Saturday, July 9, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 07/09/16

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 class at Hidden Sword, then we spent an hour doing tapi-tapi (me, Mr. Chick and our senior Brown Belt) and then our senior brown and I did an hour of kobudo practice before our kobudo class with our teacher.  My arms were TIRED.
Sunday:  Practiced Kobudo and worked on MCA admin stuff.
Monday:  It was a holiday here in the US.  I worked on more Admin stuff for MCA (hey, it piles up) and then we went and watched fireworks!
Tuesday:   Beginning of what appears to be a "cluster headache" - had vision issues and a really bad headache.  Went to doc, got some meds - I have an MRI scheduled for Monday to eliminate other causes but the cluster headache theory is the prevailing theory.  That night I went and taught class at MCA - thank you painkillers!  It's a new month, so we had six new students total sign up.  We worked our "zero level" material and started the "Dos Manos" blocking drill with our experienced students. Had a great class, but I was glad to get home and go to sleep!
Wednesday:   Went straight to bed when I got home from work - I was literally asleep by 5:30 pm.  Yay, cluster headaches are FUN!
Thursday: .Day 3 of the headache but it was starting to subside. Taught classes at Mid-Cities Arnis. More "Zero Level" material for our newbies. It is really amazing how much people improve their striking technique when they get to hit stuff - in this case, our Wavemaster and our big BOB.   But everybody loves to hit BOB.
Friday:  Headache finally GONE. Friday night is for stick fighting!  Our new students got to try it for the first time and had a lot of fun!

They ganged up on me! 

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday:   Freedom Fighting or Treason: How Shifting Perspectives Matter (especially in the Martial Arts).
Wednesday: Weapons in Real Life: Confronted with a Long Blunt Weapon

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:   If Dis, Den Dat, or DAT!
Thursday: Knives Suck
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Visitors Making Corrections

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

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

It's been a hard week in Dallas-Fort Worth.  Between the news and the cluster headache that plagued me all week long, I didn't spend a lot of time online looking at martial arts content.  So here's a gif from our classes where my Younger Child - back in classes after her banishment last fall and doing great- is beating the daylights out of BOB.




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 kobudo testing day!  I'll test for my Brown rank on tonfa and bo.  I've been practicing my head off, and I'm ready.   I admit I'm a little nervous - just normal "pre-test" nerves is all.  My family is coming out to watch the test and then we're going out to eat afterward.

After this test, we add in a new weapon - nunchaku.  Of all the weapons I'm learning in this program, this is the one I like the least.  Maybe my mind will change, as it did with the Bo.  We'll see.  It is very possible my opinion is clouded by the fact that this weapon has been unfairly demonized and that there's so much nonsense and shenanigans out there about it.

Tomorrow we have our monthly gathering of schools - we're going out to Stephenville again for four hours of training.  It's July.  In Texas.  And there is very little air conditioning out there.

Busy weekend - but most weekends are going to be that way for the next month or so.

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!