Saturday, May 21, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 05/21/16

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:  Attended morning Arnis at Hidden Sword and then in the afternoon I went to my monthly Kobudo class.  I received my next weapon - nunchaku - and they informed us our next test is the class in July.  So I'm knuckling down and practicing bo and tonfa double-time now - I especially have to practice the bo one-steps with partners because I can't practice them solo very well and I honestly blank out on them half the time.
Sunday:  Practiced kobudo a bit.  On Sundays I also curate the week's photos for Mid-Cities Arnis, post them to Facebook, and then send out our weekly school email to our students.  Takes me a few hours every Sunday.  If you're on Facebook, I'd appreciate it if you'd "like" our Mid-Cities Arnis page HERE.
Monday:  My day off. Had a wicked tension headache, so I didn't get to enjoy it much.  Texas is very bad for allergies and it's yet another reason I plan to retire up north someday (the major ones being I want mountains - small ones will do - and a REAL winter!)
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We have a new adult student - yay!  I really loved being able to play hubad-lubad and riff off of all sorts of things that crop up in that drill.  Very fun night.  Also reviewed material for Mr. Chick's portion of MAPA 9 - it's his first time instructing.
Wednesday:   Attended  Arnis class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  My teacher is also instructing at MAPA 9, so he worked on that material in preparation.  I got to play a bit with our senior adult student and we got to riffing on topics similar to what we were playing with the night before at Mid-Cities Arnis!  I love it when that happens!
Thursday:  Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We covered applications of the elbow and worked on low kicks, and combinations of the two.
Friday:  Practiced Dos Manos techniques in preparation for Mr.  Chick's MAPA 9 material.




BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted this post of original content this week:
Monday: They Are Not "Chucks", Got It?
Wednesday:  What's in Your Toolbox?
Friday:  Happy Birthday GMM Ernesto Presas!

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Enough with Sensei Scumbag's Shenanigans!
Thursday:  Stick Exchange: One Advantage of the Blunt Weapon

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Really nice discussion of how a culture might use violence that isn't intended to inflict damage or long-term harm:  The Educational Beatdown 
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Heartwarming story of using martial arts to help kids with cancer: Rabbi uses martial arts to teach kids 'inner power' in fight against cancer

Interesting review of the usefulness of wearing a fit bit while doing martial arts (specifically Tae Kwon Do):  Can a Fitbit Work for Martial Arts?


Now THIS is stick fighting.  I love seeing the stick fighting traditions of cultures world-wide.


+Larry McDonnell  scored an AWESOME interview with Master Ken and Todd!  Check it out!;





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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:

Today is MAPA 9 - if you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come on out to Haslet and PLAY!  It's not too late - details are RIGHT HERE!



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!