What’s happening at Latosa Concepts Escrima in Denmark. Latosa Concepts terminology and more.
It’s time for another What’s up at Latosa Concepts Escrima in Denmark. Some of the subjects in this blog entry are: learning Latosa Concepts Escrima by teaching, LC escrima speed drills help the intersection of speed, flow and timing to create power and the evolution of focus from 1st to 3rd grade and situational awareness and strong live hand. The Latosa Concepts Escrima Pinterest account should be in there some where as well.
We can start with the men training for the third grade. As they get closer to being allowed to test for the third grade, there are higher expectations for situational awareness / focus and a strong live hand. (As a side note, I see plenty of good skills that make me want to say they are ready to test for the 3rd LC Escrima grade.) You can always discuss if it is worth worrying about where the BG’s weapon is after a given number of strikes to the BG’s head, but it’s worth thinking about so people don’t become complacent. You never know how long a confrontation will last. Not getting hit, cut or kicked is always good. On top of that, the broadened awareness development will help in the beginning phases of a given self-defense situation. Remember situational awareness. This brings me to one of the main rules of Latosa Concepts Escrima … don’t get hit or cut! You’ll see J & N teasing each other with their sticks to make sure the GG is still aware of where the BG’s (Bad Guy) weapon is. The GG ( Good Guy) must continue to use a strong live hand to control the BG’s weapon arm as well as attack, and support the attacking weapon hand. It’s a mouth full isn’t it. This is one of the reasons the instructor tells the students when it’s possible to test for the next grade. It’s not based on time. It’s based on time and ability. Time is a factor, because we want the lessons and abilities developed to stick with them, ergo no rushing through the grades.
J said it well when he said, that the focus developed, as part of the evolution of training drills ( for the 1st to the 3rd escrima grades), makes him more aware of high and low attacks. That’s the basic idea. The third grade syllabus is supposed to instill the idea of… Now I have to be ready for everything. 1st grade is about learning to control your body, balance and low attacks, 2nd is about rising power, high attacks and so on, and third is all about putting 1st and 2nd grade together with GM Latosa’s basic box training. It warms my old fart heart ( old farts become sentimental and grumpy as they age) to see the men understanding why they learn what they do in the given order. It also good to see them teaching and helping each other, when they train with other grades.
I was watching S (training for the 2nd) train with A.N. ( training for the 1st). I saw how much S understood by the way he helped A thereby realizing what he understood. It also gives the men a chance to see where they came from regarding ability and knowledge. The feeding drill for 1st grade became a drill for the 2nd grade when S had his turn to be the GG and win. He added extra twists and skills to the drill of course. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. In turn, S became the student when he had to start working on a planned sparring drill which the men do for the 2nd grade. J (training for the 3rd grade) showed me what he knew and understood when he gave S a helping hand with several things.
Every body trains with everybody as you can read. You can take a drill for the 1st grade and see it performed with the ability and mind set of the first grade and you can see two people do it with the mind set of the 3rd grade. The same drill turns into something else completely. All this training across grade lines helps to promote the tight knit group we have. One armed old farts like that.
The guys training for the 3rd are starting to work with the ability to remain cool under pressure and then let the tiger out of the box on demand. We worked on the ability to do preemptive strikes ( as part of the ability to read an attacker ) leading up to this new skill set for them. They will continue to work on preemptive strikes and waiting and remaining calm as they progress through the grades.
PT ( or physical training) at the moment is focused on speed. Psycho knife attack and bar stool attack are some of the ways we do that. Some strike bag drills are another. You will see this in some of the pictures and video put lately. Please note, that there is a Pinterest.com account for Latosa Concepts Escrima now. Follow this link.
Any hoo! Back to the subject at hand. Working on speed, and not working on the mechanical timing aspects of power and movement, is a needed change. Speed drills are easier when you don’t focus on the mechanical timing and movement pattern aspects. It gives the men a chance to experience flow in a different form and work solely on the fast twitch muscle fibers and supporting nervous system. This is where the personal trainer in me comes out to play.
We all have different fibers in our body, fast, slow and a mix of muscle fibers. Different people have differing percentages. Regardless of if we are more dominant in one direction or the other, the different fibers can be trained. We want the fast fibers to work well along with the stability needed to stay strong. Slow people get cut, stabbed and hit. As you know, habits are formed. We get used to doing a movement at a given speed and the body wants to do it that way more and more at that speed. This becomes a mix of physical and mental coordination. This can explain why some people move a given way, let’s say like a robot, it becomes a habit. Habits are safe so we keep doing the same thing. One of my pet expressions/ projects is “fast feet.” Note feet means both feet. This is needed even more when we work with the the psycho knife attack from above. You don’t want any part of your body hanging around when the knife comes crashing down ( all because of a habit ). The same thing is true for a bar stool attack. We use a strike pad from above at the moment. There should be some video showing this.
All the men that come to training hear me preaching about how the fast back foot is yet another way to develop power and enhance placement of the body in a safer place. Like I said earlier, our main rule is don’t get stabbed, cut or hit. We should be busting our balls to make this happen. Believe it or not, the “So What Training” is part of this idea as well. We should also be busting our balls to not be in a catastrophe situation. We don’t want to like standing in a vulnerable position. That’s a subject for another blog. Catastrophe training is for higher grades even though we work on the skills at the beginning grades. You’ll see that in some of the strike pad drills in some of the videos.
We have to stop somewhere, so we’ll just do it now. Check out the video, the men are training for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade in Latosa Concepts Escrima. I can’t wait to see them when they are training for the 6th, 9th and technician (that’s a black belt for the belt people) LC escrima grade. He he ARGGGG!
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