What’s up? Another blog for operators, a video and some other subjects.


What’s up? Another blog for operators, a video and some other subjects. Latosa Concepts FMA.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. As the title explains, this will be a mixed subject blog post. I’ve been on my back with a bug the last few days. I’m just glad that we went ancestral with our nutrition / life style. The flu would have had me down much longer before the switch.

To start with there is a video at the end of the post, that I listened to while drinking coffee and waking up. It’s worth a listen.

LC, FMA link to Operators Lab blogThe next subject is a blog for pro LEO and operators. People like my self who teach / work with pro’s will like it as well. http://operatorslab.blogspot.dk/p/om-bloggen.html . Both MA and I know the person responsible for the blog. He is a pro, so you will be in good hands over there. Good luck.

Well just stick with the pro subject for this next section. I used to post many more pro related blog posts when I had the company. There were subjects like lights, emergency knives and so on. In short tools of the trade.

I was given a LAIX B2 tac. pen as a gift. Thanks to the person by the way. I like it a lot. If you are hard on a pen then you might like to have one of these. It has always been my opinion that pro’s like cops, security of all sorts and any other emergency responder should have glass breakers and strap cutters with them. The trick is to get everything combined so the person doesn’t have to carry a tool box! The B2 that I have is a plus in that it’s a pen, self-defense tool and glass breaker all in one. You can see an in depth review of it here. http://www.sector38.com/laix-b2-range-tactical-pen-review/ . Just think if Jason Borne had a tactical pen when he stabbed the dab guy with a pen. The FMA nerds will get that one.  ;)

I was also given a legal knife for carry in Denmark on my birthday. As I have written before my son and I are out in nature together from time to time. Boy scout stuff and the like. The

LAIX B2 and Lansky world knifeknife I was given is a lanky world legal version. Here in Denmark, the blade has to be under a certain length, demand 2 hands to open and not lock in the open position. That’s enough to really mess with a Texan who grew up with a buck in the back pocket. Getting back to the knife, I can have it with me when we are going on a outing and live up to the law even though we are not at a camp site or what ever it might be. The cool thing about the knife is the blade width. The blade is not that great but it will do. I would recommend that you get your file, diamond rod and stone out to change the angle on the cutting edge. It has a butt end that could work as a glass breaker in a pinch.

When doing security work, I used to have a leatherman on my belt. It ( the lanky) is not a good multi tool but it is what is, a way to be some what prepared for what ever with out the cops taking your leatherman because the blade is 5 mm too long. Add to that, the hassle, fines and possible time for having a TOOL on you.

I feel safe knowing I have a metal pen with a glass breaker, so I could do just that or what ever it might have to be used for. The knife is there, if you want a knife and a normal pen. Please note that the normal pen might be more dangerous as a defense tool when the end breaks.

Do I think that pro’s should have a dedicated strap cutter for seat belts and car accidents at all times? The answer is YES and I think that the agency, be it fire, police, military or security, should supply it. There are better solutions for this purpose. Please note that there are always some small needs for a knife. For us poor citizens who want to be some what prepared. The combo could be a way to go. Alone or together, you are better off with the the tools on your person. I can’t even start to count the number of time that I used the leatherman in security situations, when I needed a tool of some type.

Finally, and far from least…. thanks men for a cool training session and meeting the other day. The meeting showed me once again that we have a well balanced group of friends who share the FMA bug. Our Club ( forening ) is in good hands.  I’ll be ready for the next training session now that the flu bug has released it’s grip on me.

We’ll be working on the Danish FMA and self-Defense group website again soon. There is information about our club etc at the site … http://danskfmagruppen.wordpress.com

Enjoy the video regarding strength training and rest!

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

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

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. 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

 

Mid-range attacks, GM Latosa in Europe and other thoughts. Latosa Concepts, FMA.


Mid range training, GM Latosa in Europe and other thoughts. Latosa Concepts, FMA.

LC black logo pict.The sun is shinning and I am sitting in the sun getting some vitamin-D. (The mac has it’s own umbrella!) It’s also good for Texans stuck in Denmark to get some sun regarding that precious mental state. It keeps us some what normal. ;) That and the machete training with country tunes playing in our ear plugs. I hope ya’ll are doing well also. If not, make it so!

