Friday, June 15, 2018

My Week(s) In Stick Chicktivity - 6/15/18

And we're back!

Since my last update, I have done a bit of martial arts stuff, believe it or not, even in the middle of a grueling move 550 miles north to my new (old) hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.



Were you kids good while I was gone?  Don't answer that - I know many of you personally and I know the answer already.


I mentioned the seminar with GM Shelley Millspaugh of Kapitiran Mandirigma and how excited I was for that seminar.  Getting to train with the "other side" of the Presas Arnis family is always a thrill.

I was NOT disappointed!

What was cool is that I didn't learn brand new material but I learned different approaches and points of view of things my teacher has already taught me.  I loved it, and if you get a chance to train with GM Shelley DO IT.  He's a great teacher!

After that seminar, the move started in earnest.  We vacated our Texas house and moved into a hotel (Home2 by Hilton gets the Stick Chick stamp of approval - if they had a hot tub it would have been PERFECT)!  I got to sleep on a real mattress on a real bed for the first time in about seven weeks.

On Friday, June 1, we had a last workout at Hidden Sword Martial Arts.  It's hard to leave them, lemme tell ya. It was our martial arts home since late 2010, and it'll still be our martial arts home in Texas, forever.

Then we got to watch Older Daughter graduate from High School. It was a fantastic day and we're very proud of her.

Literally the day after graduation, we got in our moving truck as the sun rose, and moved north to Kansas City, Missouri.  The drive went quickly with no issues whatsoever, and before we knew it, we arrived at our new home.

We unpacked about 75% of our house (there's more things we need to get before we can finish) but we made pretty darn good progress overall.  Check out the post about my new Armory below to see how far I got with a space for storing most of my martial arts equipment.

On the martial arts training front, Mr. Chick had already started training in Panantuken on Friday nights and has been loving it, and I'll join him in this tonight.  We also met with a teacher that will allow us to start up training in Karate and Kobudo here, and we're very excited about it. I'll write more on this soon.


I've decided to move this weekly update post to Friday mornings, versus Saturdays.  We'll see how this goes.  IF I run across something on Quora or a question I want to ask you guys about, I'll run THAT on the weekend.

I actually got two new posts out during the move, which was sort of a miracle, really.

Goodbye, Texas

The New Armory

You'd be hard pressed to avoid me on social media. Find this blog on  Google PlusFacebookMeWeTumblr, and Twitter!


Seriously, follow me on Facebook because there was LOADS of cool stuff I saw while the blog was on hiatus.


Friend of the blog Cathy Chapaty has started a neat new blog, Dear Dojo, where she answers questions about the martial arts and offers advice to martial arts teachers, students and parents.  This was a really good question and a great answer:  What’s a good social media policy for my school?

Congrats to Joelle White for earning her 2nd Kyu! Read the story of her promotion test here (it's a good read, give it some of your time): Surprise!

And finally... ugh, and his toothpick bo is wrapped in rainbow tape...


TOMORROW marks the first meeting of The Kansas City Presas Arnis Meetup It's me & Mr. Chick in the park, getting some training in, and we're inviting all y'all to come play.  It's free and fun and bring water because while it's not as hot here in KC as it is in Texas, it's still hot enough.  That link there is on Meetup (yes, you guys CAN'T ESCAPE ME bwah hah hahaha!) or you can like Kindred Protective Arts on Facebook (that's our new martial arts venture here in KC) and I've set up the Meetups as a recurring event.

I've also joined Overland Park Shindo Muso Ryu Meetup and I'll be at their Meetup on Sunday morning, working on jo.

Oooo, jo.  Yes, please.

Have a great weekend, and I'll be back blogging on a regular basis next week. I know, you were holding your breath and all, but you can relax.  You'll get a happy little dose of the Stick Chick Blog in social media channels every Monday - Friday.