Still posting home training programs at the mewe.com group


A quick note regarding home training programs. There are quite a few programs at the mewe.com group for the “Danish FMA and self-defense group” grp.  They are a mix of strength, conditioning and conditioning for fma and self-defense.

We are weeding out the strange ones, so expect us to ask about you before we approve you.

As soon as the Chinese Wuhan beer bug lockdown is behind us we should be up and running more than we are.

Regarding the hitler like actions of youtube and co, another platform will be found for the videos. More information to come on that.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

Good bye to Facebook group and hello to mewe.com group


A quick note to the group we had on facebook. It’s at mewe.com now.

The policies that focal page pushes is just wrong. Ergo the move. Building up the number of people in the group will take time because people today are just lazy. The idea of clicking on a new tab and logging in to mete.cm is just toooo hard for their fragile hands/fingers. This last remark is ment as half sarcastic and half truthful. If your finger can do it click here for the Danish FMA and Self-defense group on mere.com .

Talk at you later. Stay proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

Answering questions about drills and skills.


Welcome back to Latosa Concepts, FMA blog.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I was training with a member of our group the other day and some questions came up after he had taken a break from training with us. (he was some where else in the world)

We will answers some of his questions and hopefully remind others of the way we train. 

We’ll start with a look at the human body. The wrist is a weaker joint in relation to other joints on the arm. The shoulder is the clear winner for us regarding strength. This explains why blocks are weaker than attacks. Energy generated by the fig.-8 system gives support/and strength to the wrist. There is a mind set when training the fig.-8 system which is much more attacking in it’s nature as well. This supplies energy (aka strength) 

Now let’s look at the first three grades from what I teach. 1st. grade: fig-8 with focus on a drop, balance, ability to use a pushing back leg, a body rotation, and other aspects of power generation. 2nd grade: we start looking at higher attacks and continue with the fig-8 system. 3rd grade: We look at the box. In each grade there is palm stick and other weapons/ tool uses that work with the grade requirement. I don’t teach Wing Tsun unarmed then turn around and teach LC Concepts for sticks etc. Sorry WT people, Escrima is more than enough for me and well suited for many many uses. Especially when you see the transition from weapons sinawali’s in/to unarmed training. I don’t have to play mind games, I do one system! 

A video is posted below with and example of a cross strike to a low target with a basic box (box system) movement to a high target afterwards. 

The order could have been reversed if I chose to do it that day. The idea is to understand the power generation possibilities by using a classic fig-8 strike and then doing a suppressed Latosa box system movement. In short I am saying to the students that they need to learn to analyse what they are doing so they can use both.

In other words, I am teaching them to be warriors who can do what has to be done in a given situation (because it fits better and/or the simple fact that they can do it)! 

There is a difference in teaching soldiers and warriors. If this makes me a snob, so be it.  

Some training sessions are based on grade requirements and some are based on a theme that we are focusing on at the time. The ability to ping pong between classic box and classic fig-8 is the theme of the drills in the video below. At the moment we are looking at different ways to use the number 5 attack as a tool to use in different situations. 

Ya’ll should thank Dom for this explanation. He asked some question the other day. Now for the hard words that could open a can of worms. Many instructors don’t  demand what I demand of the students or maybe they have not put the time/thought into the order of subjects they teach. That’s an issue they will have to work out. For my guys, remember you are being taught in ways others are not taught. Many 1st graders (other systems) will not have a palm stick, a knife, do anti-grappling and more. Many 2nd grader in other systems will not train 2 stick open-8 and kop kop. It’s your job as student to remember what we are working on when I say (for example) it’s all about the ability to use a fig-8 strike, then a box attack, then a hard knock down with a pass, and finally a #5 attack. You are being taught to be free thinkers with many tools. 

I was lucky to be taught by a collection of very good instructors with GM Rene as the guiding light. You are being taught to be warriors, not soldiers who get a crash course in the box or some other aspect of what we do. 

You need to learn to see the weaknesses in the differing systems and the strengths in them as well. Example: a rolling shoulder, which is the trigger/power source for a short power attack, is a telegraphing signal (aka your head ache when you get hit) if used in a long distance attack.

Enough of that folks. We are still not taking new people in. I have recently said sorry to a few people because of that. On top of that, I am focused on making the people in our group, or people who want to come back, the best that we can make them. If that makes me a grumpy old man, so be it.

Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

 

 

 

DK FMA coming back to wordpress. — Dansk FMA og Selvforsvars gruppen

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DK FMA is coming back to wordpress. I hope ya’ll are doing well. As the title says, we are dropping facebook as we move into the new year. The DK FMA and Self-defense page and the Latosa Concepts, FMA page will need a revamping and updating to make sure there are no dead links and […]

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Sommer Training 2017


Training update for Sommer 2017

  • No training Monday the 5 of June… holiday.
  • Instructor free training during weeks 29,30,31
  • We have started the strike pad training now that it’s warmer. Have your water, gloves and possibly an extra t-shirt with you.

