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

 

 

Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation strength and conditioning


Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation strength and conditioning

I hope ya’ll are doing well. it’s time for some more inspiration for your strength and conditioning during the summer vacation or just any other day.

My family rents a summer house every summer. We just returned home after some time away. With my day job being as physically tough on my 51 yr old body, my vacation was a time for me to focus on my self every morning. This is a description of what I did after my coffee. I hope it inspires you to get off the sofa ! I did a type of station training, repeating the stations.

  1. Coffee and sitting in the yard watching the sun come up!Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 1
  2. Get the rope out and find a good tree to hang from
  3. Grab your Escrima tools, (Mine were: 2 sticks, 3 knives, and a hatchet that I made a ergonomic handle for)
  4. Start doing right handed and left handed fig-8, high-high-low, and many other patterns.
  5. Do a few sit-ups, push ups, back ext., squats and more to warm up.
  6. Now you can do free forming  or just strike pattern training with your weapon combo. Change every time you come back to it,
  7. Do one type of frontal sit-ups, then side/lateral core muscle training, then back extension Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 3of your desire.
  8. Do 2 types of push-ups every time you you start them.
  9. Do some lung training. Jumping from side to side. (see pictures)
  10. Do some pull and back shoulder training. (see picture)
  11. Repeat, repeat, repeat,repeat, repeat, repeat, and repeat all stations!
  12. Do some stretching
  13. Eat some breakfast, read a book or just hang out.Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 2
  14. The rest of the day should be used on your family.

Note!, the core training changed every time I did it, if you are looking for ideas, there are gobs of ideas on YouTube. The same for the push ups. There are many forms. Because you are doing this program every day, you should leave a little gas in the tank when doing the exercises. An example would be making sure you can do one or two more push-up etc. Then you stop and move on to the next exercise.

Latosa Concepts logo red backgroundI have done the same at the fitness center. The sticks were replaced with heavy bag work. Some exercises were, walking lunges, step ups, asymmetric squats, wrestlers press, pull ups and more. Today, I did bag work, deadlifts and twisting bend over rows and then core training. Tomorrow I will do pushing/squatting/lunge exercises with more core training and bag work.

Enjoy folks! Talk at you later.

Stay Proactive in life and Training

CW

What’s up at Latosa Concepts Copenhagen? DK Summer break and more.


What’s up at Latosa Concepts Copenhagen? DK Summer break and more. 18/07-2016

I hope ya’ll are doing well. Some of the things I’ll touch on in this blog are what we have been working on lately, starting up again after the summer break and the usual mix of Latosa Concepts, FMA  Terminology for DK FMA and Self-defense.

To start with one of the post that  I want to make you aware of is this one.It’s old but good.  Because of my special background, I have listened to it twice.

Bulletproof your mind with Dave Grossman.

With all the trouble going on in the states at the moment, I felt the post above is a good reminder of how to handle situations that are happening. Living abroad, I am aware that I could have a target on my back. It’s a fact of life that I have to deal with everyday. The trick is to not let it take over your/my everyday life.

Dansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppenWhen I teach the guys, I am focused on their abilities to cope with what ever is thrown at them. The methods we train are the FMA lessons from GM Rene Latosa and my other FMA instructors. There are different tools to develop the needed skills in them. As GM Rene Latosa has said and written so many times …. Drills are not fight training. They are a basis to build a mental and physical reaction and action on. Master bill Newmann always said he was in the business of making escrimador that will not go down. He was talking about be tenacious!