I was thinking about mid-range training vs short range training the other day. I thought it would be a good subject for the blog. Before we get too far into that…. GM Rene Latosa is running around in Europe doing seminars. For the people who are ready for some training with the man himself, get off your butt and check out his schedule on his site or Facebook. as I have written many times, It’s well worth the time.

I’m looking forward to seeing him again when I’m ready to start doing more heavy training. The kb’s snatches are going to be my test. When my shoulder is OK with KB snatches, then I know I’m ready. I hope to be ready for the next time he is here in Europe. The trick is to keep up the baby steps so the SC joint doesn’t become pushed too far too fast.

Any hoo, here we go. When we watch videos on Youtube or go to a seminar with an instructor from another system, we see different approaches to teaching and training. Some have the stick held so that there is a 90 degree angle in the wrist and some others are just the opposite in that they let the wrist break. They usually use the energy of the circular momentum. The first mentioned will usually use the energy in the fist. The different uses of energy are part of what decides the range they start with, in many cases.

Some systems are more occupied with long range training, some work a lot at mid-range, while others are preoccupied with short range. The way I learned Latosa Escrima ( that was when GM Rene was still with the Germans), we focused on mid-range and shorter ranges ( butt strikes and punches ) to start with. Some of the reasons are simple. When learning short range first, we have to be aware of attacks that we are blind to. It’s just a physical fact that it’s hard to see whats happening at the belt  level, when we are standing close to an attacker / assailant.  Starting with mid-range attacks makes it easier to see windows of attack and what’s coming at you. This also makes it possible to learn to read people and be aware of tells or signals that an attack is coming from an area/position. Other ranges can be thrown into the mix with time.

One of the advantages of using weapons as tools to understand concepts and a way of thinking is that putting the power into the end of the stick/ cutting edge /tool is still possible when doing short range strikes. You don’t have to hold the stick in a locked 90 degree angle. In reality, all you have to do is to think you have something long in your hand and hit as if you do! You see where I’m going, I hope. This is one of the reasons, I love the way GM Latosa teaches. This is also one of the reasons that I am not alone in my love of thinking conceptually rather than using stiffly defined ways of performing techniques. Rules can be broken once you know what you are doing. Everything just becomes variations. This could be variations of a #2 strike to variations of a #5 strike.

If you are looking for some training inspiration … I have an idea for you. I did it after A giant stepmy morning coffee today. Once you are ready for real machetes use them to warm up. They will test your ability to control the energy created when doing double fig-8’s. Do that for 10 minutes to warm up. if you are a stick person use them. Now get the kettlebells out.  Do one light set of swings, side lunges, clean and deep squats. After that do double swings @ 10-15 reps, side lunges @ 10 reps to each side, 10 clean w/ deep squats @10 reps. Do 4- 5 sets. You could also throw your boy around ;) I did some core training afterwards and ate a big breakfast.

I’ll try to post some inspiration for training from time to time. Ya’ll have a great day. Don’t let the a-holes get you down. They just need to decide to feel good about them selves. Lack of love etc will do that to you. Don’t let them steal your joy.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training!

CW

 

 

Body language documentary video. Latosa Concepts FMA terminology and psychology.


Body language documentary video. Latosa Concepts FMA terminology and psychology.

In this video, you see and hear about body language in politicians, liars, hard core criminals, and more. Some might say the word politician covers all that but we’ll stay away from that little twist for now. ;) It pays to understand why people act the way they do, as well as signs of what they are thinking. The videos also tells about the voice nuances which can be understood in different ways. As martial artist and combative trained professionals, we should have the skill of reading people to be aware of what they are thinking and what they may do. It’s great to get just a little nerdy with subjects like this from time to time.  ;)

The original video was taken down, so I found these to replace the older one. Both are good. The first mays seem old but it’s well worth the time. The man talking is very good at explaining how things work.

 Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW 

Kelly McGonigal: Controlling our Willpower


Kelly McGonigal: Controlling our Willpower

It’s time we look at what happens inside the human head / heart and body because of mental perspective. Stress is one of the largest factors when looking at intestinal permeability (example from nutrition). We ancestral eaters like to talk about gluten and so on. But going ancestral is called a lifestyle change because it’s about everything. We try to incorporate mental ideas and perspectives into the Latosa Concepts Blog posts. The video below with Kelly McGonigal is yet another one of these posts. “it’s all how you look at it,”… How many people have heard those wise words. (when used in the correct situation !!! ). Watch /listen to the video and start to really think about how you act / react to stress and other things in your life.

