What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Attended an AMAZINGLY FUN seminar on panantukan and balintawak by +Datu Hartman. So useful, so fun, a lot of cool little connections going on in my brain.
Sunday: Chores and wow, I was sore from the day before!
Monday: Attended Arnis class. We worked on punyo entries used in tapi-tapi. It was fun playing with the various methods - right on right, right on left, inside, outside, and how you get there.
Tuesday: MCA class. It was a special topics class - that is, not normal curriculum material. We focused on the panantukan material Datu Tim showed me on Saturday. I think we had a lot of fun!
Wednesday: Pre-Thanksgiving prep night. Watched "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". Grimaced at some of the sword work, but the fight between Qai Gon Jinn and Darth Maul is still awesome.
Thursday: Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, I ate. A lot. Watched "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith". Glad that's over, but just like in "Phantom Menace", I think there's some excellent fight choreography, and you can see each major guy has a different "style". The last movie is the best of the prequels, except I find it very irritating that Kick Butt Leader Padme Amadala has been turned into a simpering weakling sitting on couches worrying about "Ani" for most of the film (just because she's pregnant doesn't make her suddenly weak and dumb, does it? Apparently it does, according to George Lucas). And don't get me started on an otherwise perfectly healthy woman suddenly dying of a broken heart.
Friday: Worked, watched "Star Wars: A New Hope". Ahhh, that's better. It really does stand up far better than I thought it would - I haven't seen it in a few years. Even with Lucas' "special edition" tweaks (and those effects he left alone), it's still a good looking and entertaining film.
I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday: Giving Thanks: My Teachers
Wednesday: Giving Thanks: Founders and Leaders
Tuesday: Giving Thanks: Students
Thursday: Giving Thanks: Friends and Family
Friday: Giving Thanks: Blogging
I am one grateful gal. Thanks, ya'll.
Mid-Cities Arnis has a value of the week. This week was Loyalty - you can read about it here.
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
Nice video on use of the back hand gunting here:
If you're on Facebook, you often see ads or get approached to buy knives. There is a scammer taking people's money for inferior quality merchandise. Please read my friend Don Roley's blog about it here: Buyer Beware!
FMA Informative is THE journal of the FMA's the USA. You can read the issues online, or find old digital versions of FMA Digest (good stuff, people) at the bottom of the page. You really should check them out HERE.
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 get to have a "normal" Saturday of martial arts - Arnis class at Hidden Sword in the morning, and Kobudo in the afternoon. It seems like it's been a month since that happened - oh wait, it HAS! Seminars, holidays and other things interrupt the schedule, and December will be just as bad. I can't wait to get to "normal" in January.
We'll probably watch the best Star Wars film - "The Empire Strikes Back" - tonight, and then end tomorrow with "Return of the Jedi". I am not looking forward to those Ewoks.
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!