Reviving the art of the Filipino tribal tattoos by BBC


Reviving the art of the Filipino tribal tattoos by BBC

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CW

The Danish FMA and Self-defense Group.


The Danish FMA and Self-defence Group.

Well, we did it. We finished the bylaws for the ( ” forening vedtægter ” ) Danish FMA and Self-Defense Group. We had our meeting and worked out who would be filling which board position and so on. Our little band of friends is now looking for better training facilities, aka a club house or gym to train in and store training equipment. We will be excepting members very soon.

The list of chores is longish but we’ll get there. Dansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppen One such “thing to do” will be a site / web page for the Danish FMA and Self-defence Grp. We’ll see if we use a Facebook page or a WordPress.com page. Regarding the hunt for a place to train and store equipment, we have a pdf flyer. So download it here and send it around to any possible places. This could be a company that has extra warehouse space, and extra office space that is big enough and so on. The city of Gentofte doesn’t want to give us any place to train because we are a bunch of old farts, not young whipper snapper kids! Other sports clubs that have some extra space and any other type of place that we could train and store our equipment in is also welcome.

Membership will be 1050 pr. 3 months, or 400 kr pr single month. There will be the possibility to support our group with a passive membership of 150 kr. pr month. That option will also work for the members who go on a long vacation or what ever it might be. We’ll be getting a bank account very soon for this reason.

The syllabus taught will be the Latosa Concepts Escrima Syllabus MA and I put together, when I had the company a few years back. In short:

  • Grades 1-3 … Single stick, unarmed and palm stick
  • Grades 4-6 … 2 stick, 1 stick, unarmed and palm stick
  • Grades 7- 9 …. Bladed weapons, 2 sticks,1 stick, unarmed and palm stick
  • Grades 10-12 …. All sorts of stuff! Standards will be high!

Members are ready for a grading test when the instructor says they  are ready. How long that takes is up to the member / student. Coming from another system will mean that you have to learn the drills and abilities that match that grade for Latosa Concepts Escrima. This could mean a new member ( w/ a 3rd gr. from another system) has to learn the basic box system as taught by GM Rene Latosa for the 3rd gr. before testing for the 4th. AND all the other stuff leading up to it! “This old fart” plans on continuing to train and build up the abilities I had before my shoulder / collar bone injury. I repeat no short cuts! Only quality!

We need to put our heads together to have some kind of kick off soon. We’ll let you know when we are ready. Until then, heres some of what NH and I did together the other day. This is passing level for the two drills shown ( for the 4th grade) The 2 stick drill is a variation of the HIGH, HIGH, LOW drill. The single stick drill was for training good solid # 2 strikes against harder strikes. In short … reality. When the other drills look just as good and We feel they are burned into his bones, he may test for the 4th Latosa Concepts Escrima gr.

By the way, we were using some heavy rattans. NH’s arms were long and tired when we were finished training. You might say it was a weight lifting session for him. Well done sir! I am looking forward to seeing the other drills go as well. We’ll try to get some clips from the guys training for the 2nd grade next.

Ya’ll have a great day!

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Meet your maker. Ken Onion


Meet your maker. Ken Onion

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I was taking a coffee break from working on the club bylaws etc. while watching this video. A lot of thoughts springs to mind regarding the Idea of the Craftsman’s Corner for the LC, FMA blog. It’s no secret that I like working with my hands. I made a leather rose for my wife for example ( see here ). I remember making the handles for my shoemaking tools as well as other tools when I was doing that. Design, pride in what we make and almost a form of meditation are just some of what we experience when working with our hands. I also remember making the process of making 2  hand & half wooden swords for my son and I. He put a lot of the work in on his. We shared something that day. On the other side of the coin, it becomes easy to put value on something made in the same way. In short there are many aspects of the design / making process that we can benefit from. My son thinks of the time we shared when he uses an axe that we worked on for him and his boy scout trips. We found and old axe head, cleaned it up and shaped a handle to fit his hands and arm length.

Many people talk about the martial arts and the road to finding yourself. There are other ways such as creating designs and that feeling something gives you when you hold it, or just look at it. I feel that way regarding balance in my life. Training and teaching LC Escrima is positive and creative, but I still need the more creative side of my old brain to focus on pure creation of objects,designs and so on. You could say it completes who I am. It’s my belief that most people have the same need.

I could ramble on about this kind of thing for ever. I could post many videos on creating tools, wood working projects, furniture design, hand crafted leather products and more. This blog is based on FMA. So we’ll stick with this video. I like what the knife maker / designer Ken Onion had to say. It’s worth watching / listening to.