Here’s some inspiration for that “summer bod” ladies and gents!

 

Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

Training update. May 7,2017


Training update. May 7,2017

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for a training update for the next few months.

There will be unofficial training without (possibly with instructor) during wks 29,30,31. It will be up to the members to write /talk with each other to work out the days and times at this time. I will be sending out text messages if I will be there.

If you know you will on a longer trip contact up to let us know. If you are not coming to training for a month or so, it makes it easier to plan training. I will be supplying basic training programs for the 3 wks mentioned above. The programs will be based on who will be there. Get off your duffs people and send the information. I put more time into this than you think.

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

Outdoor training has started. We are outside when the weather permits. When it’s even warmer we’ll be at the beach again. Look forward to that and Saturday training as well.

GM Rene is out and about as always. Go to his website to see where he will be in Europe.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

The responsibility of power, Latosa Concepts FMA terminology.


I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for another post, which I hope, will give you food for thought. Before I get started there are a few things that need “saying.”

  1. GM Rene Latosa is making the rounds. Make sure you get to one of his seminars if you can.
  2. Congratulations to D.K. and A.N. on the new grades. Well done. Both men were given there grades a while back, but it’s worth saying again.
  3. Remember members and former students  need to let us know if you are coming to the Before Christmas Christmas Party for the club.

Enough of that. Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What is power, or for that sake responsibility ? Power can be uncomfortable for many people. I would venture to say/write that power is something that scares many power in many cases. The power and responsibility for our children can be the catalyst for profound change in us. For many of us it’s a scary thing in the beginning. Some people never really are relaxed with it. For some people power is the ability to live ones life without fear.

We have all seen people who don’t want to make a decision. They are just scared of the responsibility of power. Other in turn relish having the power and end up being real pains in bottom for others. In many ways, you can see the different types of people in the election process at the moment. Many younger people would like to just give all the power to the government in the hope that system and the people running it, are good people. Others think that the government should be smaller and less powerfull.

We see the same thing in the gun issue. Many people are not afraid to protect their individual power by way of concealed carry and others can’t stand the idea of the person next to them carrying a concealed weapon. Colin Noir touches on this subject in his introduction to the video below.

I have been lucky enough to help people several times in my life. The power, I have is not a firearm on my hip ( that would mean jail and expulsion from Denmark). The power I have is the my training. I have had many very good instructors who I have learned from. Add to that some life experiences, and I was able to help people at times in my life as well as avoiding violent conflicts, when others could see it would be a hard fight to get what they wanted from me and my family ( ill gotten gains).

That ability / power came from embracing the fact that part of power and responsibility for those in my care means doing what has to be done. In short taking on the responsibility as mine. Training combative sports, martial arts and other defensive system may not be scary for some people. Others feel very frightened by just walking past out little group training with wooden knives. (BTW, we worked on some knife scenario training at Saturday’s training yesterday.) I can tell you from experience that the guy, that an American and a Russian protected from three men with bottles is not upset about the training those two individuals had, or the fact that they were willing to help him. All of the others looking on did not feel like they could help. They were powerless! I was told this by many people who heard what I ( The American ) did. Should we go through life with a feeling of no power? You should ask yourself that. My family always had firearms when I was kid. We were raised with what could happen when one was handled incorrectly. In short I was raised to respect power and understand that I had it as well as my father. My families safety was my responsibility when my father was not home.

We all have to develop power and the responsibility of power. If we don’t, we will never be whole. How can we be good parents unless we have the power to say “no” when our children need to hear that word. Feeling incapable to parent our children means our children will not grow to be responsible, powerfull and truly happy people.

The colleges in the states have become political correct hot beds of late. Part of understanding the power we have is seeing all aspects of it. By not saying or thinking something we are cheating ourselves of the responsibility of power. In shorts we are sheep. Sheep have no power. They enjoy the protection of the sheep dog when needed but are scared by it’s presence when there are no wolves around.

We can’t be powerful, aka responsible when we refuse to do what needs tone done (a self-defense situation) or say what needs to be said ( example of parenting) if we done except the responsibility! I get the fact, that not everybody needs a combative / self-defense instructor like myself. Some people might want a bjj or some other type of instructor. What needs to be understood is not taking on the responsibility for your own and your families safety gives the power to someone else.  You can’t say anything bad about what was done to you if yo have always given your power away to other people.

