Saturday, March 26, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 03/26/16

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:  LOOONNG DAY! Drove an hour over to Richardson to work with my teacher Sensei Don Oliver on learning Naihanchi Shodan. Worked on that for several hours (and yeah, all sorts of "Hey, this is just like this in Arnis!" discussions happened - that's what happens when you get two nerds together), drove an hour home, changed clothes, drove 1/2 hour to teach a Women's Self Defense class (four hours long), changed quickly there into a dress - YES, I OWN A DRESS - and drove 40 minutes to go to AKATO's 40th Anniversary Banquet, then drove a little over an hour home.
Sunday:   Worked on Naihanchi Shodan, tonfa, and bo.  Hubby spent the day studying knife with +Hock Hochheim  - I think Hock saw him on this day more than I did in the previous few days combined.  Sorta jealous, Hock.
Monday:  My day off, but I worked on Naihanchi Shodan.
Tuesday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Reviewed Combative Responses 1, 2 and 3.  We have a student who hasn't learned this material yet, so I worked with her and she caught on the fastest I've ever seen a newbie catch on.  It was awesome.  Then we finally got through the end of Anyo Isa!
Wednesday:  Attended class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts. Worked w/our adult brown belt on some interesting progressions adding in kicks, disruptions and throws off of basic block+check.
Thursday: Worked kicks and kick/strike combos Mid-Cities Arnis.  Nice workout.
Friday:  Wrapped up the week at Mid-Cities Arnis.  It's Good Friday, so only one student attended class.  This student is getting ready to leave us for deployment overseas, so we worked on his form so he can know it well enough to practice while he's away.  I also got to put in some good work on Naihanchi Shodan.

Demonstrating a technique at our Women's Self Defense seminar

BIG NEWS!

Mid-Cities Arnis, with the support of Hidden Sword Martial Arts, is hosting +Datu Hartman on Friday, April 1, 2016!  This came up very quickly, and we're getting lots of great responses - so if you or someone you know is in Dallas-Fort Worth, share the news and come on by!



BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:    Finding My Place
Wednesday:  Daredevil Season 2: Awesome Fight Scenes and a Problem

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  A Parent's Guide to the Martial Arts
Thursday: Scaling the Martial Arts Cliff
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Gi/Uniforms or No Gi?


OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Yep, those would be my monkeys. No comment on whose circus this is, though...



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:

So excited to be able to host Datu Tim Hartman this coming Friday at our place.  Plus, I get to go to ANOTHER seminar the next day (see below - come joins us) and help out at a Modern Arnis Black Belt Test.  The person testing is someone I've really gotten to know well via our MAPA Seminars, so I'm so happy I'll be able to help out on her big day.  Big weekend coming up next 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!