Latosa Concepts Escrima video. Examples 1


Latosa Concepts Escrima video. Examples

Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 5.14.34 PMCranking an old stiffffff body in to gear can be hard but there is only one way to do it…Get started! As time goes by, we’ll be posting some of what we are doing. Until then, I have posted some old and new clips. Some of what you see in the video is from when N. and I trained at the beach the other day. Other clips are from when more of us  had our sparring day at the beach about a month ago. And yet other clips are from before my shoulder / collar bone injury.

To the men helping me to get back to what I used to be regarding escrima. Thanks men for all the help and thanks for being my training partners. I know it can be painful from time to time. I feel the need for more hitting sit-ups!

Look forward to some more fun and more videos.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

Respect, the role of the instructor and general norms of society. A Rant?


Respect, the role of the instructor and general norms of society.

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

I hope ya’ll are doing well. This is going to be a bit of a rant or me just bitc….g about a subject and some thoughts on the subject.

It’s no secret that I am training my self up again after a nasty collar bone injury. This goes for normal strength and conditioning and LC Escrima training. Speaking of which, thanks for a cool training session at the beach yesterday Niklas! This old fart could feel it afterwards. I’m glad that I stayed at the beach to just lay around for a while. I’m looking forward to next time we train together.

Any Hoo! Back to the subject. Some of us were training at the beach and doing our best to not feel the heat. It was a hot day! For myself, I was doing my best to not feel my hectic schedule and the lack of sleep. In short “old fart stuff”! I felt all the 8,10,& 20 kg boxes I lift all day long. ;) The inspiration for this blog entry came from the fact that there was a group training at the beach not far away, and the instructor and 2 group members seem to really not understand the idea of personal space when walking by. Some would call it just stupid where I come from in Texas and in some circles here in DK. Provoking people training escrima is just silly! Add to that they did it twice just to prove a point….?

Any Hoo!! Back to the subject. Personal space is different everywhere in the world. In crowded country/cities, where there is a true mix of poor and other economic groups, like some Philippine cities, you will find people walking up against you without thinking about it. The New York streets could be another example of many people packed together in a small space. Here in DK, there is an odd mix of an understanding of personal space and a general respect, and there is a blatant habit of just doing something like walking too close when there is A LOT of space all around. It’s something you expect from teenage boys learning to find boundaries not instructors with a t-shirt proclaiming instructor for a club in Hellerup / Copenhagen. You see it also in young children of 1-5 years old because they are so focused on an end goal ( or something they saw) that they forget the world around them. Think of a 3 yr. old at the beach with his/her bucket and shovel and they have to dig right there beside you because they saw something in the sand. You smile and giggle at it when there is no expectation of normal social codes and more. It’s cute in many ways. And yes, I wrote cute. Blackmail me. ;)

It does not belong in the realm of instructors of crossfit! (hint), personal trainers!, self-defense trainers! and other coaches or teachers! There is supposed to be an understanding of respect for personal space! This understanding of respect for others personal space transcends other subjects like other people’s feeling as well as their opinions. As a personal trainer/ instructor, you have to understand the type of person you are working with. Once again, another reason, that I had a hard time not just getting down right angry at the lack of respect the instructor showed. Many of the people ( in the area ) who were curious asked if they could sit down close by and watch or just showed some respect and walked around…. leaving  a decent amount of space between them self and us. There are always dumb teenage boy trying to prove something and provoke a response, but they don’t have a t-shirt on declaring “instructor……” and they are not responsible for a group. They are not paid to lead!

You could say that it was not worth getting worked up about. Forget it and move on. We have to remember, that instructors set a tone for the group in which they are a members of or teach in. It’s the same for higher grades in martial arts. This is getting back to the big brother / little brother idea. Sociologist have performed studies on behaviour in groups. It’s common knowledge that one person cheating seems to open the flood gate for the next few then the whole group. There is a cool video on the subject. The speaker uses the expression….  fudge factor. If someone, like an instructor, does not respect one groups personal space then the people he is teaching tend let themselves invade other people space. There were many families and groups at the beach who experience the same thing we did. This will not end here, btw. I am just cooling down before I talk with the local club responsible.

