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

 

 

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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

 

 

What’s up at Latosa Concepts, FMA and DK FMA and Self-defense Grp in Copenhagen. 12-Feb. 2016


What’s up at Latosa Concepts, FMA and DK FMA and Self-defense Grp in Copenhagen. 12-Feb. 2016

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for a little update for our Escrima and Self-defense club in Copenhagen. I might even throw some theory in with the mix. Though it will most likely be in the next post.

dansk FMA og selvforsvars gruppeFirst thing first! The yearly general assembly for DK FMA and Self-defense will be held the 12 of March. ( DK FMA Generalforsamling 2016 ) That’s a Saturday. We’ll start the meeting at 16:00. The general program is as follows.

  • 16:00 Meetings starts. 12-03-2016. Gentofte
    • Financial Accounting 2015
    • Budget for 2016
    • Subject: How 2015 went by Foreman & Instructor
    • Posts for re-election: Foreman … C Williamson & Club Secretary … Allan Nielsen
    • Recommendations for discussion (Final date for recommendations 27-02-2016)
    • Other

17:00 – When we are finished with the meeting, we’ll sit down to some good food. ThePicture 11 dinner afterwards is as always: BYOB ( bring your own booze / beer / wine, BYOW ( bring your own woman), Bring a side dish. The club will pay for the meat this year. 

In order  plan our way through dinner and dessert. We’ll plan who brings a salad and who brings cheese, dessert and so on.That means YOU HAVE TO LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING AND IF YOU HAVE A WOMEN WITH YOU! If you have something you want to make let Jeanette and I know!

Former members are welcome as well. It’s always great to hear from you. If you are aLatosa Concepts dinner party november 2012 former member and plan on coming at 17:00. Once again let us know if you will have a date and what you would like to bring. We can’t have 4 loafs of bread and no cheese! The old fart likes his salads and other stuff with his meat! 😉

We’ll be meeting at my place in Gentofte once again.

Final Reply regarding attendance etc.:

05-03-2016 

That’s it for this subject.

Contact DK FMA page.

Contact LatosaConcepts.com.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Shot Show 2106 knives for the outdoor folks and more.


Shot Show 2106 knives for the outdoor folks and more.

Tops knives video:

Ontario knives

CRKT

 

DK FMA Before Christmas Gathering. November 2015


DK FMA Before Christmas Gathering.  November 2015

I hope ya’ll are doing well. We have a little club update/ message for you.Dansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppen

The Before Christmas Gathering is set for the 14 th. of November 2015.

As always there is a problem here in DK when planning a christmas gathering in December. There are always clashes with work parties and friends & family gatherings. Our solution this year, is to once again plan the gathering in November.

As always it’s:

  • BYOB,
  • Bring a dish… ( we’ll make a plan so we have all the bases covered.
  •  Bring your better half, so we don’t get locked into a bunch of boring training conversations.
  • Former members of the group are welcome. It’s always good to hear what ya’ll are up to.
  • YOUR ANSWER IS BINDING
  • Ca. time at 17:00
  • Place: My place.
  • Final date for answering is 31-10-2015 by email. danishFMA@gmail.com

Regarding the food. Who is going to have the following dishes?

  • bread, crackers and cheese
  • Meat dish, 1 …. CW & Jeanette
  • Meat dish 2
  • salad / veg 1
  • salad / veg 2
  • Dessert 1
  • Dessert 2
  • Other

We’ll have a SHORT Board meeting just before the gathering. Board members are asked to come 30 min early just for good measure.

 

 

 

 

Happy New Years from the LC Escrima blog.


Happy New Years from the LC Escrima blog.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. Depending on when you are reading this post, we hope ya’ll have a great New years evening or had one.

Here’s wishing you a fantastic 2015 filled with prosperity, family, friends and gobs of fun!

Stay safe and active!

Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Merry Christmas from LC Escrima


Merry Christmas from LC Escrima.

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 18.43.13We hope ya’ll have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are getting close now. My family celebrates the Danish Christmas on the 24th and the American on the 25th. You might say we get a lot of eating in when you look at other family functions in the mix.

We hope you have some quality time with your family and friends during the holiday season. Look around and see what you have and forget what you don’t have. Life becomes something special.

Let’s look forward to a bunch of good training  when we get to the new year in a week or so.

Stay safe, proactive and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Holiday.

CW

 

The before Christmas gathering and din din!


Picture 11It’s time for the old farts to sit down and eat some food together! You can see more at the new club website here. If you have not answered get your butt moving!

There is a list of who is coming with what. I am looking forward to sitting down and eating some good food with the guys once again. Regarding the Zombie melon bash, we’ll see what the weather is like. Be ready to go buy a bunch of fruit, veg and other things that explode when hit. I’ll let you know in a few day mens.

Boys Have to be Boys after all!

😉

 

Knife maker Stan Wilson video. Craftsman’s Corner


Knife maker Stan Wilson video. Craftsman’s Corner. I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for another video for the Craftsman’s Corner of the LC FMA blog. Take the time to watch this video if you are into working with your hands, understand what it takes or are a collector. Folding knives for collection sake have never been that big a thing for me, but watching the video above could awaken that desire, if I was not in Denmark. The knife laws here are a pain in the derriere.

Any hooo! That’s just life here in DK. Let’s enjoy the craftsman ship from afar. If you have ever tried to make two pcs. of wood fit together seamlessly, you will have a lot of respect for what the Knife maker Stan Wilson does here in the video. Enjoy folks.

Stay Proactive in Life & Training 

CW

Training for stressful real life situations. Latosa Concepts Terminology


Training for stressful real life situations. Latosa Concepts Terminology.

The mental aspect of self-defense has always been the pink elephant in the room that people refuse to talk about or see. In the Noir video below they look at some of the training and talk about some of the issues people should think about. Be it hand to hand self-defense, blunt weapons, sharp weapons or firearms, we have to be really honest to be prepared for the possible situations we can end up in.

Please note, before we get too far into the rabbit hole… I’m not talking about living, eating and breathing these issues 24 hrs a day. Do your training and get on with life. Love, share and have fun. Add the training in when it’s time, and get on with life afterwards. I’m an old fart with a younger wife, 2 kids, a grandchild and some great friends and students. There are other things in life when I’m not training. I’m sure you have more to see to than me.

Any hoo! Back to the subject. My wife and I reacted differently to a situation in which I had to fight a gang, when we were on the way home from a party. Her reaction to it, and mine, were completely different. I had no problems with the attackers being bloodied and hurt. The cold and far from pretty reality of it was a shock for her.

As I have written before, my childhood was not what people like to think about when they think of childhood. I was raised to be ready to defend my family against a real threat. My family could have been / was in danger, when some specific people got out of prison.  It was expected that I could pick up a gun and defend my brother and sister, not to mention my mother. My wife’s upbringing was much more devoid of the harsh facts of life. That’s why we are soo good together. We are at balance.

People like to think a trained person could JUST DO THIS AND THAT! Well, those people don’t know anything about the truth. What about the people who have what I would call … the standard lack of training for real life. That’s the wrist lock training while the attackers is counting the number of lights hanging from the ceiling. In the video below they talk about just shooting an attacker in the leg. Lets talk about JUST SHOOTING AN ATTACKER IN THE LEG. In our fma world that would be doing a disarm of the knife that the person is attacking me /us while then doing some pretty hollywood series of techniques. That would make me / you the hero of the movie.

We can start with the shooting of the leg, then look at the act of doing a disarm in real life. When I was going to shooting weekly, I was a better shot than most Danish LEO. The Danish thought pattern is that guns should not be used. I agree that they are our last resort. This is where the BUT comes in. If you wear a gun on your hip and you are paid to protect and serve, shouldn’t you be damn good at using it, if you are forced to use the firearm? I say yes. There’s the elephant in the room. That’s not idealistic and proper. it would demand weekly training on the range. This training would also have aspects of what you see in the video. Getting your pulse rate up and performing under very controlled and unrealistic pressure. Real life is much more stressful. Now lets add a moving target. Now lets add a nut case that does not feel pain, is close enough that he/ they fall on you and continue attacking. And now the assailant is angry on top of that. These are just some of the factors we could talk about.

Physically we perform badly under real life pressure because our nervous systems switches over to fight or flight. We become physically uncoordinated because our nervous system can not do the puuuurty Hollywood finely tuned  movement adjustment and maneuvers. Now lets add the fact that a knife strike horror in the minds of people when they are assaulted or threatened with them. Now lets add the fact that the knife welding attacker does not have our moral compass. He doesn’t care if you have 2 kids, a grandchild and a wonderful women at a home.  He is drunk, on drugs or is a hardened criminal. Now lets add the fact that he does not feel pain when he is worked up. I am one of those people. I know others, they block out pain when focused on the mission at hand. We all have it when it is activated and we all have different activation levels / triggers.

Now you can JUST take the knife from that person above while he and his friends are doing their best to stab, punch, kick and yes possibly shoot you. Remember that your heart is beating so loudly that you can’t hear anything but your heart in your ears.

You might say that the situation seems hopeless. It might, if you are ignoring the HONKING PINK ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM. Knowing they are there is half the battle. Learning to work with our thought patterns under stress is another and  ….. doing the work is even more important. With that comes the ability to adjust under pressure and really recognise when you can just shoot the attacker in the leg. In our fma world, knowing when we have the time to fend off that drunk knife wielding dude ( or knife carrying gang member ) with the chair ( or bike 😉 ) that we see next to us.

If you have the stomach, look up KNIFE WOUNDS on google image. For the people who read this and say the author is a nut case. More power to you, I hope you live well and long. For the people who think like I do … get your butt in gear and train for real life. Then go play basketball with your son, visits your daughter and see your grandchild. And when the night comes, love that purty lady with all your heart.

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The site for the Danish FMA and Self-defense grp is here. We are still working on it, so check it out from time to time. It will be a traditional go to site to see training information and so on for the club (forening). The LC Blog will continue to be my baby and my sounding board for thoughts about training and the mental aspects of training. In short a blog.

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Ya’ll have a great day and stay proactive in life and training

C Williamson

Founder of Latosa Concepts Escrima

Member of the Danish FMA and Self-Defense Group