Latosa Concepts outdoor weekend training has started.

Latosa Concepts outdoor weekend training for 2016 has started.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. LC Escrima  Copenhagen / DK FMA outdoor training has started Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 13.11.27once again.  There were 4  brave souls (+ myself) last time and the weather is getting better now. We had a slight snow fall last week but we are escrimadors so we kept on training. If the weather holds we’ll be meeting at one of our usual place for outdoor training. Charlottenlund Fort is on the beach in Hellerup just outside of Copenhagen. We’ll cross our fingers that the weather predictions hold so we can meet there and do some training by the water. I’ll send the usual text out around Wednesday. Your “YES” is binding. My stitches will be out so I’m looking forward to swinging a stick, knife or what ever is planned for the day.

Place: CharlottenLund Fort

Time: 10:30-12:00

Day: Saturday, May 7 2016

You need to have: clothing for outdoor training, water bottle, gloves  and trainingUdendørs escrima træning på Charlottenlund Fort, Dansk FMA og Selvforsvar gruppen equipment.

I’ll have: The bag from the club box and a program ready

A “YES I’ll be there” IS BINDING

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There is a large grassy area beside the fort. That’s where we meet.

I just got back from the beach where my wife and I enjoyed a coffee and a blanket on the ground. If the weather is as good as predicted I might have my lunch with me.

See you there men.

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Terminology for Latosa Concepts and DK FMA and Self-defense. January 31 2016.

Terminology for Latosa Concepts and DK FMA and Self-defense. January 31 2016.

Escrima træning i københavn med Dansk fma 4I hope ya’ll are doing well. I thought it was time to touch base with a few idea’s for the new members and a reminder for the other members.

Before I go too far, a tip og the hat to MA in Jutland. His group is doing well and growing. I am also working on some more sticks this bunch should be heavier.

The new men are experiencing the fact that we are a hitting system when we lookout the first few grades. The 1st grade is all about balance and learning to control our bodies. The men hear a lot about the pushing back leg, dropping power, the power leg and high starting positions.

As part of the striking theme, we are following right now, there is pad work, tire work and hitting sit-ups. Hitting sit-ups help with pulling the stick / hands back too far. They are one of the many drills we learned from GM Rene Latosa. They also help to coordinate the strikes with one of the power mechanisms that we use … the stomach and lats.

The men are also doing a hitting warm up on the tires to help work on the timing of the feet and the contact point (we are talking about time here!) many people will step in too far to use the strike or weapon they intended simply because they can’t control the happy feet. 😉

Foot work is great but unneeded footwork and /or at the wrong time will give you a head ache and/or take the power and balance out of your strike. The same goes for unneeded offline movement when we have the upper hand. AKA we are a head because of position and other factors.

pr 24 vs knifeI’m looking forward to seeing the new men go through the development that the rest of the group has gone through.  I don’t want to get into to much of it, but we can use an idea and the new men can think about it. Lets say the foot moves at a given speed (X) and the arm moves at another (Y) speed.  Now lets say the student steps a given distance when striking  (Z). If the math nerds haven’t figured it out yet we can can adjust one factor ( x, y, or z) and affect the strike.  Making people aware of this relationship is an ongoing learning curve. The new men are starting with it during the preparation for the 1st grade test. It’s down right amazing what we can do when we adjust these three factors or add some more factors to the equation.

Niklas is working on controlling these same factors, just with two sticks now. To a certain degree he is repeating the second grade just with 2 sticks.

And for the beginners, Some governing ideas / concepts we use are these gifts of awareness from GM Latosa.

  • Balance
  • Speed timing and distance
  • Focus
  • Power
  • Transition

They all are factors we use and more.You will continue to hear about them during the classes.

For non members, we train on Mondays and Wednesdays at 16:45- 18:15 at Grøndals Multicenter in Copenhagen. When we have some better weather we can start talking about beach training, wk-end training and more again. Make sure you email so we can plan a trial session for you. That’s on Monday from now on! Having people pop in almost every day is keeping me from the actual members.

That’s it for now, Have a great evening and have your water bottles at training tomorrow.


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 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

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Clubbell training for escrimadors. LC, FMA conditioning.

Clubbell training for escrimadors. LC, FMA conditioning.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun is supposed to come out today and that makes a Texan in DK happy. In this blog post there is some inspiration for what you might want to do in the sun shine today…. some strength and conditioning. That is, if you are not going to train escrima!