From time to time, I feel the men ( Who I teach now) are ready to be tested. I turn into a bad guy that makes them wonder if I am angry with them. The last time i did this A. was tested and passed his grade right there on the spot. It’s always a good feeling to see a students eyes when they hear they have passed a given grade. I always shake their hands when doing it. They go from thinking I am nuts to seeing the pride in my eyes when they live up to the level requested by me. This last time (I tested the men) was the last training session before the 2 wk. summer break. I am proud to say that the men who were at the training were tested according to the skill level they are at and they did well. They kept their focus under an assault of consisting off many different attacks. As I said/wrote, I was a little bad. 😉 The test is meant to show me ( the instructor) and them, where they break under a given pressure. I feel that they did well. If they didn’t break at some point under the wave of attacks then they should be teaching me. 😉

Any hoo! What does it mean to be tenacious when training? The answer is simple. We all get hit. It’s just a question of time. Depending on the situation, ( training, tournament, a street confrontation, or a business deal, a divorce ) we have to stand up again. When we train, we make mistakes and end up in the wrong position. Especially when one’s instructor, who knows your weaknesses, decide to put you in the wrong position. The trick is to work like hell to get to that good position again. This includes taking command of the situation and making our mind strong and resolute. Remember who decides! and Who is the rag doll?

This is why drills get harder as we progress in knowledge and skill. Reality is not the gym.  We are going to get hit, it is what we do, after or at the time of the strike, that makes all the difference. Sometimes I would see a situation progression when I did security.  My way of steadying my mind was to say the following to myself…. this is going to hurt and I still have to do my job, here we go!. By accepting the fact that pain could be involved, the threat of pain was no longer a dirty little secret my brain had to work at not thinking about / suppressing. My job was easier.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 11.03.35Some students will stop training with me and be well prepared to defend themselves. Soldiers in a sense. I am always proud of their abilities when/if they stop. Hard work begets pride! Others will walk away warriors. Both are fine in my book.They should feel that way as well. By the way, the people wanting exercise should find another instructor! I am interested only in teaching real self-defence based on FMA knowledge. My recommendation for the people wanting a more gymnastic habit, is to go to a gymnastics class or be a member of a large club. I teach to see real advancements in people’s skill levels.

With that said men, we will be doing a lot of strike pad work again when we start up in August. 🙂 That will be one of your skills.

As written in an earlier post, we have been outside. The groups has been small. 5 at most, and I like it like that sometimes. I get to work with each person and see the progressions they make. Once again I get to be a proud papa.

If we talk about situational awareness and all the crap going on in the world right now, we can say one thing. … We can’t walk around in a given level of fight mode all the time. If you try that you will not have a job, girl, family, and or friends anymore. We might even get locked up on the funny farm! We can develop some basic habits, that we can practice w/o having to move on the street like we are in a boxing match. In short use your instincts and gut feeling, develop skills and learn to be tenacious when needed. Loving our family and having fun in our lives doesn’t mean we have to stop training ourselves. we must have to trust those strange feelings we might get in a situation.

Enough of that. I am on vacation now and there is no official training for 2 weeks. I am around if there are any questions, I’m just being lazy and training myself every day. The club starts up again in August. See DK FMA and Self-defense grp here.

I am looking forward to making sure a few members are up to snuff before they progress to the next grade. Once again, well done the other day men, I was not nice.


If you are in Jylland and are looking for a good club that follows the same training structure I do, write and I will set you up with M.A. From there on it’s up to you to show M. that you want to learn.

Stay proactive in Life and training.

CW

 

 

Latosa Concepts and DK FMA Terminology January 2016


Latosa Concepts and DK FMA Terminology January 2016, Monday Trial Training Day

Latosa Concepts logo red backgroundTo 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.

Latosa Concepts from GM Rene LatosaI 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 Latosa Concepts escrima Offline movement diagramdifferent 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:

Heroes and Mentors, The Lesson We Learn.

Fudge Factor and the Role of Instructors.

The last post on sparring drills

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.

1 måneds gratis træning selvforsvar københavn

1 måneds gratis træning selvforsvar københavn

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.

Latosa Concepts Contact.

DK FMA og Selvforsvar Grp. Kontakt.

DK FMA and Self-defense Grp FaceBook.

Send any questions you would like to have answered on the blog here. If it’s a valid question and seems proper for the blog then we answer it.

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

CW 

 

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LC Escrima and DK FMA class update and Terminology for January 2016.


LC Escrima and DK FMA class update and Terminology for January 2016.

