What have you been up to this week?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday: Two hours of kobudo practice, then I went with my teacher out to Bridgeport for the Arnis Instructors monthly session. Always a fun time working with the folks in that class, and I always seem to gain a bit of new insight into what we do working with them.
Sunday: Chores and such. More kobudo practice.
Monday: My back has been bothering me for the past week or so, so I decided to stay home and rest it.
Tuesday: Good thing I did, because my back officially "went out" on me during the day and I spent the day on a heating pad and with many muscle relaxers.
Wednesday: Felt a lot better, but it was the last opportunity for Mr. Chick and I to see "Blade Runner 2049". Really glad we did - I enjoyed the film big-time. Also, this is the day I ordered my kobudo black belt present to myself - custom made Bahi (aka Heart of Palm or Black Balm) nunchaku sized to yours truly from Henry at USA Nunchaku Co. I will be writing about these in a couple of weeks and I can't tell you how excited I am about them!
Thursday: Took younger daughter to Hidden Sword and got in some kobudo practice. Resting this week was the right move. I think I've been overdoing it a bit and that's why my back has been so problematic earlier this week.
Friday: Took the whole day off work to take older daughter to take her driver's license test (which took us three months to get an appointment). Because our paperwork did not have the right checkbox checked, she could not take the test and we have to reschedule. Whew, the good people of the state of Texas dodged a bullet on that one. Thank goodness we don't have some crazy person with a wrong box checked on a piece of paper driving on our roads! Later that night, worked on review (we're prepping for testing) at Mid-Cities Arnis and got in some kobudo practice.
|No new picture of me this week, but this is a picture of my new nunchaku. Yes, it's okay to be completely jealous.|
Here's the new posts or reshared older posts I sent out this week:
Monday: How to Get Started in the Martial Arts - for Grown Ups
Tuesday: The Intimidation Factor
Wednesday: Sumbrada With the Big Stick
Thursday: Kobudo: Testing the Big Stick
Friday: Kobudo: Testing the Big Stick and Two Smaller Sticks
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
+Kai Morgan published a super-good blog post that rang so VERY TRUE with me, as someone who seems to always be fighting off an injury or three. I plan on sharing with with my doctor: Seven ways martial artists are unique as physiotherapy patients
And our friend and totally cool Karteka +Joelle White wrote about her experience at a women's self defense course: Another Self Defense Seminar
If you don't believe "it is all the same", here's proof. There's tons in here that we do as Arnisadors. Really cool video:
On a sadder note, an individual that we've written about before - Ralph Aaron Hall (fake ninja, fake Ranger, and a guy who abused one of his martial arts students and did time for it) is out and about and peddling the same story he always has. Here's an update to that post, which is a repost from my friend Don Roley's blog. SPECIAL SHENANIGANS CROSS-POST: RALPH HALL
Ugh, can't leave this week's roundup post on that sour note. So here's an nice piece of advice:
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:
Whelp, today's the day. Kobudo black belt test at 4 pm Central time.
I've practiced my head off, so I feel confident that things will be fine, really and truly. I GOT THIS. BUT, it's the 24 hour period before the test where I get jittery and nervous.
This morning I have to cover Tae Kwon Do classes for my teacher (I can make them do calisthenics and work their kicking drills as well as anybody) as well as teaching Arnis, so I won't get in as much practice as I'd like before it's time to drive over to Dallas. Mr. Chick gets to go to an Arnis seminar (here) so I won't even see him until it's testing time.
Not ideal, but hey, that's how it goes.
Compound this with a holiday week (Thanksgiving in the USA) with all sorts of goings-on, it's going to be a long and stressful week. I'll be posting here and there but I'll be offline for much of it, as I'm booked up all week long. I won't be doing much in the way of martial arts so I probably won't even do a "Stick Chicktivity" post next week.
If I don't see you, I hope USA readers have a fantastic, peaceful, and abundant Thanksgiving, and do take a moment out of your time to celebrate and be grateful for all we have.
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!