Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 12/15/17

Here's how my week of training, writing, teaching, and miscellaneous Filipino Martial Arts-y goodness went.

What have you been up to this week?

THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:


This week I didn't actually train much in the martial arts.  I spent much of it sick with that crud that's going around (the one with the sore throat).  So I'll only talk about the two days of note here instead of a list of the days I spent miserably sick at home.

On Saturday the Stick Chick family went to Trinity Adventure Park, one of my favorite things to do that doesn't involve hitting people and/or things.

My youngest conquered all the courses that she was allowed to try (and did one twice). What makes that so amazing is that she backed out of shorter and easier course on our cruise last year, and we were afraid that her fear of heights would be too much for her to overcome.

Instead, she decided she wanted to conquer her fear and became a fan of rope courses/zip lining like the rest of her family. She loves zip lining, which is really amazing given her fear of heights. My brave girl!  Here's a selfie of us from the course:



As for me, I got to get on the highest, most difficult course (the black course).  YES it was hard, especially for a stubby middle aged woman like me. I made it all the way through the course, including the element at the end where you jump off a platform and the rope catches you and takes you down (which is one of the scarier things I've ever done).  Here's the video of that courtesy Mr. Chick (I didn't land on my feet but I was kinda shagged out after the difficulty of the course):


Friday was Hidden Sword's annual Christmas Party and we had a blast like usual.  I ran the kids' games (dodgeball and sword fighting) and they all seemed to have fun.  Hidden Sword has one more week of classes then it goes dark for a couple of weeks during the holidays.

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I didn't have much fresh content for ya'll this week as I was sick as a dog. Tell you what, you can see what I posted on my Facebook page or on my Google Plus profile

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

+Hock Hochheim posted a commentary about knife grips, specifically calling out one he calls the "cancer grip".  What do you think about his point of view?  Stupid Grips on Knives

I missed the martial arts weapons at the disco era, apparently.  Alternately, is this a still from a follow-up to Miami Connection?



If you didn't catch +Joelle White's new blog post... here you go. At Last!

If you run across cool martial arts stuff you think I should see, please do post them in the comments!

FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Today, I'm helping my teacher test the students in his Arnis Instructor's Course out in Bridgeport, TX. I'm looking forward to it!


So what did YOU do this week?  What did you train? What did you teach?  Did you see any really cool martial arts stuff online?  Let me know!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Questions from Quora: What is your favorite martial art or group of martial arts?


Quora is a leading internet site where questions get asked and answered by people from all over the world!  As you can imagine, lots of questions get asked about the martial arts.  "Questions from Quora" shares a question I find interesting, and my answer to the question.

Got a martial arts question you want me to answer?  Send me an "Ask to Answer" on Quora, and I just might!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 12/09/17

Here's how my week of training, writing, teaching, and miscellaneous Filipino Martial Arts-y goodness went.

What have you been up to this week?

THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:

Saturday:  A little bit of kobudo practice with my new nunchaku, then Arnis class.
Sunday:  Taught ADE Women's Self Defense. Good thing I was busy because my Chiefs lost AGAIN. (sigh)
Monday:  My day off.
Tuesday:   Took younger daughter to tae kwon do class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.
Wednesday:   Attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword.  On our "break" (over the holidays) we often have a project for the senior students to do.  We have one this year and my teacher and I worked on things related to this project.  This was also the 4 year anniversary of the Stick Chick Blog!  Yay!
Thursday:   Took younger daughter to Hidden Sword for tae kwon do class.
Friday:  Things are winding down at Mid-Cities Arnis for the holiday season as well, and we didn't have class.

There's no new pic of me this week, so here's one from Jacob's Cave, one of the show caverns we went to on our trip to Missouri a few weeks ago.  This is a stalagtite that fell while they were making the cave safe to show.  If you think I was considering how it might be weaponized... well... you'd be right.



BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Here's the new posts or reshared older posts I sent out this week:

MondayWhat is "Wrong" in the Martial Arts?
TuesdaySHENANIGANS! No, Martial Arts Does Not Pose "Serious Danger" for Kids
WednesdayFour Years and Counting
Thursday: Martial Arts and Injury: the Real Risks (and Why We Love It)
FridayQuestions from Quora: What Are Your Best Self-Affirming Moments in Martial Arts?

