Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 12/23/17

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: Helped my teacher with the testing and promotion of his HSMA Presas Arnis Instructors course.  He promoted three basic instructors and two non-instructor candidates to Yellow Belt/Green Stripe (equivalent to a green belt in a lot of other systems).
Sunday:  Spent the day doing holiday decoration and shopping.
Monday:  Last Presas Arnis class of 2017.  We worked on tapi-tapi concepts.  Fun!
Tuesday:   Attended Mr. Chick's company Christmas party.
Wednesday:   Saw "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".  I was entertained, so I enjoyed it.  This was also the first day of the Yule season so we started off with a piece of Yule cake shared in our family, and a nice drink of mead.  YUM!
Thursday:   Took younger daughter to Hidden Sword for tae kwon do class.  It was HER last class of 2017.
Friday:  No classes at Mid-Cities Arnis.  Mr. Chick's parents arrived for the holidays from Virginia.

My teacher showing Mr. Chick a lock from one of the interrupts in tapi-tapi.

BLOGGY GOODNESS:

Here's the new posts or reshared older posts I sent out this week:

Monday5 Gift Suggestions for Martial Artists (for Cheapskates)
TuesdayTHAT GUY: The Fanboy
WednesdayWhy Martial Arts Helps Us Brain Gooder
Thursday: A Question of Trust
FridayQuestions from Quora: I Want To Study Martial Arts But I'm Afraid of Head Injuries

OTHER STUFF THAT I SAW/DID:

Remember Vernon Vanzile? The convicted sex offender teaching MMA out of his home in New York (link about him HERE). Whelp, guess who's behind bars! Read about it HERE.  That's at least one bad dude no longer teaching martial arts, for the time being!

A good friend of mine wrote this, and I know lots of folks in it, and I've ordered my own copy, and you should too.  Order it HERE.


Fantastic demo of Okinawan weapons posted by +Martial Arts with Colman.


So how did that guy get so good at the martial arts?



GGM Ernesto Presas of Kombatan in a demo.  Look at him work!


And finally...



FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Christmas is Monday! If you celebrate it, I hope yours is amazing.  If you are in the countries that celebrate Boxing Day, I'm jealous.  Not much training this week, with family in town, so I won't be around much.  Hope you have a fantastic week!

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!