Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 11/26/16

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:  Attended the AKATO Black Belt class.  Before it, I met with our nunchaku instructor to catch up on the new form, Nunchaku Ni.  I also got a new pair of nunchaku (sized to me) but I left without the pile o'weapons, as they didn't arrive in time (I have to wait TWO WEEKS - forever!  How will I survive?).  The class was introduction to chi sau, and I had a blast!
Sunday:  Worked on Nunchaku Ni, a quick run-through of both the bo and tonfa material too.
Monday:   My night off, so I made dinner.  Wooo.
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis. We worked on kicks, mainly the proper mechanics of kicking as we do it.
Wednesday:  Twas the night before Thanksgiving, so we were cooking up stuff....
Thursday:  Thanksgiving Day.  Worked hard on the meal, ate too much, and played video games.
Friday: I had to work!  Arrggh!

This is from a couple of weeks ago - I don't actually have any pictures of me training this week!

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

I posted this post of original content this week:
Monday:  THAT GUY: The Exceptionally Bad Uke
Wednesday:  What I'm Grateful For in 2016

I re-shared these posts:
Tuesday:  Productive Playtime
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: What is a McDojo?


OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

I posted this on my Facebook page (which you can like and share with your friends who enjoy martial arts stuff HERE).  Given we worked chi sau this week, it really applies (not saying I necessarily have skill, but that's sort of one of the things you learn in that drill):



AWESOME blog post and video from Ikazuchi Dojo with Aikido players cross-training with an FMA player.  What is especially interesting, for me, is that it illustrates why cross-training is so important.  A martial arts style becomes a way to look at the world, and these Aikidoka are working on broadening their worldview (see how the FMA guy gets them with angles they don't expect).   Read and see the video here - you won't be disappointed, very illuminating and good stuff!  Death by Disarm

Our friend +Andrea Harkins  was signing copies of her book for shipment this week.  Did I mention I contributed to it?  You can go here and get it on Amazon, especially if you're a Kindle-type person like me.




FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Holy moly, a rare weekend where I have zero appointments.  I think this is the first time this year.

No martial arts classes, no seminars, nothing.

I plan to spend the weekend writing, making a video for my friend +Joelle White on a point in Arnis, getting a lot of practice in, doing necessary chores, and honestly, taking a break.  I run hard most of the time, so it'll be nice to just relax a bit.

AAANNNNDD we might have recently gotten the special edition of this game, soooooo...

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!