Latosa Concepts Escrima Terminology. Locks vs. balance disruption.
The title says it all. What is best, locks or balance disruption ? Or some kind of mix that can be adjusted depending on the need / situation.
Before that, I’d like to say I hope ya’ll are doing well. The water well of blog posts has been dry because of my work hours lately. Btw, I hope your Christmas was a great one and New Years evening were great. Welcome to 2015!
Now, let’s get right into it. What do we do? The answer is FMA. What situations do we train for? That answer is a weapon situation. Be it something we pick up to defend ourselves or a situation, in which an assailant attacks us with a weapon, or we are not sure what he has/ doesn’t have.
Our unarmed training is based on weapons concepts, mentalities and techniques. If we deviate from that and move into the lock and control direction, we have to be aware that we are moving down a dirt road that can have some unsuspected pot holes and loose gravel. In short, I always have said that deviating from the safe road is a risk, so be aware of what you are doing, if you decide to take that road. We assume that all attackers and potential attackers are armed. Imagine someone coming at you with a knife moving none stop.
Let’s say you have an aikido background. Some of the angles that you might directs energy can be a deviation down that dirt road we mentioned before. A simple balance disruption, that looks somewhat like a lock you might see in aikido, can be shorter time wise and open the door for strikes using our improvised equalizer or what ever we strike with. If we think of one of GM Rene Latosa’s concepts, focus, we want to keep our intention and energy pointing towards the attacker. We are talking raw FMA here.
So what’s better. It depends on your training, your desire to wrestle with a person with weapon in hand, and many other factors like job description and so on. It might even be an emergency technique. Those people, who have trained with me, have heard me say … ” we should be busting our balls to not be in a situation in which we have to perform emergency environmental actions/ reactions.” When we find our selves in these possible situations our training should make us work HARD at getting out of it, AND NOT look like Billy Jack in the center of a circle of attackers. Don’t accepts bad positioning in short. If you are not an old fart that knows who Billy Jack is, check out some older films.
We can look at a vine disarm, that we train from the outside position. The vine disarm is performed after the worlds best disarm… A strike to the head. It’s the safest too, by the way. The men learn that the vine disarm is as much a attack to the attackers balance, as it is a doorway to a lock, by way of the elbow or shoulder. They also learn to let go of the lock if it’s not working. They should just continue with a flow of attacks to the persons balance, mental state and/or body. Forcing a lock that “just taint workin” is a fools folly down a dirt road with out headlights. And the pot holes!
Why is it a folly? We are talking about weapons! look around the “inter web” for example of knife cuts and stabs. Look at the videos showing people dying 2-5 minutes after being stabbed because they bleed out. Time is precious. Forcing locks takes times. We don’t want to focus on making a lock work while we are getting stabbed.
Now let’s say you are in control of the situation and you decide to perform a lock because the time is right for it. Then more power to you. Knowing when to do it and when not to is the key. It’s kinda like knowing you don’t have Mike Tyson stored up in you after a double shift at work. In such a case being smart, not strong could help greatly. The ways we create and direct energy, learned by way of weapons training, can easily redirected into locks and breaks. We just have to be aware of the timing and dangers.
Am I bashing locks? The answer is NO! I use them from time to time. They are just harder to perform than many people think. They take an uncanny timing, when we are talking about what most people can do. Then add the layers of knives, crazy people who don’t care about you or even want to put you in the ground. Add your heart pounding out of your chest and your fine motor skills out for the count, add people who don’t feel pain and many other factors.
One of the guys in our group has a long history of Aikido. Once he has more routine and a few more grades under his belt he will be in a position to pick, when and where he perfumes a lock. To be honest, more than me, most likely. He has the years under his belt. Add a better FMA understanding and he will be on his way. How many years of training in locks do you have? How many years of honest FMA training do you have? You see where I going, I hope
That’s it, no more preeeeeeachin from the old fart. Ya’ll have a great day and a Happy New Year.
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