The before Christmas gathering and din din!


Picture 11It’s time for the old farts to sit down and eat some food together! You can see more at the new club website here. If you have not answered get your butt moving!

There is a list of who is coming with what. I am looking forward to sitting down and eating some good food with the guys once again. Regarding the Zombie melon bash, we’ll see what the weather is like. Be ready to go buy a bunch of fruit, veg and other things that explode when hit. I’ll let you know in a few day mens.

Boys Have to be Boys after all!

;)

 

Training for stressful real life situations. Latosa Concepts Terminology


Training for stressful real life situations. Latosa Concepts Terminology.

The mental aspect of self-defense has always been the pink elephant in the room that people refuse to talk about or see. In the Noir video below they look at some of the training and talk about some of the issues people should think about. Be it hand to hand self-defense, blunt weapons, sharp weapons or firearms, we have to be really honest to be prepared for the possible situations we can end up in.

Please note, before we get too far into the rabbit hole… I’m not talking about living, eating and breathing these issues 24 hrs a day. Do your training and get on with life. Love, share and have fun. Add the training in when it’s time, and get on with life afterwards. I’m an old fart with a younger wife, 2 kids, a grandchild and some great friends and students. There are other things in life when I’m not training. I’m sure you have more to see to than me.

Any hoo! Back to the subject. My wife and I reacted differently to a situation in which I had to fight a gang, when we were on the way home from a party. Her reaction to it, and mine, were completely different. I had no problems with the attackers being bloodied and hurt. The cold and far from pretty reality of it was a shock for her.

As I have written before, my childhood was not what people like to think about when they think of childhood. I was raised to be ready to defend my family against a real threat. My family could have been / was in danger, when some specific people got out of prison.  It was expected that I could pick up a gun and defend my brother and sister, not to mention my mother. My wife’s upbringing was much more devoid of the harsh facts of life. That’s why we are soo good together. We are at balance.

People like to think a trained person could JUST DO THIS AND THAT! Well, those people don’t know anything about the truth. What about the people who have what I would call … the standard lack of training for real life. That’s the wrist lock training while the attackers is counting the number of lights hanging from the ceiling. In the video below they talk about just shooting an attacker in the leg. Lets talk about JUST SHOOTING AN ATTACKER IN THE LEG. In our fma world that would be doing a disarm of the knife that the person is attacking me /us while then doing some pretty hollywood series of techniques. That would make me / you the hero of the movie.

We can start with the shooting of the leg, then look at the act of doing a disarm in real life. When I was going to shooting weekly, I was a better shot than most Danish LEO. The Danish thought pattern is that guns should not be used. I agree that they are our last resort. This is where the BUT comes in. If you wear a gun on your hip and you are paid to protect and serve, shouldn’t you be damn good at using it, if you are forced to use the firearm? I say yes. There’s the elephant in the room. That’s not idealistic and proper. it would demand weekly training on the range. This training would also have aspects of what you see in the video. Getting your pulse rate up and performing under very controlled and unrealistic pressure. Real life is much more stressful. Now lets add a moving target. Now lets add a nut case that does not feel pain, is close enough that he/ they fall on you and continue attacking. And now the assailant is angry on top of that. These are just some of the factors we could talk about.

Physically we perform badly under real life pressure because our nervous systems switches over to fight or flight. We become physically uncoordinated because our nervous system can not do the puuuurty Hollywood finely tuned  movement adjustment and maneuvers. Now lets add the fact that a knife strike horror in the minds of people when they are assaulted or threatened with them. Now lets add the fact that the knife welding attacker does not have our moral compass. He doesn’t care if you have 2 kids, a grandchild and a wonderful women at a home.  He is drunk, on drugs or is a hardened criminal. Now lets add the fact that he does not feel pain when he is worked up. I am one of those people. I know others, they block out pain when focused on the mission at hand. We all have it when it is activated and we all have different activation levels / triggers.

Now you can JUST take the knife from that person above while he and his friends are doing their best to stab, punch, kick and yes possibly shoot you. Remember that your heart is beating so loudly that you can’t hear anything but your heart in your ears.

You might say that the situation seems hopeless. It might, if you are ignoring the HONKING PINK ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM. Knowing they are there is half the battle. Learning to work with our thought patterns under stress is another and  ….. doing the work is even more important. With that comes the ability to adjust under pressure and really recognise when you can just shoot the attacker in the leg. In our fma world, knowing when we have the time to fend off that drunk knife wielding dude ( or knife carrying gang member ) with the chair ( or bike ;) ) that we see next to us.

If you have the stomach, look up KNIFE WOUNDS on google image. For the people who read this and say the author is a nut case. More power to you, I hope you live well and long. For the people who think like I do … get your butt in gear and train for real life. Then go play basketball with your son, visits your daughter and see your grandchild. And when the night comes, love that purty lady with all your heart.

For other blog post for professionals, click here…. And Here

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The site for the Danish FMA and Self-defense grp is here. We are still working on it, so check it out from time to time. It will be a traditional go to site to see training information and so on for the club (forening). The LC Blog will continue to be my baby and my sounding board for thoughts about training and the mental aspects of training. In short a blog.

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Ya’ll have a great day and stay proactive in life and training

C Williamson

Founder of Latosa Concepts Escrima

Member of the Danish FMA and Self-Defense Group

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

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

 

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

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

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