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

 

 

Training theme for August 2016 and more. Latosa Concepts, FMA and Danish FMA Club.


Training theme for August 2016 and more. Latosa Concepts, FMA and Danish FMA Club.

Latosa Concepts logo red backgroundWe are back at it folks! Training with the old fart, aka the trainer, will be up and running on Monday, Aug 8-2016. 16:45. As club members know we follow a general theme for periods of time. The first theme will be strike pad training. Yes, you will need your water bottle with you.:)

I’ll post a video or two below to show possible strike pad training during the upcoming month. It may sound harsh to start with strike pad training out of the gates, but life is not always easy.  I’ve have been staying at summer vacation sites here in DK for the last 3 wks. I started the days with conditioning for LC Escrima and general martial arts/combative training. I hope all the members have been doing the same.😉

Remember to have dark colored shorts / training pants and club t-shirts. As always dansk FMA og selvforsvars grupperemember to send a text, if you can’t make it to training or you are going to be late. We would rather see members come to training for the last hr. If you can’t make it from the very beginning of class start. Some people have already told me they will be starting up mid-month because of work etc. Get some basic training in so you don’t start up cold guys.🙂 An example could be heavy bag training with strength training stations after. See the last post here on the blog.  It’s a good example.

See the first strike pad drill.

A little inspiration for the men who are not starting up on Monday.

That’s it for now.

https://danskfmagruppen.wordpress.com/traeningstider/

Stay Proactive in life and Training.

CW

 

Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation strength and conditioning


Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation strength and conditioning

I hope ya’ll are doing well. it’s time for some more inspiration for your strength and conditioning during the summer vacation or just any other day.

My family rents a summer house every summer. We just returned home after some time away. With my day job being as physically tough on my 51 yr old body, my vacation was a time for me to focus on my self every morning. This is a description of what I did after my coffee. I hope it inspires you to get off the sofa ! I did a type of station training, repeating the stations.

  1. Coffee and sitting in the yard watching the sun come up!Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 1
  2. Get the rope out and find a good tree to hang from
  3. Grab your Escrima tools, (Mine were: 2 sticks, 3 knives, and a hatchet that I made a ergonomic handle for)
  4. Start doing right handed and left handed fig-8, high-high-low, and many other patterns.
  5. Do a few sit-ups, push ups, back ext., squats and more to warm up.
  6. Now you can do free forming  or just strike pattern training with your weapon combo. Change every time you come back to it,
  7. Do one type of frontal sit-ups, then side/lateral core muscle training, then back extension Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 3of your desire.
  8. Do 2 types of push-ups every time you you start them.
  9. Do some lung training. Jumping from side to side. (see pictures)
  10. Do some pull and back shoulder training. (see picture)
  11. Repeat, repeat, repeat,repeat, repeat, repeat, and repeat all stations!
  12. Do some stretching
  13. Eat some breakfast, read a book or just hang out.Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 2
  14. The rest of the day should be used on your family.

Note!, the core training changed every time I did it, if you are looking for ideas, there are gobs of ideas on YouTube. The same for the push ups. There are many forms. Because you are doing this program every day, you should leave a little gas in the tank when doing the exercises. An example would be making sure you can do one or two more push-up etc. Then you stop and move on to the next exercise.

Latosa Concepts logo red backgroundI have done the same at the fitness center. The sticks were replaced with heavy bag work. Some exercises were, walking lunges, step ups, asymmetric squats, wrestlers press, pull ups and more. Today, I did bag work, deadlifts and twisting bend over rows and then core training. Tomorrow I will do pushing/squatting/lunge exercises with more core training and bag work.

Enjoy folks! Talk at you later.

Stay Proactive in life and Training

CW

What’s up at Latosa Concepts Copenhagen? DK Summer break and more.


What’s up at Latosa Concepts Copenhagen? DK Summer break and more. 18/07-2016

I hope ya’ll are doing well. Some of the things I’ll touch on in this blog are what we have been working on lately, starting up again after the summer break and the usual mix of Latosa Concepts, FMA  Terminology for DK FMA and Self-defense.

To start with one of the post that  I want to make you aware of is this one.It’s old but good.  Because of my special background, I have listened to it twice.

