Saturday, February 13, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 02/13/16

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:  In the morning, I attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  After getting them warmed up, I worked a bit with our two new kid students - who did great - and taught the first half of Anyo Isa (empty hand form one) to our yellow belt kid.  I helped my teacher in his beginner TKD class - I coached kicks (side and roundhouse - yes, I know how to do them, even if I do them low myself) - as his usual assistants both had other obligations for the day. Then in the afternoon, I attended kobudo class, and got in a lot of practice with the bo and with the tonfa.  Very satisfying day - my arms were tired and sore so I know I put in some good work.
Sunday:  Since my next formal kobudo class is coming up, decided to spend about an hour or so working tonfa and bo, fine tuning things.  I'm not kidding when I say my arms were tired!
Monday:  Day off.  Spent it catching up on cooking some lunches for myself (because of my pretty strict diet, I have to plan what I'm going to eat, y'know...)
Tuesday:    Family issue meant I got to stay home and deal with it while hubby taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. Thank goodness our school has two of us to teach classes!
Wednesday:  Got to go to class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  I led the warm-ups, so the class hit the bags (I love to have 'em hit bags), then I mostly played tapi-tapi with our kid brown belt, trading off driving and being the passenger, stealing the drive, and countering counters.  Fun stuff.
Thursday: Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We played a lot of Hubad-Lubud drills - both stationary and walking, working on moving forward and backward with the "attack" hand forward (think of how fencers move - that's sort of similar to the stance we were working on). We also did a little brush-grab strike.
Friday: Friday nights at Mid-Cities Arnis are always fun.  We worked block+check (#1 - high forehand and #2 - high backhand) strikes only, using "alternating" stepping as well as "attack" hand forward, up and down the room.  Then we broke out the soft sticks and played a few drills of block+check where you are surrounded by a group and you have to turn and defend against attacks.  We ended class with good ol' stick sparring, working on block+check and attempting to capture the stick or stick hand.  I also went to a late showing of "Deadpool".  It was AWESOME.

Me showing our student how to get to the hand after a "Dos Manos" (two hand) block


I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:   Sticks for Kids: Observations on Teaching Kids Arnis
Wednesday:  Four Profound Life Lessons (Learned in the Martial Arts)

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  An Unexpected Benefit of the Martial Arts
Thursday: Five Things You Can Do to Help Your Favorite Martial Arts School
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY:  How Young is Too Young to Earn a Black Belt?


This is a few weeks old now, but I don't recall sharing it here, and I watched it again and I love it.

Why do you have to train with (and against) weapons?  Even wildlife - the aquatic kind - can and will arm itself with a knife.

The counter to this, of course, is melted butter.  Improvised weapons, indeed.

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


Today is Kobudo class over in Dallas.  I'm always happy when I get to go over there.  I've been practicing pretty hard, so I'm feeling good about this month's class.

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!