September 28th, San Diego Football Kicking Camp – San Diego, CA

Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history  John Matich,is holding their fall kicking camp on September 28th, 2014 in San Diego. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host the one-day Kicking Camp and San Diego Kicking Competition.

To Sign-up please call 619-994-2364

 

About The Kicking System
The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach John Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60+ high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boston College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, Scout.com, and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach is unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

Roman Martin heading to Wake Forest

Below is a Top Drawer Soccer article on SoCal standout Roman Martin’s commitment to play for the Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse Wake Forest. Roman is a player who has trained in the TKS system for over 5 years and we congratulate him on his decision:

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/boys-commitments:-from-coast-to-coast_aid34284

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Roman Martin featured left

 

SoCal Player Chooses to Play in Atlantic Coast Conference

Roman Martin, a midfield playmaker from San Diego, recently committed to Wake Forest University.  Martin, who plays for the Nomads U18 Academy in the USSF, has just recently returned from Croatia, where had spent the summer training with the U19 program at GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

When asked about his decision, Martin indicated that a big part of the draw was the brand of soccer that is played at Wake Forest.  “It is an attractive attacking style  — on both sides of the ball – and that fits the way how I have been taught to play,” said Martin.  “Coach Vidovich also has a great track record of producing results and getting the most from his players, and that was important to me”

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At 6’1” and 160 lbs, Martin is viewed as a versatile player that can play higher up the field in a playmaking role or in a defensive role in the midfield or along the back 4.  In addition to training at Dinamo Zagreb, Martin has also played extensively in Brazil and Europe.  In the two previous summers, Martin played over 70 games for two different Brazilian clubs in Spain, Portugal, England, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Martin currently attends the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego and graduates in June of 2015.

Brazil and American Football

When you think of sports in Brazil, soccer is the first thing that comes into your mind.  Well, over the last few years there has been a huge underground development of American football in South America. Brazilian players such as Raiam Santos (University of Pennsylvania, punter), Heron Azevedo, (Wide Receiver, Pacific University) to name a few, are playing for their National Football Team – in Brazil.

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Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar, with Raiam Santos, former Penn punter and current TV analyst for Brazil

Raiam a former  kicker from San Diego High School in San Diego, California and current Kicking System student, played for the sprint football team at University of Pennsylvania.

“There has been a lot of news about the World Cup in Brazil this year, but American football is picking up steam and I see a bright future for our leagues,” said Santos.  “I could never have imagined kicking for my country’s national football team, it was never a discussion, the NFL has enormous popularity now and I can only see that growing.”  Raiam will be announcing NFL games in Portuguese on TV starting this fall.

In January 2012, Brazil played its first game in national soil, and beat Chile 33-0 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. In April 2014, Brazil played Uruguay at Estadio Charrua in the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo. Brazil won 49-0. Azevedo was the game most valuable player with three touchdowns.

There are about 3,000 registered American Football players in Brazil. Coach Dan Muller chose the eighty top-performing players from the two local leagues Torneio Touchdown and CBFA. These eighty players took part in a three day training camp in São Paulo, Brazil in 2013. Only forty-five players were called to represent Brazil in Montevideo in the 2014 exhibition match.

Traditional soccer teams in Brazil such as Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Corinthians, Santos, Coritiba, Botafogo and Portuguesa have started their own American Football teams.   Each team is allowed to field two Americans (most of them play quarterback and have college football experience).

What does the future hold?

Brazil will play against Panamá on January 31st, in 2015. Winner will have the right to represent the Americas at the 2015 IFAF World Cup in Sweden.  The local federation expects a sold-out crowd at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, their 32,000-seat national stadium. USA, Canada and Mexico already qualified.

