Latosa Concepts Escrima Terminology. Locks vs. balance disruption.


Latosa Concepts Escrima Terminology. Locks vs. balance disruption.

The title says it all. What is best, locks or balance disruption ? Or some kind of mix that can be adjusted depending on the need / situation.

Before that, I’d like to say I hope ya’ll are doing well. The water well of blog posts has been dry because of my work hours lately. Btw, I hope your Christmas was a great one and New Years evening were great. Welcome to 2015!

Now, let’s get right into it. What do we do? The answer is FMA. What situations do we train for? That answer is a weapon situation. Be it something we pick up to defend ourselves or a situation, in which an assailant attacks us with a weapon, or we are not sure what he has/ doesn’t have.

Our unarmed training is based on weapons concepts, mentalities and techniques. If we deviate from that and move into the lock and control direction, we have to be aware that we are moving down a dirt road that can have some unsuspected pot holes and loose gravel. In short, I always have said that deviating from the safe road is a risk, so be aware of what you are doing, if you decide to take that road. We assume that all attackers and potential attackers are armed. Imagine someone coming at you with a knife moving none stop.

Let’s say you have an aikido background. Some of the angles that you might directs energy can be a deviation down that dirt road we mentioned before. A simple balance disruption, that looks somewhat like a lock you might see in aikido, can be shorter time wise and open the door for strikes using our improvised equalizer or what ever we strike with. If we think of one of GM Rene Latosa’s concepts, focus, we want to keep our intention and energy pointing towards the attacker. We are talking raw FMA here.

So what’s better. It depends on your training, your desire to wrestle with a person with weapon in hand, and many other factors like job description and so on. It might even be an emergency technique. Those people, who have trained with me, have heard me say … ” we should be busting our balls to not be in a situation in which we have to perform emergency environmental actions/ reactions.”  When we find our selves in these possible situations our training should make us work HARD at getting out of it, AND NOT look like Billy Jack in the center of a circle of attackers. Don’t accepts bad positioning in short. If you are not an old fart that knows who Billy Jack is, check out some older films.

We can look at a vine disarm, that we train from the outside position. The vine disarm is performed after the worlds best disarm… A strike to the head. It’s the safest too, by the way. The men learn that the vine disarm is as much a attack to the attackers balance, as it is a doorway to a lock, by way of the elbow or shoulder. They also learn to let go of the lock if it’s not working. They should just continue with a flow of attacks to the persons balance, mental state and/or body. Forcing a lock that “just taint workin” is a fools folly down a dirt road with out headlights. And the pot holes!

Why is it a folly? We are talking about weapons! look around the “inter web” for example of knife cuts and stabs. Look at the videos showing people dying 2-5 minutes after being stabbed because they bleed out. Time is precious. Forcing locks takes times. We don’t want to focus on making a lock work while we are getting stabbed.

Now let’s say you are in control of the situation and you decide to perform a lock because the time is right for it. Then more power to you. Knowing when to do it and when not to is the key. It’s kinda like knowing you don’t have Mike Tyson stored up in you after a double shift at work. In such a case being smart, not strong could help greatly. The ways we create and direct energy, learned by way of weapons training, can easily redirected into locks and breaks. We just have to be aware of the timing and dangers.

Am I bashing locks? The answer is NO! I use them from time to time. They are just harder to perform than many people think. They take an uncanny timing, when we are talking about what most people can do. Then add the layers of knives, crazy people who don’t care about you or even want to put you in the ground. Add your heart pounding out of your chest and your fine motor skills out for the count, add people who don’t feel pain and many other factors.

One of the guys in our group has a long history of Aikido. Once he has more routine and a few more grades under his belt he will be in a position to pick, when and where he perfumes a lock. To be honest, more than me, most likely. He has the years under his belt. Add a better FMA understanding and he will be on his way. How many years of training in locks do you have? How many years of honest FMA training do you have? You see where I going, I hope

That’s it, no more preeeeeeachin from the old fart. Ya’ll have a great day and a Happy New Year.

Proactive in Life and Training

CW

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Balance, balance disrupting and power mechanisms. Latosa Concepts, FMA terminology.


Latosa Concepts from GM Rene LatosaWhat is balance disruption? Why do we learn about power mechanisms and balance?

Danish FMA and Self-defense grp terminology.

To start with, we have to know how to keep our balance while moving and standing before we can learn to disrupt another persons balance. Why do I say this? We’ll start with an assumption … you are a big fellow! Well, a time is going to come when a person is bigger than you and you can not rely on sheer size. There are also the cases of people who have a natural sense of balance … kinda like cats. Do you know anybody who works on a ship / boat? In order to disrupt someones balance in as many ways as possible we have to know what the mechanisms are. Proprioception (knowing where your body is in time and space) plays in here as well. Balance and proprioception get used in each others place all the time. We’ll save that for another day and just use common terms. The way we stand, in it’s self, tells us how to disrupt an attackers balance. By learning how to stand in a strong position and give the energy of our attack (or control techniques) a path into the opponent / attackers, we start to learn about disrupting balance. Does our body break at the hip or some other joint? If it does, we know we can disrupt an attackers balance in that same spot. Even more so if we stand well and strong, with the ability to explode with force! By understanding how our own body combines the explosive ability of major joints we can figure out how to disrupt an attackers balance by a compound attack to his 2 joints or more. By understanding how the breaking of the wrist can lead to the locking out of the elbow and that in turn pulls the shoulder out of a strong position, we learn how to take an assailant down by way of his wrist. Please note, you are taking a chance when doing this in many cases. One guy I know is a perfect example of the people running around on the street, who do not feel pain like we do. He could just stands there and looks at a person who tried to apply locks to him. I know of at least two other people who are the same. Trust me when I say that, they are out there. If a person has some tolerance for pain but is not immune to it we can recruit speed, timing and distance as a helping hand. Do you recognize the trinity? We can also learn to use the movement of the assailant to disrupt his balance. We start to play with some of the ideas of mass and energy when we work with high triggers. In order to attack an assailant balance we can use his movement and movement patterns to our advantage. When we look at pain, we can start to see other ways of effecting change in an attacker. Pain does terrible and wonderful things to all of us. And NO! … I am not into S&M. Give me a few years and I might get into it; I’m not there yet. Any hoo! … Looking at the people who do not feel pain in the normal way again, we can change things up. We can use equalizers to create pain and cause a disruption in someones balance. Here’s a simple example for you. Let someone push a pen or something else hard into your collar bone, chest plate or even the small bones of your hand. It’s funny how pain in/on your collar bone can buckle your knees! Another way to create havoc in the nervous system is through an emotional response. The startle reflex can be used against a person. The karate people are not far of base in some aspect. Just yelling in someones face causes a reaction. The psychological reaction in the person makes life easy in some cases. In others it might cause an attacking spear reaction. Looking at the different ways to cause balance disruption, we have been different ways to skin the cat. One of the reasons that a training session has a theme is to work on one or two of the subjects. It’s hard to say that this method or this method is the best at a given time. We will not know how we feel and other factors until we are in that time/situation on that given day. You might be in a Mike Tyson kinda mood that day or you might be in a mellow mood that day and take pity on the poor fellow. The method you use will change depending on your mood as long as you have trained different methods enough to make them a part of your real library of methods/tools.  This is why we should look at balance, high outside positions and low outside and inside position. We decrease the stress, so there is time to learn the tools of the trade before putting a person ( that means us) in a heated close quarters inside position, and with a weapon involved to boot! That’s it for this round. The old fart is tired of writing. 😉 Have a great day! Stay proactive in Training and Life CW