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?
THE WEEK DAY-BY-DAY:
Saturday 11/18: Spent the morning getting in last minute practice for kobudo (and brain farted on everything as I was a bundle of nerves) as I helped cover tae kwon do and Arnis classes at Hidden Sword. As is my wont, when I cover Arnis on a Saturday, we hit the bags (and everybody has fun with it). Later that day, I tested for Black Belt in the AKATO Kobudo program. Read the details below (Kobudo: Black Belt Edition).
Sunday 11/19: First day of my week-long vacation to Missouri. We drove to Noel, MO and toured Bluff Dweller Cave, which was amazingly beautiful and our tour guide was awesome. Spent the night in Springfield. I missed the Chiefs game while I was in the cave and I'm not sorry about it!
Monday 11/20: Drove through Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks region - which is GORGEOUS - and went to the Bridal Cave and Jacob's Cave. Missouri's natural beauty shines in these caves and in this region. Made it to Kansas City, MO that evening.
Tuesday 11/21: Spent the day showing my kids my collegiate Alma Mater, Park University (and drove past old homes and haunts), saw Thor: Ragnarok (loved it), and spent the evening with some of my closest and longest-term friends that I have on this earth. Really fun day.
Wednesday 11/22: Had lunch with a bunch of friends from college, then drove out to Topeka to spend time with relatives.
Thursday 11/23: Thanksgiving in the US. A great friend from college hosted us for the dinner, then we drove down to the Plaza to attend the Plaza Lights ceremony, which is a huge holiday tradition in Kansas City.
Friday 11/24: More touring of old haunts in Kansas City, then spent the evening with close friends.
Saturday 11/25: Drove back to Texas, with a detour through Wichita, KS, to take a peek at a university Older Daughter is considering.
Sunday 11/26: Chores, laundry, rest. It was a long week and a half and this was the first day I wasn't running hard. There was a Chiefs game as well, but we won't discuss that.
Monday 11/27: My day off!
Tuesday 11/28: Took Younger Daughter to tae kwon do at Hidden Sword.
Wednesday 11/29: Attended Arnis class at Hidden Sword.
Thursday 11/30: Took Younger Daughter to tae kwon do at Hidden Sword.
Friday 12/1: Mid-Cities Arnis had to cancel classes due to holiday events at our rec center. So I started to watch "Punisher" on Netflix. Enjoying it thus far, and hey, it's way better than "Iron Fist", which admittedly isn't that difficult of an achievement. Oh, and these bad boys arrived:
The cord is a little short (have to get that adjusted) but they work great. I'll be writing more about them in the near future.
Not a lot of bloggery happened while I was out of town. But here's everything I posted in the last two weeks:
Tuesday 11/21: Kobudo: Shodan Edition
Monday 11/27: The Flake Factor
Tuesday 11/28: Why I'm Against Online Dojos
Wednesday 11/29: Into the Great Wide Open
Thursday 11/30: THAT GUY: The Exceptionally Bad Uke
Friday 12/1: Questions from Quora: Which Martial Art To Learn in a Fight to the Death?
OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:
Let me start off this round-up of other goings on in the martial arts world with a post I don't want to have to share, as I'm sad to report that there has been another convicted sex offender found teaching the martial arts, including kids, and he really shouldn't be. Friend of this blog Don Roley broke this news yesterday and please do read and share in our community so we can make sure that Vernon Van Zile is not using our hobby to recruit more victims: Vernon Van Zile - Sex Offender
Let me just make a "YEAH THAT!" shout-out to +Joelle White's blog post this week: Gender and Age
True love and Arnis. I met the groom in this video and this is awesome.
Y'all know I *love* this stuff.
"Nobody walks around with a stick in their hand".
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 is a super-normal Saturday. Kobudo in the morning (what, did you think I wouldn't keep at it? I have NEW NUNCHAKU to play with, hellloooo) and then Arnis. Tomorrow we teach the last women's self defense seminar for rhe year at Mid-Cities Arnis.
Goodness, I don't know what to do with myself on a "normal" weekend these days!
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!