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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As you can see in the picture I pulled one of those different workouts out from nowhere just because we can do it.
Some of the subjects for this entry are: The box, what I expect from the men training for the 3rd grade and new members.
Before we get started, I would like to say welcome to our new members J and A. They seem like they will fit in very well. That brings us to 8 (+ myself) members in Copenhagen. Now we just have to get everybody together at the same time. We may have to send a letter to all our employers. Real men need to hit each other with sticks without bosses getting in the way. UGGGGG!
As a quick note, you might want to look at GM Latosa’s website to see where he will be in the future. I know he was in Germany not too long ago.
Once again … Congrats to the men for passing the test for then 2nd Latosa Concepts Escrima grade. They can look forward to a lot of box training. The Box System ( Click to see an entry on the box) was created as a fast and hard solution to many situations. The men will be working on making the live hand more active and powerful as well as many other ways we can improve chances in a weapon scenario.
We’ll be building on some of the counters to the unarmed techniques they trained earlier. You can see an example in the video. The GG starts with an attack and counters the BG’s counter. They started work on more effective preempting skills the other day as well. We’ll keep them working on those. The men can look forward to 2 stick requirements for the 4th grade test. We are getting them ready for that with different drills unarmed and with sticks.
All the members well be doing more multiple attacker drills. It’s still very basic in that, there is no strategy require right now, they are simply learning to cope with many different attacks in the same drill. Now we are outside we’ll be using the wonderful green lawn and the space we have.
As you can see in the picture above, we are ready for more members now. All you have to do is write to us and make an appointment to come give it a try. Spread the word! Be fair warned though, no big a-hole egos allowed. We’ll be posting different pictures on FB. I’ll post them here on the blog as well.
That’s it for now, get you some sunshine vitamin while you can and have a great day.
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I hope ya’ll are doing well. As you can see by the title, there are two new 2nd grade Latosa Concepts students. We have posted some more pictures and the Latosa Concepts Escrima sweatshirts are in use as well.
We’ll start with a big Congratulations to Jesper and Niklas for passing the test for the LC second grade. They start training the basics of the Box System from GM Rene Latosa on Tuesday. I like to ask a bunch of questions as part of the grading process, that way they perspire that extra little bit. They did well, so give them a clap on the shoulder for a job well done when you see them.
Regarding the grading diplomas, we’ll have to see what picture I use for the background next time. MA and I will have to keep the guys guessing. For the second grade; the men have been training feeding drills for unarmed and single sticks, variations of the #2 strike as well as a bunch of other subjects such as sparring drills. The whole idea is to get them ready for the box system. The first two grades help to prepare the students for other subjects, that makes the life of the old fart much easier later on down the line. We have one man away with family business. When he returns we’ll get him ready for the 2nd grade test as well.
Regarding the sweat shirts, they are the same color as the t-shirts. There are hooded versions and non-hooded versions. It all depends on your taste and /or mood. There ar plans for a more graphic design in the works. I have to speak with some artsy fartsy types before any are made.
We have some people coming by to see if they want to train with us. The doors are open for people new members. Now that the weather is warming up, we are looking forward to new members joining the Latosa Concepts Escrima group i Copenhagen / Gentofte. Regarding Aarhus, send a message and MA will get back to you. Go to the Contact page here. There’s no excuse folks, get off your duff and send an email to make an appointment for a training session. You can do it! We’ll continue to use the basement for “bad weather days” if/when they happen.
Some of the physical training we’ll be doing as part of the outdoor season will be wind sprints, pull-ups, and a bunch of other stuff like animal crawls, sit-outs. You can see some of the training activities we have done in the past here… PT Courses Youtube. I left a few videos up after I closed the company.
Regarding more pictures, there should be some more pictures in the Latosa Concepts Escrima Photos section by the time you are reading this. The picture to the left is one of them. I am debating putting some pictures from the past up so it’s easy to to see where MA and I came from. We’ll see what happens.
Finally, I have updated a few links on the link page. The next update video should be a video post as well. I might be putting a clubbell like conditioning link up as well. As for the rest, I’ll keep you guessing. That’s it for now. Have a great day. We’ll talk at you later. Long live old farts. ;)
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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.
