Latosa Concepts, FMA terminology. Movement is King?


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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

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Damascus Steel forging. LC,FMA Craftsman’s Corner


Damascus Steel forging. LC,FMA Craftsman’s Corner.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I found another video for the Craftsman’s Corner here. It’s always mesmerizing to watch a black smith and other craftsmen put time and energy into a product. This video shows what goes into making Damascus steel. It changes your idea of what goes into real hand crafted products.

MA, my old training partner, is working on a blog entry on clubbells. I’ll post that when it’s ready. Any hoo! Enjoy and have a great day!

Stay Proactive in Life and Training.

CW

Mid-range attacks, GM Latosa in Europe and other thoughts. Latosa Concepts, FMA.


Mid range training, GM Latosa in Europe and other thoughts. Latosa Concepts, FMA.

LC black logo pict.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 A giant stepmy 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!

CW

 

 

John Kiefer video: Carb backloading, insulin hacking and more with Abel James show


John Kiefer video: Carb backloading, insulin hacking and more with Abel James show

Yet another cool podcast/video from the Abel James podcast The Fat Burning Man. It’s no secret that we eat Paleo’ish. The Latosa Concepts FMA Blog is not a nutrition blog but nutrition and training are part of the knowledge a person should know about when they become an instructor ( At least in my book! ).  Ergo this post and the one that are related. Who knows maybe there will be a physical fitness and conditioning post soon. I am in the process of training my shoulder up so it may not be too long. Just don’t expect to see me yanking 150 kg around like I did before the accident.

Any Hoo! back to the subject. Carb Backloading is a way of limiting the carb intake to specific times of the day. We use clean (paleo’ish) carbs. Some people eat their proverbial cake. We are sticking with the gluten free stuff. There are a lot of good reasons to to this, but I’ll let the man himself tell you about in the video. John Kiefer is a cool mix of a chemistry nerd and trainer who knows what he’s talking about. The Carb Backloading program works well for many people. Enjoy the Video.

 

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

From The Vault Escrima videos


I did it! I found some old dvd’s with demo’s and other stuff on them. There were some with other instructors. I’ll try to get a hold of them to make sure it’s OK to post a video with them. Until then I have posted a demo we did for a shoot fighting tournament around 10 years ago (?) There is another music track added to it because I knew YouTube would ban it due to music infringements. That means no cracking sounds from the hickory sticks striking. Sorry about that.

I am still looking for the GM Rene clips I have somewhere. We’ll se if those are the next videos posted. For those of you who notice little details you will see that we have different logo’s on. There is a bit of history there.

When GM Rene stopped working with the Germans, Master Bill stayed with the German org. Steve Tappin and the Scandinavian org. went it’s own way. That is the logo you can see on the tee shirts. Just to finish the story, politics and ego’s got in the way again and there was another split. The Scandinavian org and Tappin stopped working together. That is where Weapons Combat System came into the picture.

After 15+ years of politics I finally came home to where I belong by following the teachings of GM Rene Latosa again. Now I just want to train, teach a little and hopefully get to the states from time to time to get more feed back from GM Rene. OOH and post a few old videos from time to time. What can I say, I must be getting old.

Any HOO! Here’s the video. I’m just tired of all the heavy metal music with the videos right now. Live with it.

Be Proactive in Training and Life

CW

Audio of Bullet Proof Your Mind by Dave Grossmann.


Audio of Bullet Proof Your Mind by Dave Grossmann.

Bengt Abrahamsson, the Escrima instructor in Malmø, Sweden, sent some YouTube links to me.The links are for a speech from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a well-known instructor in the military and law enforcement branch. There are ca. 13 parts of his seminar. Many people will not like all his views on some subjects, others will be completely awed by the amounts of useful information. I will let you decide which camp you find your self in. For those people who train others or train yourselves, you will hear a lot of information that you know. The question is; how often do you use the information?

Ya’ll enjoy.

Be Proactive in Life and Training

C W


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