Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology 2. Transition
For the Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology this time, I will be focusing on transition. Transition is many things depending on your level of training and understanding. The same can be said for many of the other concepts that govern Grand Master Latosa’s teachings.
In basic terms, transition builds on the understanding / use of the other concepts. This understanding enables a person to defend themself using a stick, bladed weapon, an improvised weapon and defend one self unarmed. Transition is the tool that connects how a PR 24 ( side handle or tongfa) is used in a much the same way that unarmed defenses are executed.
If we look at the tactical or military use of the word transition, we are talking about the act of switching from the AR to a handgun to a knife and then to unarmed defense and attacks quickly and fluidly. This also is a definition that is part of the Latosa Concepts Terminology. Once it is possible to use the different weapons the goal is to do it fluidly without having to change the governing concepts and basic movement patterns. An example of this could be an unarmed person (Good Guy) defending them self against a blunt weapon attack and that person (GG) gaining control of the weapon in order to help with defense against a second attacker / assailant (Bad Guy). efficiency comes from following the same concepts regardless of the weapon.
Where do we go from here? … you might ask. The next step is to be able to use a staff or a long blunt weapon as though it were a sword and reverse. Using a machete as though it were a blunt weapon during a certain phase of an attack or counter attack could be an example. To take it even farther, we could look at the ability to use the striking power to push or do takedowns and possibly control techniques. Once again the goal is to do it fluidly so an elbow strike is part of a counter attack using a knife. Again we should not switch defense systems to do the elbow strike and then go back to bladed weapons thought patterns directly afterwards. The elbow strike has to be done within the parameters of the of system. In This case, the teachings of Grand Master Rene Latosa.
There are many examples of transition. I love using a pr 24 as though it were a dagger. There was a time when I was crazy about rapper and dagger training. The PR 24 can be used as a blunt dagger that traps the weapon as well as functioning as a shield built onto my arm or a stabbing tool when held in a different way. Just to top it off there are many ways to control a person with it. It is actually a shame that it has the bad reputation that was created by the Rodney King case. Many agencies refuse to use because of this one fact.
I’ll ask you once again, What now? Well have you learned to think like a lefty? Being able to transition from a right-handed thought pattern to a left-handed thought pattern is a fantastic tool.
I could go on and on, There are other example of transition but I will stop here. You get the idea of what it’s all about. Transition is all about being consistent regarding the governing concepts no matter what weapon is being used. Once again this could range from unarmed counters and attacks to improvised weapon/tools to the ability to use the striking power od the Filipino Martial Arts to do take downs and control techniques.
That’s it for now, Stay away from the flashy techniques when training real self-defense and have a great day.
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