What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Huge day in Arnis. First I attended a seminar by Hanshi Raymond Montoya. He taught some principles riffing off of sinawali, including some disarms I hadn't seen before, and then translated that to empty hand vs blade with takedowns, and then using empty hand boxing concepts against kicks (again, taking people down). Very fun and interesting seminar, and it was a real pleasure to meet Hanshi Montoya, another "First Generation" student of Remy Presas. After a delicious lunch (brisket RULES, people), I then got to sit on a Modern Arnis black belt testing board for the first time. I was the lowest ranked black belt there - most of the rest of the board were First Generation and highly, highly ranked direct students of Professor - yikes! It was a really great test and I saw and learned a few things that I've been playing with in my mind all week.
Sunday: Got a little Naihanchi practice in, and a bit of tonfa, but it was a busy day as we played catch-up from being gone all day the previous day. Hey, I have to do laundry and chores at least ONCE a week.
Monday: My "day off", Hubby went to Arnis class.
Tuesday: Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis. We covered our combative responses (same side block and strike, cross body block and strike, and double block and strike) and taught Baston Anyo Dalawa (Stick Form 2). Dalawa is a very easy and very short form, so they got it all down in one class.
Wednesday: Attended class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts. Worked with our white belt adult on his Baston Anyo Isa (Stick Form One) and then we worked interrupts off of single stick single sinawali - grabbing the stick and punyo inserts. I worked on a "tip down" supported block entry I hadn't tried before that has all sorts of possibilities and I've been thinking about ever since.
Thursday: Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. We worked on single sinawali (double sticks) as a warm-up, and then we worked hard on kicks - front kicks and the variants of front kicks - all class long. Fun class, hard work.
Friday: We worked on Anyo Isa at Mid-Cities Arnis.
|Our new Dayang in Modern Arnis, Karen Clarke (middle in red shirt).|
I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday: KIAAA-HA! Martian Arts with Sensei Dave
Wednesday: I am The Passenger (and the Navigator too)
I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday: The Value of Slow
Thursday: Same Language, Different Accent
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are Rec Center Programs Less Legit?
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
Ran across this really wise article at Richmond Balintawak's blog that applies to all of us: The Ocean of Balintawak
Ever since I wrote Wednesday's blog post, this song has been running through my head. The Iggy Pop version is good, but I like this one better.
+Kai Morgan guest blogged a really nice post here: How one woman’s bad karate suddenly became my heart’s desire (Guest post)
An excerpt of a movie that I need to take time to watch in full. Two minutes in is the part that literally make me laugh out loud.
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:
Today is Kobudo day, and I think I'm going to have a rough class. I'm really, really struggling with the second form we're supposed to know. But we'll see how I do when I get there.
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!