Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation strength and conditioning


Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation strength and conditioning

I hope ya’ll are doing well. it’s time for some more inspiration for your strength and conditioning during the summer vacation or just any other day.

My family rents a summer house every summer. We just returned home after some time away. With my day job being as physically tough on my 51 yr old body, my vacation was a time for me to focus on my self every morning. This is a description of what I did after my coffee. I hope it inspires you to get off the sofa ! I did a type of station training, repeating the stations.

  1. Coffee and sitting in the yard watching the sun come up!Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 1
  2. Get the rope out and find a good tree to hang from
  3. Grab your Escrima tools, (Mine were: 2 sticks, 3 knives, and a hatchet that I made a ergonomic handle for)
  4. Start doing right handed and left handed fig-8, high-high-low, and many other patterns.
  5. Do a few sit-ups, push ups, back ext., squats and more to warm up.
  6. Now you can do free forming  or just strike pattern training with your weapon combo. Change every time you come back to it,
  7. Do one type of frontal sit-ups, then side/lateral core muscle training, then back extension Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 3of your desire.
  8. Do 2 types of push-ups every time you you start them.
  9. Do some lung training. Jumping from side to side. (see pictures)
  10. Do some pull and back shoulder training. (see picture)
  11. Repeat, repeat, repeat,repeat, repeat, repeat, and repeat all stations!
  12. Do some stretching
  13. Eat some breakfast, read a book or just hang out.Latosa Concepts, FMA summer vacation conditioning 2
  14. The rest of the day should be used on your family.

Note!, the core training changed every time I did it, if you are looking for ideas, there are gobs of ideas on YouTube. The same for the push ups. There are many forms. Because you are doing this program every day, you should leave a little gas in the tank when doing the exercises. An example would be making sure you can do one or two more push-up etc. Then you stop and move on to the next exercise.

Latosa Concepts logo red backgroundI have done the same at the fitness center. The sticks were replaced with heavy bag work. Some exercises were, walking lunges, step ups, asymmetric squats, wrestlers press, pull ups and more. Today, I did bag work, deadlifts and twisting bend over rows and then core training. Tomorrow I will do pushing/squatting/lunge exercises with more core training and bag work.

Enjoy folks! Talk at you later.

Stay Proactive in life and Training

CW

What’s up at Latosa Concepts Copenhagen? DK Summer break and more.


What’s up at Latosa Concepts Copenhagen? DK Summer break and more. 18/07-2016

I hope ya’ll are doing well. Some of the things I’ll touch on in this blog are what we have been working on lately, starting up again after the summer break and the usual mix of Latosa Concepts, FMA  Terminology for DK FMA and Self-defense.

To start with one of the post that  I want to make you aware of is this one.It’s old but good.  Because of my special background, I have listened to it twice.

Bulletproof your mind with Dave Grossman.

With all the trouble going on in the states at the moment, I felt the post above is a good reminder of how to handle situations that are happening. Living abroad, I am aware that I could have a target on my back. It’s a fact of life that I have to deal with everyday. The trick is to not let it take over your/my everyday life.

Dansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppenWhen I teach the guys, I am focused on their abilities to cope with what ever is thrown at them. The methods we train are the FMA lessons from GM Rene Latosa and my other FMA instructors. There are different tools to develop the needed skills in them. As GM Rene Latosa has said and written so many times …. Drills are not fight training. They are a basis to build a mental and physical reaction and action on. Master bill Newmann always said he was in the business of making escrimador that will not go down. He was talking about be tenacious!

