Friday, July 20, 2018

My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 07/20/18

Friday I'm in love... with the martial arts!

Yeah, I'm a huge dork. What can I say?

This week rocked hard, and I hope your week was awesome, too!


Saturday was a heck of a day.

First off, we played empty hand drills at The Kansas City Presas Arnis Meetup.  I mentioned I met another local FMA player in last week's round up. His name is Harley Weibling, and he came by to visit our meetup and he's a super-awesome guy. He hosts a class on Saturdays at Cave Spring Park at 10 am, so do check out his classes in the area, y'all.  He knows his stuff!

After the Meetup, I spent about 4 functional hours or so of working on my new nunchaku form with my new teachers and friends at Zensekai Karate Kobudo Rengokai's Kansas seminar.  There were folks there from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado and Florida (I feel like I'm missing a state so sorry if I have).  Yes, it was incredibly fun, but it totally wrecked my right arm (esp. my wrist), but hey, that's what you get when you do repetitive motion for hours and you're pushing a half-century, right?  No regrets on that - happy to have learned the form and now I have to perfect it.

Also, the head of the organization, Greg Lindquist (and our teacher) was promoted to Hanshi 10th Dan.  Congratulations, sir!

Because I destroyed myself on Saturday, on Sunday I did NOT go to the Shindo Ryu Meetup over in Overland Park.  Decided the wiser course is to rest and recover, so I did that instead.

Monday night we perfected our forms.  Well, got in more practice, anyway, because I have a loooonnngg way to go.  But still, having fun with it.

Wednesday I ended up going to bed at about 4 pm and slept so late I didn't go to Karate.  Hey, sometimes, you just gotta rest, and so I did.



Blog posts I wrote and shared via social media this week:

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If you aren't sure who that might be... it might be YOU.

Nice primer on kobudo weapons from Karate by Jesse:

Hey, yours truly is a contributor to the "Martial Arts Woman" so hey, pick up a copy and enjoy not just my perspective on our weird little hobby, but the perspectives of 24 other women! Buy on Amazon HERE.

Datu Tim Hartman competed in a tournament and won first place in the Masters division with this nice interpretation of our stick form into a katana.

Saw some nice blog posts this week you should check out:

And finally... a wolf after my own heart:

I also ran across some... interesting... stories involving weapons of various kinds in some really weird situations, and those are on the Facebook page. Come check it out.


The weather changed this week and we're all feeling kinda sluggish in my house.  I have the Kansas City Presas Arnis and the Overland Park Shindo Ryu Meetup, so that should get me moving again.

Also Older Daughter spent a week or so with family and she comes home on Saturday.  I got a small taste of what it's going to be like with her going off to college next month.

Have a great weekend, everybody.