What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Halloween. No classes today at Hidden Sword due to a tournament. However, my fellow Arnis students competed, and I'm proud of them! Oh - and my 25th Wedding Anniversary.
Sunday: Celebrated my anniversary by going to an Adventure Park (post about it below), getting a massage and going out for Japanese Steak House. Mmm.
Monday: We were some hurtin' puppies after the park the day before, so I took it easy. Went and saw The Last Witch Hunter at the movie theater. It was okay - I regret paying movie-theater prices to see it.
Tuesday: Mid-Cities Arnis class. We started a new "Unit" of material - introduced Combative Response #2 and worked on block+check.
Wednesday: Stubbed my toe and cut it pretty good, and it was hard to walk! Stayed home to nurse my (relatively dumb) wound.
Thursday: MCA class. Kept working on the same new material. I spent half the class with my hurt toe propped up.
Friday: Review night at Mid-Cities Arnis and stick sparring. We played some new sparring games including making one side fight ONLY defensively using "Dos Manos" (two hands) method, and we also used a (nearly) empty stick bag in place of a stick in this drill. Very fun. I actually wore shoes for about half the class, so the toe is better (finally)!
I posted these posts of original content this week:
Wednesday: This Weekend is MAPA 7
Friday: At the End of the Rope
I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: Pain and Joy
Thursday: Why Study Double Sticks At All? (Revised edition - new stuff!)
I also write for our school's blog. This week's value was Courage, and I wrote about it here.
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
The Mountain vs. the Viper in real life? Things like this make me feel even more Hobbit sized than normal.
Hock Hochheim wrote up a nice discussion on various "interesting" knife grips that's worth your time to read: Terrible, Terrible Mistaken Knife Grips
+Eric Primm has an fantastic series on footwork on his blog (read it, folks, good stuff). Here's the latest: Footwork Friday: Combining Move Up the Circle
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:
Today we host MAPA 7 - I'll write up a follow up on Monday.
Is anybody else stunned that it's November already? It seems like we just got past July 4!
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!