Latosa Concepts, FMA and Danish FMA & Self-Defense grp Terminology 1. The buffer zone.

Latosa Concepts, FMA and Danish FMA & Self-Defense grp Terminology 1. The buffer zone.

In this entry I will write about a few terms used when teaching Latosa Concepts, Filipino Martial Arts. The concepts that GM Rene uses quite a lot are as follows

  • Balance
  • Focus
  • Speed, timing and distance
  • Power
  • Transition

As well as these, there are terms that are used quite a lot when teaching Latosa Concepts. One is buffer zone. We will start with this today because its relevancy. During the last class at Wing Tsun Kuen, we talked about this. For anyone that has trained or keeps up with FMA, the 5 concepts are found in many systems to one degree or another. So I will wait a little with the 5 concepts. Getting back to buffer zone. I coined this term to make the understanding process easier. The buffer zone is the area between the weapon and it’s target (that being a part of you) at the point in time when the counter attack reaches it’s target. I started using this term to help people understand and remember that they are training to deal with the most commonly used weapon in attacks…. Kitchen knives. The buffer zone is a tool to improve the chances of an edged weapon attack. When working with sticks it is easier to build a respect for the power that can be generated in a strike or a sequence of strikes. Imagine now that amount of power being used by an attacker holding a normal kitchen knife. Let’s say that the blade is ca. 20 cm just to put a number on it. Now you are starting to understand why there has to be a buffer zone to function as an insurance policy. When training with sticks, I have seen time and again that people think they are strong enough to stop an attack without much effort. The result has often been a painful backlash with a persons own training weapon. Add to that, I have gone straight through many sticks. We have to have respect for what happens when two forces meet. One is stronger and one is weaker.  With an edge weapon encounter the potential danger is multiplied many times.  For beginners the buffer zone is crucial. If there is no room for  possible collapse of the counter attack then you can be in real trouble. With time and more experience, we all develop a healthy respect for the dangers and understand the trade offs. That’s it for this time. Be Proactive in Life and Training CW

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