 Ya’ll have a great day, Stay Proactive

CW

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters.


Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters. Mental aspects of self-defence.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s video time for the psychological self-defence aspect of protecting ourselves and our families. There is plenty of stuff if you listen and think.

The “meat hippy in me”  thought this was worth watching / listening to. ( I like to listen to podcast now rather than watch videos. I’m just an old fart after all ;)  ).

I try to keep the politics out of this hobby that I call a blog. So, sorry about the political nature of the video. With that said, Glenn Greenwald talks about some things people do and don’t do when they think they are being watched. A little more insight into the nature of our fellow men / governments is always good to have. The more we understand others and ourselves, the more we can avoid conflicts.

On a side note, we are real close to starting the “forening” as the Danes word it. Have a great day! the last bylaws are being ironed out.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

What’s happening right now?


I hope ya’ll are doing well. I just want to let ya’ll know what’s been happening lately.

I have not been posting that much in the last month or so. More blog posts are coming soon. The reason for the lack of posts is simple. The training group I’m a member of will be creating a “forening” or sports club according to the Danish ideas of what one is. There will be more information coming your way as we finalize the bylaws and so on.

I’ll be posting the name and the purpose of the “forening” when we have done the final few steps. In short we will be going from a group of friends who meet to train to a sports club looking for more members.

Stay tuned, I’ll be getting back to you with more.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Learning figure-8 strikes before stabbing attacks. Latosa Concepts FMA Terminology


Learning figure-8 strikes before stabbing attacks. Latosa Concepts FMA Terminology.

eskrima free sparring latosa concepts escrimaI was training with J the other day and working on / refreshing some of my tools / abilities while he was working on some new tools. That’s going to be the starting point for this posts. Where it goes from there … who knows!

Before that, I like to ask you if you … if you have done anything for your general mobility, strength and conditioning? I’ll tell you what I did today after sleeping late. Had some coffee and coconut milk, kisses a purity lady then worked out. It was a pull day. That ment deadlifts, bend over row with a rotation, 2 core exercises, a calf exercise and lat pulls. Get off your butt tomorrow morning and do something. 

Getting back to what we worked on when we were training. Timing is a strange thing if you don’t understand the doors it open for you. When you do, it’s just fun. To refresh, the basic timing variations are: preempting, same time variations, and late timing. When we start to mix the timing variations in an attack sequence we get things like half beat attacks. These can be  joint locks, takedowns, strikes, stabs , cuts and more. I did a leg sweep and took J’s second stick from him at one time. Of course, I had one stick at the time.

Any Hoo! At some point in time, I felt the urge to start using my second stick to stab with ( espada y daga style. ) J’s first response was to say … what was that? Jokingly I told him is was an old man cheating! On a serious note, J noticed that it was harder to see, ergo he was caught off guard by it ever time. That’s very true! Stabs are harder to read when we look at the ability to read attacks (baring the ability to read the attackers body movement.) Just the fact that the tip of the weapon may be all you see is enough to scare people. Add to that the fact that a stab with a knife goes deep without much force and you get a new respect. This is one reason that GM Rene Latosa talks a lot about zones and students of his, like myself preach about zones of attack from every mountain we find. It was the same, when I was with Master Lind at WCS. Regardless of what we doing the most effective way to protect your self is to look at attack zones. This could be with the array of FMA weapons / tools, it could be true of the general British type of sword training (sword and buckler is great fun!), and it could be true of the German type sword training.

Back to the order of learning. When we start with the figure-8 system of basic blunt weapon strikes, we learn about reading what the attacker / assailant is attacking us with. With time we learn to read the attacker and move from same time strikes to preemptive strike. Once that ability is bettered to a suitable point, we can start learning to read the stabs. This means we start to understand that stab can stop and start in the same little bitty segment of space and still be just as dangerous.  It’s all about taking baby steps before we walk then run.

You might be thinking that the old man has forgotten about the half beat! He’s gotta be getting old. Nope, I’m not that far gone yet! As we progress from same time strikes, we learn to step on the gas with an extra strike between the beat. Stabs or #5 strikes are an easy way to do that.  With time, we can learn to act and react on one third beats, one quarter beats and so on. It’s all about the flow drills and the speed that are performed to build this ability. This gets back to my last post about flow and so on. Flow is a tool, to learn about and better, your half beat strikes and more.

