Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters.


Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters. Mental aspects of self-defence.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s video time for the psychological self-defence aspect of protecting ourselves and our families. There is plenty of stuff if you listen and think.

The “meat hippy in me”  thought this was worth watching / listening to. ( I like to listen to podcast now rather than watch videos. I’m just an old fart after all 😉  ).

I try to keep the politics out of this hobby that I call a blog. So, sorry about the political nature of the video. With that said, Glenn Greenwald talks about some things people do and don’t do when they think they are being watched. A little more insight into the nature of our fellow men / governments is always good to have. The more we understand others and ourselves, the more we can avoid conflicts.

On a side note, we are real close to starting the “forening” as the Danes word it. Have a great day! the last bylaws are being ironed out.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

Respect, the role of the instructor and general norms of society. A Rant?


Respect, the role of the instructor and general norms of society.

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

I hope ya’ll are doing well. This is going to be a bit of a rant or me just bitc….g about a subject and some thoughts on the subject.

It’s no secret that I am training my self up again after a nasty collar bone injury. This goes for normal strength and conditioning and LC Escrima training. Speaking of which, thanks for a cool training session at the beach yesterday Niklas! This old fart could feel it afterwards. I’m glad that I stayed at the beach to just lay around for a while. I’m looking forward to next time we train together.

Any Hoo! Back to the subject. Some of us were training at the beach and doing our best to not feel the heat. It was a hot day! For myself, I was doing my best to not feel my hectic schedule and the lack of sleep. In short “old fart stuff”! I felt all the 8,10,& 20 kg boxes I lift all day long. 😉 The inspiration for this blog entry came from the fact that there was a group training at the beach not far away, and the instructor and 2 group members seem to really not understand the idea of personal space when walking by. Some would call it just stupid where I come from in Texas and in some circles here in DK. Provoking people training escrima is just silly! Add to that they did it twice just to prove a point….?

Any Hoo!! Back to the subject. Personal space is different everywhere in the world. In crowded country/cities, where there is a true mix of poor and other economic groups, like some Philippine cities, you will find people walking up against you without thinking about it. The New York streets could be another example of many people packed together in a small space. Here in DK, there is an odd mix of an understanding of personal space and a general respect, and there is a blatant habit of just doing something like walking too close when there is A LOT of space all around. It’s something you expect from teenage boys learning to find boundaries not instructors with a t-shirt proclaiming instructor for a club in Hellerup / Copenhagen. You see it also in young children of 1-5 years old because they are so focused on an end goal ( or something they saw) that they forget the world around them. Think of a 3 yr. old at the beach with his/her bucket and shovel and they have to dig right there beside you because they saw something in the sand. You smile and giggle at it when there is no expectation of normal social codes and more. It’s cute in many ways. And yes, I wrote cute. Blackmail me. 😉

It does not belong in the realm of instructors of crossfit! (hint), personal trainers!, self-defense trainers! and other coaches or teachers! There is supposed to be an understanding of respect for personal space! This understanding of respect for others personal space transcends other subjects like other people’s feeling as well as their opinions. As a personal trainer/ instructor, you have to understand the type of person you are working with. Once again, another reason, that I had a hard time not just getting down right angry at the lack of respect the instructor showed. Many of the people ( in the area ) who were curious asked if they could sit down close by and watch or just showed some respect and walked around…. leaving  a decent amount of space between them self and us. There are always dumb teenage boy trying to prove something and provoke a response, but they don’t have a t-shirt on declaring “instructor……” and they are not responsible for a group. They are not paid to lead!

You could say that it was not worth getting worked up about. Forget it and move on. We have to remember, that instructors set a tone for the group in which they are a members of or teach in. It’s the same for higher grades in martial arts. This is getting back to the big brother / little brother idea. Sociologist have performed studies on behaviour in groups. It’s common knowledge that one person cheating seems to open the flood gate for the next few then the whole group. There is a cool video on the subject. The speaker uses the expression….  fudge factor. If someone, like an instructor, does not respect one groups personal space then the people he is teaching tend let themselves invade other people space. There were many families and groups at the beach who experience the same thing we did. This will not end here, btw. I am just cooling down before I talk with the local club responsible.