Currently Brazil has two kickers in NFL: Tennessee Titans’ Maikon Bonani and KC’s Cairo Santos (2012 Lou Groza Award winner)

 

Portuguese Translation

 

Quando você pensa em esporte no Brasil, o futebol pentacampeão é a primeira coisa que vem a sua cabeça. Bom, o futebol americano tem se desenvolvido debaixo dos panos na América do Sul inteira nos últimos anos. E o Brasil parece ser o núcleo do crescimento desse esporte na região. Jogadores brasileiros como Raiam dos Santos (punter da University of Pennsylvania) e Heron Azevedo (wide receiver da Pacific University) estão jogando pela seleção nacional… sim, no Brasil. Raiam é aluno do Kicking System há 8 anos, desde quando era kicker da equipe varsity da San Diego High School na California.

Ele seguiu sua carreira na University of Peynnsylvania. “Quando estou fora do país, todo mundo me pergunta sobre a Copa do Mundo de futebol no Brasil mas o futebol americano está bombando por aqui e vejo um futuro muito próspero para a liga local do nosso esporte”, disse ele. “Nunca me imaginei vestindo a camisa do meu país em um jogo internacional. Fora isso, a popularidade da NFL no Brasil é enorme e o céu é o limite”. Raiam vai comentar jogos da NFL e e de College Football na TV pela segunda temporada consecutiva, começando em setembro. Em janeiro de 2012, o Brasil jogou sua primeira partida internacional dentro de casa. A Seleção ganhou do Chile de 33 a 0 em Foz do Iguaçu, no sul do país. Em abril de 2014, foi a vez de viajar para o Uruguai e dominar os anfitriões em pleno Estadio Charrua.

O placar final foi 49 a 0 e Heron Azevedo foi escolhido o melhor jogador da partida graças a seus 3 touchdowns. Há mais de 4.000 jogadores federados de futebol Americano no Brasil. Em meados de 2013, o técnico da Seleção Danilo Muller escolheu os oitenta melhores jogadores das duas principais ligas do país – Torneio Touchdown e CBFA – para participar de um training camp no interior de São Paulo. Dali saíram os 45 jogadores que representaram o Brasil no amistoso em Montevideo, Uruguai.

Equipes tradicionais de futebol como Flamengo, Corinthians, Vasco da Gama, Botafogo, Coritiba, Santos e Portuguesa já reconheceram o boom do futebol americano e criaram suas próprias equipes. Todas elas, com exceção do Coritiba, participam do Torneio Touchdown. Cada equipe pode contar com, no máximo, 2 atletas americanos. A maioria deles joga de quarterback e têm experiência no futebol universitário da NCAA. E o futuro? Brasil jogará contra um mata-mata contra o Panamá dia 31 de janeiro de 2015. O vencedor do jogo levará a última vaga do continente americano para o a Copa do Mundo IFAF 2015 na Suécia. A federação local espera lotação máxima no Estadio Rommel Fernandez, arena nacional com capacidade para 32.000 pessoas na Cidade do Panamá. Estados Unidos, Canadá e México já estão classificados. Atualmente, o Brasil tem dois kickers na NFL: Maikon Bonani no Tennessee Titans e o vencedor do Troféu Lou Groza 2012 Cairo Santos no Kansas City Chiefs.

 

 

Hawaii Football Kicking Camp, August 20-27th, 2014

The Kicking System has announced a football kicking camp during the week of, August 20-27th, 2014. Throughout the week TKS will offer private and group kicking lessons in the island of Kauai.

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National Kicking Coach, John Matich, coaching Portland HS kicker, Owen White

“We are pleased to offer another kicking camp outside of California, we love coming to Kauai every summer and offering our professional kicking services. Once again, expect high level instruction that includes cutting-edge kicking techniques, mental preparation, dynamic warm-ups, and flexibility programs,” TKS, Director of Kicking, John Matich.

Just recently, TKS held their annual Summer Kicking Camp in San Diego, CA. With an established kicking program, TKS has become know nation-wide as the elite academy for kickers and punters to train.