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Master Ken is infecting the younger generation now...



Slay bells ring, are you listening...


If you can help out this friend of Matt Page, creator of "Master Ken" and "Enter the Dojo", please do...


Excerpts of the "Arrow" TV show, which features a lot of FMA in their fight choreography.  I will sometimes complain about it but at the same time, it's great that such obvious FMA stuff is on a tv show these days.


If you run across cool martial arts stuff you think I should see, please do post them in the comments!

FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Today, I'm NOT doing martial arts much - in fact, I won't all weekend long!

Today our family will go to Trinity Forest Adventure and do rope courses and zip lining.  Long time readers of the blog might recall Mr. Chick and I spent a wedding anniversary celebration (At the End of the Rope) in 2015 and that I love - LOVE - courses like this.

Tomorrow, I'm decking the halls.  Not in the martial arts sense like above, but we're going through all of our holiday decorations and making the Stick Chick house festive for the Yule season.

So what did YOU do this week?  What did you train? What did you teach?  Did you see any really cool martial arts stuff online?  Let me know!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Questions from Quora: What Are Your Best Self-Affirming Moments in Martial Arts?


Quora is a leading internet site where questions get asked and answered by people from all over the world!  As you can imagine, lots of questions get asked about the martial arts.  "Questions from Quora" shares a question I find interesting, and my answer to the question.

Got a martial arts question you want me to answer?  Send me an "Ask to Answer" on Quora, and I just might!

Put your answer to this week's Question from Quora in the comments!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Four Years and Counting...



My very first post on this blog was on December 6, 2013 - four years ago today.

It wasn't a very notable post.  And indeed, most of the posts I here in those first few months were... well... questionable at best.  Some of them I'm proud of, others... well, not so much.

It's kind of like four years ago I slapped on a white belt and stepped into the martial arts blogging dojo. Today, I'm far from a black belt, but hey, I might be a decent... purple belt, maybe?

I'm no Dwight Schrute,though.

I started all this as a way to learn how to blog, and how to use social media. I'm a marketer by trade, but more in the analytics and direct marketing space, and I wanted to teach myself modern marketing tools, some of which you can read about in my blog post here.

I've had a regular contributor (Troy Seeling) and other periodic guest posters.  In 2018 content from another blog (the Martial Learner) written by Mr. Chick, will be making its debut here as that blog is "moving in" to the Stick Chick blog.

I re-run old content here on the blog often, so I get to look at how this blog and I, myself, as a martial artist, have changed.

Regarding the blog, well, the format of the blog is different than when I started.  I used to have a schedule of themed posts and now I (generally) don't.  I think I'm a better writer than when I started. I think the blog is a little old-school in terms of design but I think it's more readable that way, so I've stepped back from a plan to modernize it.

In the martial arts, besides rank changes (promoted to Dayang Dalawa, 2nd Degree Black, this year, as well as earning my AKATO Kobudo black belt), writing this blog has helped me connect with tons of martial artists all over the world.  I've learned how big and varied our martial arts community really is. I've seen some hilarious things, sometimes intentional (Thanks, Master Ken!) and sometimes not so much.

I've met and trained with people I "met" through this blog. Some of you have become regular online friends, and that might actually be the best part of this whole experience.

Get in here, you...

Putting yourself out there for criticism isn't easy. Note there's not a lot of video of me just yet because I do suck - less than I used to, but still...

For the most part, my experience with most of you has been really positive and fun, and I'm grateful for that.

So thank you, dear reader.  Thanks for reading, for liking and plussing and hearting and sharing on social media.  Thanks for commenting sometimes (PLEASE DO comment, whether or not you agree with me.  I want to hear from you).

Lots of big changes are coming for me, personally, in 2018, and I hope you'll stick around while that happens.

Please do like this blog's page on Facebook - found here - and share that with your friends there.  I post content that doesn't make the blog there often.   I have a great audience on Google Plus, so shout-out to my friends there.  I'm also on Tumblr, and on Twitter, and I even collect all of the posts I make here on a board on Pinterest.

I always appreciate your feedback, and if you have any, ping me via the social media channel of your choice, or heck, you can leave a comment here on the blog.

Thanks, everyone!