Saturday, February 20, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 02/20/16

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:  My teacher's father is under the weather, so we covered Arnis class and TKD beginner's class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  That afternoon was kobudo with AKATO over in Dallas.  We worked our bo material, our tonfa patterns and full kata, and learned a new kata, Nomi Nani Kata (No Name Kata).
Sunday:  Came down with the stomach bug that's going around.
Monday:  I was still sick and miserable.
Tuesday:   Improved enough to go to work and to teach class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We are gearing up for rank testing next week, so we worked on all of the "four count" sinawali patterns we've covered in this level.
Wednesday:  Attended class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  An old student and friend of my teacher's dropped by - we haven't seen him in a very long time - so I covered class so my teacher and he could catch up.  It'd be great if he comes back to training - he was a favorite training partner of mine and we'd love to have him back if we can get him.
Thursday: Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  While the rest of the class worked on our Combative Responses and Block+Check, I worked with a potential new student trying out our class.
Friday: Fridays are always fun at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Yay stick sparring!  We also worked hard on block+check - right hand attack, left hand attack, right hand defense, left hand defense.  In stick sparring, we've been emphasizing capturing the stick hand, using various techniques, and using the alive hand a lot more.

My adult student succeeded in capturing the hand here

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted this post of original content this week (hey, I was sick!):

Wednesday:  Trust Issues

I re-shared these posts:
Monday:  Best Laid Plans
TuesdayCriminals Gonna Crime
Thursday: Why do I Keep Training?
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Cross training vs. single-system training

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Back in January, my teacher, Mark Lynn, was promoted to 8th Dan in Renbudo.  Being the kind of guy he is, he didn't even mention it - I happened to run across it at the AKATO web site (here).  My husband posted this on Facebook, and he said it better than I could.
I wanted to congratulate my Arnis teacher Mark Lynn on his promotion to Renbudo Karate 8th dan. Jackie and I didn't find out because he told us, Jackie just happened to see it on AKATO's website.
Mark has something like 25 dans in 5 or 6 arts (including Karate, Modern Arnis, Kombatan, PAC, Kobudo), not because he cares about rank, but because he's a searcher. He's the eternal student. He's always open to learning more and generous in his willingness to share what he's learned. Jackie and I are very grateful we've had the chance to benefit from his experience and his support of our growth as martial artists.
He's far too humble to brag about his accomplishments so I'll do it for him. I didn't want it to go unrecognized.

Neat blog shared at Wim Demeere's page on Facebook: What I Learned by Punching My Annoying Neighbor in the Face

This meme cracked me up;


As did this one:




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:

Nice to have a "normal" Saturday this week to work on and perfect the new tonfa form we learned last week!

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!