M. A. was / is my training partner. Before he moved to Jylland / Jutland, we trained LC Escrima together along with a bunch of other things like “Training for Warrior” programs, “hardCore” kettlebell and sandbag programs, as well as normal weight lifting. He has broaden his experience with clubbell now. Inspired by the earlier post on clubbell training below, Morten put this together. It’s in Danish so you will have to use the google translate function if your Danish is not up to scratch.

Ya’ll enjoy the post and have a great day.

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For os, der træner med våben giver det god mening at træningsredskabet i sig selv er et våben. Jeg har selv trænet intensivt med Clubbells i mere end et år. Det har været relativt nemt for mig at gå til, da det er en fantastisk blanding af escrima og kettlebells (læs gå til – ikke mestre:-). Jeg startede med en 4 kg’s og en 10’er. Nu er jeg den lykkelige ejer af 2 4’ere, en 6’er og en 15’er. 4 kg er formidabelt at have med overalt. 15’eren genererer/kræver kraft, på et helt vanvittigt niveau

Clubbells ryger ofte i samme kategori som kettlebells. Et godt stykke af vejen med rette. De er begge balistiske træningsredskaber og en clubbell er i bund og grund en kettlebell, formet som et baseballbat.

Historisk er der ingen tvivl om, at clubbells kan føres længst tilbage. Længere tilbage end de fleste træningsredskaber overhovedet. Køllen er et af de ældste, hvis ikke dét ældste, anvendte våben. Og træning til kamp er på samme vis en af de ældste grunde til, at folk har trænet.

Clubbells har de samme fordele som Kettlebells – plus lidt ekstra. Som skrevet ovenfor er en clubbell i sig selv et våben. En 4-kg’s er et rigtig godt våben. En 15’er, et ret upraktisk men meget! Hårdtslående og tungtfaldende våben.

Sammenlignet med KB udfordrer Clubbells grebsstyrken på en anden måde. KB ligger i vores “krog” og vi kan derfor holde godt fast med griberefleks og struktur, hvorimod Clubbells prøver at vride sig ud af vores greb – bortset fra når de står stille i luften i lodret position. Det kan man overkomme på to måder. Holde hårdere fast – hvilket igen øger grebsstyrken, eller ved at holde Club’en i bevægelse. Heri ligger Clubbells største force. Muligheden for at manøvrere dem i alle tre dimensioner. Generere kraft i en retning, bevare kraften og redirigere kraft. Præcis som med et våben!

Man kan ikke umiddelbart sammenligne vægten, da en clubbells tyngdepunkt ikke bare er placeret længere væk fra grebet, men også vinkelret på dette. Man kan derfor få en fantastisk effektiv workout med blot en 4 kg’s clubbell. På samme vis indenfor clubbells er en 8 kg’s ikke kun dobbelt så tung/hård som en 4’er, da den også er længere er den snarere 3-4 gange så krævende at manøvrere.

Clubbells giver med andre ord mulighed for en krævende og udfordrende helkrops – muskelkædekrævende –  3-dimensionel – koordinationsfremmende træning. Med et redskab, der kan tages med overalt.

Clubbells bliver anvendt på mange forskellige måder og til mange forskellige formål. Fra Indian club træning med (ofte 2) lettere (ofte træ) og til tung tohånds-Clubbell træning med fx. 15 kg.

Herhjemme er de primært anvendt i genoptræning. Skulder især. Det er synd. De er nemlig fantastiske som “træningscenter”. En club og du er kørende til det hele. Én tung. Fint, de fleste øvelser bliver med to hænder. Én let, også fint, enhånds

  • Clubbells kan bruges til stort set alle Kettlebelløvelser.
  • Clubbells only øvelser – hvor en KB ville være malplaceret.
  • Våbenefterligningsøvelser fx. deadstart. Slag. Fig-8
  • Anvendt som våben. Tænk: hvordan ville jeg bruge denne Clubbell som våben.
  • Eksempel på våbenspecifikke øvelser. En clubbell.

Fig 8, to hånds og skift. Figuren bliver selvfølgelig større end, hvis man bruger en rattanstav. Dirigeringen bliver sværere, men det giver en fantastisk forståelse og mulighed for kraftgenerering i “rigtig” escrima. Almindelig, opadgående og meget flad fig. 8. For at gøre det så overførbart som muligt, så kan man lege med at slå efter et imaginært target og sætte en ekstra tand kraft i slaget mod målet.

