Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology and thoughts after the Copenhagen Middle Age Market / Fair.


Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology and thoughts after the Copenhagen Middle Age Market / Fair

I hope ya’ll are doing well and you have had plenty of time with your family and friends lately.

1 maanedes gratis traening i selvforsvar i Koebenhavn

1 maanedes gratis traening i selvforsvar i Koebenhavn

Just a quick note before I get into the terminology and thoughts part of the post… Our club, Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp in Copenhagen,Denmark is having an enrolment offer right now. The first month of training is free. Heres the link!

Now let’s get back to the terminology post. My son and I were at the KMM , København Middelalder Market, yesterday. It was cool to see friend, my old instructor and earlier students there as well as getting some “one on one time” with my boy.

Some of the things we talked about were the historical facts and how battles really was waged. In may cases the Battle of the Nation (BON) matches were good examples of what really happened. Long axes and the like were used to pull people down as well as long attack weapons. In short, groups really did team up on the enemy when they had a chance.The one on one fighting skills, we all like to think of, was just one part of the conflicts. When we look at the way people are pulled down to the ground in the BON matches, there is a certain truth to it. When you were down on the ground it was easier to be killed.

The man on man skills are just part of what really happened in real life. This is one reason We take advantage of take downs in our FMA training classes, see here. With that said the take downs are not everything and they should be trained accordingly in small percentages. When we train catastrophe training drills all the time, we stop working as hard as we can to avoid them. This is one criticism of the sword people, who are critics of the BON matches. 

When I had the club for police and military on Artillerivej, we worked on drills for getting up from the ground as fast as possible, simply because the street is like the Battle of Nations matches in that you have to expect an attack from behind from an assailants friends / team mates. More on this subject here.

RANT!!!!! for the Danes reading this…what you see at the KMM are matches not fights! I had to lend an ear to so many fathers telling their sons that the fight was wild! They were matches between two teams. There were rules and the way they fought was /is governed by the equipment and rules they have. EN KAMP ER IKKE EN SLAGSMÅL!

That’s out of my system now. The grumpy old man has to show himself from time to time.

When you look at some of the latest video from our club you will see some of the drills are for learning to control distance. This could be because you are smart enough to pick up something long if/when you are ever at a party and your brother-in-law decide s to stab you from across the table! ;) Just joking, I hope!

gratis selvforsvar træning i københavn

gratis selvforsvar træning i københavn

In reality, we have to control distance in a conflict to use the weapons at our disposal. This might be our hands, elbow, or a metal bike pump. And yes they still do exist. You get the idea.The more we learn to control distance, the more we can control the conflict. This might be knocking something out of someones hand or just smashing their hand enough to make them think about what they are doing. It could also be moving in so close that we can perform a take down.

All this gets back to one of our basic goals in a conflict. We want to control the situation and the outcome. The more we control different elements of the conflict the better our chances of controlling the outcome.

I could go on for a while like this but we all have other things to do. Make sure you are up on where GM Latosa is at the moment. He is travelling and it’s well worth the time to go to one or even several of his seminars. Some of the best experiences for me, were when I travelled with the group to different clubs here in DK and Germany to get as many seminars in as possible. I’m looking forward to when I start travelling again.

Our club, Danish FMA and Self-defense grp, mail is DanishFMA@gmail.com

Club website: http://www.DanishFMAgroup.com

FaceBook Page is is here.

The closed FaceBook grp for our club is here.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

 

 

Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp. update 05-2015.


Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp. training update  05-2015.

I’ll be touching on the summer training plan, the new 4th grade students, new members and a few other other subjects in this blog post.

To start with, I hope ya’ll are doing well. Lets’ get straight to it.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 11.03.35Congratulations to J.K. and N.H. on passing the 4th grade level for Latosa Concepts, FMA. The grades are well deserved men! Both men have been with me a while now and have worked long and hard for the grades they have. I don’t give grades away. The next grade will most likely go much quicker now that they have a good foundation to build on. They have worked on bettering all the grade requirements for the previous grades as well as building a solid basic working knowledge of the 2 stick open-8 drills for 4th gr. as well as the 2 stick high, high, low drill. They have worked on some of the many types of sparring drills we use. An example is a 1 stick free sparring drill in which A attacks twice and B attacks once, then they continue repeating the sequence again and again.

To get the 4th student grade, the men had a grading requirement drill that goes with thestokkekamp københavnmed Dansk FMA Gruppe 3 4th. It is a palm stick drill and unarmed drill in one, as with many of the drills we work on. The reason being transition. Add to that, all the drills that are a common drill for each and every person in the club and you have a handful of drills and subjects for the men to work on.