When I was running around in clubs in Texas, chasing women and dancing, there were places, where almost everyone was nice, because anyone was ready to fight for keeps, if pushed to far. A fight could get real ugly really fast! The very unprofessional instructors and his two groupies would not last long where I come from. Then we could look at the totally unprofessional behaviour of the person and the implications down the line….. economic, and moral. I can tell you there are several people at the beach that day who will never get close to the club in question.

One reason this angers me so, is because, I take teaching very seriously. Instructors are guides in life in many ways.  That’s why I like to be called coach. A coach sets an example while trying to give to those willing to listen. Yet another reason I like instructors like R. Latosa & Martin Rooney. One of the reason I took the job of training the ice skaters, was that I like to see the development of young people to a type of person with a life code not to mention the development of tools and abilities that might make them an olympic athlete. When I say/write life code, I am referring to a way of treating others as you would like to be treated, a way of living up to a higher moral way of treating others, & living as well as showing respect for one self.

Good instructors / coaches and other teaching professionals try to understand the people they train / coach so that they can help them as much as possible. They want to inspire not lead people down the wrong path of blatant disrespect. This leads to the student not respecting themselves in the end and the cycle starts all over again.

To see a Ted Talk video about the “fudge factor”  click here. It’s really cool.The Ted Site has a better video format. That was my rant! The next blog post will be about Latosa Concepts Escrima training. We might even put some video up.

BTW, excuse the spelling and grammar mistakes. There might be a few more than usual.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training.

CW

Latosa Concepts, FMA terminology. Movement is King?


Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 12.42.47 PMLatosa Concepts, FMA terminology. Movement is King?

I hope ya’ll are doing well. This will be an escrima terminology post about a subject that popped up because of some old video I put up here on the blog in the last last blog post.

Before I get into that, I just got back from the Copenhagen Middle Age Market. My son and I made an outing of it. It does the soul good to get out and bond with your son. Get off the sofa right this moment, if you haven’t done it in a while! We both have the same interest. Knowing some of the people, who are doing the Battle of Nations style fighting and some other sword training styles made for a good start. I was lucky enough to see a whole mess of old friends, students, training partners and and even my earlier instructor, Lars Lind. My son and I even got a drinking horn from the trip. AAARG! ARRRG!

Any Hoo! Back to the real subject at hand. As I wrote, the free sparring video of the guys in our training group is the reason for this blog entry. In one of the videos you hear me saying that movement is king.

Do I mean people should hop around like Muhammad Ali in his early years?  The answer is a resounding …NO! We are not bunny rabbits! A good way to understand what movement does is when cars start a race from a rolling start. This rolling start does not have to be that exaggerated or extreme. In fact, in our case, it can be totally mental or just the slightest movement in how tight your fist is clinched. The idea is not to stagnate or fall into a moment of unawareness. A moment of unawareness is just as much of an opening/window of attack as an arm that falls.

Another aspect of this movement is that it can put you at a distance that allows a short moment of less attention. In our training group, we like to press in & fly out while attacking a target such as an arm after a combination / attack sequence is done. As long as we are in close, we have to be hyper vigilant and aware of dangers. Now that my arm is doing better and I am training with the group again, I do enjoy my little breaks. Old farts need to breath and keep the distance more often than the young men. 😉

We hear that our concentration span is shorter today. Having a well developed concentration span is very good in a self-defense / sparring session and every day life. When the body becomes tired the mind want to take little breaks as well. It takes discipline to not give way to this urge when sparring and / or defending our selves. Forcing ourselves to move little parts of our body or weapon help to avoid mental stagnation and a head ache or worse!

Any Hoo! Movement is king is not jumping around like a hyper active bunny! It’s all about keeping the mental and physical energy going so we can act and react when we need to.

I’ll be updating the new site for the personal training and group strength and conditioning classes that I offer now. Go to www.HardcoreFunctional.me to see what is happening there. I’ll be reposting some of the strength and conditioning post from this blog as well as touching on some new subjects in health, wellness and training.

