Saturday, February 27, 2016

My Week in Stick Chickivity 02/27/16

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?


Saturday:  Morning Arnis class at Hidden Sword.  We had the students working the bags for half of the class, then we sparred with Actionflex (padded) weapons.  It was the first time for two of our new kid students and they did great!  Later in the day we weapons sparred with the tae kwon do kids and I got my left ring and pinkie fingers jammed with nunchaku (bad timing on my part).  Spent the afternoon in urgent care and ended up with the fingers in a splint and on serious painkillers.  Had to skip kobudo class which just put icing on the cake of my day.
Sunday:  Practiced tonfa and bo forms empty handed.  Hubby spent the day at +Hock Hochheim's knife course.
Monday:  Attended class at Hidden Sword.  My sprained fingers were doing really well - I was able to hold a stick firmly (but I didn't use it much).  It only hurt a bunch when I used my left hand to check.  Ouch.
Tuesday:   Review night for testing at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We quickly went over the core of the material that was possible to be covered on the test.
Wednesday:  Went out of town for work.
Thursday: Returned home late that night.  Had to miss our rank test as a result of this trip.  We promoted two students to Orange Band, four students to Yellow Band, and we've had a new student join our school at White Band.
Friday:  We held a "Bring a Friend" night - three students brought friends to try out our art.  Everyone had a really fun time!  My hand is a lot better and while I still have to be careful with it, I am able to use it for the most part.

Me using my injured hand in stick sparring with our newest adult student.


I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday: Yes, I'm Injured (Again)
Wednesday:  About the Competitive Spirit

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: Four Awesome Things About Being a Filipino Martial Artist
Thursday:  Four Downsides to Being a Filipino Martial Artist
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: How Long to Black Belt?


This video has been making the rounds and it's awesome:

This video is also making the rounds and it's... well... check it out.

I admit I do not understand how sport karate has turned kiai breathing into this.  I really want to have someone explain the bunkai to me. And no, I won't get into the other things that bother me about this performance.  You karate folks watching this... I'd love to know your thoughts.

If I missed a neat video or article or other martial arts related thing of note, let me know in the comments!


This was a... difficult... week.  Getting injured - really injured - and having to do a last minute work trip screwed everything up. 

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!