From time to time, I feel the men ( Who I teach now) are ready to be tested. I turn into a bad guy that makes them wonder if I am angry with them. The last time i did this A. was tested and passed his grade right there on the spot. It’s always a good feeling to see a students eyes when they hear they have passed a given grade. I always shake their hands when doing it. They go from thinking I am nuts to seeing the pride in my eyes when they live up to the level requested by me. This last time (I tested the men) was the last training session before the 2 wk. summer break. I am proud to say that the men who were at the training were tested according to the skill level they are at and they did well. They kept their focus under an assault of consisting off many different attacks. As I said/wrote, I was a little bad.😉 The test is meant to show me ( the instructor) and them, where they break under a given pressure. I feel that they did well. If they didn’t break at some point under the wave of attacks then they should be teaching me.😉

Any hoo! What does it mean to be tenacious when training? The answer is simple. We all get hit. It’s just a question of time. Depending on the situation, ( training, tournament, a street confrontation, or a business deal, a divorce ) we have to stand up again. When we train, we make mistakes and end up in the wrong position. Especially when one’s instructor, who knows your weaknesses, decide to put you in the wrong position. The trick is to work like hell to get to that good position again. This includes taking command of the situation and making our mind strong and resolute. Remember who decides! and Who is the rag doll?

This is why drills get harder as we progress in knowledge and skill. Reality is not the gym.  We are going to get hit, it is what we do, after or at the time of the strike, that makes all the difference. Sometimes I would see a situation progression when I did security.  My way of steadying my mind was to say the following to myself…. this is going to hurt and I still have to do my job, here we go!. By accepting the fact that pain could be involved, the threat of pain was no longer a dirty little secret my brain had to work at not thinking about / suppressing. My job was easier.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 11.03.35Some students will stop training with me and be well prepared to defend themselves. Soldiers in a sense. I am always proud of their abilities when/if they stop. Hard work begets pride! Others will walk away warriors. Both are fine in my book.They should feel that way as well. By the way, the people wanting exercise should find another instructor! I am interested only in teaching real self-defence based on FMA knowledge. My recommendation for the people wanting a more gymnastic habit, is to go to a gymnastics class or be a member of a large club. I teach to see real advancements in people’s skill levels.

With that said men, we will be doing a lot of strike pad work again when we start up in August.🙂 That will be one of your skills.

As written in an earlier post, we have been outside. The groups has been small. 5 at most, and I like it like that sometimes. I get to work with each person and see the progressions they make. Once again I get to be a proud papa.

If we talk about situational awareness and all the crap going on in the world right now, we can say one thing. … We can’t walk around in a given level of fight mode all the time. If you try that you will not have a job, girl, family, and or friends anymore. We might even get locked up on the funny farm! We can develop some basic habits, that we can practice w/o having to move on the street like we are in a boxing match. In short use your instincts and gut feeling, develop skills and learn to be tenacious when needed. Loving our family and having fun in our lives doesn’t mean we have to stop training ourselves. we must have to trust those strange feelings we might get in a situation.

Enough of that. I am on vacation now and there is no official training for 2 weeks. I am around if there are any questions, I’m just being lazy and training myself every day. The club starts up again in August. See DK FMA and Self-defense grp here.

I am looking forward to making sure a few members are up to snuff before they progress to the next grade. Once again, well done the other day men, I was not nice.


If you are in Jylland and are looking for a good club that follows the same training structure I do, write and I will set you up with M.A. From there on it’s up to you to show M. that you want to learn.

Stay proactive in Life and training.

CW

 

 

DK FMA update, FMA Informative newsletter and more for Latosa Concepts folk.


DK FMA update, FMA Informative newsletter and more for Latosa Concepts folk.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The weather is warmer and we are training LC Escrima outdoors, when the rains is not falling and other things work out. We have to keep our traditions going.

You have heard of making something good out of something bad. Well I’m doing it today. The old fart is feeling his age and the manual work he has. My back is keeping me at home. Some of the subjects of the post have a direct connection to this fact as well as the chance/time I have to post here now.

Before we get to the FMA Informative subject,…Remember to check out the DK FMA club page for the summer training plan. I will have 3 wks with my family for the first time inDansk FMA go selvforsvars gruppen several years. I’ll be around, just not at the club. This means there will be two wks of total vacation for the club. Many clubs (“Foreninger” in Danish ) here in Denmark shut down for 1-2 month during the selvforsvar træning på stranden, DK FMAsummer. We will be doing a mini version of that this year. AKA …2 wks. You can see more about the training plan for the summer here. You will also see that there is a period in which there is only outdoor training, we will not be using the Grøndals Center location during this time.

