Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 04/30/16

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:  Ooh, two weekends in a row, two "normal" Saturdays in a row!  Arnis in the morning at Hidden Sword and then Kobudo practice in the afternoon.  I am finally willing to say I think I have this tonfa thing under control, including the dreaded form that's been giving me fits.
Sunday:  Niahanchi, not so much.  Spent the day practicing that a bit, then reviewing rank requirements under my teacher in Memphis.
Monday:  Went to class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts. Played tapi-tapi with our junior brown belt, then we worked on fine details of abanico corto.
Tuesday:   Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We covered footwork and I showed them some of the ideas we'd worked on at Hidden Sword the night before with Abanico Corto (relating to the footwork drills we were doing).
Wednesday:  We hosted an info booth up at NRH Centre to get more visibility for our martial arts school.   Video playing on our laptop?  Check. VIP Passes? Check.  Banner stands?  Check.  Sticks and bag gloves if you sign up today?  Oh yeah.  Bob 2.0?  YOU BETCHA!
Thursday:  Due to storms on Tuesday changing schedules, I ended up taking Kidlet to a school event - she joined the Art Honor Society at her school.
Friday: Drove to Memphis to spend a weekend training with my teacher.  I saw a WHOLE LOT of Arkansas and drove many hours in the pouring rain.  Spent the evening working with my teacher to review all of the stuff I've forgotten over the last few years - turns out, I've forgotten a lot, and what I do know kinda sucks.  As to be expected, I suppose, after having moved away six years ago now...

No pictures of me training this week. In honor of being back in my original martial arts "home turf", here's a picture of me and my teacher David Jones from WAAAAAY back in the day.




BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday:   Martial Arts Growth Is Not Linear
Wednesday:   Corrosion of  Conformity
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: When to Cross-Train?

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Why We Should Be Glad Rumblr Was a Hoax
Thursday:  Thanks to the Martial Arts Widow(er)


OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

My friend Peter Boylan wrote a really nice article on his blog The Budo Bum you should give a read:  Demonstration Budo Vs. Training Budo Vs. Doing Budo

I know it's not new, but it's new to me:



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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:

I'm posting this from the Memphis, TN area today, as I am here training with my original teachers (and meeting +James Bullard in person, so I understand), resuming my progress in Ryukyu Kempo. I expect to acquire many bruises for fun, and to learn lots to practice when I get back to Fort Worth.  I'll be very out of pocket until I return, so y'all be good (I know, I know, who am I kidding?)

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!