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.

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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.

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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.

Balance, balance disrupting and power mechanisms. Latosa Concepts, FMA terminology.

Latosa Concepts from GM Rene LatosaWhat is balance disruption? Why do we learn about power mechanisms and balance?

To start with, we have to know how to keep our balance while moving and standing before we can learn to disrupt another persons balance. Why do I say this? We’ll start with an assumption … you are a big fellow! Well, a time is going to come when a person is bigger than you and you can not rely on sheer size. There are also the cases of people who have a natural sense of balance … kinda like cats. Do you know anybody who works on a ship / boat? In order to disrupt someones balance in as many ways as possible we have to know what the mechanisms are. Proprioception (knowing where your body is in time and space) plays in here as well. Balance and proprioception get used in each others place all the time. We’ll save that for another day and just use common terms.

The way we stand, in it’s self, tells us how to disrupt an attackers balance. By learning how to stand in a strong position and give the energy of our attack (or control techniques) a path into the opponent / attackers, we start to learn about disrupting balance. Does our body break at the hip or some other joint? If it does, we know we can disrupt an attackers balance in that same spot. Even more so if we stand well and strong, with the ability to explode with force!

By understanding how our own body combines the explosive ability of major joints we can figure out how to disrupt an attackers balance by a compound attack to his 2 joints or more. By understanding how the breaking of the wrist can lead to the locking out of the elbow and that in turn pulls the shoulder out of a strong position, we learn how to take an assailant down by way of his wrist. Please note, you are taking a chance when doing this in many cases. One guy I know is a perfect example of the people running around on the street, who do not feel pain like we do. He could just stands there and looks at a person who tried to apply locks to him. I know of at least two other people who are the same. Trust me when I say that, they are out there.

If a person has some tolerance for pain but is not immune to it we can recruit speed, timing and distance as a helping hand. Do you recognize the trinity?

We can also learn to use the movement of the assailant to disrupt his balance. We start to play with some of the ideas of mass and energy when we work with high triggers. In order to attack an assailant balance we can use his movement and movement patterns to our advantage.

When we look at pain, we can start to see other ways of effecting change in an attacker. Pain does terrible and wonderful things to all of us. And NO! … I am not into S&M. Give me a few years and I might get into it; I’m not there yet. Any hoo! … Looking at the people who do not feel pain in the normal way again, we can change things up. We can use equalizers to create pain and cause a disruption in someones balance. Here’s a simple example for you. Let someone push a pen or something else hard into your collar bone, chest plate or even the small bones of your hand. It’s funny how pain in/on your collar bone can buckle your knees!

Another way to create havoc in the nervous system is through an emotional response. The startle reflex can be used against a person. The karate people are not far of base in some aspect. Just yelling in someones face causes a reaction. The psychological reaction in the person makes life easy in some cases. In others it might cause an attacking spear reaction.

Looking at the different ways to cause balance disruption, we have been different ways to skin the cat. One of the reasons that a training session has a theme is to work on one or two of the subjects. It’s hard to say that this method or this method is the best at a given time. We will not know how we feel and other factors until we are in that time/situation on that given day. You might be in a Mike Tyson kinda mood that day or you might be in a mellow mood that day and take pity on the poor fellow. The method you use will change depending on your mood as long as you have trained different methods enough to make them a part of your real library of methods/tools.  This is why we should look at balance, high outside positions and low outside and inside position. We decrease the stress, so there is time to learn the tools of the trade before putting a person ( that means us) in a heated close quarters inside position, and with a weapon involved to boot!

That’s it for this round. The old fart is tired of writing. ;) Have a great day!

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Master Ron Saturno. Panantukan youtube video 1

This is for the guys so they understand some of the targets we are after and the areas we have to protect on our own bodies (and Why! ). It can get nerdy but if you have some idea of how the body works it’s great information.

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Shot show 2013 knives and tools

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I thought I would go back in time and post an entry that followed the style of some of the older blog entries.  It’s no secret that we have taught professionals and will continue to do so. I think I can speak for M.A. (Aarhus LC Grp.) and myself when I say that they tend to listen more and work harder because they understand it’s about their safety as well as the prosperity of their families. We all want our kids to prosper and have all the advantages including having a complete family around them. Theirs also personal issues as well. Our own pasts drive us.
With that said I used to post information about some of the new and upcoming equipment that people might want for work and believe it or not scouting. My son loves the outdoors. He would rather live in a tent at times.

This brings me to something some people might not know. Many knives have a shape and design based on the job that needs doing. Different tools can be: a skinning knife, a fillet knife and a heavy camping knife for batoning. The hunters and outdoors people will know that you need a full tang knife for this last job.

In the videos, there is some information about tools and knives that where at the 2013 Shot Show. The tool nerd and craftsman in me just slobbers when I see the stuff. The Texan in me howls at the knives and the escrima instructor wants to be aware of what is out there. If it’s on the net some one on the street has one.

It’s my belief that pro’s should have proper working tools. A basic idea is:  all emergency personnel should have strap cutters and more with them. If you are smart you believe the same for every person that drives a car. How many of you have had a first aid course lately? Got ya’ didn’t I.

Any hooo! There is a bunch of information out there but the knife and shot shows are a good place to do some looking.

Have a great day and …. Stay Proactive in Life and Training


Medford Knife and Tool

Medford Knife and Tool

Drinking coffee is good for this blog. I get to relax and look around the web. The blog gets some subjects out of my lazy coffee drinking habits. It turns out it went well with the last videos about knife making. Add to that, the fact that we support the professionals who do the hard jobs many people will not do. Medford knives are made with a purpose much like the Grayman knives from an earlier post.

You’ll find that many knives are made with looks in mind, rather than function in mind. The Medfords and Graymans are made with the intention of heavy use. The knife I would order would be the TS-1 or TS-2. Living in DK doesn’t give me the chance to go hunting like I did in the states, so the knives will have to stay on the wish list for now.

Any hoo, if you are a hunter, military or some other professional, check out the website. You’ll like it! Heres a video playlist with descriptions of many of their knives.

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I see elements of Escrima in this Erik Paulson youtube video. Latosa Concepts, FMA

I see elements of Escrima in this Erik Paulson youtube video. Latosa Concepts, FMA

I love the caveman remark! Erik Paulson uses many elements of FMA in his MMA teachings. It’s fun to watch for FMA in other arts once you know what to look for. Any HOO! Enjoy!