Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 12/19/15

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:  Arnis class in the morning - we sparred with Action flex weapons, and we used more than just the "escrima" sticks (I loved playing with the jo, personally), so I got to use some of my kobudo skills as well.  In sparring, I really believe that the jo is the most versatile of those weapons - it's a perfect blend of the advantage of length with the advantage of a lighter weapon.  In the afternoon I went to Dallas and kobudo class.  I wasn't too far behind the rest of the class and kept up pretty well.  My arms were sore and tired the next day.
Sunday:  Suck it up, sore arms - had to run through Bo and Tonfa today anyway!  Mr. Chick attended Pacific Archipelago Combatives all weekend, and by his surprise (and mine), he was promoted to 1st Dan Black Belt in that system by +Hock Hochheim.  I'm so proud of him!  While he's studied with Hock directly for a year, he's actually been learning the material since we started with our teacher.  It was a pretty intense weekend and he's whupped - and happy!
Monday:  Younger daughter took her yellow belt test in Tae Kwon Do - and passed!  I wrote about it this week.  After her class I stayed for our Arnis class later in the evening.  It was a looonnnggg day.
Tuesday: Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on four-count sinawali and targeting.
Wednesday:  My day off (well, I run Older Daughter to fencing).  So it was just bo and tonfa practice for me.
Thursday: Last Thursday class for two weeks at Mid-Cities Arnis - worked on block+check, brush-grab-strike, and hubud-lubud drills.  Bad luck for us the holidays fall as they do!  After that, we went to Hidden Sword's Christmas party, which marks the start of a 'break' in our school until the new year.
Friday: Last stick sparring class at Mid-Cities arnis for 2015.  It's always a fun class and a great way to end our week.


Whew!  That was a big week!

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:   Why Tonfa ROCK!
Wednesday: The Dream Came True

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: And Then There Were None
Thursday:  The Entropy Game
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Kids in Combat Sports

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

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Nice article shared by my friend John Borter on Facebook.  Self-Defense Realities: Justified vs. Excessive Force

Neat video using native Filipino (as opposed to English/Spanish borrow words) in the Filipino Martial Arts:



Found an AWESOME knife defense video over on Facebook.  Can't embed it here, so click HERE for the link.  DO NOT MISS THIS VERY IMPORTANT KNIFE DEFENSE VIDEO.  It will change your life.

Nice blog post about why it's good to start martial arts training in your 40's - check it 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:

The year is winding down and I'm working on my goals for my martial arts life and for this blog in the new year.  2015 was banner year, and I find myself looking back on my year with fondness and a wonder on how I actually did it all.

I'm ready for the holidays, but I'm also ready for them to be over.  I am not one of those people who put a ton of emphasis - positive or negative - on this time of year, but I dislike big disruptions to my routine. The nice thing about the first few months of a new year  - no big holidays!

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!