Well it’s done now. We have started doing some pr for more members to the escrima training group in Copenhagen. The outdoor training season has started and we are ready to start training a new batch of members. Some of the men will be testing for the 2nd Latosa Concepts grade this week and the others are moving along well. It will be their turn to test next time. I’ll let them know when they are ready to test for the 1st LC grade. That means we are looking for some new members for the next batch of escrimadors. One picture is a link to the english version and the other to a Danish version of the fly’er.
That’s it for now, have a great day!
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I hope ya’ll are doing well. This is going to be an update on what we have been doing lately.
The first thing on the list is outdoor training and new members. We are ready for more new members. The weather has gotten us out of the basement and we are very happy about it. Worse case scenario, that’s rain, and we will just go down to the basement and do some unarmed vs unarmed or some palm stick training. Once the weather really warms ups, we will try to meet at the beach and other spots. So spread the word! The Latosa Concepts Escrima group in Copenhagen is opening it’s doors to more people.
We had our After Easter Chow Down. Some of us had our ladies with us so it was much more civilized. We old farts like the female company. They kept the combative talk to a minimum and made room for normal conversation. I have to say/write it again; we have a fine mix of people in our group. Not every member could make it because of work, but that is life.
Before the eating started we had to get some training in. After that we got cleaned up (my shower is not a virgin anymore!) and started getting the food ready. It ended up being a late night with some more food before the remaining people went home. Once again, thanks for all the fine food and conversation men and women.
As you can see in the video below, there is a lot going on lately. We have two men going up to the 2nd grade very soon and the men training for the 1st grade are moving along very quickly. Open-8 with sticks and unarmed have been a common subject for all members to some degree. We are starting to introduce some aspect of catastrophe training to the group as well. You can see one drill in the video. Point foot work is a part of the warm up sometimes to start the men for the 1st grade used to it. It’s good for their balance among other things. Finally but not least, the men training for the second grade have started training semi contact to help get used to more honest attacks. The problem with training with out helmets is people teach them selves to never hit the target as hard as they should. We should be able to show control, but let loose when the chance shows it’s self.
That’s it for now. I’ll leave you with the video. Remember to spread the word… Latosa Concepts Escrima is accepting new members now! Ya’ll have a great day.
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Before we start, here’s a quick & short update on what’s going on. We had our After Easter Get Together not too long ago. I’ll be posting some pictures in the next LC Update blog entry. The weather is starting to warm up… that means the snow is gone if you don’t live in the north. We are looking forward to training outside more often as the weather really warms up. I’ll be posting some more video soon as well. If you see Jesper, tease him a little about the pink tape he found for his sticks.
Well, let’s get going. Distance is part of the trinity: speed timing and distance. This trinity comes from GM Latosa’s teachings. ( Another trinity could be intention, timing and balance. The end result is power ) I might mention the other two parts of the trinity ( that’s speed and timing) a few times, but I’ll stay away from using them too much. This is more about distance and transitioning. Many combative systems have different descriptions of the differing distances, they can govern the techniques performed in a given distance. We can look at distance and think of stiff systems that dictates the attack/ techniques and possibly the mind set performed. You can also use it as an idea, a tool, you might say. Lets say that I have a ballpoint pen in my hand. Are you thinking of Jason Born yet? If we want to use that pen to our advantage and stay away from a bad guy’s weapon, we have to figure out how to best use it. We could think of using butt strikes / hammer fist with a point added to them as well as punching, ripping and so on. Elbow strikes, kicks, and knee attacks are just the beginning of what we can start to do. In my book knees are the same as a kick just not the same distance in some cases. We’ll get into that another day. If we wanted to be very specific regarding distance, we would have to say that a punch is not the same as an elbow strike to the body. A knee strike is not the same as a full range kick. But we are not going there today, we’ll stick with the butt strike and a bike bump.
If we look at the bad guy now. Let’s say he has a long metal bike pump. He wants to bash and stay away from my “pointed butt strikes” (sounds dangerous doesn’t it!). What does he do? He stays at a longer range that suits his weapon and does not fit with my pen or arm length. I want to get inside the power arch/range of his metal bike pump without a head ache. We both have a distance we want to work at. Many people would say that we both have techniques that belong to the perspective distances. I disagree and agree. It depends on how you think. Some techniques are easier to perform and some are just ignored because of a lack of knowledge and/or training.
