Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 04/15/17

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?


Saturday:  Mr. Chick woke up puking up everything he'd eaten for the last two years, so I took Younger Daughter to our city Easter Egg Hunt in the morning, then I went to Kobudo in the afternoon.  After running through the bo, tonfa, and nunchaku, we worked on sai most of the session.
Sunday:  Mr. Chick weakly recovered enough to attend a session with Hock Hochheim, so I spent my day in chores.
Monday:   Morning gym.  Went to Arnis class at Hidden Sword.  We're counting down to our black belt test so we're working hard on various stuff we'll cover on the test.
Tuesday:   Morning gym.  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis, working on stuff like anyos, and block check counter, and sinawali inserts, and whatnot.  Jacked up my left knee a little bit so I had to take it easy.
Wednesday:  Skipped the gym and slept in (again - knee was not feeling super great).  Class at Hidden Sword.  Worked on the Anyos - especially Anyo Apat (so grateful I don't have to do the bane of my Arnis Anyo existence, Anyo Lima!), and then block check counter stuff.
Thursday:  Morning gym.  Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Worked on teaching the kids Empty Hand Tapi-Tapi (we are working hard on the brush-grab-strike concept) and in the adult class we worked on interrupting sinawali flow and what might come next.
Friday:  Morning gym. Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis.  It's Friday, so we baked pies. Juuuussstt kidding, we did stick fighting like we always do.

Also on Friday, April 14, Grand Master Jack Hogan of Hogan Karate International died after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.  My martial arts career was heavily influenced by students of Jack Hogan's, and he will be sorely missed.

Bruce Chiu, myself, Jack Hogan and Mr. Chick in January 2009


Here's the original content I posted this week:
Monday:  Magic and the Martial Arts
Wednesday:  3 Tips For Parents to Choose a Martial Art

And here's what I re-shared this week:
Tuesday:   What's in Your Gear Bag?
Wednesday: Why Study Double Sticks at All?
Friday:  Instructors and Students Dating


This post is not actually NEW-new, but I just saw it this week.  This very blog was included with other very fine blogs, including +Joelle White, in this list of Martial Arts Bloggers to Follow.  Neat!

I think everyone knows about the United Airlines fiasco that's been headline news all week.  Lots of martial arts schools have been jumping on that badwagon ("United Defense").  Here's Master Ken doing it:

New post at The Martial Learner: Are Your Social Skills Killing Your Martial Skills?

Details were finalized and we have a new seminar that Mid-Cities Arnis will host (in partnership with Hidden Sword Martial Arts).  It's on Mother's Day and I can't think of a better present for mom!  Here's the event details over on Facebook:  STICK and STEEL Seminar with GM Art Miraflor and Professor Dan Anderson


I will be spending my day working on Arnis and kobudo, and later, we're going out to Bridgeport, TX to help my teacher instruct a session on Arnis for empty-hand instructors looking to learn what we do as add-on programs in their own schools.  It'll be a long and fun day.

Happy Easter, everyone!

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!