There are a few guys that have been away from training because of work, exams and the like. Have you dues with you when you start again men!

Remember that we have a “uniform”  of types when the train. The club t-shirt and dark shorts.

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

If you are a total beginner who is in a trial period. A white t-shirt is ok. I try to be tolerant but I only want to say this a few times men.

Now let’s get back to the FMA Informative subject. The reason I am home from work today is a nerve in my back. If you stop and think about some of the things we talk about at training, this is a subject that should be well known. We perform attacks/ counter attacks that damage the body and/or set up damaging attacks/counter attacks. We talk about lower/floating ribs that are easy target, nerves in the neck, muscle attachments and much more. The FMA Informative Newsletter this month has information about the same subjects. Because many of the Latosa concepts Denmark Outdoor training 2016men training with the club are still learning about bashing with a stick and other attacks, the cutting aspects have not been talked much about. Here is your chance men. There is info about this subject. There is always more we can talk about regarding attack targets and protecting ourselves.

To see the FMA Informative Newsletter click here. You will also see that our club is listed here with many other clubs if you are looking for a club in your area. Many styles are listed and the newsletter reflects the many FMA styles that are Udendørs fma træning DK FMAtrained. That’s the great thing about FMA. You will find clubs that are no-none-sense hard-hitting systems and you will find styles that have their own focus. Where we start teaching people with sticks, palm stick and unarmed and progress to cutting weapons, other styles might focus on other weapon combo’s or combinations (sinawali). In short check it out. I know one of our members will be moving home ( to another country) in a few month. The listing of clubs could help him.

FMA Informative pictureYou will also see pictures from some of the many seminars and workshops that have happened lately. Check it out and support our efforts to spread the word about FMA.

You can sign up for a monthly email/newsletter to make things easier.

Stay Proactive in life and Training

CW

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

Google map link:  https://www.google.dk/maps/@55.7478173,12.5863205,17.96z

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.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Latosa Concepts and DK FMA Terminology January 2016


Latosa Concepts and DK FMA Terminology January 2016, Monday Trial Training Day

Latosa Concepts logo red backgroundTo start with I hope ya’ll are doing well. The subject for todays terminology post is bowing at the beginning and end of class. We’ll see where the post goes and if I throw a few other subjects in at the same time. One subject is Monday trial training day.

Why do we bow and where does it come from? To start with the last point first… we bow the way we do because GM Latosa said we should do it like that. I was told the story goes back to a tournament in with he showed the fighter how to bow. In short, it is a #2 strike in box form. Other FMA systems have their own way of doing it as well.

Now, lets get to the WHY. We bow to show respect for each other. I write EACH OTHER, because I have respect for students and I expect them to show the same respect in return. That should be expanded to the respect that all students should show to each other.

Latosa Concepts from GM Rene LatosaI don’t say; “bow to me” like some instructors do. That is my decision, just as the fact that, we all have the same t-shirts as well as other aspects of training in our club. I could have a black t-shirt or some other t-shirt that makes me stand out. I believe that a master, an instructor and or an assistant should stand out on their deeds alone. The uniform is just dressing. if you need me to have a specific uniform on, our clubs don’t need you. I must admit that the Latosa Concepts escrima Offline movement diagramdifferent masters and grand masters I’ve been lucky enough to train under and learn from have all been there for their student. I try my best to do the same. I am far from a fighter today and I am proud of that. I am an instructor now and I have put my own training on a back burner to make my students better. GM Latosa, Master Lind and John Waller have all done this. My students make me a better instructor and make them better equipped to handle eventual situations on the street. I look at the bow as a hand shake while making a deal.
When we bow, we show that we will do our best to do our part and / or as a thank you for training. It is a part of the class and it is a must in  my view. When working with larger groups it helps to remind all parties to do their best regarding the agreement.

