Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 06/11/16

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:  I covered classes - including Tae Kwon Do - at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  In Arnis class we had two of our more experienced students returning after a long break (for school) so we worked on just seeing what they remembered.  In TKD classes, I just supported the TKD Senior Belts in covering their material.  We ended the day with some pretty productive Kobudo practice.
Sunday: Got in some tonfa and bo work.
Monday:  Arnis at Hidden Sword.  We worked on concepts of Abanico Corto, for the most part.
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Younger daughter is back in classes and she did really well! Our new adult students are catching on nicely, and we got in a lot of good work with our more experienced students on Anyo Isa (empty hand form one).
Wednesday:   My night off.  We adopted a shelter cat that we have named "Daphne".  So happy to have a cat in our house again - we've been cat-less for nearly two years since our cat Random passed away.
Thursday:  Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.   Thursdays are our nights when we work more on hitting bags  - we worked on kicks and elbows.
Friday:  Review and stick sparring.  Fun night!  We used double sticks in sparring tonight, to play with the pros and cons of having a weapon in both hands.



BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted this post of original content this week:
Monday:   In Defense of Combat Sports
Wednesday:  5 Tips for the Martial Arts Newbie (Over 40)

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  A Difficult Decision (But Not Really)
Thursday:  Why Study Double Sticks
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Point Sparring

(If you have a good idea for a Face-Off Friday topic, let me know!)

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

It's not just us FMA folks playing with improvised weapons.  Neat demo from a Kung Fu School:



Found this on Tumblr... feel free to add your own in the comments!



If I missed a neat video or article or other martial arts related thing of note, let me know in the comments!  I'm still looking for guest bloggers - if you want to try your hand at writing an article for the Stick Chick Blog, hit me up, thanks!


FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

It's finally stopped raining.  Now it's hot and humid.  I forgot about the humid - and I did not miss it.  It's times like these I really, really miss the dry heat of Las Vegas.  And the utter lack of mosquitoes there.

Today is my monthly two-hour kobudo class over in Dallas.  It's our last class before our next text in July.  With all the practice I've been getting in I'm feeling pretty good about my progress now.  I can even do the bugaboo form without having to stop and think about it two tries out of three.  Progress!


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!