I hope all you tough guys enjoy the bunny video! 😉 He he he! Now go to the http://www.KMM.dk.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

The grit to get through life. Robb Wolf and Joe DeSena podcast.


Grit to get through life. Robb Wolf and Joe DeSena podcast.

It’s no secret that I like my podcast. They are an introduction to many books and an easy way to listen and do something else at the same time.  The word convenient comes to mind. Besides that, old farts like me like talk radio. This time around I was listening to Robb Wolf and Joe DeSena talk. In many ways, there were a lot of views that carry over to what we do when we train escrima, kali, combative sports and martial arts. One of the subjects talked about was grit to continue even though things become tough. My old training partner, MA, showed that when he won the last Biting Rattan with his right hand, after getting his left arm was broken. He’s a lefty.  Having kids, I also liked what they talked about regarding other subjects. Any HOO! Click the link and listen to it. It’s not a nutritional show this time around.

I’m thinking about the next escrima, self-defense subject to write about. Have a great day.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

Body language documentary video. Latosa Concepts FMA terminology and psychology.


Body language documentary video. Latosa Concepts FMA terminology and psychology.

In this video, you see and hear about body language in politicians, liars, hard core criminals, and more. Some might say the word politician covers all that but we’ll stay away from that little twist for now. 😉 It pays to understand why people act the way they do, as well as signs of what they are thinking. The videos also tells about the voice nuances which can be understood in different ways. As martial artist and combative trained professionals, we should have the skill of reading people to be aware of what they are thinking and what they may do. It’s great to get just a little nerdy with subjects like this from time to time.  😉

The original video was taken down, so I found these to replace the older one. Both are good. The first mays seem old but it’s well worth the time. The man talking is very good at explaining how things work.

 Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW 

Kelly McGonigal: Controlling our Willpower


Kelly McGonigal: Controlling our Willpower

It’s time we look at what happens inside the human head / heart and body because of mental perspective. Stress is one of the largest factors when looking at intestinal permeability (example from nutrition). We ancestral eaters like to talk about gluten and so on. But going ancestral is called a lifestyle change because it’s about everything. We try to incorporate mental ideas and perspectives into the Latosa Concepts Blog posts. The video below with Kelly McGonigal is yet another one of these posts. “it’s all how you look at it,”… How many people have heard those wise words. (when used in the correct situation !!! ). Watch /listen to the video and start to really think about how you act / react to stress and other things in your life.

Heck it could be a self-defense situation you have to learn to see in a slightly different way in order to best cope with it.  Watching the people around me go through many situation that professionals have to live and cope with has helped to enforce the importance of this simple truth. Enjoy the TED video.

Stay Proactive!

CW

Sifu Ron Balicki video on aging.


GM Latosa remarked on the video below on FB. I checked it out and thought that there are a few old farts that might like to watch it. I heard the same thing when I trained karate. Take care and long live old farts and dinosaurs.

Stay Proactive, CW

TED, Shawn Achor, and The Happy Secret to Better Work.


It’s great to giggle and laugh with your coffee. Starting the day in the correctly does wonders! Who can deny that getting your mind right helps the rest of the day to become a good one. If you are like me you like TED and TEDx. Another instructor turned me on to it a few years ago…thanks Jacques.

Why should you watch this video? To get your mind right and not be in the average group that researchers and people in general want you to be a part of.

Check it out and …. Be Proactive in Life and Training. 

CW

Heroes and mentors and the lessons we learn. Latosa Concepts, FMA


Heroes and mentors and the lessons we learn. Latosa Concepts Escrima Terminology.

How often do you look back at who you were and compare that person to who you like to think you are now? Having kids will cause that reaction in many people. I am proud to write that I include myself in that group of people.

Think back to the idea’s you had about training martial arts and why you thought they were cool. Bruce Lee comes to mind for many people. For me, many of the old singing cowboysLink to lone ranger pics were my first initiation in what could be called that type of movie. We loved watching the good guys (with the white hats of course!) They had fist fights with the bad guys and shot the guns out of their hands as well. When it was really bad, they shot the bad guys. Gene Autry was just one of the many cowboys who we loved to watch. The fact that I come from Texas didn’t hurt either. That made them even more cool! The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers were some others that really got me worked up. I would get my bb rifle and run outside.

