Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 11/12/16

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:  I had to work.  Argh!
Sunday:  Got in a tad of kobudo practice (just some footwork and stances mostly).
Monday:   Went to class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  Our original teacher, Darrell Kellner, was in town, and he came to class with us.  He banged some pressure points and locks, and then we banged some sticks.
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.   I worked with our new White Belt on the  mechanics of the jab and her basic front stance.  She did great!  Oh, and it was Election Day in the United States.
Wednesday:  Like many of my countrymen, I was just sorta not having it today.
Thursday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  We focused on sticks this class (we have been emphasizing the empty-hand side of our art in our kids class).
Friday: Stick sparring.  W00t!

I'm coming to get ya!


I posted this post of original content this week:
Monday:  The Vagaries of Self Promotion

Only one original post this week.  Election Day had me in a "I just so can't even" mode regarding martial arts writing this week.  My head just wasn't there. Luckily, I should be back in that mind set as I'm doing a writing project about the martial arts (and I'm training my butt off this weekend).

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Chillax
Wednesday:  Corrosion of Conformity
Thursday:  11 Quick Tips About Modern Arnis (for Newbies)
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Too Young to Start the Martial Arts?


New full EPISODE of Enter the Dojo?  YES PLEASE!

What a fun gifset of a cool demo (suddenly, judo!). Find more here: BudoJunkie's Post on Tumblr

I posted this on my Facebook page (which you can like and share, iff'n ya wants to, HERE):


Normal day of training - gasp!  Arnis in the morning, kobudo in the afternoon.  AWWW YEAHHH.

Tomorrow is our almost-monthly four hour Arnis gathering of goodness, which is intended to prep our brown belts for black belt, but we have attendees from highly ranked guys with 30 years experience to utter and complete newbies - even kids - attending.

This time it's hosted by our friends out at TNT Self Defense in Stephenville, about a 90 minute drive for me.  Training out there usually results in tacos afterwards, so it's totally worth the drive.

This training is regular (again, usually monthly), and is often at no cost, so if you're interested in Arnis and want to train with us, hit me up and I can keep you in the loop on Facebook.

The cool thing is that next year this group will be expanding statewide - we're going to have our very first statewide Gathering in Houston in January or early February 2017.  Again, it's cheap or free (we usually only charge if we have to pay for the training space, and it ends up being very little when split among all of us), and just for people to get together to train and build our Arnis community.

So if you are ANYWHERE in Texas and are interested, contact me through this very blog, via my Facebook page, or you can email me at

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!