They will be starting on 2 stick fig-8 drills and live hand drills as well as many other subjects and improvements of the earlier grades. We are finished with the kindergarten drills.

The next subject is fight day. I had planned on doing this last week, everybody’s jobs got in the way. We might break it up into sections of training, so everybody gets a chance… once again because of work etc. It’s important to have a full contact version of training from time to time to make sure nobody has taught themselves to not hit the attacker. I know it sounds weird, but I have seen it many times with higher grades and lower grades. It pure and simple muscle memory / nervous system memory.

With that said, Look into some padding for your arms and hands men. If you don’t haveFMA og selvforsvar træning i københavn hockey gloves…get them. I use hard shin guard /protectors for soccer / football (Eu). Crotch protection is worth it as well. For those people who want a vest, we have two. I know some of the men have their own helmets. They are worth the investment. As we progress, helmet training with out padded sticks is the next progression of the training. This gets back to muscle / nervous system memory and the mental ability to really trust what you can do. There is nothing like a person hitting full force to crutch your head when it comes to a BULLSH_t DETECTOR. With that said, we start on that training when each person is ready for it.

The T-shirts are ready. I hope to pick them up this week. I know my t-shirts are ready for retirement after so many training sessions. I’ll look into the shorts and pant next.

The summer training plan is up at the Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp. website now. Click here to see more. I’ll be posting some information about the summer event as soon as possible. It will most likely be the usual. Bring your own food and babe. We’ll see what we work out for training. Maybe an introduction  to what we do for non members of the grp. / club.

We are starting a “1st month free campaign for the club.” When you start trainingselvforsvar træning i københavn 2 with us, you train free the first month. It’s time to get some more people into training. S. K. needs a polishing before he test for his grade… 3rd LC, FMA grade. This will be a good time for new members to start. Hopefully there will be plenty of outdoor classes ( Saturdays) now that the weather is getting warmer here in DK.

What should new members expect? That’s a good question. My lovely wife says thatEscrima træning i københavn med Dansk fma 1 she is used to seeing what we do. So I can’t use her as a gauge anymore. Allan Nielsen, Club Secretary, and I were talking about how his friends look at what we do. They say we are extreme. New members are not expected to handle the same attacks and pressure that the 2 new 4th grade students are expected to handle.

The 1st grade is basically designed to help people learn to see the angel and learn to understand the basic body mechanics that we talk about. You learn these things as well as learning to defend yourself against basic attacks. In short it is a learning process. Nobody will be hitting you with 100% power and intent. When we had our circle training last week. People were expected to perform to their own abilities when they were put into the middle of the circle ( aka  “Lions Den”). Btw, that’s just us having fun with the name of the drill. We should never forget that we are just big boys and girls! You gotta have fun.

Regarding strength and condition during our classes. We do not expect anything Escrima træning i københavn med Dansk fma 4other than you doing your best. A typical strength and condition drill is push ups. We do a set number or the number that you can do. If you can’t do one version of push-up then you do a version that you can do. N.H. is a physical therapist and I am a PT, kettlebell coach etc. You are in good hands.

It your responsibility to fit into the grp as a new member. We do not and will not accept trouble makers into the grp. PERIOD! We are down to earth people, who want to have fun training our abilities to defend ourselves and our families. See the link here for the club website. If you don’t read Danish we will translate.

Escrima /Self-Defense terminology posts are coming up. I have just had many different hats on of late. Old Farts need their sleep sometimes! ;)

The club webpage is http://www.DanishFMAgroup.com

Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TheDanishFMA?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Email is DanishFMA@gmail.com

That’s it for now, Stay Proactive in Life and Training

C Williamson 

Instructor Danish FMA and Self-Defense group in Copenhagen.

 

 

Self-defense training with the Danish FMA and Self-defense Grp video


Self-defense training with the Danish FMA and Self-defense Grp video

What the heck is it …. Escrima, Kali, Arnis, or something else?


What the heck is it …. Escrima, Kali, Arnis, or something else like mma, the spear, or even krav maga?

What the heck is it? Regardless of what you train, you will see people doing something that “belongs to another system.” Sorry folks if you thought what you did belonged to your system and that system alone!

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

Let’s start with the idea of FMA. If we were to say traditional Filipino Martial Arts, we would have to decide at what year we started saying things were not real FMA. Espada y daga comes from Spain … or does it? Are we going to include the mostly muslim arts such as Silat? Are we going to include the arts from one island and not another? Are we going to include the variations that you might see because some one is big and strong as compared to a 5ft islander?