Bulletproof your mind with Dave Grossman.

With all the trouble going on in the states at the moment, I felt the post above is a good reminder of how to handle situations that are happening. Living abroad, I am aware that I could have a target on my back. It’s a fact of life that I have to deal with everyday. The trick is to not let it take over your/my everyday life.

Dansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppenWhen I teach the guys, I am focused on their abilities to cope with what ever is thrown at them. The methods we train are the FMA lessons from GM Rene Latosa and my other FMA instructors. There are different tools to develop the needed skills in them. As GM Rene Latosa has said and written so many times …. Drills are not fight training. They are a basis to build a mental and physical reaction and action on. Master bill Newmann always said he was in the business of making escrimador that will not go down. He was talking about be tenacious!

From time to time, I feel the men ( Who I teach now) are ready to be tested. I turn into a bad guy that makes them wonder if I am angry with them. The last time i did this A. was tested and passed his grade right there on the spot. It’s always a good feeling to see a students eyes when they hear they have passed a given grade. I always shake their hands when doing it. They go from thinking I am nuts to seeing the pride in my eyes when they live up to the level requested by me. This last time (I tested the men) was the last training session before the 2 wk. summer break. I am proud to say that the men who were at the training were tested according to the skill level they are at and they did well. They kept their focus under an assault of consisting off many different attacks. As I said/wrote, I was a little bad.😉 The test is meant to show me ( the instructor) and them, where they break under a given pressure. I feel that they did well. If they didn’t break at some point under the wave of attacks then they should be teaching me.😉

Any hoo! What does it mean to be tenacious when training? The answer is simple. We all get hit. It’s just a question of time. Depending on the situation, ( training, tournament, a street confrontation, or a business deal, a divorce ) we have to stand up again. When we train, we make mistakes and end up in the wrong position. Especially when one’s instructor, who knows your weaknesses, decide to put you in the wrong position. The trick is to work like hell to get to that good position again. This includes taking command of the situation and making our mind strong and resolute. Remember who decides! and Who is the rag doll?

This is why drills get harder as we progress in knowledge and skill. Reality is not the gym.  We are going to get hit, it is what we do, after or at the time of the strike, that makes all the difference. Sometimes I would see a situation progression when I did security.  My way of steadying my mind was to say the following to myself…. this is going to hurt and I still have to do my job, here we go!. By accepting the fact that pain could be involved, the threat of pain was no longer a dirty little secret my brain had to work at not thinking about / suppressing. My job was easier.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 11.03.35Some students will stop training with me and be well prepared to defend themselves. Soldiers in a sense. I am always proud of their abilities when/if they stop. Hard work begets pride! Others will walk away warriors. Both are fine in my book.They should feel that way as well. By the way, the people wanting exercise should find another instructor! I am interested only in teaching real self-defence based on FMA knowledge. My recommendation for the people wanting a more gymnastic habit, is to go to a gymnastics class or be a member of a large club. I teach to see real advancements in people’s skill levels.

With that said men, we will be doing a lot of strike pad work again when we start up in August.🙂 That will be one of your skills.

As written in an earlier post, we have been outside. The groups has been small. 5 at most, and I like it like that sometimes. I get to work with each person and see the progressions they make. Once again I get to be a proud papa.

If we talk about situational awareness and all the crap going on in the world right now, we can say one thing. … We can’t walk around in a given level of fight mode all the time. If you try that you will not have a job, girl, family, and or friends anymore. We might even get locked up on the funny farm! We can develop some basic habits, that we can practice w/o having to move on the street like we are in a boxing match. In short use your instincts and gut feeling, develop skills and learn to be tenacious when needed. Loving our family and having fun in our lives doesn’t mean we have to stop training ourselves. we must have to trust those strange feelings we might get in a situation.

Enough of that. I am on vacation now and there is no official training for 2 weeks. I am around if there are any questions, I’m just being lazy and training myself every day. The club starts up again in August. See DK FMA and Self-defense grp here.

I am looking forward to making sure a few members are up to snuff before they progress to the next grade. Once again, well done the other day men, I was not nice.


