Saturday, July 16, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 07/16/16

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 in the morning.  In the afternoon, I went to Kobudo class and took my Brown Belt test.
Sunday:  Drove out to Stephenville for our monthly 3-ish hour Modern Arnis training session (we're prepping our Brown Belts to test next year).  This time we covered the classical "ground work" from Modern Arnis, and then we worked on Anyo Tatlo.  Great training session with some great people!
Monday:  In the morning, had an MRI. It was basically like being in a long tube that was being attacked by robots for about 20 minutes.  That night, I attended class at Hidden Sword.  We have a large group of new students, so I spent my time there working with them, hitting the bags with what are essentially classical strikes.
Tuesday:   Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  I got to work with our "experienced" students on Dos Manos techniques, which are some of my favorites in this level of material.  Yay!
Wednesday:    My day off.  I cooked food, enough for a few lunches going forward (hey, important when you are a low-carber!).
Thursday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. More "Dos Manos" material, plus hitting the bags.
Friday:  Mid-Cities Arnis class again - we reviewed the week's material, then we stick sparred.  We worked our "Dos Manos" material in the sparring drills, including using these techniques using a standard back pack.

Working "Dos Manos" using the backpack

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday:  Kobudo: Testing the Big Stick and Two Smaller Ones
Wednesday: The Most Important Martial Arts Value of All
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Fighting, or Self Defense?

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:   Filipino Martial Artists: The MacGuyvers of the Martial Arts World
Thursday: Why We Stick Spar

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

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Marc MacYoung hits it out of the park again.  A Plea Before the Bullets Start Flying and About Your Personal Safety.

This video is making the rounds.  I know next to nothing about hanbojutsu, and I found it really interesing.


As you can tell, this was a crazy busy week - I am sure I missed a lot of cool or interesting stuff in the martial arts world.  So I'm asking YOU to share the cool stuff I missed in the comments, ok?

Here's a pic of me this week that did not make it into my post about my Kobudo test that really should have.



And here's a pic of the crew of Modern Arnis players who are getting together here in DFW monthly to work on Modern Arnis. The purpose is for all of us to understand the different ways our schools do things, and to prepare our Brown belts for their Black test some time next year.

This place has no air conditioning  In Texas.  In July... but it actually wasn't too bad with fans.

It's been a rough week in the world, maybe not rougher than most, but pretty rough.  Between events in Dallas last week, and then this week in Nice, France, and in Ankara... well, I dunno about you guys, but I am grateful for the hobby I have. It won't save me in any of these situations - except for the training in trying to be aware of your surroundings - but I feel stronger and less... helpless... in the face of it all (even if the reality is that I'm as helpless as anybody else).

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:

Back to "normal" today.  We get to play a bit in our Hidden Sword kobudo class as our new weapon doesn't start until next month.  I'm looking forward to it!

Hubby attends +Hock Hochheim's Knife Course tomorrow - it's at our place, so if you're in the DFW Area, COME ON BY. Older Daughter is going to go... and  I might actually stop by for a short visit myself!

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!