Saturday, July 23, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 07/23/16

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:  Morning Arnis class at Hidden Sword, then the high level belts worked out on our own (while youngest daughter was in tae kwon do class), then kobudo class, where we worked on some of the FMA concepts - specifically sumbrada - with the bo.  Fun and intellectual day.
Sunday:  A rare Sunday where I didn't have to be somewhere.  I caught up on chores and rested, mostly, as I've been running really hard lately.
Monday:  My "night off".  I made dinner!
Tuesday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Our new students were promoted to white band and we worked on Dos Manos concepts and single sinawali.
Wednesday:   Attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword.  I got to work with our senior brown belts on tapi-tapi. Some new things occurred to me I hadn't thought of before, and that's always fun.
Thursday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. More sinawali, plus we worked on hubud-lubud.
Friday:  Review night and stick sparring.  This time we free sparred, with the hand as the primary target (for our new students).  It's our version of light point sparring, but it's more difficult than you'd think!

Teaching chambering in single sinawali.  Here I am "windshield wiping"  and talking about why that's useless.


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted these posts of original content this week:
Monday:  The Dilemma of the Modern Martial Artist
Wednesday:  The Tides of Change

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Ranks, Belts and Shenanigans
Thursday:  Style, Strategy and Shenanigans
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Earning Rank Online

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

Additionally, we published this image at Mid-Cities Arnis this week. It's part of an ongoing campaign we are working on.  Keep an eye out at our Facebook page for more stuff like this, featuring BOB, from Mid-Cities Arnis.




OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

It's San Diego Comic-Con week, and lots of trailers are coming out that I'm really excited about.




Y'all all know how much I love "Daredevil" (I wrote about it HERE and HERE), and I haven't written about it, but I also love "Jessica Jones".  I will definitely be bingeing through these bad boys when they come out.

 I love it when we martial artists show our funny side.

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:

This weekend is busy - it's a "normal" Saturday, but tonight I'm going to a local small business networking gathering to promote Mid-Cities Arnis and tomorrow we teach ADE Women's Self Defense.

Then Tuesday, I fly out to Detroit, Michigan to spend some time with my sister (my older daughter is coming with us).  One thing we're planning on doing is The Adventure Park - I love ropes courses and zip lining!  Then, starting Friday, I attend the Modern Arnis Unity Camp.  It's a heck of an instructor line-up and I'm very much looking forward to it.

Here on the blog and online, I will not be around as much as I usually am. I'm planning on running a series on fighting by my friend Kirby Barker on Wednesday and Friday of next week, and on the Monday after that.  Enjoy Kirby's wisdom, as the man knows his business.

So it's a very busy week with lots to do, and while I will get writing done (and I have some projects I'm working on for Mid-Cities Arnis) it just won't get posted until I'm back in the Lone Star State.

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!