, and Dar es Salaam), I headed to the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa for my first round of teaching in Kenya.
A teacher conference was held here in last weekend. Teachers flew in from around the world, including the United States, Switzerland, Zambia, and Qatar. One teacher uploaded this video earlier in the week:
Here is what he said: "This was an informal demonstration given by Michael Fry on January 29, 2010, at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, for a group of teachers attending a workshop there. Michael is spending the year in Tanzania and Kenya promoting jump-roping as a competitive sport. Here he explains what it involves and his hopes for the future development of the sport, and demonstrates some of the skills involved. For more information about his project go to: http://www.oneworldonerope.org/. "
There is some serious talent here. Look for more updates soon.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
The New York Times has a great feature, "Documenting the Decade." Among the many wonderful photos from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009, is a picture of the kids of Ummu Salama learning to jump rope.
You can see many great pics in the Times photo essay, starting from the link above, or: Here!