Saturday, September 23, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 09/23/17

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:  I covered classes at Hidden Sword while my teacher was at a demo.  Had the tkd kids work their basics and do a skill-based obstacle course.  In Arnis, we hit the bags!
Sunday:  Kobudo and chores.  Oldest kid started getting sick, which was a preview for my Monday and Tuesday.
Monday:  I got whatever crud my kid has, stayed home from class and went to bed early.
Tuesday:   Spent the entire day home in bed due to the crud.
Wednesday:   Last day of the crud.  I worked but came home and went to bed almost immediately.
Thursday:   Just as I'm getting over the crud... hooray, the first migraine attack in over 40 days.  Meds made me exhausted so I went to bed early.
Friday:   Had two ocular migraines, but didn't take the heavy-duty med that knocks me out.  Went to class at Mid-Cities Arnis and stick sparred.

Stick Sparring is so dang fun.


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

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

MondayThe Intimidation Factor
Tuesday: Nuthin'.  I was sick!
WednesdayRegistering Yourself As a Deadly Weapon IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Thursday: Context is Everything
FridayFACE-OFF FRIDAY: Online Learning vs. McDojo - Which Would You Choose?

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

This happens a lot to me at seminars where I don't know a lot of people. Can't imagine why people don't want to pair up with a dumpy middle aged woman.




Because of the de-monetaztion thing I mentioned last week on  YouTube, there's a new way to support "Enter the Dojo", via their Patreon.  I will be pledging as this weekend.  Won't you join me?





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 is kobudo practice and then I go out to Bridgeport to help my teacher work with a group of folks learning Arnis in a special program.  It's gonna be a long and productive day.  Hopefully this stupid migraine swarm I'm in the middle of will let up!

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!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Registering Yourself As a Deadly Weapon IS NOW AVAILABLE!

ATTENTION MARTIAL ARTISTS!

We all know that at a certain point in our studies of the martial arts, we're supposed to go down to your local police department and register body parts as deadly weapons.

It's a shocker when we find out that such a registry doesn't actually exist.

If you're like me, you can't believe that some of these deadly tough guys in the martial arts world are allowed to just walk around.   The danger to the public is astounding!

It's probably due to our politicians being bought and paid for by Big Dojo.

So your pal the Stick Chick is gonna step up and do something about it.

As a service to the public, I will register your deadly body parts for the low price of $19.95 a part.

On a budget?  You can just register a right hand, or a left foot.  Body parts other than arms and legs are available, but to Ameri-do-te students only.

Once I receive your payment, I'll send you this fabulous certificate that will look just grand posted on the wall of your dojo.



Now we can finally start thinking of the children, and getting all of you incredibly dangerous badasses registered.

Send in your payment TODAY!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 09/16/17

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: Three hours of kobudo practice, an hour long Arnis class, and then my monthly two-hour long kobudo class over in Dallas.  The hard work is paying off, I think.
Sunday:  Went to see "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" on the big screen. That movie really holds up.
Monday:  My day off.
Tuesday:   Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. Worked with one of my students to start learning the competition form, Anyo Lima, for a tournament in November.
Wednesday:   Attended class at Hidden Sword. We're gearing up to test our students in a month or so, so we worked on some review material
Thursday:   Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Reviewed some form work and some knife basics.
Friday:   Nobody showed up for sparring night so I got in a little practice, and then I crashed early! Oh, and for Chiefs fans, it was Red Friday - every Friday is a "red friday" but this is actually a huge event in Kansas City before the Chiefs first home game of the season. Millions of dollars are raised for the local Ronald McDonald house by selling "Chiefs Kingdom" flags.  I have friends getting me this year's flag - the one in the picture is last year.

Red Friday: Redding it Up on Fridays since 1992

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

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

MondaySinawali: Getting the Most Out of It (Part 1)
TuesdaySinawali: Getting the Most Out of It (Part 2)
WednesdayFrom One Black Belt to Two
Thursday: For the Love of the Ropey-Whackstick
FridayFACE-OFF FRIDAY: Shoes or No Shoes?

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

And I wear mat shoes, so I have to take those off and get into my sandals before going, because wearing mat shoes in a bathroom is GROSS.


I am not very happy with what's been going on with content creators' videos getting de-monetized (or outright removed) by YouTube because they're not "advertiser friendly".  Here's one video they've done this with, and it's ridiculous that they have:



If you don't want to miss "Enter the Dojo" content - because who knows what YouTube will remove or find "unfriendly to advertisers" these days - make sure you have liked Master Ken on Facebook (page is HERE).


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 have kobudo practice, I'm covering classes (my teacher and hubby are going to a demo out in Irving with GM Art Miraflor), and then wow, I think I will actually just do some chores and take a nap!