When I was running around in clubs in Texas, chasing women and dancing, there were places, where almost everyone was nice, because anyone was ready to fight for keeps, if pushed to far. A fight could get real ugly really fast! The very unprofessional instructors and his two groupies would not last long where I come from. Then we could look at the totally unprofessional behaviour of the person and the implications down the line….. economic, and moral. I can tell you there are several people at the beach that day who will never get close to the club in question.

One reason this angers me so, is because, I take teaching very seriously. Instructors are guides in life in many ways.  That’s why I like to be called coach. A coach sets an example while trying to give to those willing to listen. Yet another reason I like instructors like R. Latosa & Martin Rooney. One of the reason I took the job of training the ice skaters, was that I like to see the development of young people to a type of person with a life code not to mention the development of tools and abilities that might make them an olympic athlete. When I say/write life code, I am referring to a way of treating others as you would like to be treated, a way of living up to a higher moral way of treating others, & living as well as showing respect for one self.

Good instructors / coaches and other teaching professionals try to understand the people they train / coach so that they can help them as much as possible. They want to inspire not lead people down the wrong path of blatant disrespect. This leads to the student not respecting themselves in the end and the cycle starts all over again.

To see a Ted Talk video about the “fudge factor”  click here. It’s really cool.The Ted Site has a better video format. That was my rant! The next blog post will be about Latosa Concepts Escrima training. We might even put some video up.

BTW, excuse the spelling and grammar mistakes. There might be a few more than usual.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training.

CW

HardCOREfunctional kettlebell training ideas nr. 1


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HardCOREfunctional  kb training ideas nr. 1

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for some inspiration for the people looking for anTraining Inspiration w/ hardcore & functional idea for a training session. I’ll be posting something like this from time to time. So keep your eyes open.

What you see in the video was from when I was still doing legs one day and body/arm the next. It was part of the training, I did to work on shoulder stability for my collar bone injury. As you can deduce, I have changed things a little. I have started my old program with lighter weights.

For some of the ice skater I teach, who might find their way to this blog entry… notice the technique in the training. I did a different program than the edt’s that ya’ll do, but technique/ the weakest link principle decided when I stopped and rested. When there was not…

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Latosa Concepts Escrima. What happen when you focus on one thing?


 Latosa Concepts Escrima. What happen when you focus on one thing?

Latosa Concepts free sparring helmets

The equipment before the storm. LC Escrima free sparring day at the beach

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun is shining strongly here in DK. Old Texans like that! I just got back from the beach where we got our fill of free vitamin D. Now it’s time to sit in the shade and put a few words down for ya’ll out there in internet world.

The subject for today is … What happens when we focus a whole lot on one thing? Before I went on a two week break from training, we

Latosa Concepts 2 sticks vs 1 stick free sparring

Latosa Concepts 2 sticks vs 1 stick free sparring

had worked on strong strikes against an attackers attack. Example: Hard #1 strike vs a #1 from the other man.

You might ask yourself… why do that? The trick is to remember that on the street hitting the bad guy

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs unarmed  free sparring

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs unarmed free sparring

/attacker / assailant fast and hard is best in many cases. Destroying the power in his attack is also a good idea in many cases. By slightly adjusting a  #1 downward towards the attackers weapon, hand or arm the attackers #1 strike is a tool against him. He is open and out of balance. The problem with training /sparring with people in your own training group is that they have the same plan and know what to do. In short it looks ugly sometimes. It looks like people trading blows.

Our free sparring session at the beach was much more online and it looked like people trading blows back and

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs 1 stick  free sparring

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs 1 stick free sparring

forth in much more a degree, than we have shown in some of the video from older posts. Once again there are factors the “lookers-on” have to take into consideration. The strikes to the head would take a person out if they happened on the street. The strikes to the hands would cause the assailants to drop the weapon on the street. The same goes for the good hits to the arms. In short, what you see is not what you get when you watch sparring with protective gear. The sticks we use for sparring are fully padded rattan sticks. A hit to the head or hand with a real blunt object have a defined effect that can’t be denied. Things break. Once again, people don’t have hockey gloves on the street! Most people will use an object that does not bend like the stick in a picture above. Check out the melon bash we did a time back. Click here. It will also give an idea of what happens.

Latosa Concepts Copenhagen melon bash

Went through it like butter with a hot knife!