I’ve written some post regarding the respect, that I have for all the instructors I’ve been lucky enough to have.  Here are some posts:

Heroes and Mentors, The Lesson We Learn.

Fudge Factor and the Role of Instructors.

The last post on sparring drills

In just about all martial arts system and combative systems, there is some kind of formal start and end to a class / seminar or course. Call me old fashion, if you will, I like that idea.

1 måneds gratis træning selvforsvar københavn

1 måneds gratis træning selvforsvar københavn

There are quite few beginners starting at the DK FMA club lately. If you are reading this and wish to come to a free trial class, you will need to write an email to us below. The way things are going we’ll have to make Mondays the designated day for people who would like to try training with us. This should help me to focus on the students who have started. I like to spend some time with each student during class to feel and test what they can do. We are still offering a months free training when new members start training in the DK FMA and Self-defense Grp.

As I mentions several times, If the new training times are too much of a pain, we’ll just have to find another place to train. Give us some feed back  ( written email to danishFMA@gmail.com ) It will help us to make a decision, when we have our next meeting. Remember Allan is the secretary for the DK FMA club so you can also talk with him.

Latosa Concepts Contact.

DK FMA og Selvforsvar Grp. Kontakt.

DK FMA and Self-defense Grp FaceBook.

Send any questions you would like to have answered on the blog here. If it’s a valid question and seems proper for the blog then we answer it.

GM Rene Latosa is travelling again so check out his site… Here!

Look forward to more push ups and strike pad training for the next month at least!

Long live dinosaurs.

Stay proactive ya’ll

CW 

 

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Happy New year from Latosa Concepts and DK FMA club


Latosa Concepts logo red background2016 is right at our door step and We just wanted to send a greeting out from the two clubs here in Denmark. 2015 has given us more members new training facilities and much more. Just the other day I spontaneously tested a student for the grade he was training for.

Well done Aden. The grade is well deserved. I’m looking forward to at least 2 other students testing for their grades in the next 2 months. N. for the 5 and A.N. for the 3rd., the grade test will continue to be spontaneous.

M.A.’s group in Jutland / Jylland has continued to grow and our Copenhagen club has a new member as well. All this, despite all the extra shifts our student are forced to work. Anti terror work is a bitch.

New members of the Copenhagen Club, DK FMA and Self-defense Group, can train free the first month.

That’s it for now.  Stay safe and have a great New Year in 2016.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology and thoughts after the Copenhagen Middle Age Market / Fair.


Latosa Concepts, FMA Terminology and thoughts after the Copenhagen Middle Age Market / Fair

I hope ya’ll are doing well and you have had plenty of time with your family and friends lately.

1 maanedes gratis traening i selvforsvar i Koebenhavn

1 maanedes gratis traening i selvforsvar i Koebenhavn

Just a quick note before I get into the terminology and thoughts part of the post… Our club, Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp in Copenhagen,Denmark is having an enrolment offer right now. The first month of training is free. Heres the link!

Now let’s get back to the terminology post. My son and I were at the KMM , København Middelalder Market, yesterday. It was cool to see friend, my old instructor and earlier students there as well as getting some “one on one time” with my boy.

Some of the things we talked about were the historical facts and how battles really was waged. In may cases the Battle of the Nation (BON) matches were good examples of what really happened. Long axes and the like were used to pull people down as well as long attack weapons. In short, groups really did team up on the enemy when they had a chance.The one on one fighting skills, we all like to think of, was just one part of the conflicts. When we look at the way people are pulled down to the ground in the BON matches, there is a certain truth to it. When you were down on the ground it was easier to be killed.

The man on man skills are just part of what really happened in real life. This is one reason We take advantage of take downs in our FMA training classes, see here. With that said the take downs are not everything and they should be trained accordingly in small percentages. When we train catastrophe training drills all the time, we stop working as hard as we can to avoid them. This is one criticism of the sword people, who are critics of the BON matches. 

