Latosa Concepts Escrima in Denmark, What’s up number 22.
I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s about time we have another… What’s been happening at Latosa Concepts Escrima in Denmark? This update is number 22. I had to stop and think … wow, when I put some video together for it. We are at nr. 22.
You’ll see/hear most videos in Danish. That’s what we speak for the most part.
Before I get started on the two clubs here in Denmark, I’d like to mention that there is the Latosa Concepts, FMA Facebook group where we put other info op from time to time. I saw today that GM Latosa will be starting a new class soon. You can see the link to the LC FB group here. Sometimes someone will post other information as well. you never know what pops up. Note that it is a closed group.
We are planning the next Latosa Concepts Get-together soon. Niklas will be doing a talk about the human body, so we know what can happen to our bodies if we are struck, stabbed and more. It’s good to know what we do and why. We’ll plan a dinner and maybe some other part to the event as well. More information will be forthcoming.
Getting back to my wow experience regarding how long we have been active. I’m slow at grading people and one of our men will be ready for the next grade hop in a few month. he’ll be training for the 4th escrima grade when that happens. As you will notice in the video, that goes along with this update, we have a relaxed atmosphere in our training group. We don’t bow when we start and end a training session/class. If people need the bowing to feel a form of respect for the instructor… we don’t want them. Everybody comes to learn. As you will see many places in this blog, you check your ego at the door.
We have lost a few people to work injuries and work related situations. it was just too hard for them to make training. Those guys know that the door is always open. I’ve been told that the location is a problem because of transport by some people. We will have to except that for now. As always the number of people at training is different because of work situations. Still, I feel good about how the men are moving along and progressing with the different skills that we build on. M.A. tells me his people are doing well. Knowing him they are doing much better than that.
If I haven’t written it before now welcome to the new men. I think you will pick it up quickly. remember to have fun.
in the video, you’ll see two of the men, training for the third Latosa Concepts grade, kicking some new targets on the BG’s/training partners. For those of you who think of center lines and attack lines, they attack across the center line. You will also see them working on the left hand strikes. In one clip. J. is switching from the right hand to the left hand and ending with the stick in the right hand again. This skill will help when they start the the two stick training with the next grade.
S. is doing well and on his way to getting the second LC grade. He is working on high counters and attacks as well as an unarmed program. The men training for the 3rd are expected to help him with those drills and skills.
The men training for first Latosa Concepts grade all have different backgrounds. So they have to focus more on different skill sets. The first trigger, the high trigger, is always a new skill regardless of where people come from. Timing the strike with the drop is also new for some people. In comparison the men training for the 3rd are working on landing two strikes in one foot movement. Different timing variations will continue to give the men something to work on regardless of the grade.
For the guys trainings for the 1st., keep the faith. The 1st grade is always a new way to think compared to many other martial arts. Moving the feet/foot first is common in many systems. The other triggers, mid-line and low triggers, will show themselves later on again. The 1st grade is what we build on and make you aware with. Just as you focus on balance and dropping now you will also work with rising power generation with the next grade.
Regarding the indoor/outdoor thaaang. ( I am from Texas you know) We’ll be inside more and more. Make sure you have a sweat shirts for outdoor training. Denmark is still part of Scandinavia and winter is coming. You’ll see the men using short sticks as a supplement to the long sticks. The likelihood of the need to use a flashlight or some other comparative object in a self-defense situation is much more likely. The same for the palm stick length objects. All grades use them as part of training, but the grade requirements for those objects are placed later into the program. The normal length stocks are a tool to understand and learn with.
A quick note about one drill you will see on the video, the men are not moving forward with the first 2 counters and then they end the confrontation on the third strike. There are different aspects to this drill. The BIG one for me is the retainment of the feeling… I Decide! This is one of our motto’s that goes to the core of what we do. Even in, what seems to be a totally defensive movement, we decide and we are in control. We have the ability to change to a more offensive movement when we decide. This gives the men yet another self-defense/comabative tool to use. The people who trained under me, when I had the police club at the police school on Artillerivej, will remember how we made it our montra. It hasn’t gone away. Remember ….I decide!
I may have to make a list of rules and guiding mottos. MA. and I talked about this during his last visit. One might be, you will never know what I throw at you during training. The last clip is from when the men did some strike pad training with a sticks until I said … next. The objective of the drill was to learn to function when tired. Look for more of that drill guys.
That’s it for now. If you want to try a training session with our groups, write to us using the Blog Contact Page. In order to train LC escrima you have to train with M.A. or myself.
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