“We are prepared to build relationships with our students and guide them through their entire kicking career from Pop-Warner to the professional levels. The are not gimmicks here, just solid results. We enjoy developing a system for each student and pound in the fundamentals,” John Matich.

Please schedule in advance as there are limited spots available.  See you in the island!

About The Kicking System
The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach John Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60+ high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boston College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, Scout.com, and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

Roman Martin, a U.S.-based player, try-out with GNK Dinamo Zagreb this week

TKS NEWS

by Carleton J. Brown

Roman Martin, a U.S.-based soccer player, was called in for a try-out with GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Martin has played internationally with several different Brazilian clubs, including having played over 70 games in England, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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Roman Martin, a U.S.-based soccer player, training with GNK Dinamo this week

Martin is the product of the youth development program at the Nomads Soccer Club in San Diego, California. Widely known as a midfield playmaker, Martin is 1.85 meters tall. In addition to his attacking prowess, Martin has a reputation as a formidable defender, bringing a big physical presence to the middle third of the field. Martin, who is 17 years old, is currently training with Dinamo’s U19 team. “It’s a privilege to train here with Dinamo Zagreb,” said Martin. “I understand and respect the long history of player development that has occurred here. No matter where you are from, that’s a big draw for any young footballer.”

The Zagreb-based club is commonly thought of as one of the leading professional clubs in Europe. What is drawing increasing attention, however, is the club’s success with its youth development programs, as well as its global reach. Players like Martin from the U.S. understand what it means to be part of the tradition of excellence at Nogometna Skola Dinamo.

The club is credited with producing a long list of big name stars like Luka Modric (Real Madrid), and recently the 17-year old sensation Alan Halilovic (FC Barcelona), among others.

Other Media Background:

http://www.socceramerica.com/article/53357/nomads-martin-invited-to-join-brazilian-club.html

http://www.soccernation.com/roman-martin-shines-in-europe-cms-4643

http://www.soccernation.com/san-diego-soccer-player-roman-martin-makes-a-splash-overseas-cms-3193

Recap: TKS Summer Football Camp July, 2014

Not even the rain, lightning and thunder kept the campers from going out and kicking this past weekend here in San Diego, CA. Over 20+ kickers came together for a TKS Summer Kicking Camp.

Students came from all over the United States and internationally. TKS had students from all corners of the country which included Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Oregon.

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Davey Last, University of San Diego kicker, works with TKS Campers

Nick Sloan, kicker for the Naval Academy, Davey Last, University of San Diego kicker and Ethan Swerdlow, former punter from Lafayette College were on hand to help coach the younger kickers.

“This was the best quality kicking camp we have ever had,” said TKS Director John Matich, “the professionalism and quality instruction from our coaches was outstanding, the campers definitely tapped their knowledge bank. This camp exemplifies our direct goal of having high quality instruction in a positive atmosphere.”

Owen White, from Central Catholic High School from Portland, Oregon was the camp MVP. Own won the field goal competition from 53 yards and gave a great push to the college kickers by making the finals. Nick Sloan, earned the title by kicking a monstrous 55 yard field goal.

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Owen White from Portland, Oregon, about to hit his 53-yard field goal!

“We really enjoy working with each individual student and family and guiding them through the process. We cherish our relationships as we foster our students to become the nations best kickers and soccer players.  By continuing with our private training and small camp settings, we can guarantee you no kicker stands alone.”

Owen White kicked a 53-yard field goal to win the kicking competition. Will Dwyer, TKS Camper, flew in from Boston, Massachusetts to attend camp. Will attends the Governors Academy one of the oldest prep schools in the country, founded in the 1700’s.

Bill Spinney, from Explicit Fitness (xplicitfiness.com), in Mission Valley was on hand to put the campers through a demanding functional based dynamic warm-up.  Campers performed stretching, functional core work, and joint integrity exercises prior to kicking.

The Kicking System is planning their next kicking camp for September 28th in San Diego, CA.

About The Kicking System

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boston College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.