Saturday, February 24, 2018

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 02/24/17

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?

WHAT I DID THIS WEEK:


Hey, feeling mostly good again, so I got to have a relatively normal week!

I covered Arnis classes on Saturday while my teacher was in Mississippi.  We worked on the finer details of sinawali and reviewed the purpose of the drill.

Monday I attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword. We have been working on elements of the Freestyle drill from Kombatan.  This is new material for us so it's pretty darn fun.

Tuesday I took younger daughter to Taekwondo class.

In Wednesday's class at Hidden Sword I spent some of the time coaching one of our students on the "pokey drill", a sinawali pattern that includes poking strikes (our #6 poke, if you know our strike numbering system), working on targeting and timing with the drill.  Later, I got to work with one of my peers on some of the finer details and variants of Kombatan's Freestyle drill.  Very fun!

Thursday I took kidlet to Taekwondo, and Friday I took off.

Didn't take any pictures of me training this week, so here's a blurry selfie of me up in Oklahoma about a month ago.  Here at the Stick Chick Blog, we're all about timeliness and quality.


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Monday: How Do You Teach Discipline and Respect?
Tuesday3 Ways to Get Hurt - or Hurt Others - in Modern Arnis
WednesdayThat Kid
Thursday: Exploring the X
FridayFACE-OFF FRIDAY: Stopping Sexual Predators in the Martial Arts

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

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Look who's back posting again! Yep, it's +Brian Johns at +Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts!  Make sure you subscribe to his blog and keep an eye on his YouTube channel! Progression not Perfection

I had to update my post Enough with Sensei Scumbag's Shenanigans this week, as a martial arts instructor was arrested for having child porn in Belleville, IL, and another one is now facing a 40 year sentence for sexually abusing one of his students in Tampa.

+Wim Demeere wrote a good, thought-provoking post about misinterpreting what you see when a little snippet of demo video makes the rounds on the internet (with a specific focus on Joe Rogan and the MMA community's point of view): Joe Rogan and the Narrow Focus of MMA

Speaking of MMA...


Lots more on the Blog's Facebook page this week.  HINT HINT HINT.

I have goal for 2018 to get the Stick Chick Blog Facebook pages to 1000 likes.  So please, if you're on Facebook, like the page, will ya (link is RIGHT HERE)?  Share it with your friends who like the martial arts too?  Pretty please?




FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Today we go out to Bridgeport for my teacher's Instructor Course.  It's always fun helping out in that class.

And tomorrow we're going to go see "Black Panther".  I've read conflicting reports that the martial arts style the fights are based on are FMA's or Silat. Either way it's gonna rock.

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, February 23, 2018

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Stopping Sexual Predators in the Martial Arts

FACE-OFF FRIDAY RETURNS!

It's Friday, and it's your chance to SOUND OFF on today's controversial question in the martial arts.

We have a serious problem regarding sexual predators in the martial arts.

Our world is huge, diverse, fragmented, and honestly, it's not terribly difficult for a sexual predator to get access to a large pool of potential victims.  It happens in our small local dojos, in big successful and well-regarded martial arts schools, and heck, recent revelations show it happens in big-time martial arts sports like Olympic Judo and Takewondo.

Heck, the USA's ONLY two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo was herself a victim of a martial arts instructor who abused her.  Read more: Kayla Harrison

Frankly, friends, I think we're not doing enough to protect ourselves and our students from sexual predators. I've written about this problem on my posts Enough with Sensei Scumbag's Shenanigans and Sensei Scumbag Strikes Again?

I want to hear from you on this topic today.  Let's not just talk about what we might do or what legislation we could support (if any), but let's also make a commitment, here and now, to do more to make our schools safe, Sensei Scumbag-free places.


WHAT CAN WE DO IN THE MARTIAL ARTS WORLD TO COMBAT SEXUAL PREDATORS IN OUR MIDST?




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

That Kid

Here at the Stick Chick Blog, I have a post series called "That Guy".  This series is all about the stereotypical annoying sorts of students you meet while training.

Y'know.  The PhilosopherThe Full CupRanky McGee.  You can read the entire "That Guy" series here on the blog by searching for the "That Guy" label here on the blog.

Today, I'd like to talk about That Kid.

Before you say, "Chickie, you're hit a new low, you're picking on little kids, way to punch down." I have a confession to make.

My very own child is That Kid.

