Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 3/25/17

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:  Mr. Chick was in Houston all weekend, so that left me to keep the home fires burning.  Took younger daughter to Taekwondo class, and since my teacher had a seminar to teach, I covered Arnis at Hidden Sword.  We worked on Dos Manos and capturing the stick with padded sticks so we could hit each other with impunity.  Fun class!  Also got in sai practice.
Sunday:  Mr. Chick still out of town, so I did ALL THE CHORES.
Monday:   Skipped gym since Mr. Chick didn't get home until the wee hours (construction plus Spring Break traffic = VERY LONG DRIVE) and neither one of us got to bed until very late.  Fine tuned our demo in Arnis class at Hidden Sword.
Tuesday:   Morning gym. Taught at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked some on Anyo Isa.
Wednesday:  I think I got a milder version of this horrible flu thing going around, and I stayed home from school.  However, as we have our Demo this weekend, I made it to Hidden Sword and practiced.  It just about killed me, but I practiced!
Thursday:  Still sick, but started feeling well enough in the afternoon to go teach at Mid-Cities Arnis.
Friday:  Morning gym. Not 100% yet -  more like 80% - but it was a normal day.  Instead of stick sparring, we had one last practice at Hidden Sword before our demo.  We're ready to go.

Just a portion of the demo practice in slow motion.

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Here's the original content I posted this week:
Monday:  On High Kicks
Wednesday:   Nuthin'.  I was sick, y'all!

And here's what I re-shared this week:
Tuesday:   Weapons in Real Life: Confronted with a Long Blunt Weapon
Thursday:  A Black Belt is a Black Belt is a Black Belt
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are Values Necessary?

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Hey cool, The Stick Chick blog was included with VERY good company (including friends of the blog +Logen Lanka at Way Of Ninja and +Andrea Harkins at The Martial Arts Woman and +Ando Mierzwa at Sensei Ando) in Feedspot's Top 20 Martial Arts Blogs.  I follow most of the blogs listed (Reddit is a "blog"? Really?), so you should check 'em out: Top 20 Martial Arts Blogs & Websites Every Martial Artist Must Follow

There's a new issue of FMA Informative out.  Not only is this the premiere "news" organ of Filipino Martial Arts, but you might spot someone you know (*cough*) in there.  Download the current issue as well as back issues here: FMA Informative

Different groups do our forms in different ways.  This version of Modern Arnis' Anyo Isa by our friend +Traveling Lakan at Progressive Arnis Miami is really cool!





FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Today will be a long day over in Richardson with AKATO. I'm going early to observe their Black Belt test, then my teacher is teaching an Arnis seminar, then we have our demo (the one we've been working on for weeks).  Then we have our banquet - YAY TACOS!

Now that the demo is past us, focus at my teacher's school will be on the final preparations for our second batch of Presas Arnis black belts that are testing on April 22.  Given that Mr. Chick and I were the first batch, this is kind of a big deal!

Hope your week was fantabulous.  Yes, that's a word.

Probably.

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!