Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 10/31/15

Here's how my week of training, writing, teaching, and miscellaneous Filipino Martial Arts-y artsy goodness went.

What have you been up to this week?

THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:

Saturday:  Attended Arnis class and then kobudo class.  My teacher taught me some basics for tonfa that I can now practice at home - sweet!
Sunday:  Taught a stick sparring class at Cutting Edge Fencing center.  Fencers make AWESOME stick fighters, folks.  Had a blast.  I will be writing about it on the MCA blog and I'll share that post when it's ready.
Monday:  Took older daughter to help out on a Black Belt test given by a local TKD school run by a friend.  It was interesting to see the differences between the school my teacher runs (and others we've attended) and this one.
Tuesday: We ran review for our first rank testing at Mid-Cities Arnis. We also taught our non-testing students "Dos Manos" drills, which is one of my favorites, as it's especially useful for closing in when stick sparring.
Wednesday:  Kevin was sick, my inlaws were on their way in, so I stayed home to clean my house.  As you can imagine, busy as I am, it's a mess usually!  Practiced tonfa just a little bit.
Thursday: Our first rank test at Mid-Cities Arnis!  Write up and pictures here.
Friday: Halloween party at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We played zombie tag, ninjas, and of course we stick sparred!  Write up and pictures here.

If you strike a fencer in the face, OPEN PALM!

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

MondayA Difficult Decision (but not really)
Wednesday: My (Married) Martial Arts Life
Friday: The Filipino Martial Arts - Why We Don't Make The List

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: You're Never Too Old To Start the Martial Arts
Thursday: I'm Really a Black Belt!

I also write for our school's blog.  This week I don't have a new value (review week for our test on Thursday) so I wrote and posted images from our stick sparring classes here.  I included links to the two other posts I made (about our rank testing and our Halloween party) above.

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Today - Halloween - is my 25th wedding anniversary. My awesome inlaws are in town, so hubby and I are going to go spend a couple of days in Dallas starting tonight.  Tomorrow we're going to try to conquer this together: Trinity Forest Aerial Adventures. Can't wait!

I didn't see much out that really blew my gaskets (good or bad) this week - it was kind of "quiet".

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


FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

There won't be a fresh post on Monday - I'll still be off doing anniversary festivities.  I'll have a fresh post on Wednesday.  I'm also suspending "Face-Off Friday" as I've just run out of topics. I'll post them when I think of something good (unless you want to help me think of some more... let me know in the comments below!)

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!