When I had the club for police and military on Artillerivej, we worked on drills for getting up from the ground as fast as possible, simply because the street is like the Battle of Nations matches in that you have to expect an attack from behind from an assailants friends / team mates. More on this subject here.

RANT!!!!! for the Danes reading this…what you see at the KMM are matches not fights! I had to lend an ear to so many fathers telling their sons that the fight was wild! They were matches between two teams. There were rules and the way they fought was /is governed by the equipment and rules they have. EN KAMP ER IKKE EN SLAGSMÅL!

That’s out of my system now. The grumpy old man has to show himself from time to time.

When you look at some of the latest video from our club you will see some of the drills are for learning to control distance. This could be because you are smart enough to pick up something long if/when you are ever at a party and your brother-in-law decide s to stab you from across the table!😉 Just joking, I hope!

gratis selvforsvar træning i københavn

gratis selvforsvar træning i københavn

In reality, we have to control distance in a conflict to use the weapons at our disposal. This might be our hands, elbow, or a metal bike pump. And yes they still do exist. You get the idea.The more we learn to control distance, the more we can control the conflict. This might be knocking something out of someones hand or just smashing their hand enough to make them think about what they are doing. It could also be moving in so close that we can perform a take down.

All this gets back to one of our basic goals in a conflict. We want to control the situation and the outcome. The more we control different elements of the conflict the better our chances of controlling the outcome.

I could go on for a while like this but we all have other things to do. Make sure you are up on where GM Latosa is at the moment. He is travelling and it’s well worth the time to go to one or even several of his seminars. Some of the best experiences for me, were when I travelled with the group to different clubs here in DK and Germany to get as many seminars in as possible. I’m looking forward to when I start travelling again.

Our club, Danish FMA and Self-defense grp, mail is DanishFMA@gmail.com

Club website: http://www.DanishFMAgroup.com

FaceBook Page is is here.

The closed FaceBook grp for our club is here.

Stay Proactive in Life and Training

CW

 

 

 

 

Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp. update 05-2015.


Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp. training update  05-2015.

I’ll be touching on the summer training plan, the new 4th grade students, new members and a few other other subjects in this blog post.

To start with, I hope ya’ll are doing well. Lets’ get straight to it.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 11.03.35Congratulations to J.K. and N.H. on passing the 4th grade level for Latosa Concepts, FMA. The grades are well deserved men! Both men have been with me a while now and have worked long and hard for the grades they have. I don’t give grades away. The next grade will most likely go much quicker now that they have a good foundation to build on. They have worked on bettering all the grade requirements for the previous grades as well as building a solid basic working knowledge of the 2 stick open-8 drills for 4th gr. as well as the 2 stick high, high, low drill. They have worked on some of the many types of sparring drills we use. An example is a 1 stick free sparring drill in which A attacks twice and B attacks once, then they continue repeating the sequence again and again.

To get the 4th student grade, the men had a grading requirement drill that goes with thestokkekamp københavnmed Dansk FMA Gruppe 3 4th. It is a palm stick drill and unarmed drill in one, as with many of the drills we work on. The reason being transition. Add to that, all the drills that are a common drill for each and every person in the club and you have a handful of drills and subjects for the men to work on.

They will be starting on 2 stick fig-8 drills and live hand drills as well as many other subjects and improvements of the earlier grades. We are finished with the kindergarten drills.

The next subject is fight day. I had planned on doing this last week, everybody’s jobs got in the way. We might break it up into sections of training, so everybody gets a chance… once again because of work etc. It’s important to have a full contact version of training from time to time to make sure nobody has taught themselves to not hit the attacker. I know it sounds weird, but I have seen it many times with higher grades and lower grades. It pure and simple muscle memory / nervous system memory.

