Saturday, December 10, 2016

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 12/10/16

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:  Busy day!  Attended my monthly Okianwan Karate class and then the two-hour official kobudo class.  By the end of the day, I was awful tired of standing in bare feet on wood floors, lemme tell ya.
Sunday:  Our monthly four-hour Texas Modern Arnis Alliance training session to prep our brown belts for testing next year.  We played a lot of tapi-tapi and it was GOOD.
Monday:   My night off.
Tuesday:   Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Had a fun muscle spasm in my shoulder (yay), and I think I've caught a mild version of the crud that seems to be going around this week.  HOORAY.
Wednesday:  Decided to stay home due to the crud.
Thursday:  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  They are stripping the gym floors at our rec center, and due to being moved around, we ar in a tiny room about the size of my living room for the next few weeks.  Oh, and I stayed up late watching my beloved Kansas City Chiefs win a football game!
Friday: Class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Luckily there are no other classes on Friday so we're in our normal classroom.  Which is great, because stick-sparring in the small room would have been more difficult.

Have you ever noticed how many pictures there are of me beating on children with weapons?


BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Here's the original content I posted this week:
Monday:   SHENANIGANS! No, Martial Arts Does Not Pose "Serious Danger" for Kids
Wednesday:  2016 Goals Update: Glad It's Almost Over (But Not for the Reasons You Think)
Friday:  FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Unionization in Professional Combat Sports?

And here's what I re-shared this week:
Tuesday:   Muscle Memory (Override)
Thursday:  A Plea to the Martial Arts Community about Active Shooter Training


OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

I brought home my pile o'weapons from kobudo class, including my new naginata, my new backup bo, and the sai I'm borrowing.  Here's a shot of them with the other weapons I had with me (my regular bo, my tonfa, my nunchaku).  My two training knives, my three pairs of arnis sticks, and my dulo were in my bag and not included in the shot.

I... might have a problem.. The problem of NOT ENOUGH WEAPONS.

I just saw this this morning, so it will be going into my social media channels later this week.  GREAT blog post from +Wim Demeere breaking down a situation where police confront a teenager with a knife:  Teenager shot by police at Reno high school: Lessons to learn.  My two cents on this is that people who don't train VASTLY underrate how incredibly dangerous a knife really is (thanks to having firearms around, and honestly, I think thanks to video games) and they also do not have a great grasp on how difficult it is to disarm somebody with a knife safely (for the defender as well as the attacker).

In case you aren't following them, +Century Martial Arts has upped its content game lately on social media, and you really should add them to your circles/like them, etc.  Not only is it good information, but if you have a martial arts blog it's GREAT stuff to share to your own audience.

If you're not on Facebook you probably haven't seen this - it's a recruitment video for the Fort Worth Police Department (I live in a suburb of Fort Worth).  And now I kinda regret I'm too old and fat and gimpy for that sort of work, because I'd like to work with people who do this sort of thing.



Our friend +Joelle White posted this on Facebook... have I mentioned that I might have contributed to the book and you can buy it here on Amazon?  Joelle blogs HERE and you really should check out her blog.



FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

"Normal" day today - Arnis is the morning, kobudo in the afternoon.  I plan to get in some intense kobudo practice while younger daughter is in tae kwon do (I have about a two-hour break in between Arnis and Kobudo,and typically, I practice on my own during that time).

Mr. Chick is at the last Hock Knife session for the year today and tomorrow.  So tomorrow it'll be chore day, especially since the Chiefs have already won this week and I don't have football as a distraction.

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!