I finally have a reason to use this gif!

So let's talk about what That Kid looks like.

That Kid is the one that finds a way to scoot closer and closer to a friend during warm-ups so they can make jokes and poke each other.

That Kid is the one who constantly interrupts training and instruction to make side comments that she thinks is funny.

That Kid decides that making faces at himself in the mirror is more fun than paying attention to what's going on.

That Kid literally doesn't stop talking for more than 30 seconds in 45 minute class.

That Kid, when it's time to line up for a drill, always tries to cut in line and makes the rest of the group complain about who got in line first.

You hear That Kid's name every few minutes, as in "THAT KID!  Stop doing that and focus!" and "THAT KID! Are you with us today?" and "THAT KID! 10 pushups!"

In fact, That Kid gets assigned a LOT of pushups for this stuff but it doesn't seem to phase her one little bit.  As soon as she's done, she gets back on the mat and continues being disruptive.

That Kid always finds a way to goof off during the drill.  He does things like the wrong kick or punch, or adding sound effects to the technique, or starting a discussion with his friend about how Batman would do this technique.

That Kid will complain loudly when he doesn't get to do something he wants to do.  Sometimes, That Kid will throw an outright temper tantrum.

This, in a gi.

That Kid is the poster child for why parents put their kids in martial arts training in the first place.  She lacks discipline and focus and is constantly a disruptive force of nature.

When you teach That Kid, it makes the session last a million years and by the end of it, you need a shot of whisky and a nap.

Oh, That Kid.  Your regular school teacher is a saint.

Every single one of you who have taught a kid's martial arts class for five minutes have in mind at least one, probably more, children you've interacted with that are definitely That Kid.

So as I said above, my kid is That Kid.  Oh, not every class, mind you, but often enough that I have to attend her classes to help keep her in line as much as I can (versus working out at the Rec Center while she's training, as I'd love to do) because she can be too much in a room full of kids for the teacher to cope with solo.

That's the point of this post.  I want to know how YOU deal with THAT KID in class.  What are your tools, techniques and strategies to get this kid in line and focused in class? What methods of correction do you use?   Got any funny THAT KID horror stories?

Let us know in the comments!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 02/17/18

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?

WHAT I DID THIS WEEK:


I finally adulted up and went to the doctor Saturday morning for drugs to get over the nearly two week illness I'd been fighting.  Thank goodness it's not the flu - it's a sinus infection.

GM Art Miraflor from Stockton, CA has been working in the area for a couple of years now, and he is finally transferring back to his home.  Mr. Chick and my teacher have been studying with him on the side, and he came to our Arnis class on Saturday for one last training sessions with him.  We'll miss you, GM Art!

 I spent the rest of the weekend resting.

Monday I felt a lot better, so I went to Arnis class at Hidden Sword.

Tuesday I took younger daughter to taekwondo class at Hidden Sword.

Wednesday we covered classes at Hidden Sword and Mr. Chick taught us some drills he learned from a visit to another Arnis school over on the Dallas side of town.  Yeah, it was Valentine's Day, so we spent it training, which is way more romantic than flowers and candy, y'all.

Thursday I took younger daughter to taekwondo.

Friday I went to bed early, as I had a day-long vestibular migraine and I was exhausted.

I am still not 100% well - the sinus infection I have is a tough one apparently - but I am a lot better and coughing a whole lot less!

Me, GM Art, Mr. Chick


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Monday: One is the Loneliest Martial Arts Number
TuesdayPeace and the Martial Arts
WednesdayWhy Stick Sparring ROCKS!
Thursday: Breaking the Law
FridayQuestions from Quora: In what way can martial arts benefit you that common sports can’t (other than self defense)?


HELP THE CHICKIE OUT: I have goal for 2018 to get the Stick Chick Blog Facebook pages to 1000 likes.  So please, if you're on Facebook, like the page, will ya (link is RIGHT HERE)?  Share it with your friends who like the martial arts too?  Pretty please?



OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

That's where my glasses and car key went...


OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD guys!


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FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

My teacher is off in Mississippi teaching and helping out at a seminar by +Hock Hochheim so we're covering Arnis class today. I plan to get in some kobudo practice in the morning.

Then, because I'm NOT 100% I will rest up some more.  I dunno if this is just a really bad infection, or if it's just my age, or a combo of both.  Annoying.

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!