And yes, this mission has a number, the 1. We will continue our humanitarian adventure with other missions always beautiful and rich in emotions.
For this one, we can announce that the loop is buckled. Abdeer, the big winner of the draw has fulfilled his mission with honor and loyalty. Thank you for your good mood, Abdeer.
A little reminder of how everything had started.
The Skill Sharpening team had chosen an orphanage in Indonesia to sponsor, materially support, and bring food.
It has come to the idea of collecting pens and other school materials during Skill Sharpening weekends. For this, one of our sponsors in Riez (PROXI super), was particularly engaged in offering a suitcase and a large number of colored pencils (a big thank you again). This collected material will have to be forwarded from France to Indonesia by one of our members who will draw lots.
What better than to make this draw at the end of our annual challenge, the Thirsty Fox Race. So Elise (5 years old), faithful and very determined, had the honor to draw a winner from all the volunteers and participants of the race. This is where Abdeer was chosen. We made a commitment to offering him a trip (5 days) with a person of his choice so that this suitcase arrives at its destination. It is Mathieu, his faithful teammate in the team of firefighters of Digne Les Bains who joined him. A great man too.
Once the school year was over, our two friends could finally accomplish their mission, so in July 2019. A sports week waited for them, with the presentation of Skill Sharpening Singapore and his team of runners, a session of Self Defense and Crossfit, short enough to take the boat direction BATAM, in good shape (a little tired anyway, Lol).
The surprise is that Sebastien and Elise joined them in this mission, so it was a great team of Skill Sharpening who was represented, with of course Nicolas and Kookie but also Fabien who was able to collect a lot of games and clothes (thank you team).
We were received by the tutors of the orphanage and the thirty children, with an overflowing kindness. Elise was adopted immediately, the little girls were eager to play with her. The little boys took on the challenge of setting up a circuit and choosing a few clothes, in short, a dose of emotions and simplicity that touched us all. We have seen the rustic conditions in which these children live. There is little or no subsidy in the country.
Info: Skill Sharpening is creating an app that will collect donations, which will help collect material and food more regularly. A mission every 2 months will be set up. This is not a trip from France, do not exaggerate, Lol. It will be the Singapore team (Nico and Kookie) to organize the transfers (45 min by boat).
An extension of the building on the upper part had been started and never finished, so Skill Sharpening will do a collection to build this missing roof. We’ll explain that later.
We all went to a second orphanage a little further down the island, where the welcome was just as warm, with a demonstration of their traditional songs. Real musicians, it was a pure moment of exchange.
This is how the France team left by a night flight, with the feeling of a mission accomplished.
Congratulations to all, to those who gave their time, equipment, and ultimately, have helped to make some children happier.
Get ready, next year, we take care of the roof.
Nous avons accompagné Melissa (un membre de Skill Sharpening France) à travers une belle aventure.
Les « élections de Miss Prestige ».
C’est en ayant maquillé une des Miss de l’année dernière, que Melissa s’est faite remarquée. Apres le passage des pré-sélections pour la future représentante de la région PACA, Melissa reste toujours en piste et atteint la finale.
Un des critères pour ces Miss, est au-delà de la beauté, c’est de porter un message, ou bien par le biais de la représentation d’une association ou par l’expression de ses propres convictions.
Melissa s’est proposée de représenter notre association « Skill Sharpening », et en l’occurrence le fait que nous aidions un orphelinat chaque année.
Une ambassadrice est née.
Apres de nombreux messages de soutien, une délégation d’amis proches, de famille et de membre de l’association est finalement descendue à Cannes pour soutenir cette belle ambassadrice de Skill Sharpening.
Un show de 2h30, enchainant tenue d’élégance et plus légère, pour finir avec une robe de mariée.
Apres délibéré par un jury et comptabilité des votes parmi le public, notre Melissa a pu obtenir la quatrième écharpe, qui représente la plus populaire sur les réseaux sociaux.
C’est du coup une belle victoire pour nous tous.
Notre ambassadrice a dû faire face à quelque-chose à laquelle elle n’était pas habituée, faire face à un public, l’expression face à des centaines de personnes, bref un dépassement de soi auquel on la félicite très chaleureusement.
Bravo Melissa, 😊
“They will make you realize that all alone, we do not go very far.”
We wanted, by this type of obstacle, to put people in difficulty in relation to the height, before going to the upper stage which will be aerial (with harness). Everything in its time.
Before reaching an obstacle, you must always:
1. Listen to specific safety instructions from the instructor
2. Observe the environment of the obstacle
3. Organize and give orders for the team
In any case, you will not be asked to jump, so do not take shortcuts, they can be detrimental.