Be it a knife, a blunt object you might have in your hand, or some other object you find in the general vicinity, something happens when hard / sharp / pointed objects hit the human body. Many people forget that when they watch two people trading blows.

In reality, it’s all about hitting the other guy faster than he can hit you. When that skill set is learned, then the fancy stuff can be trained. In my book at least. I could see that in our beach session, before I took a well needed 2 week break from training. The old fart needed the rest after he sparred with some young guys full of way too much energy! ;)

As always it’s good to work on a theme for a while before switching to a new focus point or concept. Next time it will be a little more movement offline with the attacks. That will happen naturally with two stick matches, because they demand room, if the sticks are not to get bound up by the other man’s arms. When we put the gear on again the “lookers-on” will see prettier sparring sessions. After that, we’ll get back to the hard ugly stuff again. You get what you practice.

BTW, well done guys. For all the old farts out there. Make sure you get your sleep before doing 2 minutes sparring and 1 min rest with a bunch of wiper-snappers! I didn’t and paid the price. ;)

Ya’ll take care and have a great day.

Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

Important note!


I’ll make this fast folks. I was asked if I wanted to do some seminars/workshops in the near future. I was led to think they were normal open workshops.

It turns out that they are not. I have removed the person as a friend on FB and asked my FB friends to share my post regarding this. I will not train / teach members of any extreme political or religious group.

My brother’s child is of mixed race, some of my best friends have been black, Spanish and more. I am a mix of many heritages. I can become angry at what I see happening around us, but right is right and wrong is wrong.

Sorry about having to put politics on the blog guys.

Ya’ll have a great day

CW

 

Latosa Concepts, FMA terminology. Movement is King?


Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 12.42.47 PMLatosa Concepts, FMA terminology. Movement is King?

I hope ya’ll are doing well. This will be an escrima terminology post about a subject that popped up because of some old video I put up here on the blog in the last last blog post.

Before I get into that, I just got back from the Copenhagen Middle Age Market. My son and I made an outing of it. It does the soul good to get out and bond with your son. Get off the sofa right this moment, if you haven’t done it in a while! We both have the same interest. Knowing some of the people, who are doing the Battle of Nations style fighting and some other sword training styles made for a good start. I was lucky enough to see a whole mess of old friends, students, training partners and and even my earlier instructor, Lars Lind. My son and I even got a drinking horn from the trip. AAARG! ARRRG!

Any Hoo! Back to the real subject at hand. As I wrote, the free sparring video of the guys in our training group is the reason for this blog entry. In one of the videos you hear me saying that movement is king.

Do I mean people should hop around like Muhammad Ali in his early years?  The answer is a resounding …NO! We are not bunny rabbits! A good way to understand what movement does is when cars start a race from a rolling start. This rolling start does not have to be that exaggerated or extreme. In fact, in our case, it can be totally mental or just the slightest movement in how tight your fist is clinched. The idea is not to stagnate or fall into a moment of unawareness. A moment of unawareness is just as much of an opening/window of attack as an arm that falls.

Another aspect of this movement is that it can put you at a distance that allows a short moment of less attention. In our training group, we like to press in & fly out while attacking a target such as an arm after a combination / attack sequence is done. As long as we are in close, we have to be hyper vigilant and aware of dangers. Now that my arm is doing better and I am training with the group again, I do enjoy my little breaks. Old farts need to breath and keep the distance more often than the young men. ;)

We hear that our concentration span is shorter today. Having a well developed concentration span is very good in a self-defense / sparring session and every day life. When the body becomes tired the mind want to take little breaks as well. It takes discipline to not give way to this urge when sparring and / or defending our selves. Forcing ourselves to move little parts of our body or weapon help to avoid mental stagnation and a head ache or worse!

Any Hoo! Movement is king is not jumping around like a hyper active bunny! It’s all about keeping the mental and physical energy going so we can act and react when we need to.

I’ll be updating the new site for the personal training and group strength and conditioning classes that I offer now. Go to www.HardcoreFunctional.me to see what is happening there. I’ll be reposting some of the strength and conditioning post from this blog as well as touching on some new subjects in health, wellness and training.

