Latosa Concepts and DK FMA Terminology January 2016, Monday Trial Training Day
To start with I hope ya’ll are doing well. The subject for todays terminology post is bowing at the beginning and end of class. We’ll see where the post goes and if I throw a few other subjects in at the same time. One subject is Monday trial training day.
Why do we bow and where does it come from? To start with the last point first… we bow the way we do because GM Latosa said we should do it like that. I was told the story goes back to a tournament in with he showed the fighter how to bow. In short, it is a #2 strike in box form. Other FMA systems have their own way of doing it as well.
Now, lets get to the WHY. We bow to show respect for each other. I write EACH OTHER, because I have respect for students and I expect them to show the same respect in return. That should be expanded to the respect that all students should show to each other.
I don’t say; “bow to me” like some instructors do. That is my decision, just as the fact that, we all have the same t-shirts as well as other aspects of training in our club. I could have a black t-shirt or some other t-shirt that makes me stand out. I believe that a master, an instructor and or an assistant should stand out on their deeds alone. The uniform is just dressing. if you need me to have a specific uniform on, our clubs don’t need you. I must admit that the different masters and grand masters I’ve been lucky enough to train under and learn from have all been there for their student. I try my best to do the same. I am far from a fighter today and I am proud of that. I am an instructor now and I have put my own training on a back burner to make my students better. GM Latosa, Master Lind and John Waller have all done this. My students make me a better instructor and make them better equipped to handle eventual situations on the street. I look at the bow as a hand shake while making a deal.
When we bow, we show that we will do our best to do our part and / or as a thank you for training. It is a part of the class and it is a must in my view. When working with larger groups it helps to remind all parties to do their best regarding the agreement.
I’ve written some post regarding the respect, that I have for all the instructors I’ve been lucky enough to have. Here are some posts:
In just about all martial arts system and combative systems, there is some kind of formal start and end to a class / seminar or course. Call me old fashion, if you will, I like that idea.
There are quite few beginners starting at the DK FMA club lately. If you are reading this and wish to come to a free trial class, you will need to write an email to us below. The way things are going we’ll have to make Mondays the designated day for people who would like to try training with us. This should help me to focus on the students who have started. I like to spend some time with each student during class to feel and test what they can do. We are still offering a months free training when new members start training in the DK FMA and Self-defense Grp.
As I mentions several times, If the new training times are too much of a pain, we’ll just have to find another place to train. Give us some feed back ( written email to danishFMA@gmail.com ) It will help us to make a decision, when we have our next meeting. Remember Allan is the secretary for the DK FMA club so you can also talk with him.
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GM Rene Latosa is travelling again so check out his site… Here!
Look forward to more push ups and strike pad training for the next month at least!
Long live dinosaurs.
Stay proactive ya’ll