Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Roundup: My Five Faves and my pick for Best of TROY-KWON-DO

Okay, so I counted down the Top 10 Posts of 2014 by views, but I thought I'd share with you five posts that I am really proud of writing in 2014.  You might have missed some when they were originally published, and if you'd be so kind, take a moment and check them out, and let me know what you think.

These are in no particular order, and there's lots of others I'm very proud of, but I narrowed it down to these five.

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

I wrote this in response to frustration with well-meaning martial artists who use language that consistently imply that anything associated with the female gender is lesser, or undesirable, or weak and not worthy.

This happens all the time in the martial arts, not with any malicious intent for the most part, but generally through a lack of actually thinking about it.

Given that I find the martial arts community as a whole supportive and welcoming for me as a woman, it's the one thing I would love to change to make it even more welcoming for women everywhere.


CONFESSIONS OF A MARTIAL ARTS SNOB

This post sums up how I honestly, really feel about the martial arts and Modern Arnis.  It is as unadulterated and as unfiltered as it gets without me including tons of swear words.

It's basically the one post I'd want to read if somebody else wrote it.  I think it has the right imagery to get across the point I was trying to make.  It has the tone and the mix of humor and seriousness that I'd ideally like to have on this blog.



Plus, well, I'm still a raging snob.  I bet you are too!


IN DEFENSE OF PERFORMANCE MARTIAL ARTS

I'm proud of this one mainly because I am notorious for making fun of "bo spinners" and "sword catchers", and I think I did a really good job in making the case in favor of such stuff being fine and dandy in the martial arts world.


I meant every word I wrote, even if it not the way I do the martial arts myself.  I still believe it has place.

And yes, I will be ready and willing to defend professional wrestling and the WWE for being the amazing display of athleticism and martial arts performance every day of the week.  Those guys are badasses to the first degree.


HOW NOT TO SUCK WITH STICKS: FMA BASICS FOR NON-FMA PEOPLE

Of all of my nerdy Modern Arnis posts, I think this one is the one that's not only the best written, but also the one that's the most generally helpful.


This single post, if it's the only one that ever lives on over time, makes this blog worth doing, if it helps someone do an FMA technique properly.

If you share anything from this blog, please, share this one post.


I'M A LARPER (AND I'M OKAY)

I think we all know that we martial artists have a little bit of Live Action Role Play in each of us, even if we are afraid to actually admit it.


I think making a declaration that it's perfectly fine to embrace the LARP is the kind of stand I want to make here on this blog - let's not pretend we are anything other than what we are.  Let's embrace it and enjoy it, because it's fun.

This post is a favorite with me because of the discussion it generated in the comments, both where embraced the LARP, or denied the LARP.  Either way, I think it generated some of the better discussion we've had thus far on the blog, and that's why it made this list.


Here's my pick for the best of TROY-KWON-DO in 2014:

TROY-KWON-DO: MARTIAL ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PARENTS

Troy's tips for taking decent pictures with your smart phone are really, really well done.  I take lots (and lots and lots) of pictures in our Arnis classes, as well as of my daughter, and his tips have really helped me improve the shots I'm getting.


Troy is a great contributor to this blog, but this one post stands out as being really, really great.

Well, there you go, MY favorite posts in 2014.  Did I  miss one you liked?  Did I pick one that stunk up the joint?  I really want to know!