Saturday, November 19, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 11/19/16

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:  A "normal" day of martial arts goodness. Arnis in the morning, kobudo in the afternoon.  I started learning the form that I missed when I had to skip my main kobudo class the week before - Nunchaku Ni.
Sunday:  Our (almost) monthly four-hour Arnis gathering here in DFW, where we are working on prepping our brown belts for black belt next year.
Monday:   My night off.  I cooked!
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis. We worked basic blocking and our self defense drills.
Wednesday:  Went to Arnis class at Hidden Sword.
Thursday:  I've been struggling off and on with a toothache that comes and goes (it seems to be related to changes in my bite, but it's kind of a mystery as my dentist is stumped).  It was on tonight, with a vengeance.
Friday: Tooth much better.  I got a little nunchaku practice in (can't practice nunchaku in my living room - or rather, NOBODY SHOULD PRACTICE NUNCHAKU IN THE LIVING ROOM!).  Worked with our adult Filipino Karate student on Anyo Isa while the rest of the class stick sparred, then we stick sparred with a visitor.  Fun night.


I posted this post of original content this week:
Monday:  Forging Ties
Wednesday: Putting the Safe in Safety Pin

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Letters, Words and Phrases
Thursday:  What's In Your Toolbox?
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are Martial Arts Tournaments Important?


My friend +Andrea Harkins has finally published her book, "The Martial Arts Woman", with TONS of contributors from all sorts of big female names in the martial arts world.  Even yours truly contributed, and I'm probably the least known and lowest ranked person of the bunch.  You can buy a copy directly from Andrea here, or you can click here and get it on Amazon, especially if you're a Kindle-type person like me.

+Brian Johns at +Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts has started a new video series on Fridays ("Fun Fridays") that has some really helpful and interesting tips on our art.  This week's is one I particularly liked.  Check it out:

MORE new episodes of "Enter the Dojo".  It's making 2016 suck slightly less.

I posted this on my Facebook page (which you can like and share with your friends who enjoy artial arts stuff HERE):


Today I go work on my make-up class for kobudo over in Richardson. as well as attend the AKATO Black Belt class they hold monthly.

I do hold a mighty blue belt in more than one form of tae kwon do - PaSaRyu and American Karate. I can tell, you're SO JEALOUS!  I am, however technically, an AKATO Black Belt (I am Dayan Isa in Presas Arnis, I'm an AKATO member, ergo... AKATO black belt) so I can go to the class.

These classes are aimed at the TKD/Karate folks in the organization more than a stick slinger like little ol' me.  So it'll be an interesting day spent not only doing nunchaku but also stretching a little bit with material that is not my usual fare - and I have no idea what the topic is going to be, so it'll be a fun day.

Additionally, I will be coming back with new nunchaku (mine are too long), a new bo (they were placing an order and mine will eventually break, so get it while the getting's good, I say), a pair of sai I am borrowing for our kobudo class (muh hands, they are tiny), and a naginata.

Why a naginata?  I ask you, WHY NOT A NAGINATA?!?  Well, actually, my friend Judy in AKATO is looking for a teacher for herself some time in the near future, and I hope to benefit from that. It's another case of get while the getting is good, and being prepared for the day I can actually train in it.


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!