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 19.39.36You see where I am going. It gets complicated.  We’ll start with Karate and the systems that look/move some what like karate. The Japanese got around and the fact that ww2 helped to popularise Japanese arts such as judo made it easier to become popular on the  Filipine islands. Hollywood jumped on the band wagon and there was no looking back. The hard way many karate styles moves, can be seen in many movies. Looking at the softer and more dynamic kung fu styles tv shows and the expectation of that art even more. It’s kinda like assumed fighting style differences in two hand european sword fight and short sword fighting. They are at two ends of the spectrum…. and the same thing in some ways.

Latosa Concepts Escrima

Latosa Concepts Escrima

When we look at the many arts of the Filipinos arts today. You will see the same differences. But which one is more FMA true? Is Balintawak or Silat the correct FMA version? All this is what makes FMA so great. A person can train a hard powerful style for a while and then train a more fluid style. That person could learn from a Lago Mano specialist and then learn from a Sarrada instructor.

Lets make it even more confusing. Lets say that the person above get’s into GM Latosa style more. Many of the people in Europe find that his way of training FMA fits them better. I am one. My instructor of many years, Lars Lind learned from GM Rene Latosa for many years. We trained hard hits first. The fancy stuff came later because we trained with sticks to start with. I found that a combination of GM Latosa’s style and the style I trained under Master Lind fit me best. Another person who trained a lot of Wing Tsun would add influences from WT.

Latosa Concepts pict. 1Now let’s look at what happens when you reach a certain level of understanding of the fighting arts. Regardless of the system, many truths hold true. A wrist lock / disarm may look a little different, because one system derives it grounding concepts from weapons and the other from pure unarmed  vs. unarmed fights. Systems like Krav Maga which are popular at the moment because it’s the latest trend, tend to pick up techniques and concepts from other fighting arts. An example is how a system consisting of a few techniques trained in many situations grew to have flying circular kicks and more.

LC link to GM Rene playlistWhat we do in Latosa Concepts is based largely on weapons fighting with power and balance as the first lessons and concepts like transition are later subjects. We deviate from the core of the system as we learn more and develop more “tools” such as hard passing, jamming and soft passing. Characteristic elements of fma such as “defanging the snake” and live / life hand use are developed as the person learns more about speed, timing and distance.

Picture 105When I started Escrima under Latosa’s European head Master Bill and the Danish head Master Lind, the unarmed training was kept to a minimum in the beginning because there was a partnership between the WT organisation and GM Latosa. Today we train palm stick and unarmed as well as stick training from the very first day. Politics don’t get in the way any more. But, which form is more FMA in it’s style? The one without the unarmed or the one with the unarmed training.

Once again the waters are becoming murky!

Latosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and presentThe short answer to what it is: it defends on your understanding of martial arts, the concepts that drive what you know, the philosophies that are involved and at what level the person performing the art is at. Let’s add a few more factors like instructor experience, the ability of the student to perform the given art as it was meant to be done ( or as we think it was meant to be done), and many other.

As I get older I use softer techniques in the place of hard techniques. Passing takes the place of jamming ( you see jamming a lot in krav maga). Reading attacks and what happening takes the place of preempting and I become a nicer person in general. ;) I am moving from a hard FMA style to a softer more fluid one. Which one is more FMA authentic? Is it less authentic because you are young and hard or is it more authentic because you are older, more apt to injury and smarter?

Latosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and presentI have not gotten into the general differences in escrima / eskrima , kali, arnis, silat, and so on because this blog post would go on forever. The words are interchangeable in some cases and very telling of the art in other cases. I will mess with your brain a little though! Is the feminine V footwork the same as sprawling in anti-grapling (mma)? If you think about it, there is not much of a skip and hop from one technique to the next when we think in concepts and the reasons for each technique. What drives the actions?

I don’t want to jinks it, but it looks like we might have a new place to train. keep your fingers crossed. If it happens we’ll be open for more members. I am looking forward to seeing more people train FMA in Denmark. Check out the club blog here.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

Respect, the role of the instructor and general norms of society. A Rant?


Respect, the role of the instructor and general norms of society.

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

I hope ya’ll are doing well. This is going to be a bit of a rant or me just bitc….g about a subject and some thoughts on the subject.

