Saturday, March 5, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 03/05/16

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:  Helped my teacher with an Arnis seminar for the North Texas Martial Arts Alliance.  This is a group of independent karate and tae kwon do schools that network together to help each other out with testing boards, hold seminars, and do sparring nights.  It's always fun to work with primarily empty hand martial artists as they learn Arnis.
Sunday:  Held a tonfa, decided I need to heal a little more before I try to use it in my left hand.
Monday:  Just  me and a fellow student also studying kobudo in Arnis class, so we worked on our new tonfa form.  Despite the discomfort on Sunday, I tried again. Left hand is dramatically better now - I CAN HAS TONFA!!  Hooray!
Tuesday:   Special topics class at Mid-Cities Arnis. These are classes that are related but non-curriculum material.  We talked about pressure points and basic locking concepts. I dunno what it is about this topic, but everybody was smiling and laughing and having a great time.
Wednesday:   My night off.  Ran through the new tonfa form a couple of times empty handed (working on the footwork, which is tricky).
Thursday:  Started teaching Anyo Isa, Form One.  This is the empty hand version.  We don't have many forms in our art and in our school, but it's time to start teaching this one.  We will also teach Baston Anyo Dalawa (Stick Form Two) on this part of our curriculum.  We also showed, as a warm-up, the 12 Angles of Attack using elbow attacks.
Friday: I was asked to review Anyo Isa, so we did.  Also, as always on Friday night, stick sparring!

Me teaching Anyo Isa.  Yeah, we fixed the kids using the wrong hand to strike with, promise.

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:  Chillax
Wednesday:  It Is All The Same
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: How long to 2nd Degree Black Belt?

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: Lessons from Block Check Counter
Thursday:  Searching for Professor


OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

New post by Hock Hochheim at his blog.   You Need To Go See Ray Medina

This commercial is making the rounds on Facebook and it's so funny and cute.


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WOW, Keanu Reeves is training HARD for his role in "John Wick 2".  I loved the first movie, I can't wait for the second (but if they kill another small animal I'm gonna be pissed).



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:

My sprained finger joints are healing nicely.  It goes to show that indeed, you gotta WORK those joints (versus keeping them immobilized) in order to get better faster.  I am convinced that working my hands - at first just trying to make a fist and light typing, but then more rigorous stuff - prevented permanent damage to my grip.  And we can't have permanent damage to my grip.

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!