If you are in Jylland and are looking for a good club that follows the same training structure I do, write and I will set you up with M.A. From there on it’s up to you to show M. that you want to learn.

Stay proactive in Life and training.

CW

 

 

DK FMA update, FMA Informative newsletter and more for Latosa Concepts folk.


DK FMA update, FMA Informative newsletter and more for Latosa Concepts folk.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The weather is warmer and we are training LC Escrima outdoors, when the rains is not falling and other things work out. We have to keep our traditions going.

You have heard of making something good out of something bad. Well I’m doing it today. The old fart is feeling his age and the manual work he has. My back is keeping me at home. Some of the subjects of the post have a direct connection to this fact as well as the chance/time I have to post here now.

Before we get to the FMA Informative subject,…Remember to check out the DK FMA club page for the summer training plan. I will have 3 wks with my family for the first time inDansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppen several years. I’ll be around, just not at the club. This means there will be two wks of total vacation for the club. Many clubs (“Foreninger” in Danish ) here in Denmark shut down for 1-2 month during the selvforsvar træning på stranden, DK FMAsummer. We will be doing a mini version of that this year. AKA …2 wks. You can see more about the training plan for the summer here. You will also see that there is a period in which there is only outdoor training, we will not be using the Grøndals Center location during this time.

There are a few guys that have been away from training because of work, exams and the like. Have you dues with you when you start again men!

Remember that we have a “uniform”  of types when the train. The club t-shirt and dark shorts.

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

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

If you are a total beginner who is in a trial period. A white t-shirt is ok. I try to be tolerant but I only want to say this a few times men.

Now let’s get back to the FMA Informative subject. The reason I am home from work today is a nerve in my back. If you stop and think about some of the things we talk about at training, this is a subject that should be well known. We perform attacks/ counter attacks that damage the body and/or set up damaging attacks/counter attacks. We talk about lower/floating ribs that are easy target, nerves in the neck, muscle attachments and much more. The FMA Informative Newsletter this month has information about the same subjects. Because many of the Latosa concepts Denmark Outdoor training 2016men training with the club are still learning about bashing with a stick and other attacks, the cutting aspects have not been talked much about. Here is your chance men. There is info about this subject. There is always more we can talk about regarding attack targets and protecting ourselves.

To see the FMA Informative Newsletter click here. You will also see that our club is listed here with many other clubs if you are looking for a club in your area. Many styles are listed and the newsletter reflects the many FMA styles that are Udendørs fma træning DK FMAtrained. That’s the great thing about FMA. You will find clubs that are no-none-sense hard-hitting systems and you will find styles that have their own focus. Where we start teaching people with sticks, palm stick and unarmed and progress to cutting weapons, other styles might focus on other weapon combo’s or combinations (sinawali). In short check it out. I know one of our members will be moving home ( to another country) in a few month. The listing of clubs could help him.

FMA Informative pictureYou will also see pictures from some of the many seminars and workshops that have happened lately. Check it out and support our efforts to spread the word about FMA.

You can sign up for a monthly email/newsletter to make things easier.

Stay Proactive in life and Training

CW

Glenn Beck interview of Tim Larkin, YouTube video. Latosa Concepts Terminology


Glenn Beck interview of Tim Larkin, YouTube video. Latosa Concepts Terminology

I hope ya’ll are doing well. This will be a short quick one on my part. The video below is an interview that tells a lot about how we think. Please note there is a difference in martial arts, self-defense training and combative training. It’s one of those pink elephants in the room that many people will not talk about. Tim Larkin gets into this fact in their talk. Enjoy!

Summer outdoor training has started make sure we have your phone number so you can be on the text message list for training.

Stay proactive in life and Training

CW

 

More bushcraft and camping knives. Youtube video from EverydayTacticalVids


More bushcraft and camping knives. Youtube video from EverydayTacticalVids.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. As you ya’ll have seen a few trim,es on the blog, I like to have a bushcraft type post / video from time to time. The video below is an update to some other videos that have to do with camping / bushcraft knives and what you can get out there.

Enjoy and Stay Proactive in Life and Training.

CW

Another blog post.

Grayman Knives