Saturday, May 19, 2018

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 5/19/18

Here's what I did this week in the martial arts - training, writing, and the various stuff I stumbled across.

How was your week?

TRAINING

Saturday was my last kobudo class in Texas.  I wrote about it on the blog this week, but let me say again, I'm gonna miss those people.  I even got used to wearing the dreaded white gi!

Monday and Tuesday were packing.  Wednesday I dragged my carcass to Arnis class at Hidden Sword and I'm glad I did.  Life is necessarily interrupting things but carving out some time to just let my brain relax and just work on Arnis is always something that I really should do more often.

Light training week. Heavy moving work week.


BLOGGERY

Hey, I actually wrote some fresh stuff this week!

Thursday: We Are The Tribe

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OTHER MARTIAL ARTSY GOODNESS

We can't tell you the city where this was held, either.


This is literally me, with a pile of knives and other assorted tools, before I go to a place like my kid's school or the airport.




LAST THOUGHTS:

Tomorrow I help out at my teacher's monthly Instructor's course for the last time (at least for the near future).  I'm now on a long string of "last time I do stuff in Texas" now...

You KNOW you wanna come play with me, right?  Your opportunity is to join me at Hidden Sword's presentation of GM Shelley Millspaugh next weekend.  Details are HERE!

Also - all of you who have seen Deadpool 2... no spoilers, but I'd love to know what you think.  The first one is one of my favorite superhero movies of all time...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Questions from Quora: Is Dodging a thing in Escrima?


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.

What's YOUR answer to today's Question from Quora?


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kobudo: Moving On

I attended my last formal Kobudo class in Texas over the weekend.

Our class at our Green Belt test, 2015. I'm in the front row, 2nd from the right.

You might recall I tested for my 1st degree Black Belt last November, and now I'm in the "seniors" class. We've been studying kama, which is a relatively fun and easy weapon for someone who plays Arnis to pick up.

By the way, if you actually hit stuff with your wooden practice kama, be prepared for the blade to come loose or break off. Wood glue is your friend.

And if you aren't hitting stuff, why are you bothering to study a weapon?



We've talked about maybe finding a way for me to keep training with this group long-distance via Skype or something, but from a practical point of view, if I want to continue my studies, I have to find some new people to train with in Kansas City.

I've already started that process, as I've reached out to a few people with the plan to meet up and discuss things when I get settled.  I'm excited about the possibilities in front of me.

I remember how terrified I was of starting that class.  Worried about the etiquette, worried about fitting in as an Arnis player in a room full of taekwondo and karate black belts.

Of course, those worries were kind of silly.  Today, I'm a part of the group, and even though I'm moving away, I'll always be a part of the group.

I'm grateful to my teachers and to my classmates at AKATO.  I'm going to miss them a lot.

Our class at our Black Belt test, 2017.

Have you made a transition from one school to another?  What was that like? What were your fears that ended up to be unfounded or actually ended up to be true?  Let us know in the comments!



Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 05/12/18

Here's what I did this week in the martial arts - training, writing, and the various stuff I stumbled across.

How was your week?

TRAINING

By necessity, moving is starting to take up a LOT more of my time.  So I don't get to go to class as much as I'd like.

Saturday I covered classes at Hidden Sword - taekwondo, sparring class, and Arnis.  For my last time covering these classes, I did what I love to do (and the students seem to love too) - we hit the bags!

Wednesday I attended class at Hidden Sword and we worked on crossada/gunting drills with double sticks and then with the knife.

Thursday I took Younger Daughter to taekwondo.

No new pics of me training this week. I'm moving, mmmkay?


BLOGGERY

My brain is more in move mode than writing mode, so there wasn't a ton of fresh content this week, sorry y'all.  It's just gonna be that way for a while.


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OTHER MARTIAL ARTSY GOODNESS

Nice article on why adults should consider starting up martial arts training: Five brain-boosting reasons to take up martial arts – at any age

Joelle White posted a really great post that you oughta share with your students: Not Fair!

An interesting take on a machete/knife fight from Spain that's making the rounds (including some nice discussion on the blog's Facebook page): Is Reverse Grip Dangerous?

I'm sure this happens as much as our favorite "nunchaku hit to the head and/or crotch" videos that make the rounds.



LAST THOUGHTS:

Today I attend my last regular Kobudo class in-person.  I'm going to miss the people I've been training with there, big-time.

If you wanna train with yours truly in DFW before I head north, you just HAVE to join me at this AWESOME seminar with GM Shelley Millspaugh.  Deets right HERE.

Have a fantastic Mother's Day weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Questions from Quora: Where can I find like-minded martial artists where I live?


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.

What's YOUR answer to today's Question from Quora?