Saturday, October 24, 2015


Here's how my week of training, writing, teaching, and miscellaneous martial artsy goodness went.

What have you been up to this week?


Saturday:  Arnis class in the morning (we worked with Hidden Sword's purple belts on their anyos for competition coming up on the 31st), working on MCA stuff (setting up the template for our lesson plans post-test) and then kobudo.  We did not start tonfa; instead we discussed the results of our rank test and what we learned there.
Sunday:  Taught ADE Women's Self Defense
Monday:   Attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword.  Worked on some positioning on block+check vs. a forehand (#1) and backhand (#2) strikes, to get to different disarms and locks.
Tuesday: Taught Arnis class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  It was a nice warm October day, so we played outside (see picture below).  Introduced block+check to our newer students and reviewed brush-grab-strike.
Wednesday:  My day to run older daughter around.  I did run through bo a couple of times.
Thursday: Taught Arnis class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Reviewed Combative Response #1 and related it to Block+Check.
Friday: If it's Friday, we're stick sparring at Mid-Cities Arnis!  Had an incident with my youngest daughter that I will write about on Monday - and it ended my week on a down note.

Working Block+Check basics at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Outdoors. In shorts and short sleeved shirts.  In October.


I posted these posts of original content this week:

MondayThanks to the Martial Arts Widow(er)
Wednesday:  2015 Goals Update - Down to the Wire

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  You're Never Too Old for the Martial Arts
Thursday: Knives Suck
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Only Fighting Ability Matters?

I also write for our school's blog. Each week is a post about a different martial arts value (and thanks for all your help on the topic, folks).  This week's post was on Tolerance, and you can read it here.


I missed mentioning it last week, but +Brian Johns of +Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts posted a great video that I ended up sharing with my students, as we'd been talking about the same subject in class.

Click here if you can't see the video.

Here's a video from 2013 showing an assailant attacking a police officer with a knife.  If you think it's easy to defend against a knife, think again.  CNN - Miami Officer Stabbed at Gas Station

Nice video from Prof. Dan Anderson on leverage disarms.  He makes disarming easy!

Click here if you can't see the video.

I finished up a lot of content for +Andrea Harkins' new book, some of which you haven't (and won't) see on this blog.

If I missed a neat video or article or other martial arts related thing of note, let me know in the comments!


We're teaching an intro to stick sparring class at Cutting Edge Fencing on Sunday - it's going to be a blast!

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!