Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 03/18/17

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: We used our kobudo class to work on a demo we're preparing for AKATO in a couple of weeks.  I attended Arnis class, then I went to Dallas for my monthly kobudo class.  Worked on our other weapons for an hour of the class, and then we started a new weapon this month - the sai!
Sunday:  Caught up on chores we've left to the wayside while Mr. Chick trained with GM Art Miraflor of Miraflor Serrada Escrima.
Monday:   Morning gym. Arnis class was more demo practice.
Tuesday:   Morning gym. Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  It's Spring Break here in Texas, and our classes are lightly attended,  We introduced defensive response #1 to our kids class, worked on block-check-counter and introduced the standard #1 disarm against a high forehand strike, the lever disarm.
Wednesday:  Morning gym. Finalized a big section of our demo.
Thursday:  Morning gym. Worked on off-curriculum material, basic espada y daga patterns, in the kids class, then continued on block-check-counter, the lever disarm, and other disarms off the high forehand strike.
Friday:  Morning gym. Worked on Defensive Response #1 with soft sticks (so they could "fail" on blocking without getting hit), worked on other double-stick material, then we sparred, mostly with double sticks.  Fun!




BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Here's the original content I posted this week:
Monday:  Women's Self Defense for the Win
Wednesday:   Oh Hai, Sai!

And here's what I re-shared this week:
Tuesday:   Exploring the "X"
Thursday:  Five Things I Absolutely Hate About Being A Martial Artist
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Do All Fights Go To The Ground?

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

+Prof. Dan Anderson published a TON of anyo (form) videos this week, and they're awesome!  We don't have a lot of empty hand anyos online, so it's a huge help for the rest of us as reference material.  You can find them on his YouTube channel (here).  Here's one of them, of Anyo Tatlo, aka "Form Three".



Save this link and read this article every time you don't "feel" like training.  Not Even Brain Cancer Can Stop Me From Competing at IBJJF

Not martial arts, but... often, when I describe my self defense strategy, I compare it to a cat taking on a big dog.  Watch this:



FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Hubby is training in Houston all weekend long, so I'll be holding down the fort.  I am covering Arnis classes today, then I will be working on some form work and practicing sai (I work them almost every day since our last class, trying to get better at manipulating them).

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!