All this gets into energy and short power and everything starts to interlock, intersect and become universal when we look at FMA and GM Latosa teachings. I’ll let you think about that one for a while. Can you say nexus? We’ll call it the LC Nexus just for kicks! Remember learning to do is becoming aware of what you have learned to do! In this case, learning to use the #5 is learning to be aware of that same attack if an attacker uses it on you.

That’s it, the red meat and green stuff I ate after training is almost gone. It’s time for some more food!

Make sure you see where GM Rene will be teaching while on his travels.

Stay proactive and enjoy life!

CW

DIY knife handles and knife sharpening videos with USA Knife Maker


DIY knife handles video with USA Knife Maker.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It was a while back, when I last posted a video for the “Craftsman Corner.” This blog will fix that.

A friend / training partner gave me some “boy scout knives,” My boy is a scout and I go on some trips with him. My plans for the knives are simple … we are going to put some new handle on them and clean the blades up. With that in mind, these video’s are being posted.

I know there is some adverts for USA Knife Makers products. You can take that as you want. Skip past the first few minutes if you want. Any Hoo! enjoy DIY’ers.

Stay Proactive and enjoy!

CW

The pro’s and cons of flow drills for FMA. Latosa Concepts Escrima terminology.


The pro’s and cons of flow drills for FMA. Latosa Concepts Escrima terminology.

I hope ya’ll  are doing well. I was inspired to write a little about flow and FMA ( Escrima / Kali. ) A and I were talking about flow and learning to use the energy created by the stick, punch, machete or what ever you are using.

A and I are both happy to take breaks when we rain together. My shoulder/ collar bone can be down right sore at times. Because of that I enjoy flow drills. They give me the chance to slowly add hard power when it feels good, and not all the time. You know sneaky old fart stuff, I am a grandpa after all. ;) When I was in California to train with GM Rene, he talked a little about using the sneaky stuff and saving the power for the just the right moment. My old karate instructor told me that I would reach a time when I would have to do this as well. Long live experience! They both were right!

A. was talking about the FMA’er who he trained with in the Philippines, when he was there last time.  They relied more on the flow / energy of the stick once it was started. Every time I saw GM Latosa he did the same. He would use power, that comes from what I call power mechanism, and the flow of the weapon, as tools to put him where he wanted to be in a confrontation. Once you understand short power it is all about flow and timing. I think this is one of the reasons that he has always been able to generate the power at a given time for so long. The power mechanism, lets say hip rotation for conversation sake, is in some ways a reaction to the energy generated by the movement of the energy. ( Remember there are more power mechanisms.) In other cases, you will see the power mechanism being the reason for the energy in the weapon.

In short it goes both ways! I have posted a short video in the group. Some people have asked what I do when I free form and focus on flow. Well check out the LCE group and see for yourself. The flow training I do after/ before strength training is helping me to time the power / control mechanism, so I can take the stress off my collar bone joint.In a way, I am starting over with the first grade and learning to time the drop with my strikes.

So you might be asking yourself about the blog title and the cons of flow training. Only focusing on flow training is kinda like a pit trap in the day. There is a problem, what happens during the night? During the day, we feel safe because we can see the hole in the ground, BUT during the night, in the dark, it becomes dangerous. If you are not sure where it is you will have a nasty fall while looking for a place to empty your bladder. Having flow without the ability to to add power at different times in the strike, not having well developed power / control mechanisms, leads to a swinging stick or kick that can pull you off target. You know where the man is at all times in a confrontation. The pit trap in the dark can also be compared to only having the flow tool and having to react with power in an emergency situation. What happens when we need power to control power? …. Or balance to control focus and speed. What happens when we need to suddenly use speed with flow and focus if we have never done it?

You see where I am going. We need to be good at what we do. This could be power, flow, speed, reading an attacker, or what ever. BUT we also need to have some skills in the other end of the ball park as well. Case in point, when I started to do very slow movement to analyze them my explosive power increased as I stepped on the gas pedal again.

Any Hoo! If you watch the video, I am free forming. That is a type of visualizing while doing attacks and counters to the attacks you see coming at you. Be warned. It takes a lot of practice to do it in the beginning. It’s like visualizing a gymnastics routine on the run instead of standing still. It is a skill learned except for the visually intelligent people out there. I think in pictures, it’s easy for me. Free forming is also easier when you have more tools to use.You can focus on a specific footwork example or strike pattern. There are so many things that we can focus on, it becomes an art in it’s self.

  • Long, midrange and short strikes
  • Espada Y daga
  • Preempting, drawing the attacker in
  • And much more.

Any Hoo! I am tired of writing. This blog is a great hobby as long as it stays fun. Ya’ll have a great day

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW