Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Attention martial artists:

I need your help!

I'd like to create a post for the blog entitled "Travel Tips for the Martial Artist".

So I'm looking for YOUR contributions to that post. If I use your tip, I will give you credit (by your username on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, or name you use to comment on The Stick Chick Blog) in the blog post.

I'm looking for tips and tricks when traveling long-distance for martial arts training. Packing tips, what to bring with you, how to secure weapon(s), uniform care tips, health care stuff that you should always pack, etc. If it's something unique to your style, please do tell me what style or system you're referring to in your post.

So tell us, what are your BEST travel tips for your fellow martial artists? Please comment below!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 06/24/17

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?


Saturday:  Due to scheduling conflicts, classes at Hidden Sword ended up being canceled!  So Mr. Chick and I went and saw "Wonder Woman".  LOVED IT.
Sunday:  Family chores, and I got some sai practice in, which is very good, because I need it, because I suck at it.
Monday:   Class at Hidden Sword. More Kombatan material as my teacher and I were prepping for our camp trip.
Tuesday:   Class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on our defensive responses.
Wednesday:   Class at Hidden Sword.  More Kombatan-y goodness!  Earlier in the day I had a new migraine symptom - a vertginous migraine, which is a really intense vertigo session where I was pretty sure I was having a stroke AND I was going to fall down and hit my head.  So I had to go to the neurologist to get it checked out.  It's just another kind of migraine, yay me, I'm getting to collect them all, like Pokemon, but FAR LESS FUN.
Thursday:   Because I did NOT take emergency meds the day before, the classic headache type migraine struck and I ended up having to stay home to sleep it off.  That was fun, but I did wake up after without the headache, which is good, because I had to finish packing for the trip.
Friday:  Got up at 3:30 am for my flight to Denver.  Flew to Denver, met up with my teacher and +Datu Hartman, ate, chatted, then we connected with the other camp goers, had dinner, and then trained for five hours (5-10 pm). Met some amazing people and my brain is buzzing, and not because of migraines this time, but because of some really neat ideas being presented.

Yes, I am the only female in this picture.  Spotting me is kinda like finding Waldo.


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

MondayFamily Ties
Tuesday3 Reasons Filipino Martial Arts ROCK (for Women)
WednesdayCriminals Gonna Crime
Thursday: The Value of Slow
FridayFACE-OFF FRIDAY: Who Would Win This Fight?


TWO videos from Master Ken at "Enter the Dojo" this week?  YES PLEASE.

I've started trying to find classic martial arts cartoons and posting them on my Facebook Page (please do like and share that page, PLEASE, I'M BEGGING YOU).  Here's the one I posted this week:

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


I'm posting this from enemy territory (hey, I'm a Kansas City Chiefs fan y'know) in Denver, Colorado.  I have two more days before me of fantastic training at this camp.  Lots of people are here, and it's wonderful to meet and learn from some amazing martial artists.  This "side" of my martial arts "family "ROCKS!

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!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Family Ties

All of us have two sides of a family - a Mom's side, and a Dad's side.

For me, I spent most of my childhood interacting with my Mom's side of my family.  I spent my teen years in the same city my Mom grew up in (St. Louis) and I was around my grandmother, my aunt and uncle, my cousins, my cousins-once-removed, and a large extended family that I have in that city.  I was pretty close to them and knew them very well.

My Dad's family is centered about two and a half hour's drive south of there (around Sikeston, MO).  I spent a few weeks each summer there in my childhood, but I didn't get to see them daily like I did my Mom's family.  While I knew them, I didn't know them as well as my relatives in St. Louis.

So what does that have to do with the martial arts?

Just like I have two sides of my family, so I have two "sides" to the style of martial arts I practice. 

While I use the term "Modern Arnis" a lot, and it is definitely a huge part of what I do, it's not what I actually do.  What I actually do is Presas Arnis - a blend of Modern Arnis (Remy Presas) and Kombatan (Ernesto Presas).

Me helping teach one of the "combative responses" my teacher got from Kombatan 

Just as I did with my family in St. Louis, I spend a lot of my time outside of my home school in Arnis around the Modern Arnis "side" of my art, the "Remy" side of the family.  I've been to more camps and seminars in Modern Arnis than I can possibly recall at the moment.  They're like my "Mom's side" of my martial arts family.  I know many Modern Arnis players, and I know them (and the art) pretty well.

Now I'm getting a chance to see the "other" side of my family, the Kombatan side - my "Dad's side" of my martial arts family.

This weekend I'm traveling to Denver, Colorado to attend the GGM Ernesto Presas Legacy Gathering.  This is the first time I've gotten to meet and train with Kombatan players who were not also Presas Arnis people like myself.  My teacher, +Datu Hartman and Datu +Dieter Kn├╝ttel all trained and ranked with GGM Ernesto Presas, but I've never gotten to train with people who were "pure" Kombatan players.

I know bits and pieces, this and that, of things that Kombatan players do, things my teacher has blended into his curriculum.  I also have a few - a very few - "Grand Master Ernesto" stories.  Going to this camp lets me get learn more, go deeper, and connect with Kombatan in its original context, versus the blend I have been learning for years.

For me, going to this camp is like going to a family reunion where you get to hang out with all the great aunts and uncles and cousins you didn't know you have, getting family stories you hadn't heard before.

My teacher is also attending the camp, and +Datu Hartman is one of the instructors, but other than that, most of the other names associated to this camp I know mainly by reputation or by interacting with them online.  It's going to be a new experience for me.

I'm pretty excited.  I'm planning how to pack my gear and I'm worrying about what happens should my checked bag NOT make it to Colorado with me.  I hate checking bags but they won't let me put my training weapons in my carry-on.

Can't imagine why.

Have you ever gotten to train with "sides" to of your martial arts "family" you don't get to see often?  What what it like?  Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

My week in Stick Chicktivity - 06/17/17

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?


Saturday:  Kobudo and Arnis day.  It's that time of the month where I go over to Dallas for my two-hour kobudo class.  I kinda stunk up on the joint but we're getting close to the end of the sai material and to the point where we'll be practicing all we've learned over the past few years.
Sunday:  Taught ADE Women's Self Defense and spent some time with my youngest and my inlaws - they left town on Monday for a long trip and I won't see any of them for a long time.
Monday:   Caught up on chores.
Tuesday:   Class at Mid-Cities Arnis. We're working on new curriculum stuff with our recently promoted students in our family class, and we played sinawali in our adult class.
Wednesday:   Migraine started, so I stayed home and slept.  Day 1 of three days of "fun", ugh.
Thursday:   Class as Mid-Cities Arnis. Worked on anyos in family class, and worked on basics with a new student in Adult class.  Migraine continues at a low-level of annoyance.
Friday:  Migraine finally requires more nap time.  Stayed home and took it!

No new pictures of me this week, so here's one from about a month ago in our women's self defense.


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

MondaySensei Scumbag Strikes Again?
TuesdayThey Are Not "Chucks", Got It?
WednesdayKobudo Update: On the Home Stretch
Thursday: Let's Talk About Chambering
FridayFACE-OFF FRIDAY: Religion and the Martial Arts


The answer, Hannah Hillam, is ALL THE THINGS.

Nice video by +Ando Mierzwa (and +Jesse Enkamp) - entertaining and informative!

I ran across a rumor over on Tumblr that YouTube is shadowbanning martial arts content.  I'd like to hear from you martial arts YouTubers if you think this is true, or not.

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


Thank goodness I have a relatively sedate weekend planned.  Arnis, then kobudo practice.  I am going to a camp next week in Colorado, so it's best to rest up and hopefully beat back this dumb migraine that has been plaguing me all week.

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, June 16, 2017

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Religion and the Martial Arts


Today's topic is pretty controversial in some quarters.

Let's talk about mixing religious faith and martial arts training.

For some of us, we openly mix religion and the martial arts. Either it's a faith system that is "native" to the martial art being practiced (usually from the East, so we're talking about a number of religious traditions depending on the source - could be Buddhism, Shintoism, or a host of others), or another faith, such as Christianity or Islam, has "replaced" those points of view but is still pretty openly a part of the training.  To train in the group, you usually also "train" in the religious practice.  We also have organizations around faith and martial arts training, such as Karate for Christ International and the Muslim Martial Arts Society, to name two.

Then you have the other side of the equation, where most, if not all, expressions of religious faith in training is discouraged or simply not allowed.  Heck, we even have some folks arguing that martial arts training is incompatible with practicing the faith at all.  Here's an article discussing this:  Should a Christian Practice Martial Arts?

So I want to know what you think about mixing religion and the martial arts.  It is important to you?  What are the pros and cons?