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 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

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 

FMA talk live podcast about Escrima, Arnis , Kali and more.


Check out FMA talk Live for information and interviews about Escrima Kali, Arnis and more.

I was talking with some guys about this podcast, I thought others might like to check it out. You can click here to see the FMA Talk Live site and podcast. It’s always great to hear and read about how other instructors look at their systems and teachings. I have it on my phone via Itunes. It’s well worth the time.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Demo and explanation of FMA by GM Inosanto


Demo and explanation of FMA by GM Inosanto

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun is still shining and that makes a Texan in DK happy.

I thought it would be great to get back to the actual subject of this blog… FMA or Filipino Martial Arts. We have posted some videos that are about viking sword making and history, Japanese katanas and the culture around it, and other cool things like knives made from railroad spikes. The series of posts will continue. Today we are getting back to the FMA subject.

GM Inosanto did a demo and history presentation for the Smithsonian museum once. You will see him talk about the FMA history and show some techniques in the video. At the end he answers questions.

Stay Proactive  and Enjoy!

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

HMMMM! If they don’t hit you, you hit them back!


Preempting and So What Training. Me like! Add some other Latosa Escrima  FMA theories and techniques to MMA and you get this.

Enjoy, CW.

Bill Morgan and the Forged Blade video


Good morning everybody, I hope you are doing well.

The redneck in me came out this morning while drinking my coffee. I watched a video with a man that talks correctly.

When I was a kid , we made our club houses from old rusty bent nails, bricks for hammers and old scraps of wood that we found. That is most likely one of the things that started to develop a great respect for making hand crafted objects in me.  The father in me hopes to instill that respect in my son.

I have a theory that a version of that respect is found in many escrimadors. It starts with the  feeling for a good stick. As we start to train with training blades and swords we continue to develop more respect for balance and other facets of the making of the tools we use to learn and train with. Depending on how much of a DIY type you are, you get into the methods for making things even more. I also have a theory that there is a balance in life. It’s good for us to create things instead of just learning and training methods of justified violence for the sake of self-defense. Mind you there is more to it than that, but we’ll get into that another day.

When I started my path to become a shoemaker, I was presented with a choice. I could run a school for escrimadors for Wing Tsun Scandinavia or I could start my apprenticeship as a shoemaker. Family responsibility  (job security ) and a respect for craftsmen pushed me in the direction of shoemaking, creating and repairing helped to balance me. I would say that we all need a form of balance to thrive. Japanese martial arts speak of this often.

Any hoo, The redneck Texan in me attracts me to people such as Bill Morgan with his knives and Ed Scott with his bow making. I’ll post that video as well.

We all need to create in order to have balance in our life. That ability to create also gives us respect for those people who have been craftsmen for a long time. There should be more respect in our lives in general, if you ask me.

I could go on for a long time like this, so I’ll let you get to the videos. Ya’ll enjoy and have great day.

Create something today … be it dreams, music, knives or a house.

CW

Albion Swords


I saw this picture on FB and started to look through the website.

What do you think? Like! You will find a bunch of cool swords at Albion. You will find swords for collectors and swords for people who train with them. I was lucky enough to know the man that runs the Albion company here in Denmark. We used many of the different swords for demo’s when I spent a lot of time training with swords (sharp and metal trainers). The picture that I posted above has the wow factor.  To see more of the swords sold through Albion-europe.com you can click here. Albion also has a Facebook page that puts information up from time to time. For the FMA people, you will find some european swords that are close to fma versions. I’ll leave you to the links before I start to slobber with the thought of sparring with a battle sword and a buckler. Yupeeee!

Be Proactive in Life and Training … with a sword!

CW

Latosa Concepts edged weapons training with heavy bag video


I promised to put his video up last night when I was working with power mechanism. The video shows some of the training that can be done with a nok knife and a heavy bag. I recorded the video when I was at Butcherslab in Copenhagen the other day. Once again, thanks for all the mails and messages. Enjoy and have a great day.

Be Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology 2. Transition


Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology 2. Transition

For the Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology this time, I will be focusing on transition. Transition is many things depending on your level of training and understanding. The same can be said for many of the other concepts that govern Grand Master Latosa’s teachings.

In basic terms, transition builds on the understanding / use of the other concepts. This understanding enables a person to defend themself using a stick, bladed weapon, an improvised weapon and defend one self unarmed. Transition is the tool that connects how a PR 24 ( side handle or tongfa) is used in a much the same way that unarmed defenses are executed.

If we look at the tactical or military use of the word transition, we are talking about the act of switching from the AR to a handgun to a knife and then to unarmed defense and attacks quickly and fluidly. This also is a definition that is part of the Latosa Concepts Terminology. Once it is possible to use the different weapons the goal is to do it fluidly without having to change the governing concepts and basic movement patterns. An example of this could be an unarmed person (Good Guy) defending them self against a blunt weapon attack and that person (GG) gaining control of the weapon in order to help with defense against a second attacker / assailant (Bad Guy). efficiency comes from following the same concepts regardless of the weapon.

Where do we go from here? … you might ask. The next step is to be able to use a staff or a long blunt weapon as though it were a sword and reverse. Using a machete as though it were a blunt weapon during a certain phase of an attack or counter attack could be an example. To take it even farther, we could look at the ability to use the striking power to push or do takedowns and possibly control techniques. Once again the goal is to do it fluidly so an elbow strike is part of a counter attack using a knife. Again we should not switch defense systems to do the elbow strike and then go back to bladed weapons thought patterns directly afterwards. The elbow strike has to be done within the parameters of the of system. In This case, the teachings of Grand Master Rene Latosa.

There are many examples of transition. I love using a pr 24 as though it were a dagger. There was a time when I was crazy about rapper and dagger training. The PR 24 can be used as a blunt dagger that traps the weapon as well as functioning as a shield built onto my arm or a stabbing tool when held in a different way. Just to top it off there are many ways to control a person with it. It is actually a shame that it has the bad reputation that was created by the Rodney King case. Many agencies refuse to use because of this one fact.

I’ll ask you once again, What now? Well have you learned to think like a lefty? Being able to transition from a right-handed thought pattern to a left-handed thought pattern is a fantastic tool.

I could go on and on, There are other example of transition but I will stop here. You get the idea of what it’s all about. Transition is all about being consistent regarding the governing concepts no matter what weapon is being used. Once again this could range from unarmed counters and attacks to improvised weapon/tools to the ability to use the striking power od the Filipino Martial Arts to do take downs and control techniques.

That’s it for now, Stay away from the flashy techniques when training real self-defense and have a great day.

As always questions are welcome. Text, email, or write on the blog.

Be Proactive in Life and Training

CW