In everyday life, this will teach you to always take the time to observe, analyze and finally make a decision about a situation. In this case, it could be likened to:
– Passage in the mountains
– Passage through rubble of a building destroyed by an earthquake
– Work at height
– Intervene as a rescue team in a hilly environment, …
This could not be achieved without the efforts and sweat of many of us and in particular Francis R, Fergal K, Dylan M, Yann L, Laurent and Tom B and Sebastien.
To all, you deserve a good holiday, a big thank you and especially for your good mood throughout these days.
“Two editions already. The third will be held during the Skill Sharpening weekend of October 6 and 7, 2018, in RIEZ (04500) “. It will promise, our little ones will have to prepare well because it will be bigger.
We wanted, through this type of course, to challenge our kids in relation to the height, the sense of balance and test their agility.
This type of course, which can vary from 150m to 1km (depending on the event location), allows the child to desensitise compared to the confined space, the hostile environment (spider and other insects), the height, discomfort. But above all, learn to listen and follow simple instructions, or techniques of passing obstacles.
It is important to reward an effort, so we attribute to the kids who have completed the course, a basic certif-icate of aging, official.
These small obstacles, rustic for the whole, were assembled using the natural environment as much as pos-sible. Yann L, Dylan M, Francis R, Tom and Laurent B and Sébastien had a big role in their realisation and disassembly, thanks to the strong guys. Thanks to Giselle C, Françoise R and Valérie B for their logistical support and good mood.
Congratulations go back to Sebastien’s daughter Elise R, who follows him on all fronts, facing the weather and testing each obstacle before validation. Bravo little fox, you assure.
And nothing like a family picnic for the occasion 😊
Skill Sharpening recently started the Charity program at Batam Island in Indonesia.
There is more than 45 orphanage houses in Batam!
Big thanks to everyone one who did the hair test every 5$ per test has been donated to buy rice and necessary materials for the kids by Skill Sharpening project.
Skill Sharpening helps and reverses a percentage of its activities for orphanages of the countries where we organise our events.
Thank you to everyone who came down, donated clothes, donated food and their time. If we all do a little we can help out a lot. Let’s help make a difference in 2018.
“We all deserve healthy food”
It is great pleasure to welcome in our association, two fantastic athletes who took place since March 2018 in Nigeria.
Coach Chika, specializing in fitness, aerobics and Yoga. Its strength and flexibility promise you great demonstrations through its high quality training.
Coach King, specializing in bodybuilding and heading towards “outdoor training” (Skill Sharpening specialty), will guide you towards good movement practice and how to gain strength.
They are both from Port Harcourt – Nigeria, and will share their experience twice a month. See program below.
“It will give you a hard time.” It is flexible and will surprise you with each passage.
Through this type of obstacle course, we want to place individuals who will enter here in difficulty – in order for them to learn how to keep their calm, to try and consume the least possible oxygen, as well as find their exit route by means of touch.
Advance or stay stuck in a dark, unhealthy, narrow, closed, humid or dry space, where the person is unable to move comfortably and resembling situations such as:
- Being trapped in a crashed car
- Being trapped under the debris of a building destroyed by an earthquake
- Working in tanks/underground/piping
- Intervening as a rescue team in a confined environment
- Being trapped in an avalanche
Still in progress, we already have a desire to thank our shepherd of Riez for his help in unloading upon delivery, providing a MANITOU as well as his good mood.
It is from there that the “customization” can take place.
On the program; elbow grease, a strong dose of hard work, a few gallons of water, and 2 Francis in top form.
Sanding, painting, and Provencal camouflage, as well as drilling, screwing and assembly.
What’s going on inside, aside from the fact that we’ve added some metal and holes, will remain a surprise for the participants of the “Thirsty Fox Race” on the 6th October 7, 2018.
In the meantime, we will unveil part of the obstacle course through an advertising campaign, in which everyone can come and test it (with a fatigued condition, of course) on December 16, 2017. A post will be sent .
A big thank you to both Francis and their wives Françoise and Chantal, who are working alongside Sebastien in order for this project to come to life.
The nautical course (or I’d rather say the Nautical Obstacle Course).
We build it and achieve it in 8 days. We are so thankful to ANGEL.B which from some photos data given by the Legionnaires, has been able to recreate the ideas of the ideal course for a great morning training. A designer Director. Thanks to Angel.B
The passion, The satisfaction, the help and ideas made by TOM et CLEMENT have been more than appreciated. Guys, you still want more obstacle course, we will give you more, lol.
This is not without counting the assistance of families and relatives (Françoise and Francis.R, Valérie and Laurent.B, Chantal and Francis.D, Sauveur.M, Yazid.B, Stéphane.M, Virgine.R, Marjorie.M, Sandrine.B), you have really helped to make things run smoothly always at the appropriate time, Thank you for all your help, you are valuable.
