Saturday, November 14, 2015

My Week in Stick Chicktivity 11/14/15

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:  MAPA 7.  I wrote about it on here on the blog (see below).
Sunday:  Caught up on chores that have gone without any attention for the better part of a couple of weeks.  I was nearly out of groceries!
Monday:  Attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword.  Our purple belts are working on sumbrada, so that's what I worked on, too.  I do love sumbrada!
Tuesday: Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We played a lot of hubud-lubud and introduced the "two bone block" (in conjunction with our Combative Response #2, the cross-body block and strike combo used in double stick as well as empty hand material).  We also talked about why blocking an incoming weapon with an open hand is a bad idea.
Wednesday:  Hubby's night at Arnis class.
Thursday: Worked on the 12 angles with "witik" (hit and retract) and "lobtik" (pull through) motions.  Then worked strikes - punches, palm heels, and a few others - on Bob 2.0.
Friday:  Review and stick sparring night at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Did some sinawali with the soft sticks - it's a great way to correct some bad habits (such as demonstrating why it's important to chamber and not leave your hands out in the middle to get them smacked!).

Bob and Bob 2.0.  Bob 2.0 ROCKS.
BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday: Thoughts from MAPA 7: Same Picture, Different Angle
WednesdayWhy We Should Be Glad Rumblr Was a Hoax

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Kiaaa-HA! Mr. Bean Snickers Commerical
ThursdayKiaaa-HA! Kung Fury
Friday:  Face-Off Friday: Are Forms Obsolete?

I also write for our school's blog.  This week's value was Discipline-Practice, and I wrote about it here.  I also wrote up a MAPA report from our school's point of view, and you can read that here.

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

The Stick Chick Blog officially passed 100,000 total views on Friday.  Yes, I know what the counter says, but I had some weird spikes in traffic over the summer that were about 5K "bad" views (no way I got 2000 views in less than 10 minutes, right)?  That was a milestone I was really hoping to reach this year, and I did, so thank you, dear readers!

My blog post I'm Really a Black Belt! inspired this nice post over at the Budo Bum blog. I'm often inspired by all of the awesome martial arts bloggers out there, and I'm happy that my blog inspired his post.

Neat video of Esgrima Criolla, from Argentina In Spanish with English subtitles.



Here's an article from the National Football League about how martial arts training has become essential in today's NFL.  This is a great support article when you make the claim that martial arts training helps athletes in other sports (because it does).  Mixing in martial arts to improve on-field performance

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 are teaching a four-hour Women's Self Defense class.  This class is very basic and is more focused on situational awareness, some very basic escapes, and listening to your instincts when they tell you that there is something wrong here.

I'm ready for Thanksgiving, but not for Christmas.  Are we sure we can't shove in another month in between those?

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!