Deadstart. Hvil Club’en på skulderen. Læg samme hånd løst omkring håndtaget. Eksploder et nedadgående slag. End med Cluben lodret. Dette er en fantastisk øvelse til at tænde vores muskler fra afslappet – og lære de antagonistiske muskler at slappe af under et slag.

Start m. Club’en lodret (holdes lodret hele vejen). Shortpunch uden at dreje hånden.

Inspiration på youtube: Scott Sonnon, der bryster sig af at have introduceret Clubbellen i vesten. Shane Heins, en af Sonnons elever, der IMO har lavet bedre programmer – og langt langt mere seværdige videoer. De er faktisk værd at se alene for hans ansigtsmimik.

Some physical training hints for Latosa Concepts, FMA

Good morning, I hope you having a great weekend. The blog post today is a video with some ideas for training speed and explosion as well as general conditioning. It has Gesias “JZ” Calvalcante in some training situations. You will see where inspiration can be gotten. You’ll see parts of the video where you could simply put a stick in your/his hand and there would be no difference in MMA and LC Escrima training. Any Hoo! Ya’ll enjoy.

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Knife making.

Knife making.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I was drinking my coffee and watching some videos that appeal to the craftsman / FMA nerd / shoemaker / and Texan in me. I thought they might be of interest to others like my self. If anybody with a similar profile exists. Reasons for interest vary: the cool factor, tool nerds, hunting interest, FMA interest, and collectors interest.

When ever we train with swords and/or other bladed weapons we become very aware of the balance of a tool / weapon. I think that little detail tends to wake the interest for how weapons are made in many of us. Then there are the nerdy nut cases as well. If you are part of this club … Welcome! If you have made your own tools at one time you are well on the way. I recently found and old axe that I restored and made a handle that fit my son’s needs for the boy scouts. We really got into shaping the handle so it would fit his hands. Added to that a leather protective sheath to finish it off.

I will be presenting some videos that might be of interest to those of you who fall into any combination of the above mention types. Having been trained in shoemaking and learning the craft of hand production can be a powerful catalyst. You tend to make your own tools to one degree or another. I had special knives for every possible job, even depending on the size of the shoe and the curves that had to be cut. I said I was nerdy didn’t I. Quality quickly became an interest as well. I was lucky enough to find some tools that are not made any more. One such knife was a E A Berg from Sweden which had a very special tempering. The man that made them only worked there up to a certain year. It is flat on one side and you put the angle of the edge that you wish to have on the other side. It curves from end to end. It’s a collectors item for many people but crazy shoe makers like me still use them.

The same thing happens when we train with sticks and aluminum trainers.Have you ever flipped a stick becouse it feels better? Welcome to the nerdy club. MA and I like to use espada y daga trainer from Norm’s Training Blades. Sticks are not the same. Smack sticks are used for harder contact training. Heck, I have one training knife that I just love. Other trainers are OK but the one’s with a good feel and balance are great.

In my case having worked with construction and the other combination of factors makes the idea of having a collection very attractive. I just wish I lived in Texas still where it was OK to have a collection. It’s easier just to avoid the problems here in Denmark by not being a collector. This is me making a sad face! Any Hoo! I was drinking my coffee (with thick coconut milk, yum! ) when I found the video below. There is a playlist so you can watch the process of making a railroad spike knife. It’s fascinating for nerds like me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

I have also linked to a knife maker that makes heavy duty military knives. I wish I could find a video of some of the knives from Grayman Once you start getting into camping and military uses you will most likely start to develop a taste for knives like these.

Training with sword is a way to start to develop a taste for balance in swords. We used to have some archeologist that trained with us when I was still doing swords in Copenhagen. We were lucky enough to handle some very old sword in Leeds at the museum. There is a difference in real fighting swords and the feel they have and the cool factor weapons that people like to collect. I hope you enjoy the sword making video. It show a mix of old and new methods in smithing and forging. The shape of the sword is not my taste but you can see how the old and the new are mixed to make a modern good quality sword.

In the picture at the top of the page, you can see come knives that fall into the cool factor side of things. Here is the link to that video.

Have a great day and be a little nerdy, it’s good for the soul.


Latosa Concepts Escrima online and offline terminology for FMA.

Latosa Concepts escrima Offline movement diagramLatosa Concepts Escrima online and offline terminology for FMA.

