Interview with GM Rene Latosa

GM Rene posted this on his wall. Click on the picture link.

Enjoy the interview and have a great day.

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Latosa Concepts, FMA. Change things up!

Latosa Concepts, FMA training. Change things up!

It’s been a  while since an escrima blog entry has been posted. It’s about time. The theme my training partner (MA) and I follow at the time is a good place to start.

What do you do when you train the martial art or self-defense you train? Think about that and try to find a pattern in the drills and exercises you perform. You should understand why the drills are built up the way they are to get the most out of them.

We are major believer in:

– Preempting

– Learning to attack /counter attack before learning to defend

– Training to win

– Being ready for any attack

– Changing drills up from time to time

The list goes on. Why train to win? If you spend the majority of your time putting yourself in a defensive scenario or in a bad situation you will get used to not fighting tooth and nail to avoid those situations. Don’t get me wrong here. There is a place for catastrophe training. There are also groups that are forced to train catastrophe training more than the rest of us because of  tactical reason and laws. There are also advantages to catastrophe training, stress acclamation etc. The problem comes once again when the person/group get too used to being in in a bad situation and forgets to bust their balls to avoid it.

Getting back to changing training routines up to avoid only training one way. MA and I like to train sparring and feeding drills to help us keep attacking /counter attacking no matter what is thrown at us. We do it for a period of time then change weapons or do it unarmed. We have trained together for quite while, this means the transition from no weapon to a cutting weapon to 2 blunt weapons is no real matter. We are getting back to Transition.  As part of the feeding drills we continue the attack flow to make sure we have won the situation.

What happens mentally here? We risk forgetting that the bag guy might still be standing. One of the drills we just started is the good guy starts with a preemptive attack. The BG follows up with one or a series of counters. Depending on who you are you might experience a difficulty continuing the preemptive flow because of the resistance. There you have one way to get something out of a simple change … mental strength and perseverance. Another might be the ability to read the BG’s counter in mid stream and change your own attack as a result. There you have it another reason to change things up … the ability to read your attacker/the assailant.

I had a client a while back. He was being stationed in a different kind of security job. The new scenario meant it was time to program his thought patterns so he was ready for the potentially seriousness scenarios that could arise. His reaction in such cases will have to be much harder than those from his former job assignment. We are getting back to the tactical requirements of situations and jobs here.

When thought patterns change the seriousness of the preemptive attacks and counter attack have to change as well. look at the two situation and see the difference. An every day example could be when a teacher has to control a student that is swinging his arms in an attempt to hit the teacher … more out of frustration. The second is less common, she is attacked on the way to the car after an aerobics class. In the second case she should be thinking about total survival which means there are no rules.  How many people have trained situations in which there are no rules? And how many people have rules for the no rules training?

So let me ask you this … Have you changed your training routine lately. If not, shake things up and train in a different way to stay on top of the game.

Just to round things up, GM Latosa has almost finished his new website. Check it out.

Ya’ll have a great day

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Latosa Concepts power mechanism video 2

Latosa Concepts power mechanism video 2

I got around to putting the next video up. This one show another aspect of power generation for striking power. I will try to put another video up to round the subject off. In This video you can see another way to generate power and speed for weapons training as well as unarmed training and so on.

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Latosa Concepts power mechanisms video 1

 Latosa Concepts power mechanisms video 1

I have promised to take the camera with me when I train for a while. I finally got around to it today. I was at Butcherslab in Copenhagen today. Before warming up and doing some overhead squats and other exercises I filmed the video below. There will be some more video to go along with it in the future.

Just as a quick note, I coined “power / control mechanisms” to help people start to see the different ways to control power and generate power. Using the correct words tends to help with the understanding process.

As always keep your questions coming, use the contact form here. That’s it for now, ya’ll 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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