It’s no secret that I am training my self up again after a nasty collar bone injury. This goes for normal strength and conditioning and LC Escrima training. Speaking of which, thanks for a cool training session at the beach yesterday Niklas! This old fart could feel it afterwards. I’m glad that I stayed at the beach to just lay around for a while. I’m looking forward to next time we train together.

Any Hoo! Back to the subject. Some of us were training at the beach and doing our best to not feel the heat. It was a hot day! For myself, I was doing my best to not feel my hectic schedule and the lack of sleep. In short “old fart stuff”! I felt all the 8,10,& 20 kg boxes I lift all day long. ;) The inspiration for this blog entry came from the fact that there was a group training at the beach not far away, and the instructor and 2 group members seem to really not understand the idea of personal space when walking by. Some would call it just stupid where I come from in Texas and in some circles here in DK. Provoking people training escrima is just silly! Add to that they did it twice just to prove a point….?

Any Hoo!! Back to the subject. Personal space is different everywhere in the world. In crowded country/cities, where there is a true mix of poor and other economic groups, like some Philippine cities, you will find people walking up against you without thinking about it. The New York streets could be another example of many people packed together in a small space. Here in DK, there is an odd mix of an understanding of personal space and a general respect, and there is a blatant habit of just doing something like walking too close when there is A LOT of space all around. It’s something you expect from teenage boys learning to find boundaries not instructors with a t-shirt proclaiming instructor for a club in Hellerup / Copenhagen. You see it also in young children of 1-5 years old because they are so focused on an end goal ( or something they saw) that they forget the world around them. Think of a 3 yr. old at the beach with his/her bucket and shovel and they have to dig right there beside you because they saw something in the sand. You smile and giggle at it when there is no expectation of normal social codes and more. It’s cute in many ways. And yes, I wrote cute. Blackmail me. ;)

It does not belong in the realm of instructors of crossfit! (hint), personal trainers!, self-defense trainers! and other coaches or teachers! There is supposed to be an understanding of respect for personal space! This understanding of respect for others personal space transcends other subjects like other people’s feeling as well as their opinions. As a personal trainer/ instructor, you have to understand the type of person you are working with. Once again, another reason, that I had a hard time not just getting down right angry at the lack of respect the instructor showed. Many of the people ( in the area ) who were curious asked if they could sit down close by and watch or just showed some respect and walked around…. leaving  a decent amount of space between them self and us. There are always dumb teenage boy trying to prove something and provoke a response, but they don’t have a t-shirt on declaring “instructor……” and they are not responsible for a group. They are not paid to lead!

You could say that it was not worth getting worked up about. Forget it and move on. We have to remember, that instructors set a tone for the group in which they are a members of or teach in. It’s the same for higher grades in martial arts. This is getting back to the big brother / little brother idea. Sociologist have performed studies on behaviour in groups. It’s common knowledge that one person cheating seems to open the flood gate for the next few then the whole group. There is a cool video on the subject. The speaker uses the expression….  fudge factor. If someone, like an instructor, does not respect one groups personal space then the people he is teaching tend let themselves invade other people space. There were many families and groups at the beach who experience the same thing we did. This will not end here, btw. I am just cooling down before I talk with the local club responsible.

When I was running around in clubs in Texas, chasing women and dancing, there were places, where almost everyone was nice, because anyone was ready to fight for keeps, if pushed to far. A fight could get real ugly really fast! The very unprofessional instructors and his two groupies would not last long where I come from. Then we could look at the totally unprofessional behaviour of the person and the implications down the line….. economic, and moral. I can tell you there are several people at the beach that day who will never get close to the club in question.

One reason this angers me so, is because, I take teaching very seriously. Instructors are guides in life in many ways.  That’s why I like to be called coach. A coach sets an example while trying to give to those willing to listen. Yet another reason I like instructors like R. Latosa & Martin Rooney. One of the reason I took the job of training the ice skaters, was that I like to see the development of young people to a type of person with a life code not to mention the development of tools and abilities that might make them an olympic athlete. When I say/write life code, I am referring to a way of treating others as you would like to be treated, a way of living up to a higher moral way of treating others, & living as well as showing respect for one self.

Good instructors / coaches and other teaching professionals try to understand the people they train / coach so that they can help them as much as possible. They want to inspire not lead people down the wrong path of blatant disrespect. This leads to the student not respecting themselves in the end and the cycle starts all over again.

To see a Ted Talk video about the “fudge factor”  click here. It’s really cool.The Ted Site has a better video format. That was my rant! The next blog post will be about Latosa Concepts Escrima training. We might even put some video up.