With that said, Look into some padding for your arms and hands men. If you don’t haveFMA og selvforsvar træning i københavn hockey gloves…get them. I use hard shin guard /protectors for soccer / football (Eu). Crotch protection is worth it as well. For those people who want a vest, we have two. I know some of the men have their own helmets. They are worth the investment. As we progress, helmet training with out padded sticks is the next progression of the training. This gets back to muscle / nervous system memory and the mental ability to really trust what you can do. There is nothing like a person hitting full force to crutch your head when it comes to a BULLSH_t DETECTOR. With that said, we start on that training when each person is ready for it.

The T-shirts are ready. I hope to pick them up this week. I know my t-shirts are ready for retirement after so many training sessions. I’ll look into the shorts and pant next.

The summer training plan is up at the Danish FMA and Self-Defense grp. website now. Click here to see more. I’ll be posting some information about the summer event as soon as possible. It will most likely be the usual. Bring your own food and babe. We’ll see what we work out for training. Maybe an introduction  to what we do for non members of the grp. / club.

We are starting a “1st month free campaign for the club.” When you start trainingselvforsvar træning i københavn 2 with us, you train free the first month. It’s time to get some more people into training. S. K. needs a polishing before he test for his grade… 3rd LC, FMA grade. This will be a good time for new members to start. Hopefully there will be plenty of outdoor classes ( Saturdays) now that the weather is getting warmer here in DK.

What should new members expect? That’s a good question. My lovely wife says thatEscrima træning i københavn med Dansk fma 1 she is used to seeing what we do. So I can’t use her as a gauge anymore. Allan Nielsen, Club Secretary, and I were talking about how his friends look at what we do. They say we are extreme. New members are not expected to handle the same attacks and pressure that the 2 new 4th grade students are expected to handle.

The 1st grade is basically designed to help people learn to see the angel and learn to understand the basic body mechanics that we talk about. You learn these things as well as learning to defend yourself against basic attacks. In short it is a learning process. Nobody will be hitting you with 100% power and intent. When we had our circle training last week. People were expected to perform to their own abilities when they were put into the middle of the circle ( aka  “Lions Den”). Btw, that’s just us having fun with the name of the drill. We should never forget that we are just big boys and girls! You gotta have fun.

Regarding strength and condition during our classes. We do not expect anything Escrima træning i københavn med Dansk fma 4other than you doing your best. A typical strength and condition drill is push ups. We do a set number or the number that you can do. If you can’t do one version of push-up then you do a version that you can do. N.H. is a physical therapist and I am a PT, kettlebell coach etc. You are in good hands.

It your responsibility to fit into the grp as a new member. We do not and will not accept trouble makers into the grp. PERIOD! We are down to earth people, who want to have fun training our abilities to defend ourselves and our families. See the link here for the club website. If you don’t read Danish we will translate.

Escrima /Self-Defense terminology posts are coming up. I have just had many different hats on of late. Old Farts need their sleep sometimes!😉

The club webpage is http://www.DanishFMAgroup.com

Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TheDanishFMA?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Email is DanishFMA@gmail.com

That’s it for now, Stay Proactive in Life and Training

C Williamson 

Instructor Danish FMA and Self-Defense group in Copenhagen.

 

 

Self-defense training with the Danish FMA and Self-defense Grp video


Self-defense training with the Danish FMA and Self-defense Grp video

What the heck is it …. Escrima, Kali, Arnis, or something else?


What the heck is it …. Escrima, Kali, Arnis, or something else like mma, the spear, or even krav maga?

What the heck is it? Regardless of what you train, you will see people doing something that “belongs to another system.” Sorry folks if you thought what you did belonged to your system and that system alone!

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

2 stick vs 1 stick, high-high-low drill

Let’s start with the idea of FMA. If we were to say traditional Filipino Martial Arts, we would have to decide at what year we started saying things were not real FMA. Espada y daga comes from Spain … or does it? Are we going to include the mostly muslim arts such as Silat? Are we going to include the arts from one island and not another? Are we going to include the variations that you might see because some one is big and strong as compared to a 5ft islander?

