Mid range training, GM Latosa in Europe and other thoughts. Latosa Concepts, FMA.
The sun is shinning and I am sitting in the sun getting some vitamin-D. (The mac has it’s own umbrella!) It’s also good for Texans stuck in Denmark to get some sun regarding that precious mental state. It keeps us some what normal. 😉 That and the machete training with country tunes playing in our ear plugs. I hope ya’ll are doing well also. If not, make it so!
I was thinking about mid-range training vs short range training the other day. I thought it would be a good subject for the blog. Before we get too far into that…. GM Rene Latosa is running around in Europe doing seminars. For the people who are ready for some training with the man himself, get off your butt and check out his schedule on his site or Facebook. as I have written many times, It’s well worth the time.
I’m looking forward to seeing him again when I’m ready to start doing more heavy training. The kb’s snatches are going to be my test. When my shoulder is OK with KB snatches, then I know I’m ready. I hope to be ready for the next time he is here in Europe. The trick is to keep up the baby steps so the SC joint doesn’t become pushed too far too fast.
Any hoo, here we go. When we watch videos on Youtube or go to a seminar with an instructor from another system, we see different approaches to teaching and training. Some have the stick held so that there is a 90 degree angle in the wrist and some others are just the opposite in that they let the wrist break. They usually use the energy of the circular momentum. The first mentioned will usually use the energy in the fist. The different uses of energy are part of what decides the range they start with, in many cases.
Some systems are more occupied with long range training, some work a lot at mid-range, while others are preoccupied with short range. The way I learned Latosa Escrima ( that was when GM Rene was still with the Germans), we focused on mid-range and shorter ranges ( butt strikes and punches ) to start with. Some of the reasons are simple. When learning short range first, we have to be aware of attacks that we are blind to. It’s just a physical fact that it’s hard to see whats happening at the belt level, when we are standing close to an attacker / assailant. Starting with mid-range attacks makes it easier to see windows of attack and what’s coming at you. This also makes it possible to learn to read people and be aware of tells or signals that an attack is coming from an area/position. Other ranges can be thrown into the mix with time.
One of the advantages of using weapons as tools to understand concepts and a way of thinking is that putting the power into the end of the stick/ cutting edge /tool is still possible when doing short range strikes. You don’t have to hold the stick in a locked 90 degree angle. In reality, all you have to do is to think you have something long in your hand and hit as if you do! You see where I’m going, I hope. This is one of the reasons, I love the way GM Latosa teaches. This is also one of the reasons that I am not alone in my love of thinking conceptually rather than using stiffly defined ways of performing techniques. Rules can be broken once you know what you are doing. Everything just becomes variations. This could be variations of a #2 strike to variations of a #5 strike.
If you are looking for some training inspiration … I have an idea for you. I did it after my morning coffee today. Once you are ready for real machetes use them to warm up. They will test your ability to control the energy created when doing double fig-8’s. Do that for 10 minutes to warm up. if you are a stick person use them. Now get the kettlebells out. Do one light set of swings, side lunges, clean and deep squats. After that do double swings @ 10-15 reps, side lunges @ 10 reps to each side, 10 clean w/ deep squats @10 reps. Do 4- 5 sets. You could also throw your boy around 😉 I did some core training afterwards and ate a big breakfast.
I’ll try to post some inspiration for training from time to time. Ya’ll have a great day. Don’t let the a-holes get you down. They just need to decide to feel good about them selves. Lack of love etc will do that to you. Don’t let them steal your joy.
Stay Proactive in Life and Training!