Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 01/23/16

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: Spent the morning class at Hidden Sword working on playing with variants off of the "X-Pattern" with our brown belts.  New stuff that hadn't occurred to me before (so of course I had to write about it, see Wednesday's post below).  Afternoon was kobudo class over in Dallas, where we did a bit of bo but it was mostly tonfa, getting fine tuned and being taught the 7 step drill (bo vs. tonfa).  Added "bonus" was that they were taking pictures for AKATO's 40th anniversary, and since I'm in the middle of a lovely rosacea flare and my face looks like raw hamburger, I made sure I was not included in any of them.  I'll admit, that made me pretty upset at the time.
Sunday:  Practiced bo and tonfa solo, since Mr. Chick had a day-long knife seminar with +Hock Hochheim.
Monday:  Drat! Couldn't go to class because of child issues (again)!  I am doomed to get interrupted if I try to go to Arnis class on Mondays, it seems.  Maybe I need to switch to Wednesdays.  Hmph.
Tuesday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on some material from +Hock Hochheim's system as well as worked on some neat variants we've been playing with in sinawali (see my post "Exploring the X" below to get an idea.
Wednesday: Practiced tonfa and bo.
Thursday: Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  I worked with two of our younger students on proper striking - specifically the low strikes (#8 and #9) and single sinawali standard.  They got to hit Bob 2.0, which is always fun!
Friday: Friday night stick sparring at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We had the class work single sinawali and then insert - block+check - with the soft sticks, then attempt to do the same thing sparring. Then we'd apply other restrictions on sparrers (such as only using "Dos Manos" blocking, which you see me doing below).
Me vs. "The Headhunter" Friday night.  I was limited to "Dos Manos" techniques only in this sparring drill.

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:  The Red Face Blues
Wednesday:  Exploring the "X"
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Change One Perception Of Your Art?

I re-shared these posts:
TuesdayLet's Talk About Chambering
Thursday:   Mutts and Purebreds in the Martial Arts

I forgot to post a link to this last week - I rewroked an old post from this blog for Mid-Cities Arnis - here's Four Awesome Things About Being a Filpino Martial Artist.

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

+Barron Shepherd wrote a piece about a dangerous individual, Ron Collins, who is trying to set up shop and teach martial arts in Beckley, West Virginia. Please do read it HERE and spread the word, thanks.

Interesting article from +Jesse Enkamp - "Why Modern Karate is Broken". Check it out.

Nice profile of actor, bodybuilder, and Filipino martial artist Grand Master Roland Dantes, one of Professor Remy Presas' closest students: Sticks, Knives and Courage

My friend Don Roley wrote about a scam that's been going after many industries, but has now made its way into the martial arts.  Read about it here: A New Scam

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:

Kobudo class at Hidden Sword today!  Hooray!  I'm still working on my empty hand martial art training -  I hope to have news on that soon.

My Rosacea flare is slowly healing.  It looks a lot better now than it did, but it's still there.  At least the dermatologist was hopeful!

One week later.

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!