I hope ya’ll are  doing well. It’s time for a little basic terminology. As you can see, there is a big honkin’ picture to the left. The reason for this is simple. It’s easier to explain with pictures when we are not talking face to face. The picture shows a general area in which a GG ( Good Guy) finds himself after the first movement if he /she moves offline. The areas overlap and curve to be honest. I’m just not that good with the drawing program. You can get a rough idea though. You can see the general online, offline and squared off positions. There are other positions but this will do for starters.

Picture 2 shows the foot orientation that usually goes with focus and stability in relation to the BG (Bad Guy) by the GG.  The funny thing about the feet, now that we are on the Offline  movement diagramsubject, is that they are good indicators of energy path and focus. Energy and focus are key to power. Balance plays in as well. Is it impossible to have energy focused in a direction other than the direction the feet point? No, it is not impossible. With that said, it sure is easier to have your feet in the correct direction if not much much easier!

In order to clarify I’ll use an example. Try to imagine a sprinter that runs with his/her feet turned outward at an angle. Can you imagine the sprinter winning the race? I can not. The rest of the sprinters in any given race will have their feet pointed forwards.

If we look at the nature of the attack from an assailant we can determine which direction the GG should move. I know this is overly simplified and it is possible for people to force the issue if they want to go in a direction and they poses the ability (power, speed, timing, experience, or just pure will power). We are talking about a general learning process. Add to that the difference between an online movement and offline movement can be very small. A conceptual example goes like this. The BG strikes with a straight jab The GG rotates his body away from the jab while standing his ground. You can imagine what ever counter attack you would like to see the GG perform while rotating his body. Was that online or offline? The answer is simple. It was both.

With experience we learn there are ways to decide which way we move. That comes with experience and enough practice. This also depends on mood and mindset. I hope this helped to explain the online movement and the offline movement. Have a great day.

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Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology 2. Transition

Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology 2. Transition

For the Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology this time, I will be focusing on transition. Transition is many things depending on your level of training and understanding. The same can be said for many of the other concepts that govern Grand Master Latosa’s teachings.

In basic terms, transition builds on the understanding / use of the other concepts. This understanding enables a person to defend themself using a stick, bladed weapon, an improvised weapon and defend one self unarmed. Transition is the tool that connects how a PR 24 ( side handle or tongfa) is used in a much the same way that unarmed defenses are executed.

If we look at the tactical or military use of the word transition, we are talking about the act of switching from the AR to a handgun to a knife and then to unarmed defense and attacks quickly and fluidly. This also is a definition that is part of the Latosa Concepts Terminology. Once it is possible to use the different weapons the goal is to do it fluidly without having to change the governing concepts and basic movement patterns. An example of this could be an unarmed person (Good Guy) defending them self against a blunt weapon attack and that person (GG) gaining control of the weapon in order to help with defense against a second attacker / assailant (Bad Guy). efficiency comes from following the same concepts regardless of the weapon.

Where do we go from here? … you might ask. The next step is to be able to use a staff or a long blunt weapon as though it were a sword and reverse. Using a machete as though it were a blunt weapon during a certain phase of an attack or counter attack could be an example. To take it even farther, we could look at the ability to use the striking power to push or do takedowns and possibly control techniques. Once again the goal is to do it fluidly so an elbow strike is part of a counter attack using a knife. Again we should not switch defense systems to do the elbow strike and then go back to bladed weapons thought patterns directly afterwards. The elbow strike has to be done within the parameters of the of system. In This case, the teachings of Grand Master Rene Latosa.

There are many examples of transition. I love using a pr 24 as though it were a dagger. There was a time when I was crazy about rapper and dagger training. The PR 24 can be used as a blunt dagger that traps the weapon as well as functioning as a shield built onto my arm or a stabbing tool when held in a different way. Just to top it off there are many ways to control a person with it. It is actually a shame that it has the bad reputation that was created by the Rodney King case. Many agencies refuse to use because of this one fact.

I’ll ask you once again, What now? Well have you learned to think like a lefty? Being able to transition from a right-handed thought pattern to a left-handed thought pattern is a fantastic tool.

I could go on and on, There are other example of transition but I will stop here. You get the idea of what it’s all about. Transition is all about being consistent regarding the governing concepts no matter what weapon is being used. Once again this could range from unarmed counters and attacks to improvised weapon/tools to the ability to use the striking power od the Filipino Martial Arts to do take downs and control techniques.

That’s it for now, Stay away from the flashy techniques when training real self-defense and have a great day.

As always questions are welcome. Text, email, or write on the blog.

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