Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stick Chicktivity - 08/06/16

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?


Saturday:  Day 2 of Modern Arnis Unity Camp.  I will be writing about this camp this week, so stay tuned.
Sunday:   Day 3 of Modern Arnis Unity Camp - MUH BRAIN NO MORE WORK GUD.  Then we hit the road to drive back to Fort Worth from Detroit.  We made it to just outside St. Louis, MO by about midnight!
Monday:  Got up, went up in the St. Louis Gateway Arch (a GREAT value - do it if you ever possibly can, because it's a bucket list item in my opinion). At lunch, drove to Springfield, MO and went through Fantastic Caverns (if you like caves, you gotta see this one!) , then we drove through the ghost town of Picher, OK (yes, the big piles of waste are still there and they are HUGE), until we ended up crashing for the night in Claremore, OK, just outside of Tulsa.
Tuesday:  Got up and went to the Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK.  It's a really neat little attraction and was staffed by volunteers. If you are in the area, go by and donate to it - it's a cool piece of Americana that I am glad we got to visit.  Then we drove home and arrived back in Texas late Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday:   I worked and I passed out early - I was WHOOPED!
Thursday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We have a new student so I worked on some of our zero level material (blocking concepts, single sinawali, and the 12 angles of attack).
Friday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Our new student got to stick spar for the first time, and he did great!

Attendees at the Modern Arnis Unity Camp.  Image by Paul Della Mora.


Another light week of posting,  Things will return to normal this week.

I posted this post of original content this week:
Wednesday:  Scumbag Brain Strikes Again

I re-shared these posts:
Thursday:   How Do We Teach What We Do
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Independent, or Organization?

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


I saw much of the American Midwest this week!  We drove from Detroit to Fort Worth, going through seven states - Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.  I am always amazed by how much of this land is still relatively wild, even in the long-settled Midwest states.
Me, Older Daughter, and my sister at the Gateway Arch, a true miracle of modern engineering.

I'll admit - driving through Missouri made me a bit homesick for the place.  I grew up in St. Louis and lived a very long time in Kansas City.

Nice post by Peter Boylan over at The Budo Bum about cross training (and why some folk who claim it's "traditional" in Japanese martial arts are full of it):  Teachers Who Can't Share

A video with some nice points about self defense and the reality of knife attacks by Active Self Protection:

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!


Today is a normal training day - Arnis in the morning, Kobudo in the afternoon.  We have a 2 hour break in between classes, and I plan to use that to go over my camp notes and get some stuff recorded for my future reference - and to pick what I will be teaching at MAPA 10 (yep, I'll be a first-time MAPA instructor this time around!).

Tomorrow is our monthly gathering of four hours of training to prep our Brown belts for their test next year.  This time it's in Roanoke and hosted by my teacher.  It is going to be a fun day!

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!