Pressure drills using different distance are one way to help develop the ability to optimally use an object in many situations. They also help with the ability to read and react, and later down the road, to perform preemptively strike before an attack is fully launched. The challenge starts, when we start to use the stick like it is a pen and so on. A radical thought could easily be to use the pen as a long metal bike pump. I’ll stop with that little tid bit for now though. Because the Latosa Concepts Escrima students are taught to use their fist and blunt objects of differing lengths ( in the beginner levels ), they learn to mix the different techniques into a common way of moving, which can be adjusted to benefit what ever they have in their hands or don’t have in their hands. This might require more body rotation or some other adjustment. Once you understand how to adjust the different body parts as a whole, it becomes much easier. This is why the first few grades for Latosa Concepts Escrima are important. We are working on making the students aware og angles, their own bodies, and distance among other concepts and ideas, so we can adjust and learn quickly later on.
What they are starting to work even more with, is how to control the distances that best works for them and puts the bad guy in a bad position with his weapon. In a ball point pen vs bike pump scenario, they will have to time the movement through that dangerous range where the metal bike pump is most powerful. This could be done by preempting, off-line movement in a direction, learning to wait, or some combination of the above mentioned … and with timing and the correlating speed of course.
How do they start this learning process? We can look at the sparring drill for the second grade (with single sticks). The man that is playing the bad guy (BG) is teaching himself to stand still and place the end of the stick to target. The good guy moves off-line while counter attacking or preempting. The good guy ( GG) learns to place himself geographically correctly according to time and speed to win the micro conflict. The roles reverse and the good guy (GG) becomes the bad guy (BG). They continue on switching rolls.
We can take the starting step/ attack in the drill. If the person is at a very long range they will have to close the distance with a low trigger… the feet. The stick stays ready until they are in range to perform the first attack in the drill. This is where the triggers come in folks. At one distance the movement of the feet is required to start the attack. In a closer distance the stick starts the attack as the high trigger.
What can we add to the mix now? Let’s see …. a moving man! Then another moving man, chaos, your mental state and your heart pounding it’s way out of your chest and what ever else you can think of. Maybe you are thinking of the distance between your weapon to the BG’s body and the distance between the BG’s weapon and your body. That brings in the low triggers again.
Some of the ways the guys are learning about this for the second Latosa Concepts grade is by way of the high attacks. They work with # 2 counters as attacks to the attackers head, then they use the same power to nullify the energy of the BG’s attack and then perform an attack to the man’s bicep attachment. They can do this with a butt strike or the end of the stick. This is where we as Latosa Concepts instructors are sneaky. We don’t always tell people what we are doing. Do you remember the remark about using a pen like a bike pump and the reverse? In the pictures above you can see a drill they worked on the other day. As an introduction to some aspects of a two stick figure-8, the guys are starting to use punjo technique ( butt strike technique ) with a normal length training stick. We’ll show some more punjo drills another day.
In a lot of situations, people will feel safer when they move their head and shoulders away from the line of attack that the bad guy utilizes. They are still in danger in many cases. Remember to move your feet so the entire structure stays strong and that will in turn help to maintain the distance and the focus that should go along with it. This is one reason elastico is trained late in the game. It can get us in trouble if we don’t have the skills we need.
The last little tidbit I’ll leave you with regarding distance training is the intersection of the BG and GG weapon length. The men that train with me should know that the whole of the arm is a weapon, add to that an object in the hand and you have many weapon combinations. By taking the BG’s pike pump (and arm weapon) out at the hand or wrist, less distance needs to be crossed by the GG. The trick is, of course, reading the BG movement patterns and timing the counter attack or preemptive strike. The men will start working on this as their live hand skills starts to improve. With that, other skills become better, not to mention timing and speed.
I have rattled on long enough about this subject. So I’ll let you go.
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Regarding the sweat shirts, I hope to get them in this week.
Talk at you later men.
Some of the guys asked about some of these and we talked about them after training.
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