My Week in Stick Chicktivity - 05/14/21
No time to waste!
It's been a very productive week!
At the Kansas City Presas Arnis Meetup, we had several new members attend, so we split the class in half for much of the drill.
I took the new folks and we worked on 12 angles basics, and played with various forms of single sinawali.
Mr. Chick took the more experienced group members and worked on a drill he's been developing (I'll talk more about that in the near future). In that group we had a visitor from Virginia, Rose, who's a student of our good friend Tye Botting.
Lovely to have you, Rose, and you're always welcome here in KC!
Then, we ended class with a good ol' round of line sinawali.
I helped out in our 2nd Sunday class, Pacific Archipelago Concepts, as well. Mr. Chick leads those, so sometimes I participate, sometimes I don't.
They were playing with some material out of MiraRada Escrima, and I had one of those "aha!" moments where I spotted a place for an arm drag takedown in the drill I hadn't seen before (or rather, I'd been shown but probably not in that specific sequence). So that was cool.
At Elite Dragon on Monday, we worked on block-check-counter, moving into the classic Modern Arnis Slap-Off Drill. This was a lot of fun, and we played with different ways to feed the "counter" that'd get different reactions from the opponent (which changes how you "slap off". We also played it a little bit all empty hand.
See? Productive and fun. A really great week.
Mr. Chick specifically asked me to mention this in the blog today. A friend of ours is struggling with tendonitis. Mr. Chick does too, and he's found this really helpful: The Tendonitis Cure
Tuesday: Violence and Virtue Signaling
Wednesday: The Risk of Weapons
Yeah, I had sort of a theme going this week. I feel like lately there's been a lot of commentary in my feeds about violence that are just so damn wrong (the amount of pure NOT CARING about the consequences of violence is just stunning).
My postings this week were my attempts to fight back at it. I realize this is the martial arts equivalent of Cnut the Great ordering back the tide, but I had to try.
THIS WEEKEND! YAY!! My teacher, Mark Lynn, will be teaching three kobudo forms at Elite Dragon on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. Of course I'll be there. He's going to join us at the Kansas City Presas Arnis Meetup on Sunday, May 16, as well, and we plan to train until we just can't any more that day!
If you're interested in the Oyata lineage of Okinawan Kempo, you gotta attend this virtual seminar. Link is HERE.
Meet me (and Mr. Chick) at this awesome seminar in Nashville, TN! Learn more and register HERE.
If you can't make it to Missouri on the last weekend in June, perhaps you can make it to the Progressive Arnis Spring Camp in North Carolina? Details HERE.
I've also booked my flight to attend the World Modern Arnis Alliance Remy Presas Memorial Camp in August (event on Facebook HERE).
As I write, I ran across a Facebook post from my teacher from last night, after he arrived here in KC about 10:30. Mr. Chick mentioned a specific technique we'd been talking about, so he spent several hours writing up three pages and coming up with six variants/applications on the technique.
I'm in for a fun weekend, y'all.
As always, please do stay safe, have fun, and keep training!