Latosa Concepts Logo white pict.To start with i hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s been a while since there has been an update for the club and what else is happening in general.

So let’s get started. Starting on the 18th of January class will start at 16:45 to make room for a new wrestling class for kids. We’ll stop training at 18:15. We are still in the grip of winter, so there is no outdoor training training on Saturdays. In other words Monday and Wednesday are the days to get your FMA on.

Regarding the new training time, we’ll have to see how things go. The number of members who train on a more regular basis is limited because of the extra shift work. Aka, terror and security jobs. If It turns out that the new times are a problem for the members, we’ll have to start looking for a new training facility or find another room in Grøndals Center. We’ll give it a chance and see what happens.

Remember that the first month of training, when you become a member, is free.

1 måneds gratis træning selvforsvar københavn

1 måneds gratis træning selvforsvar københavn

A is still well on his way to the next grade. His understanding and ability to use GM Latosa’s basic box is growing. A new members, J has started and done well. He should pick up the skills needed for the 1st grade quickly. N is doing well with the 2 stick training and the progression of the 1 stick skills for other grades.

With all that said,we are working on sparring drills and strike training once again. We’ll see what the next pet project and theme for training will be. Before Christmas, my pet project was focus and intent with capital letters. The kettlebells will make a return soon. That much is certain.

GM Rene Latosa is once again booking his calendar for future. So, with that said have a look at his FB page … FB Link to see where he will be.

That’s all the practical stuff. So let’s talk about Terminology and why we are focusing on sparring drills at the moment. The basic sparring drill for the 2nd is an excellent place to start. When we look at the reasons for a planned sparring drill, we can talk/write about the benefit of moving from a counter strike mind set to an attacking mind set. Looking at mind set and the mental states we experience when switching between the role of Bad Guy and Good Guy, we learn to be more mentally elastic. One way to look at it is that we are not easily knocked from our ability to adapt. At least if we have learned that lesson from the planned sparring drills.

Escrima træning i københavn med Dansk fma 1What else can we learn from a planned sparring drill? To start with the drill the men work on for the second grade alternates attacks. Both persons start with a #5 ( low stab),they do a # 1 or # 2 strike, a #3 strike and a high #4 strike. One subject to work on is the ability to flow from one start position to a counter attack or attack (depending on the role) and learning to believe in the attack and move on. Many people like to stop mid-stream and check to see if they did it (what ever it may be) correctly. As we progress with the sparring drills we need to get away from checking to see if something worked and just get on with the next strike. looking down at the #5 attack is and example of this. I teach people to see everything and not focus on the stick, punch or knife. There many other self-defense skills that can be adjusted while working on planned sparring drills.

We can do the same drill with 2 sticks and or a  mix of 1 stick and 2 sticks or any other combo. This could be knife vs stick, or palm stick vs 2 sticks. You get the Idea. N is working on the next level of 2 stick training as I wrote earlier. He has the chance to mix differing attacks with the 2 sticks into the mix. This is one way to work on what some systems call sinawali drills…. Hitting in specific patterns. Because he ( N ) knows what is coming next, he can relax mentally and focus on starting his counter strike from a new start position and so on.

Some of the best sparring drills I have worked on were some routines my old instructor put together. Master Lars kept us on our toes when we did them. I am looking forward to seeing my students at DK FMA work on some of the same drills.

Here’s a rant while on the subject. We all need to recognise where we get our knowledgeLatosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and present from. Some instructors don’t do this! GM Latosa has always been my guiding light. With that said the man who kept me on the path was Master Lars. We all evolve and learn in different ways. We should never be too proud, angry, or just full of our selves to not give credit where it is due. Remember that when you see krav mega doing escrima / fma or see an instructor with a cv that’s just made up bull poop!

I’ll stop bending your proverbial ear now and let you get on with life. I could go on for ever regarding ways to train sparring drills. Have a great day and send us a message to hear more about trying a class.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

Happy New year from Latosa Concepts and DK FMA club


Latosa Concepts logo red background2016 is right at our door step and We just wanted to send a greeting out from the two clubs here in Denmark. 2015 has given us more members new training facilities and much more. Just the other day I spontaneously tested a student for the grade he was training for.