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!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

From One Black Belt to Two

In a couple of months, I will be testing for my 1st Degree Black Belt in the kobudo program I've been studying with for the past three years.

This represents the second time I am earning this rank, albeit in a different style.  The first time was when my teacher secret-tested and surprise promoted me in 2013 to Dayang Isa (equivalent rank in Presas Arnis to 1st Degree Black).

This will be my first formal black belt test where I know I'm being tested.

The idea of being 1st Degree Black in more than one organization and style seems a little bizarre to me.  Not because it can't be done, but because I'm the one doing it.

I am not so far removed from being white belt. I started at a late age and I remember thinking that black belt rank(s) were very far off in the future and nearly unattainable for me.

And now here I am, getting ready to earn my second black belt.

I know, I can't believe it.

I know that you can go online and "earn" black belts in various martial arts styles by "home study".  Most of these amount to earning the black belt rank by the hard work of the check clearing.  There's folks out there collecting black belt certificates like Pokemon.

Most of us aren't doing that, thogh.  Most of us, when we earn this rank in a different art or style than our base style, have to work hard to earn it.  I certainly didn't buy this rank.  If at our last practice class they think I just can't put in the work to cut it, they won't let me test.  If I choke on the test, I'll fail.

Of course, to be in the program, you have to be a high rank Brown Belt or a Black Belt in another style already, so you aren't starting over completely from scratch in the martial arts.  A lot of narrow add-on programs like my kobudo class are like that.  They don't take a lot of calendar time, in the scheme of things, but they're often designed to skip other kinds of basics that we've already learned in our "base" styles.

That means that while I have been in kobudo class for three years, it is built upon the study I've been doing for the last nine years.  Ditto my classmates, who are by now all black belts (many of them are 2nd and 3rd degree) in their empty hand styles.

This just goes to support, yet again, that black belt isn't and shouldn't and can't be some objective measure outside of "basic proficiency in this style or system".

In kobudo, that's certainly true for me.  I'm nowhere near an "expert" in what I've studied, not by a long shot.  I'm reaching a level where I'm not fumbling around with the basics associated to the weapon so I can really learn going forward.

I rarely drop my weapons and heck, I only hit myself very rarely.

I admit I haven't attempted the flips yet.
Trust me, that's an accomplishment.

Some of us believe that 1st Black should be more than just that sort measure - that it should represent some level of combat competency.  I have no argument with this, but if your measure is "being able to win a fight", I'd like to know what that looks like in weapons system, given we can't free spar with what we train with (my bo and tonfa and nunchaku are not training versions; they'll HURT YOU, and my sai might be steel instead of iron but you don't want to be hit with them, trust me).

I think we'd end up going through students really quickly.

We will also accept your maimed.

So have you earned more than one 1st Degree Black Belt (or equivalent) rank in more than one system? What were the circumstances?  How long did it take?  Let us know in the comments!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 09/09/17

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:  My youngest daughter's birthday, so we did birthday activities all day long.
Sunday:  Did some chores and got in a little kobudo practice.
Monday:   Labor Day, a holiday in the United States.  I actually took the day off and took advantage of the downtime.
Tuesday:   Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. Started reviewing what folks know so we can make sure we've covered the needed material for some tests in October or November.
Wednesday:   Attended class at Hidden Sword.  Hardly anybody in Arnis, so a classmate and I spent the time working hard on kobudo.
Thursday:   Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. Worked on our forms.  Went home and watched my beloved Kansas City Chiefs pull an upset win against the Super Bowl champs in the NFL season opener.  Life is goooooood.
Friday:  Had a touch of illness, enough that I felt it best to stay home and recover (especially so that I could follow through on my plans for today).

We spar with padded sticks, but they can still raise a welt sometimes. 


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

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

Monday: No Post. It was a holiday, y'all.
Tuesday5 Ways to Tell if You're Watching a Demonstration (Versus an Actual Fight)
Wednesday4 Annoying Realities of Being a Weapons Based Martial Artist
Thursday: Pondering Green Belt
FridayFACE-OFF FRIDAY: Handling Rank When Changing Schools - Black Belt Edition

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

I'm a bit of an over-cautious helicopter-y type parent myself, but honestly, how can one learn to use anything safely if they never get the chance?


This video was posted over on Facebook.  It's REALLY NEAT.
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Lots of neat videos from our friends at Enter the Dojo this week!




And finally... please, please do keep making this assumption.




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:

I will be spending a couple of hours in kobudo practice this morning, then an hour of Arnis, then out to Dallas for kobudo class.  We'll see if I think I've improved (especially compared to my fellow students) with all of the extra practice I've been putting in!

Tomorrow, our family is going to go see "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" on the big screen.  Gonna be fun!

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!