What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Tournament day! Students from Mid-Cities Arnis and Hidden Sword Martial Arts competed in the Monica Lopez Charity Tournament. Our schools did really well - one of my MCA students took third in weapons, and I took third in black belt weapons.
Sunday: My inlaws are in town, so we spent the day with them.
Monday: Caught up on chores.
Tuesday: Class at Mid-Cities Arnis. Introduced our students to the new sinawali patterns they are to know for their next ranks. We had a new student start in the adult class, so I spent my time working with her.
Wednesday: Arnis class at Hidden Sword Martial Arts. Since we are going to a Kombatan camp in a few weeks, my teacher decided to review some high-level Kombatan material; stuff he's never taught in our classes before. I got to see some completely new drills - yay!
Thursday: Went to urgent care with an earache - I have ear infections in both ears (booo) but I have meds that are helping me now (yay). Taught class at Mid-Cities Arnis. We had a new parent in our Family class so I worked with her. In adult class I taught our new student single sinawali.
Friday: Stick sparring class! Our new family class student sparred for the first time. Fun night!
|Team Mid-Cities Arnis after our tournament. Great job girls!|
Here's the new posts or reshared older posts I sent out this week:
Monday: Three Reasons Tournaments are Great (for Non-Competitive People)
Tuesday: Thanks to the Martial Arts Widow(er)
Wednesday: 4 Myths About the Martial Arts (Non-Martial Artists and Newbies Believe)
Thursday: Finding My Place
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Alive Training
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
Marc MacYoung has been updating and adding content to his No Nonsense Self Defense blog. You really should spend some time over there if you're interested in the topic of self defense. No Nonsense Self Defense
My teacher posted videos of the new drill - called the Freestyle Pattern - that I mentioned above (Wednesday), He's learning it with a friend from GGM Ernesto Presas in 2002. There's a few more on his YouTube channel:
If you run across cool martial arts stuff you think I should see, please do post them in the comments!
FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:
Today I go over to Dallas to train in kobudo. Tomorrow we teach another session of Women's Self Defense. I'm also hoping to squeeze in a viewing of "Wonder Woman".
Busy week, busy 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!