What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Drove up to Lawton, OK (about 2-1/2 hours from my house) to train with friends at Shotokan Karate of Lawton. I taught them our stick form one, Baston Anyo Isa (and showed applications out of it) and then then worked with me on empty hand sparring. Fun day!
Sunday: I slept a lot!
Monday: I worked the day before Independence Day, and classes were canceled that night (our Rec Center was closed).
Tuesday: Independence Day! Happy birthday, America!
Wednesday: Attended class at Hidden Sword. Older Daughter has joined Arnis class, at least for the summer, and I can't be happier about it. Yay!
Thursday: Classes at Mid-Cities Arnis. I worked with our new kid student in family class on basics, and in adult class, we worked on pelit-pelit drills.
Friday: Stick sparring night at Mid-Cities Arnis. Introduced our new student to the idea and she was smiling big by the time class was over. Another extra Friday class practicing forms for competition and my students are coming along nicely. In sparring earlier, though, I smashed my left pinkie and ring finger pretty good (against the butt end of an Actionflex stick, which is the big downside of using them) and I spent my evening after class in an ice pack to bring down the swelling. My fingers are pretty badly bruised.
|Older Daughter, Mr. Chick, and I at Arnis class Wednesday.|
Here's the new posts or reshared older posts I sent out this week:
Monday: Four Profound Life Lessons (Learned in the Martial Arts)
Tuesday: Freedom Fighting or Treason: How Shifting Perspectives Matter (especially in the Martial Arts).
Wednesday: THAT GUY: Whatever Guy
Thursday: The Entropy Game
Friday: FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are the Olympics Good for Martial Arts?
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
This was the comic I posted on my Facebook page this week (oh, have I mentioned it? You can find it on Facebook at The Stick Chick Blog Facebook Page). I post stuff there that you won't see elsewhere, and I try to make it a page that's more than just stuff from the blog. If you're on Facebook, please like and share it. Anyway, here's the comic, which was originally published HERE:
Yes, yes, it's not a new thing, but I've always enjoyed these riffs on martial arts life I want to know what you'd add to the list: You Might Be a Martial Artist If
We actually got picked this week for the now-relatively-famous "Deaf guy wants private lessons for a short period for a family of five, so please charge my credit card" scam, so I'm kinda feeling like a real-deal martial arts teacher now. By the way, the guy said he got our contact info from Dojo.Info. More on this scam at +Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts blog: Martial Arts Email Scam
We have Master Rich Parsons coming down to Texas next week to teach Balintawak, and I can't be more excited! You can learn more at our Facebook event HERE.
And finally, I had to update my running "Enough with Sensei Scumbag's Shenanigans!" post, which some pretty bad news coming out of a suburb of my adopted home town (Kansas City, MO). I really, really hate these guys, and I don't mean it any sort of , "Man, I hate Mondays!" kind of way. I mean it literally and without any qualification. I hate these people who do this. I hate that they can get away with it for any period of time in our community. And I hate that we can't seem to do more about it.
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 have Arnis in the morning, and hey, it's kobudo day and I'm going over to Dallas in the afternoon. I'm going to go up to Hidden Sword early and practice where I have some room, but with my smashed left hand, I think I'm going to be using just my right hand for much of the day (that'll be... fun... when I'm working bo). I'm going to be gone all day long, again.
Today is also Older Daughter's 17th birthday. She has to work, so we'll be celebrating tomorrow. I can't believe she's entering her senior year in High School. It wasn't that long ago that she was this bright eyed smiling little blonde girl saying the f-word on the playground in pure, unbridled joy, as in, "Mom, this is so f-ing fun!".
My kid, y'all.
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!