What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Morning practice and Arnis class, and then in the afternoon I went to my monthly kobudo class. We worked all of the weapons we've learned - we hit BOB with the bo, worked our forms, and then spent half the class on Sai. Strained the heck out of my thumbs.
Sunday: Quiet day for a change. Cleaned out my now-dead car to get ready for donation, as that's all it's worth now. Other chores, too.
Monday: Happened to stumble across a used car that we fell in love with at a great price, so we skipped class Monday night and bought it (a 2000 Hyundai Tiberon). It's actually a model Mr. Chick has always wanted and instead of shopping for weeks, we went without a replacement car for just a few days.
Tuesday: Worked on striking and kicking mechanic basics with the family class, then we worked on Sinawali in the adult class.
Wednesday: Worked very hard on the final version of my converted Baston Anyo Lima (competition form) into Jo. Remember how I strained my thumbs rover the weekend? Yeah, this didn't help. Both hands are toast.
Thursday: Worked on our self defense techniques in family class, and worked on hubad-lubad with our new student in our Adult class.
Friday: Worked with our Orange belts on reviewing their self-defense techniques, then I spent the rest of the night perfecting Baston Anyo Isa with our students prepping for a tournament in June. They are coming along really well!
Here's the original content I posted this week:
Monday: They Ain't Lyin' - 1st Degree Black Belt REALLY IS the First Step
Wednesday: The World's Worst (and Best) Martial Artist - is YOU
And here's what I re-shared this week:
Tuesday: The Alternating Hand
Thursday: In Defense of Sport Martial Arts
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Change One Perception Of Your Martial Art?
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
Fantastic read from Marc MacYoung. Long and worth your time. Also has some very useful links in the post. Go read it: Child Safety
And here's a great read about the reality of "gun fights" police officers have with suspects who ended up killing them: 25 GUNFIGHTING STATS LEARNED FROM CONVICTED COP KILLERS
Two reminders about the effectiveness of empty-hand techniques against bears.
I posted a lot of non-bloggy stuff over on my Facebook blog page. You should like it, and tell your friends to like it, too. It's what all the cool kids are doing. The Stick Chick Blog. If you're like all the cool kids, you can head on over to Tumblr and follow me there (and there's stuff I post there you won't see anywhere else - it's worth a follow for the weapons images alone) The Stick Chick on Tumblr,
FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:
Today I'm covering classes at Hidden Sword because my teacher is going to a sparring seminar and other events around +Prof. Dan Anderson (he's testing for 10th Dan today). Because of my thumbs, I am taking it SUPER EASY as much as possible so I can fully participate in tomorrow's seminar (and a new seminar I just signed up for, next week down in Waco learning Eku).
You don't realize how much you really use your thumbs for, well, everything, until they are really, really hurty.
Hope your martial arts week was awesome, and have a great weekend.
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!