Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 06/25/16

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:  Arnis in the morning at Hidden Sword.  I helped cover the beginning TKD class, then I attended kobudo class in the afternoon.  Nice "normal" day.
Sunday:  We drove about an hour and a half out to TNT Self Defense in Stephenville for the first of our monthly gatherings to work on Modern Arnis.  The idea is that we are working on prepping our Brown belts to test for Black some time next spring.  We worked on the differences between our Anyos (forms) and bunkai for the forms, our Defensive Responses 1-5, and the guys at TNT reminded us of the classical disarms of Modern Arnis.  It was a very productive day that went longer than we'd planned, so our next gathering in July will probably be planned for four hours.
Monday:  My day off.
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on  Anyo Isa.
Wednesday:   My car broke down on the way to work - engine just DIED.  Since we only had one car, by the time we got everything arranged in the late afternoon, we decided to stay home - long, tiring, and extremely frustrating day, and a VERY EXPENSIVE WEEK.
Thursday:  Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on sinawali and Hubad-Lubad,
Friday: Got a TON of practice on kobudo then worked on disarms in a special topics class at Mid-Cities Arnis.

The Hidden Sword/TNT Self Defense Modern Arnis crew.

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday:   Risk Management
Wednesday:  Seeing New Sights on Well Traveled Roads

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:   True to Form
Thursday:  Why I'm Against Online Dojos
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Martial Arts Videos on the Internet - Good or Bad Idea?

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

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

"Traditional Martial Arts won't work on the street".  Well, they do on the Metrolink in St. Louis: http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/man-stops-metrolink-attack-with-stick/252802065  (Note: if you're not in the US, you might not be able to see this - long story short, dude stopped a criminal on the local commuter train with what they are calling a "stick", but is actually a bokken)

This is a an insurance commercial - but it speaks to the power of martial arts.


Now THAT is a disarm, y'all.  Wow!




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:

Today we're testing our students at Hidden Sword - some MCA students may attend to watch, as we have a different testing schedule and process and we would like them to see how our "mother" school does things.

With our car problems, I won't be able to stay for kobudo practice, and that kinda sucks, because my test is only a couple of weeks away.  So not only do I get to spend thousands of dollars on repair, it's interrupting my training time (as it did on Wednesday) and THAT is the problem, y'all!

Is it just me, or is this year FLYING by?  I can't believe we are already half way through the year!

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!