Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Week in Stick Chicktivity 12/05/15

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

What have you been up to this week?

THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:

Saturday:  My first "normal" martial arts Saturday in over a month.  Arnis class in the morning, kobudo in the afternoon.  I finally learned enough of tonfa to practice it at home.
Sunday:  Tonfa practice and I practiced bo a few times.
Monday:  I had a sinus headache from hell, so I switched training nights with hubby.
Tuesday: Taught Arnis class at Mid-Cities Arnis. We had a new student starting with us, hooray!  We are starting to teach variations on the "four count" sinawali (aka, different ways to do single sinawali).  I ran through tonfa and bo today too.
Wednesday:  We had a new student at Hidden Sword, so I spent most of the class working with him. I got some time to play, too, on various things off of block-check-counter.
Thursday: Taught Arnis.  We worked on elbow strikes, then I helped our new student on our 6 count blocking drill.
Friday: It's stick sparring night!  AWWW YIISSSSS!!

Me vs. Kaliyah, the "headhunter" - one of our best sparrers (really!)


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:  THAT GUY: Bad Hygiene Guy
Wednesday: 6 Annoying Things About Being a Female Martial Artist - 1
Thursday:  6 Annoying Things About Being a Female Martial Artist - 2
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: "Going Dark" for the Holidays in Martial Arts Schools

I re-shared this post:
Tuesday: How Not to Suck with the Sticks: FMA Basics for non-FMA People

I also write for our school's blog.  This week's value was Humility, and I wrote about it here.

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Marc MacYoung wrote a nice blog post about self defense when you're in a place where you can't carry a firearm (and as a related issue, using non-lethal force).  Very well said, and one you want to keep handy when your firearms-oriented brothers and sisters insist all they need is their firearm for self defense.  When the sign says "No Guns Allowed"

Ran across this cool story out of the UK of a woman defending herself against a sexual predator using her car keys.  We have a Self Defense newsletter; it's going to be included in the next one.  Read it here.

Finally, nice video on knife laws and rights in America from our friends at Funker Tactical.  If you carry or own knives, know your state laws.  Long, but worth your time.




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 teach our final ADE Self Defense seminar for the year.  I've enjoyed these sessions immensely, but I'm very glad we're going to an every-other-month schedule next session (February and April).

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!