I hope all you tough guys enjoy the bunny video! ;) He he he! Now go to the http://www.KMM.dk.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

More training information and another blog to come. Latosa Concepts Escrima Blog


Practical fitness træning med C Williamson logoI hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun is out and the mac is in the shade while this Texan is in the sun shine. I’m a happy man. ;) This is going to be a little update of whats going to happen in the future, here on the LC Escrima Blog and else where.

To start with the LC Escrima Blog is a third child for me. It is a never ending project. Look forward to more thoughts and information about FMA and many other other subjects from myself. I have also contacted some Latosa Escrima instructors in the states and else where to have them write a piece or two for the blog. MA’s blog on clubbells was a kind of kick off for the guest writer series.

One of the Swedish guys I used to train with has been getting machete made for him by a local blacksmith. It’s looking good so It may be a possibility for a blog entry in the future. I will be looking for some old escrima training pictures/video to put up as well. I might as well use the extra time that I have ( while writing job applications ) to put some content up on the LC, FMA Blog.  Sorry about the lack of terminology posts lately, those are on my list as well. I’ve been toying with a few ideas for a post or two.

I’ll will continue to post some of GM Rene’s seminars and more in the FB group, LC Escrima. I hope to start traveling again. I am looking forward to training with the man himself once again. The shoulder is doing better and better. I am getting more and more escrima training in on a weekly basis, we’ll see if I can muster the old short power without messing with the shoulder as time goes by.

hardCore træning med Chris WilliamsonOn that note, I am working on a deal in which I’ll be teaching some hardCORE style classes for some private groups here in Denmark. As a part of the information for that job, there will be a new site for information having to do with personal training and functional training. The idea behind the site is to showcase some of the possibilities regarding training for individuals and groups. This could be ice skating clubs, athletic clubs, companies and other groups. The wages agreements will be styled to work with the difficult social system here in Denmark. I don’t want trouble with the tax people or the social system! You can give me a call or contact me via the contact page, so we can work out an arrangement which keeps the system happy and you happy.

Some of the training options will be:

  • Personal training
  • Kettlebell training
  • Sandbag training
  • Other function training forms such as rings, trx and more
  • Speed and agility training
  • Lifestyle and nutritional information
  • A mix of all the above.

I’ll be digging around in the old files from when I had my company, to find some old pictures and videos to better help show examples of the training forms on offer. All this is happening while, I am still looking for a normal job…. so, the information will be put up as I find it.

That’s it for now. I hope ya’ll have a great Sunday.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

Clubbell training for escrimadors. LC, FMA conditioning.


Clubbell training for escrimadors. LC, FMA conditioning.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun is supposed to come out today and that makes a Texan in DK happy. In this blog post there is some inspiration for what you might want to do in the sun shine today…. some strength and conditioning. That is, if you are not going to train escrima!

M. A. was / is my training partner. Before he moved to Jylland / Jutland, we trained LC Escrima together along with a bunch of other things like “Training for Warrior” programs, “hardCore” kettlebell and sandbag programs, as well as normal weight lifting. He has broaden his experience with clubbell now. Inspired by the earlier post on clubbell training below, Morten put this together. It’s in Danish so you will have to use the google translate function if your Danish is not up to scratch.

Ya’ll enjoy the post and have a great day.

Stay proactive in Training and Life

CW

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For os, der træner med våben giver det god mening at træningsredskabet i sig selv er et våben. Jeg har selv trænet intensivt med Clubbells i mere end et år. Det har været relativt nemt for mig at gå til, da det er en fantastisk blanding af escrima og kettlebells (læs gå til – ikke mestre:-). Jeg startede med en 4 kg’s og en 10’er. Nu er jeg den lykkelige ejer af 2 4’ere, en 6’er og en 15’er. 4 kg er formidabelt at have med overalt. 15’eren genererer/kræver kraft, på et helt vanvittigt niveau

Clubbells ryger ofte i samme kategori som kettlebells. Et godt stykke af vejen med rette. De er begge balistiske træningsredskaber og en clubbell er i bund og grund en kettlebell, formet som et baseballbat.

Historisk er der ingen tvivl om, at clubbells kan føres længst tilbage. Længere tilbage end de fleste træningsredskaber overhovedet. Køllen er et af de ældste, hvis ikke dét ældste, anvendte våben. Og træning til kamp er på samme vis en af de ældste grunde til, at folk har trænet.