Heck it could be a self-defense situation you have to learn to see in a slightly different way in order to best cope with it.  Watching the people around me go through many situation that professionals have to live and cope with has helped to enforce the importance of this simple truth. Enjoy the TED video.

Stay Proactive!

CW

Strength and conditioning for people. Kelly Starrett interview on Fat Burning Man show.


I have started my sprint training now. It’s a challenge to hold my arm in to my body but it can be done. We old farts need to keep our speed up for escrima training. ;) What have you been doing?

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I’ll be pulling out the nerds for this one. The personal trainer in me, the kettlebell coach, the ortho-shoemaker and the combative escrima instructor get excited about the video interview below.

To give a little back ground, we’ll start with some competing theories that supplement each other at different points. There are different systems of thought that govern treatment and training of the human body.

Part of the basis for Z-health is the order of mobility and stability in the joints of our body. The general principle is this. Ankle joint = mobility, knee joint = stability, hip joint = mobility, lower back = stability and so on. Hopefully you get the idea. Lack of a given function in a joint means the load is transferred to the next joint up or down the chain. An example is the way some people squat with a rounded back and their knees goes waaaay forwards. Other people hinge much more in the hip joint and look like they are doing a squat. Because the hip joint works some what like it should, you see a better squat and that person does not have knee pains.

In another system people talk about how the body activates other muscle around a joint to stabilize it. Why? Because the muscle that should have been activated to start with never kick in. One of the corner stones of this Muscle Activation System is how our nervous system is triggered to work optimally if a specific muscle starts the movement chain.

We all have experienced the gym class in school, where you do a lot of static stretching to warm up. That was the general idea for years. The modern criticism of this idea is that the nervous system becomes slow and is slow to compensate and adjust as needed. The result is an injury because the nervous system did not quickly activate the muscle(s) needed to perform the skill.

What happens if we start to look at the common ideas of the different systems and start to look at what is a common factor in all systems. Yoga, general static stretching that the Dr. tells you to do for neck pains (The problem is short muscle on the front of your body compared to the back side by the way), olympic weight lifting training, and martial arts. The answer is you start to get an understanding of how our bodies work in the best possible manner.

I have been a big fan of coaches like Mike Boyle and Martin Rooney for while now. That’s because they say a good specific sport athlete should be a good general athlete. Of course a baseball pitcher will have to work more on shoulder issues compared to some other type of athlete. The key is that there should be some common ground if we are to avoid pain, injuries and have a general sense of well-being … not to mention longevity.

The same goes for escrimadors, BJJ fighters, karate folk, smart crossfitters, RKC kettlebell coaches, and olympic weight lifters. I’ve been checking out some videos from Kelly Starrett for a while now. We can always talk about the difference in treatment and training according to differing systems, but lets talk about what they have in common instead. When we do that we see how a KB swing can help an escrimador become stronger faster and have a better balance. The escrimdor’s everyday life becomes better because his body works like it should. That’s why the podcast/video below is really cool and the different nerds in me get excited by the video. ( It get’s crowded in here sometimes!) ;)

I hope ya’ll enjoy it. Have a great day.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Demonstration of Ginastica Animal with Malte Frid-Nielsen


I hope ya’ll are doing well. I ran across this video with Malte the other day. I just had to post it. Malte was my BJJ instructor when I took private lessons. To start with he is just smart and very pleasant to be around. On top of that, he is a very capable BJJ instructor. He could adapt training to suit my needs and interest regarding the company goals we had set. I could go on but this post would be too long. Many of the BJJ warm-up drills he used sometimes inspired me to use BJJ warm-ups as a part of a kettlebell class I taught. When I stopped teaching at the center in town he kept up his interest for the many Ginastica drills and other aspects of training. His seeking of more knowledge took him to South America to learn. Knowing Malte, this video is just a start of some of the stuff he came back with.

Any hoo! Enjoy the video, you can see his acting skills show themselves as well as his knowledge of Ginastica.