Saturday, April 16, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity 04/16/16

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:  Morning class in Arnis at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  I got to evaluate a kid for his readiness for a martial arts program (not all kids are ready for or will do well in a traditional group class setting, even if martial arts training is something that they'd benefit from).  Later that day was my one-a-month Kobudo class with AKATO.  Productive and somewhat frustrating class (oh, that form, that form will drive nuts!).
Sunday:  Oh man, my Naihanchi sucks.  In other news, we taught our four-hour "ADE Women's Self Defense course" and as usual, really enjoyed it.  I think we need to revamp the curriculum soon - removing some things, mostly, in favor of more repetitions.
Monday:  My "day off", Hubby went to Arnis class.
Tuesday:  Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on Baston Anyo Dalawa (including the 90 degree translation) and ended with playing sinawali.  We have a new adult student - the parent of one of our kids - and Hubby worked with getting him integrated into class (aka our "Zero level" material).
Wednesday:  Attended class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  Our senior adult brown belt student worked with our white belt adult student on sinawali, while my teacher and I spent some time talking about kobudo.
Thursday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  12 Angles of Attack (elbows), then we played hubad-lubad.
Friday:  Quick review of anyos and then stick sparring!  Hidden Sword's senior brown belt came by to join in the fun, and it was very helpful to have him there.

No good pictures of me this week.  This picture is from our trip to Japan in October 1998.  Taken at the amusement park "Fuji-Q Highland".  Yes, we rode Fujiyama when it was the tallest roller coaster in the world (then).
BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:

Monday:    Form Follies
Wednesday:   The Alternating Hand
Friday:  Face-Off Friday: Organization, or Independent?

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  A Secret of the 12 Angles of Attack Revealed (to me)
Thursday:  Aging and the Martial Arts


OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

In case you missed it...the fine folks behind "The Karate Rap" "Sister Sensei" (and that post I made a couple of weeks back  "Kiaaa-HA! Martian Arts with Sensei Dave")... have fired up this new series, "Tallman" - it's really interesting and different and there's two episodes thus far. The first one is below.  Thanks for the head's up, +Holly Seeger!!  I have subscribed and can't wait to see more!



This image was posted on FB on the "Mcdojolife" page and I still can't stop giggling. It's genius.



Brian Van Cise's post about weekend instructorships struck a chord with me.  What do you think? Read it here.

Want to write about the martial arts but don't want to go to the trouble of maintaining a blog or using social media to share what you write? Guest posting for this blog might be for you!  Ping me privately on G+ or make a comment below and I'll reach out to you (you can also reach me via Twitter, here).

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 a * gasp * relatively normal Saturday.  Morning Arnis, watching Younger Daughter in TKD class, and then afternoon Kobudo with my teacher +Mark Lynn.  I'll even get in some Naihanchi practice this weekend (yay)!  I am going to see my instructor in the Memphis area in a few weeks, so I really need to practice. so my Naihanchi will suck less.  Oy.  I also will be working hard on that bugaboo Tonfa form that is kicking my butt.

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!