Link to Conan marvel comicComic books presented me to Conan and that type of tough guy. It’s easy to see why I like swords. All boys have this gene or at least many do. What came next was no big surprise. The kung fu movies with all the terrible vocal quality and lip syncing. The common link in all the above was the good guy and the fight for some standard of right and wrong. I still live by a code today. My conscience is a strong driving force in what makes me feel good and what makes me feel like I should strive to do.

This can quickly become a hot topic in that many of the vertues we would like to support in our children, our students and would like to see in our own mentors and instructors, don’t always fit with real life. This is one of the reason there are so many cops that feel like they are taking undue chances with their lives. Society’s desire to have a LE force that looks and reacts a certain way collides with reality. Surviving a possible lethal confrontation is not as clear cut as when Gene Autry knocked the bad guy out with a combinations of wild hay maker left and right swings.

We react differently to confrontations depending on who we are. It took my wife hours to truly calm down after I was in a fight with a gang in Copenhagen. My history on the street and in tournaments as well as many other aspects of my life told me that reality was much uglier than what the movies showed us. As I have written before, J is a gentil soul and the reality of fighting a gang is not something that fits into her expectations. How many people are like this? The answer is … Many people! It all get back to our heroes and mentors and what we got out of the lessons from them.

Latosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and presentMany of the instructors that choose to call what they do combative are an example to open people’s eye up to the reality of conflicts. Latosa Concepts is most definitely combative. I live my life by a code taught to me by the singing cowboys but the adult acceptance of life’s realities has to be there when training and teaching. Training has to help me survive on the street … this is a short and sweet truth!

If we look at the martial arts / combative instructors that I have learned from there has been a mix of real hard asses and some idealistic types. We need that mix just like we need to acknowledge where we come from. We lose a little of our history and who we are when we don’t do that. We can surpass an influence in our life, but the fact that they were there can not be denied. If we lie to ourselves we void the lesson we learned.

If you want to have fun and look at the balance of idealistic and reality based instructorsLatosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and present you have you can make a little list. This is mine. Note it is not in chronological order. They have all contributed in some form or fashion to improve my martial arts /combative skills and mentality. I’ll stop here to avoid the psychological talk.

My father

A nut case that wanted to see my family extinct

Students who I teach to this day.

GM Latosa – Escrima and unarmed hand to hand

Master Bill Newman – Escrima and swords

Master Lind – Escrima and swords

Karate instructors I can’t remember the name of. USA and DK

Aikido instructors

Malte Frid-Nielsen – BJJ

Lars Murholt – special subjects

An escrima instructor named Dumpe

Nic Osei – Escrima

Kenneth Kyhe – Escrima and WT

Jørgen Riis – WT

Henning Daverne – WT

John Waller – Swords and more. See the video at the end for a little taste of what he knows. His son, Jonathan,  teaches actors how to stage fight. He is also in the video.

This is just a little bit of the list I could make. There were many more including the people who kicked my ass on the street as a kid. They taught me lessons and therefore are a type of instructor.

This brings up a subject that people forget way too often. We learn from the lost fights and confrontations in our lives. These might be confrontations of will, knowledge or emotional as well. It can be hard, but we should remember that we learn something from each time we are hit in reality as well as when it is conceptual. We should learn from mistakes and keep looking forwards as much as we can.

Our mentors from other areas of our life can easily effect our judgment regarding self-defense. In my case, a carpenter who I worked for years ago changed my life. I wanted to be more like him in many ways. He was a contrast to my own father in many ways. Through his quite ways, he implanted many ideas in my head. If you start to think about the list of people who have given you food for thought in other areas of your life you might recognize their influences in your martial arts as well.

I’ll stop here. This could be a very long post otherwise. Stop and think a little and you might find that some treasures come to mind, be it a drill, an idea or some little detail. It might even be a memory of getting drunk with some friends. You never know.

Be Proactive in Life and Training

CW