Btw., if we lived in Texas, my whole family would have firearms training. We are in Denmark, so my firearm has to be my knowledge of FMA and self-defense. The Danish and the American idea of responsibility for ones family are quite different. In one case the  government has all the power ergo has to protect the people as well as it can. In the other case people feel the responsibility for their families protection.  For the Danes this could relate to “bestandshjælp”/ welfare  contra  “A-kassen” / unemployment insurance.

Embracing our power and responsibility can be seen in many ways. I know I have embraced the responsibility for my family’s health and well being instead of going along with the budget based treatments that we might experience in the health care system here in DK.

Escrima and self-defense is just one facit of embracing responsibility and power.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

Craftsman’s Corner and LC, FMA update.11-09-2016


Craftsman’s Corner and LC, FMA update.11-09-2016

I hope are doing well. I thought it was time to have some videos regarding the craftsman’s side of what we are interested in. The fact, that I work with my hands, as well as make many of the Escrima / Kali trainers that I / we use, simple makes videos like the one bellow a must. As those people who can really create with their hands, will tell you, it can be a meditative experience. That meditative experience is mentioned in video and it helps to heal and bring balance. That alone makes the videos a must here on this blog. Balance is after all one of the main concepts GM Rene Latosa teaches.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-18-35-48The second point for today is our little get-to-gether  aka the “Melon Bash.” Men are just big boys and that means we have to play to stay happy. Any self respecting person will tell you the same. We got together and swung rattan sticks, stainless trainers and much more at the likes of oranges, apples,pineapples, and of course the notorious ZOMBIE MELONS! we managed to make quite a big pile of fruit salad around the cutting pole.

Apart from just watching things explode, many lessons were learned. Balance became imperative, hitting the target helped quite a bit, controlling distance was improved, and most af all… seeing what happens to things when they are hit, crushed and cut. Just as developing balance helps us to have power, it helps us to control the attackers power…the same lesson is learned when watching what happens to the notorious zombie melons. The number one rule of the game is not to be hit, stabbed or cut, if at all possible. Seeing what happens to the fruit with such little force should make every person more aware of what we are training ourselves to protect ourselves against.

For the members who didn’t show up because they were sleeping in after a night drinking, or just being lazy, you missed out. Once again, many thanks for the hospitality A.

Any HOOO! Enjoy!

Stay proactive in Life

CW

 

 

LC, FMA and DK FMA update. 3-09-2016


Latosa Concept, FMA and DK FMA update. 3-10-2016

Udendørs fma træning DK FMAI hope ya’ll are doing well. This will be a quick update for you.

  1. Make sure you check out the DK, FMA FB page to let A.N. know if you are going to the Zombie Melon Bash 2. Date: 10-09-2016.
  2. Make sure you keep spreading the word that we are looking for the right place for our club to train. The people who haven’t heard, we lost the training room to a wrestling club that had priority over our club. We are trying to stay away from the center of Copenhagen. We have members who live all over Sjælland and the center of town is just a time killer regarding transport, parking and so on.

We have looked a one place and are in the process of contacting others. Do your part men.

Any hoo. Spread the word and let people know. Training rooms, back rooms, and places like basements with a high ceiling are all a possibility, if the budget is right and the place works for our members.

Dansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppen3. A.N. passed his spontaneous 3rd grade test the other day. He has earned the right to start on two stick training… officially. I started swinging two sticks at him the other day and he did well considering what I did. For those of you who have tested with me know… I can be a little difficult when I test people.

Now, let’s bash some melons, coconuts and what ever else next wk-end!

Stay Proactive and have a great wk-end!

CW

The Art of Manliness Podcast and cool subjects.


The Art of Manliness Podcast and cool subject for Latosa Concepts, FMA terminology.

I Hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for another podcast that fits with some of the subjects we have to do with. In this podcast you will hear about one man’s views on how to deal with aggressive people. It’s no secret that I like the idea of living by a code. Many of the views I have fall in line with the host Brett McKay’s. I really enjoy listening to life views from navy seals, listening to book authors tell about FDR, WW2 heroes, about the art of raising good men and more.

As a combatively trained person , I can’t run around the streets with my hands up in the ready position. Martial artist have to just be normal people to, this means having to deal with people who would honestly learn more quickly from a broken nose. The dilemma is we don’t do that in modern societies. That brings us to skills like the ones the author of the book talks about in this podcast. As combatively trained people walking the streets we should have some ideas about psychology , sociology, and so on. At least in my book. Some people are naturals and some people, like my self, read, listen and think on it.

With that said I hope you enjoy. There are other podcast with subjects that resemble this one.

How to deal with aggressive people .

How men and women socialize differently .

The importance of having a tribe .

Stay Proactive and have a great day.

CW