BTW, excuse the spelling and grammar mistakes. There might be a few more than usual.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training.

CW

Self-reliance


I have gone a little extra redneck lately. My son and I ordered some para cord to make a few things with. He is a boy scout and self-reliance is part of what he is learning. Knots and general abilities to use a hatchet / knife as well as other abilities is part of the process. We have been talking about a day trip in which we will build a little shelter as well as an a-frame to cook from. This is all part of my ongoing plan to make sure my boy can take care of himself when he is older … Pop can’t be there for ever you know.

All this got me to thinking about my general direction lately and to a degree about my whole life. My boy learned early on to help me with building projects.  How self-reliant are you? What is self-reliance? The ability to rely on one self is the easy answer.

The next question is how reliant do we have to be? That is very different. That gets into the philosophical aspect of life. There are the redneck types who want to be able to fend for them self in almost any situations and there are the types that think the communal type societies are the only way to go. You see that a lot here in DK where I live. Don’t think both types don’t exist in all societies / groups / countries, they are everywhere.

I am also teaching my boy to use a two-handed wooden sword. He helped to shape it on a belt sander. The process itself helped to teach him that he has to work for what he wants from life. He is responsible for his happiness and his future … with a little help from dad of course ;) .  He is learning to defend himself in hand to hand situations when we train with the waisters (wooden swords) He is developing  body mechanics and balance as well as a mental strength. Teaching him more relevant self-dense will be much easier as time goes by. He is having fun as well as building up a feeling of self-reliance.

You should be able to see where I am going with all this. There are people who want to be able to to rely on the police and society for their safety and there are the totally self-reliant types. I like the idea of being somewhere in the middle. We need societies rules and norms to avoid anarchy and experience each other bests attributes. We have to be responsible for our own safety as well though! The police or the local security guard or just the bystander who has the balls to help can’t always be there. The last is really scary when you have been the only person to help when you are among hundreds of people. I can write about that another time. It’s a funny story in one way because the only two people who helped were an American and a Russian and we were in Denmark !

Any hoo,  back to self-reliance. Just as we have insurance for the unlikely event that we die and our family needs to be taken care of, we need to have an insurance policy that is called self-defense training / combative training. This idea has been pushed home for me in many ways. One was when a women came to us after a course for women and told us how she felt as if she could take care of herself after the effects of a long abusive relationship. The course we gave was worth the energy we spent on it just because of that one women! We need to feel empowered in order to get all we can out of life. I hope my son feels empowered and will grow to feel even more so in the future. That is what we want for our family and our selves after all. There are many degrees of self-reliance and many situations

I hope you like the pictures and as always, I hope I have made you think.

Be proactive in Life and Training

CW

Latosa Concepts, FMA. Why train with two sticks/weapons?


Latosa Concepts, FMA. Why train with two sticks/weapons?

To start with, I know this is not the eco-friendly list of places to buy food and more. The sun was shining and MA, my training partner, and I got to talking about some Filipino martial arts ideas that he had been reading about. We ended up recording a little video to help people become better at working on two stick training and why they should do it.

Depending on who you are teaching, there can be different ways to get some one to understand and use tools and concepts. Splitting a beat / rhythm and getting past the pattern that will trap you in the end is always one of those subjects that some students pick up and others don’t pick up easily. Double stick training is a good way to make people aware of the beat so they can split it. If your standard figure-8 is closed with out too many open windows your shoulders are going to have to roll with the strikes. Body flow working with footwork will help improve the power you generate.

Here comes the saddening part. There are some instructors, who teach a pattern as a secret weapon. If you are being told this, you are being tricked. The patterns ( be is traditional fig. 8, open 8, heavenly 6, etc. ) are there to teach you other concepts and ideas. Some could be general coordination, the ability to split timing, the ability to prepare the next attack quickly, or the ability to generate power via flow.  A case in point could be how your live hand becomes more effective  through training the traditional fig. 8 with 2 stick. If you are training your fig.-8 correctly, each strike starts as an attack. It may end up being nullified because of a counter strike from your opponent, but it should be performed as a powerful attack. It might be that strike which ends the conflict. When looking at a single weapon or self-defense tool  each counter strike or pre-emptive strike should give you the time to do what you have to, be it a tactical function or just getting the h… out of dodge before the attackers friends decide to assault you.

Any Hoo! Enough of that. We recorded this video to help you get started with your two stick training so you can really train with one stick. Ya’ll have a good day and I hope the sun is shining on you where ever you are.

Be Proactive in life and Training

CW