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 19.39.36You see where I am going. It gets complicated.  We’ll start with Karate and the systems that look/move some what like karate. The Japanese got around and the fact that ww2 helped to popularise Japanese arts such as judo made it easier to become popular on the  Filipine islands. Hollywood jumped on the band wagon and there was no looking back. The hard way many karate styles moves, can be seen in many movies. Looking at the softer and more dynamic kung fu styles tv shows and the expectation of that art even more. It’s kinda like assumed fighting style differences in two hand european sword fight and short sword fighting. They are at two ends of the spectrum…. and the same thing in some ways.

Latosa Concepts Escrima

Latosa Concepts Escrima

When we look at the many arts of the Filipinos arts today. You will see the same differences. But which one is more FMA true? Is Balintawak or Silat the correct FMA version? All this is what makes FMA so great. A person can train a hard powerful style for a while and then train a more fluid style. That person could learn from a Lago Mano specialist and then learn from a Sarrada instructor.

Lets make it even more confusing. Lets say that the person above get’s into GM Latosa style more. Many of the people in Europe find that his way of training FMA fits them better. I am one. My instructor of many years, Lars Lind learned from GM Rene Latosa for many years. We trained hard hits first. The fancy stuff came later because we trained with sticks to start with. I found that a combination of GM Latosa’s style and the style I trained under Master Lind fit me best. Another person who trained a lot of Wing Tsun would add influences from WT.

Latosa Concepts pict. 1Now let’s look at what happens when you reach a certain level of understanding of the fighting arts. Regardless of the system, many truths hold true. A wrist lock / disarm may look a little different, because one system derives it grounding concepts from weapons and the other from pure unarmed  vs. unarmed fights. Systems like Krav Maga which are popular at the moment because it’s the latest trend, tend to pick up techniques and concepts from other fighting arts. An example is how a system consisting of a few techniques trained in many situations grew to have flying circular kicks and more.

LC link to GM Rene playlistWhat we do in Latosa Concepts is based largely on weapons fighting with power and balance as the first lessons and concepts like transition are later subjects. We deviate from the core of the system as we learn more and develop more “tools” such as hard passing, jamming and soft passing. Characteristic elements of fma such as “defanging the snake” and live / life hand use are developed as the person learns more about speed, timing and distance.

Picture 105When I started Escrima under Latosa’s European head Master Bill and the Danish head Master Lind, the unarmed training was kept to a minimum in the beginning because there was a partnership between the WT organisation and GM Latosa. Today we train palm stick and unarmed as well as stick training from the very first day. Politics don’t get in the way any more. But, which form is more FMA in it’s style? The one without the unarmed or the one with the unarmed training.

Once again the waters are becoming murky!

Latosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and presentThe short answer to what it is: it defends on your understanding of martial arts, the concepts that drive what you know, the philosophies that are involved and at what level the person performing the art is at. Let’s add a few more factors like instructor experience, the ability of the student to perform the given art as it was meant to be done ( or as we think it was meant to be done), and many other.

As I get older I use softer techniques in the place of hard techniques. Passing takes the place of jamming ( you see jamming a lot in krav maga). Reading attacks and what happening takes the place of preempting and I become a nicer person in general.😉 I am moving from a hard FMA style to a softer more fluid one. Which one is more FMA authentic? Is it less authentic because you are young and hard or is it more authentic because you are older, more apt to injury and smarter?

Latosa Concepts Escrima. Training, seminars and friends past and presentI have not gotten into the general differences in escrima / eskrima , kali, arnis, silat, and so on because this blog post would go on forever. The words are interchangeable in some cases and very telling of the art in other cases. I will mess with your brain a little though! Is the feminine V footwork the same as sprawling in anti-grapling (mma)? If you think about it, there is not much of a skip and hop from one technique to the next when we think in concepts and the reasons for each technique. What drives the actions?

I don’t want to jinks it, but it looks like we might have a new place to train. keep your fingers crossed. If it happens we’ll be open for more members. I am looking forward to seeing more people train FMA in Denmark. Check out the club blog here.

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CW