Clubbells har de samme fordele som Kettlebells – plus lidt ekstra. Som skrevet ovenfor er en clubbell i sig selv et våben. En 4-kg’s er et rigtig godt våben. En 15’er, et ret upraktisk men meget! Hårdtslående og tungtfaldende våben.

Sammenlignet med KB udfordrer Clubbells grebsstyrken på en anden måde. KB ligger i vores “krog” og vi kan derfor holde godt fast med griberefleks og struktur, hvorimod Clubbells prøver at vride sig ud af vores greb – bortset fra når de står stille i luften i lodret position. Det kan man overkomme på to måder. Holde hårdere fast – hvilket igen øger grebsstyrken, eller ved at holde Club’en i bevægelse. Heri ligger Clubbells største force. Muligheden for at manøvrere dem i alle tre dimensioner. Generere kraft i en retning, bevare kraften og redirigere kraft. Præcis som med et våben!

Man kan ikke umiddelbart sammenligne vægten, da en clubbells tyngdepunkt ikke bare er placeret længere væk fra grebet, men også vinkelret på dette. Man kan derfor få en fantastisk effektiv workout med blot en 4 kg’s clubbell. På samme vis indenfor clubbells er en 8 kg’s ikke kun dobbelt så tung/hård som en 4’er, da den også er længere er den snarere 3-4 gange så krævende at manøvrere.

Clubbells giver med andre ord mulighed for en krævende og udfordrende helkrops – muskelkædekrævende –  3-dimensionel – koordinationsfremmende træning. Med et redskab, der kan tages med overalt.

Clubbells bliver anvendt på mange forskellige måder og til mange forskellige formål. Fra Indian club træning med (ofte 2) lettere (ofte træ) og til tung tohånds-Clubbell træning med fx. 15 kg.

Herhjemme er de primært anvendt i genoptræning. Skulder især. Det er synd. De er nemlig fantastiske som “træningscenter”. En club og du er kørende til det hele. Én tung. Fint, de fleste øvelser bliver med to hænder. Én let, også fint, enhånds

  • Clubbells kan bruges til stort set alle Kettlebelløvelser.
  • Clubbells only øvelser – hvor en KB ville være malplaceret.
  • Våbenefterligningsøvelser fx. deadstart. Slag. Fig-8
  • Anvendt som våben. Tænk: hvordan ville jeg bruge denne Clubbell som våben.
  • Eksempel på våbenspecifikke øvelser. En clubbell.

Fig 8, to hånds og skift. Figuren bliver selvfølgelig større end, hvis man bruger en rattanstav. Dirigeringen bliver sværere, men det giver en fantastisk forståelse og mulighed for kraftgenerering i “rigtig” escrima. Almindelig, opadgående og meget flad fig. 8. For at gøre det så overførbart som muligt, så kan man lege med at slå efter et imaginært target og sætte en ekstra tand kraft i slaget mod målet.

Deadstart. Hvil Club’en på skulderen. Læg samme hånd løst omkring håndtaget. Eksploder et nedadgående slag. End med Cluben lodret. Dette er en fantastisk øvelse til at tænde vores muskler fra afslappet – og lære de antagonistiske muskler at slappe af under et slag.

Start m. Club’en lodret (holdes lodret hele vejen). Shortpunch uden at dreje hånden.

Inspiration på youtube: Scott Sonnon, der bryster sig af at have introduceret Clubbellen i vesten. Shane Heins, en af Sonnons elever, der IMO har lavet bedre programmer – og langt langt mere seværdige videoer. De er faktisk værd at se alene for hans ansigtsmimik.

Damascus Steel forging. LC,FMA Craftsman’s Corner


Damascus Steel forging. LC,FMA Craftsman’s Corner.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I found another video for the Craftsman’s Corner here. It’s always mesmerizing to watch a black smith and other craftsmen put time and energy into a product. This video shows what goes into making Damascus steel. It changes your idea of what goes into real hand crafted products.

MA, my old training partner, is working on a blog entry on clubbells. I’ll post that when it’s ready. Any hoo! Enjoy and have a great day!

Stay Proactive in Life and Training.

CW