On the day preceding the demonstration (“Obstacles in the water”), with the arrival of the Legionnaires to support the President. Sergio and Fergal have therefore given us their hands by taking the following activities, i.e. “Help the volunteer and Organization of the course”. Obviously, the three Legionnaires have slept on the banks of the lake for the surveillance of the equipment; as they say, “une nuit de clébard”
The actual day, Saturday 12 August 2017, we were ready. A 6h30AM, Sergio, Fergal, and Seb have tested the course before the scheduled opening at 9 am. Back to our roots, a reminder of the memories of the past workouts.
Our friend and colleague CLAUDE.B arrived with his family (Sandrine.B, the two sons and the
“clébard”), they also provided incredible assistance and a good mood which has not finished to make us laugh. The famous kilt 5.11.
The participants have succeeded (family, friends, tourists), to lead us to a day conducted without incident, thanks also to our Volunteer Nurse Virginie.R.
This allowed us to ensure the reliability of our equipment, strengthen a few rules of passage, and introducing a new concept putting the obstacles in the water to avoid the systematic destructuration of the obstacles.
A wave of photos and videos will be presented to you on our bank of images.
What next? Be ready, the flying obstacle course coming soon!
Skill Sharpening for the coming years consist of 3 main projects:
Building team spirit communities all over the world with our programs
“Skill Sharpening Week End” and “Training Skills” to test your skills trough our “yearly challenge”.
- “The yearly Challenge” is a race which will be in the mood of the country, region, animal and environment such as distance, obstacles, time of the day…
For Example the first challenge “Thirsty Fox Race” will follow the Fox trail in the beautiful area of Provence, south of France, trough the night and day by completing obstacles in the wild forest and lake of Ste Croix on 21st and 22nd July 2018.
- “The Training Skills” including the Multi Skills training program that has been created specially to prepare and train the members of skill sharpening for the yearly race but also for those who wish to acquire an excellent physical condition.
This progressive training has been specially created with a large number of session of “body sharpening” combining muscle strengthening body weight and cardio, as well as some aquatic sessions.
All are designed progressively from Beginner to intermediate to advanced in 9 weeks program. (3 weeks beginner, 3 weeks intermediate, 3 weeks advanced).
The goal is for you to reach the advanced program without difficulties.
Everyone will start at the same level and finish at the same level, in this training everyone can join, there is no major difficulties as you are only using your body weight, safety and technique position will be teach first to develop good movement patterns to avoid injury and improve postural; enhance cardiorespiratory fitness to bolster heart health, endurance, and performance; and increase muscular
development to build strength, speed and power.
Each week you will have a total of 10 hours of activities including 2 days of running, 1 day of swimming, 2 days of body sharpening, 1 day of Yoga/Pilates/Nutrition, 1 day rest.
The multi skills training requires no equipment, which will allow you to lead whatever the time and the place.
The sessions are extremely stimulating for the body due to the fact that they offer a mixture of Cardio Endurance and Strength, each athlete improved as well his resistance to fatigue, to pain and to surpass himself on each trainings.
My Brother and I with many years of experience in training and competing many kinds of sports such as Thai Boxing, Cross Fit, Body Building, Trail Run, Kayaking, Triathlon, Obstacle Race… has come up with the Multi Skills program who will make you progress in the sport you like and mostly our obstacle races as it is really base on the Endurance, Strength, Core Stability, Balance, Coordination, Power, Mobility and Mental Toughness
Few years ago I noticed that my endurance cardio was not so good, mostly when i was doing obstacle race so as I was training to much strength and body building,
I was only running the same distance and same pace 2 to 3 times a week with always the same high heart rate after 5-6km and get exhausted, I also trained cross fit, “tabata workout” but it was not enough for the endurance part.
Later on I trained with a famous marathon coach and only in a few month time
I achieved my Personal Best on a run of 10km by training twice a week on the running track, hill and most important interval runs and with a group of friend for
My heart rate went down to 30% in only 3 months time and kept progressing.
The fact is: progress your endurance is the most important as it take time to sharpen it, Strength and resistance training will come after and will be easier once you have acquire a great endurance skills.
At the end of each 3 weeks program you will be evaluate on
–Physical ability (aerobics capacity, Strength endurance, Aerobic Power, capacity lactic anaerobic, Max force and power),
–Psychometric ability (Balance, coordination, reaction time),
–Ability perceptual and cognitive (Peripheral vision, memorisation) and
-Personality traits (Tolerance to stress, perseverance, a sense of responsibility, trend has the cooperation)
Please note that it is important to follow the exact days of the program without skipping any session to see your progress, Don’ give up you will be rewarded!
- “The Skill Sharpening week end” is a combination of survival training skills and first aid certification course created by my brother Sebastien, you will have later on an extensive choice of courses that you can select and also in different country and different environment.
You will be able to learn to recognise and treat exposure (Hypo/Hyperthermia), to cook a meal without utensils, locate and purify water, to Make a Fire, a survival shelter, a small game trap, a natural cordage from the nature, how to react in front of dangerous animals and much more!