Well done Aden. The grade is well deserved. I’m looking forward to at least 2 other students testing for their grades in the next 2 months. N. for the 5 and A.N. for the 3rd., the grade test will continue to be spontaneous.

M.A.’s group in Jutland / Jylland has continued to grow and our Copenhagen club has a new member as well. All this, despite all the extra shifts our student are forced to work. Anti terror work is a bitch.

New members of the Copenhagen Club, DK FMA and Self-defense Group, can train free the first month.

That’s it for now.  Stay safe and have a great New Year in 2016.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Drills vs fight training in FMA. Latosa Concept, FMA and Danish FMA group terminology


Drills vs fight training in FMA. Latosa Concept, FMA and Danish FMA group terminology

dansk fma og selvforsvar gruppe i københavnI hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for more ranting and terminology. Before that, I’d like to remind you that we are open for new members now. You can see the guys who were at training the other day in the picture. So write to us so we can plan a training session with our club.

Now to the subject at hand. When we do drills, they are usually some counter attacks and other mixes of techniques that are related or put together for other reasons. One might be to learn how to hit with control when starting the first 2 stick drill. Most people need some time to feel that they have control of the left handed strike. I’ll put a video below to show what I mean. Drills can be put together to get use the stress level, so the students can focus on improving something like the timing of the strike and foot work with the left hand… if we stick with the given example above!

All drills are not fight training! I repeat, ALL DRILLS ARE NOT FIGHT TRAINING! If I was going to do a crash course for military, CPO ( VIP protection) etc, Then most drills would be fight training. When we teach people in a club setting, then we are looking at developing skills that we don’t have time to improve with the crash course. At least with most people, there will always be the élite learners.

Not only that, but a given drill at a beginner level would not look like the same drill for an intermediate level student or advanced level student. We post a lot of videos compared to other FMA clubs, but we don’t post everything! We have the training, we show the world via videos and we have the next level of understanding that doesn’t end up on video.

As the guys start to develop skills we turn up the stress level via different tools. this could be more honest attacks from the BG ( bad guy ), it could be via more attackers, noise, catastrophe position, other starting weapon positions, and much more.

Once a student has learned to understand the distance of a stab ( using the low counter strike to the attacking weapon hand) then he / she can go on to doing a #2 strike to the head and moving more offline, or even preempting with online footwork. Then when the live hand has been developed to a given level, we can add the live hand control to the same attack when the BG stabs low. Hopefully you see where we are going.

We can look at a drill as a stick drill or we can look at it as a bladed drill. Blades always command more respect. People can be and often are more brave when attacked by an attacker wielding a blunt weapon. Just by changing the attackers weapon, we start all over again with building the confidence of the student and thereby their ability to do more than just a basic drill. They can start more true to life fight drills. This is why people look differently when the fight really starts.

You’ll hear me yelling yes!, even though a student has reacted outside the drill parameters at times. That is because they have taken a simple drill for skills sake and started to adapt it to real fight / self-defense situations.

I hope you don’t really think the FMA videos showing a long series of counter strikes is supposed to be what it looks like when we use our training in real life ( if we are so unlucky that we have to )

You will hear GM Rene talk about keeping to the basics and those of us who have learned from him, will most likely always have our student look at the basic concepts as they progress. Are they maintaining balance as they learn new skills and learn to function under more and more pressure? Do they still command control of timing and distance when they add 2 sticks to a list of t he tools they can use?  Can that take that same cross strike with the stick and transfer the same power to the use of the live hand while they attack to the head when the attacker stabs ?

In short, the many drills for developing the skills of a warrior are not the same skills and drills that would be used to develop a soldier in a short amount of time. There are going to be extra drills and possibly slower paths of learning. And later on the ability to ascend to a higher level of understanding and skill will/can be the result. (Given the fact that the student is ready for the learning curve and more). The funny thing is things get easier later on when we take our time in the beginning! In other words the second 2 stick grade for the guys will be easier because we spent the time on the second single stick grade.

I could write about this subject for along time. There are so many combinations of timing, distance and more that it could be a book. But my old fingers are getting tired and the sun is shinning. AND it’s Friday!

Do some training this weekend and make sure you spend some time with your family. enjoy their company and remember what you do have in your life.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Dino Power!

 

 

The pro’s and cons of flow drills for FMA. Latosa Concepts Escrima terminology.


The pro’s and cons of flow drills for FMA. Latosa Concepts Escrima terminology.

I hope ya’ll  are doing well. I was inspired to write a little about flow and FMA ( Escrima / Kali. ) A and I were talking about flow and learning to use the energy created by the stick, punch, machete or what ever you are using.

A and I are both happy to take breaks when we rain together. My shoulder/ collar bone can be down right sore at times. Because of that I enjoy flow drills. They give me the chance to slowly add hard power when it feels good, and not all the time. You know sneaky old fart stuff, I am a grandpa after all. 😉 When I was in California to train with GM Rene, he talked a little about using the sneaky stuff and saving the power for the just the right moment. My old karate instructor told me that I would reach a time when I would have to do this as well. Long live experience! They both were right!

A. was talking about the FMA’er who he trained with in the Philippines, when he was there last time.  They relied more on the flow / energy of the stick once it was started. Every time I saw GM Latosa he did the same. He would use power, that comes from what I call power mechanism, and the flow of the weapon, as tools to put him where he wanted to be in a confrontation. Once you understand short power it is all about flow and timing. I think this is one of the reasons that he has always been able to generate the power at a given time for so long. The power mechanism, lets say hip rotation for conversation sake, is in some ways a reaction to the energy generated by the movement of the energy. ( Remember there are more power mechanisms.) In other cases, you will see the power mechanism being the reason for the energy in the weapon.

In short it goes both ways! I have posted a short video in the group. Some people have asked what I do when I free form and focus on flow. Well check out the LCE group and see for yourself. The flow training I do after/ before strength training is helping me to time the power / control mechanism, so I can take the stress off my collar bone joint.In a way, I am starting over with the first grade and learning to time the drop with my strikes.

So you might be asking yourself about the blog title and the cons of flow training. Only focusing on flow training is kinda like a pit trap in the day. There is a problem, what happens during the night? During the day, we feel safe because we can see the hole in the ground, BUT during the night, in the dark, it becomes dangerous. If you are not sure where it is you will have a nasty fall while looking for a place to empty your bladder. Having flow without the ability to to add power at different times in the strike, not having well developed power / control mechanisms, leads to a swinging stick or kick that can pull you off target. You know where the man is at all times in a confrontation. The pit trap in the dark can also be compared to only having the flow tool and having to react with power in an emergency situation. What happens when we need power to control power? …. Or balance to control focus and speed. What happens when we need to suddenly use speed with flow and focus if we have never done it?

You see where I am going. We need to be good at what we do. This could be power, flow, speed, reading an attacker, or what ever. BUT we also need to have some skills in the other end of the ball park as well. Case in point, when I started to do very slow movement to analyze them my explosive power increased as I stepped on the gas pedal again.

Any Hoo! If you watch the video, I am free forming. That is a type of visualizing while doing attacks and counters to the attacks you see coming at you. Be warned. It takes a lot of practice to do it in the beginning. It’s like visualizing a gymnastics routine on the run instead of standing still. It is a skill learned except for the visually intelligent people out there. I think in pictures, it’s easy for me. Free forming is also easier when you have more tools to use.You can focus on a specific footwork example or strike pattern. There are so many things that we can focus on, it becomes an art in it’s self.

  • Long, midrange and short strikes
  • Espada Y daga
  • Preempting, drawing the attacker in
  • And much more.

Any Hoo! I am tired of writing. This blog is a great hobby as long as it stays fun. Ya’ll have a great day

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW