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To 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.
I 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 different 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:
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.
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.
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!
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So let’s get started. Starting on the 18th of January class will start at 16:45 to make room for a new wrestling class for kids. We’ll stop training at 18:15. We are still in the grip of winter, so there is no outdoor training training on Saturdays. In other words Monday and Wednesday are the days to get your FMA on.
Regarding the new training time, we’ll have to see how things go. The number of members who train on a more regular basis is limited because of the extra shift work. Aka, terror and security jobs. If It turns out that the new times are a problem for the members, we’ll have to start looking for a new training facility or find another room in Grøndals Center. We’ll give it a chance and see what happens.
Remember that the first month of training, when you become a member, is free.
A is still well on his way to the next grade. His understanding and ability to use GM Latosa’s basic box is growing. A new members, J has started and done well. He should pick up the skills needed for the 1st grade quickly. N is doing well with the 2 stick training and the progression of the 1 stick skills for other grades.
With all that said,we are working on sparring drills and strike training once again. We’ll see what the next pet project and theme for training will be. Before Christmas, my pet project was focus and intent with capital letters. The kettlebells will make a return soon. That much is certain.
GM Rene Latosa is once again booking his calendar for future. So, with that said have a look at his FB page … FB Link to see where he will be.
That’s all the practical stuff. So let’s talk about Terminology and why we are focusing on sparring drills at the moment. The basic sparring drill for the 2nd is an excellent place to start. When we look at the reasons for a planned sparring drill, we can talk/write about the benefit of moving from a counter strike mind set to an attacking mind set. Looking at mind set and the mental states we experience when switching between the role of Bad Guy and Good Guy, we learn to be more mentally elastic. One way to look at it is that we are not easily knocked from our ability to adapt. At least if we have learned that lesson from the planned sparring drills.
What else can we learn from a planned sparring drill? To start with the drill the men work on for the second grade alternates attacks. Both persons start with a #5 ( low stab),they do a # 1 or # 2 strike, a #3 strike and a high #4 strike. One subject to work on is the ability to flow from one start position to a counter attack or attack (depending on the role) and learning to believe in the attack and move on. Many people like to stop mid-stream and check to see if they did it (what ever it may be) correctly. As we progress with the sparring drills we need to get away from checking to see if something worked and just get on with the next strike. looking down at the #5 attack is and example of this. I teach people to see everything and not focus on the stick, punch or knife. There many other self-defense skills that can be adjusted while working on planned sparring drills.
We can do the same drill with 2 sticks and or a mix of 1 stick and 2 sticks or any other combo. This could be knife vs stick, or palm stick vs 2 sticks. You get the Idea. N is working on the next level of 2 stick training as I wrote earlier. He has the chance to mix differing attacks with the 2 sticks into the mix. This is one way to work on what some systems call sinawali drills…. Hitting in specific patterns. Because he ( N ) knows what is coming next, he can relax mentally and focus on starting his counter strike from a new start position and so on.
Some of the best sparring drills I have worked on were some routines my old instructor put together. Master Lars kept us on our toes when we did them. I am looking forward to seeing my students at DK FMA work on some of the same drills.
Here’s a rant while on the subject. We all need to recognise where we get our knowledge from. Some instructors don’t do this! GM Latosa has always been my guiding light. With that said the man who kept me on the path was Master Lars. We all evolve and learn in different ways. We should never be too proud, angry, or just full of our selves to not give credit where it is due. Remember that when you see krav mega doing escrima / fma or see an instructor with a cv that’s just made up bull poop!
I’ll stop bending your proverbial ear now and let you get on with life. I could go on for ever regarding ways to train sparring drills. Have a great day and send us a message to hear more about trying a class.
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2016 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
I hope ya’ll are doing well.
To start with we’ll have a quick update for the Danish FMA and Self-Defense Group in Copenhagen. Training during the last 2 weeks of July have been without training instruction from myself. The men have been making their own plans for training during these two weeks.
For anybody who has has kept an eye on the FB page for the Danish FMA and Self-Defense Group, they will have seen my remarks about intent! What do we mean when we use this term?
Let’s get back to basics and the concepts that GM Rene Latosa teaches. There is balance, focus, power speed-distance-timing, and there is transition. Intent is when we hit with the desire to strike or counter strike with the idea of damaging. In short we mean it! If we look at my past and point karate tournaments, we can say that there was a time when I did not train with intent! The distance was wrong because we tried to be as far away from our opponent when punching. We also used a lot of energy on the draw back phase of the punch. If we train our selves to punch ( a given example ) out of range to have a real effect and we know what we are doing then there is no intent.
We can look at the number of training partners we have, and quickly come to the conclusion that we would run out of partners, if we follow through with strikes to the head (a given example ). We want to keep our training partners around because they are friends and are also needed to continuing getting better at what we do. How do we train intent then? The answer is we intend to hit the person, when we start the attack! Then we stop the power at a given range using power mechanisms ( a term I coined to better explain how we generate and control power.) The use of dropping power helps to improve balance and the ability to keep the energy moving. Helmet training or training with padded sticks is a way to not stop the power short of the head, arm, or what ever target or zone we attack.
We have talked about the trinity of speed , timing and distance. We can look at them when examining our intent. If we choose a target or zone that is a long distance combo of the trinity, then we will have a given possible combination of speed timing and distance, ( this is simplified for this explanation / blog.) Another distance will have another combination. What’s important is that we have intent when performing the attacks / counter strikes.
You might say… what about focus? That’s easy. Are we putting power towards a placement besides the real target? Many people do this. They look great but if we look closely, we’ll see that the strikes is aimed at a spot next to the head ( a given target ). Some of the men have a hard time getting rid of this “nice guy gene.” What we have to remember is that we are training our partner, when we train our selves to aim at the target. Striking towards a spot besides the head again and again trains that pattern into our nervous system and it teaches our partner that there is no real danger! Even worse, if we are striking at a spot in front of the head and our training partner really doesn’t have to do anything. We have to remember that we are training our selves to function under stress and when that stress is not there, it’s all a joke. Someone throwing a strike at us that is in distance, focused, done with balance and power, and the ability to transition to another attack target helps to create that stress and get us ready.
All this might seem like a physical act for the uninitiated. What we are really talking about is a state of mind! We should not be afraid to let a strike go, that is set in motion with the idea of bashing a target in. The fact that we stop ourselves at the last moment should not change this fact. Many people have a hard time with that dark side of themselves. The truth of the matter is we train ourselves to do one thing or another. Are we teaching our selves to hit the air or break an arm when attacked? If you are training to defend yourself against the air, by all means keep thinking about hitting the air in front of your training partner.
I know what I train for:
I could ramble on for along time about intent and the concepts GM Latosa teaches with his style of FMA, but it’s still my vacation. I hope your summer has been a great one. Remember that the first month of training is free for a while. you can read more here at DK FMA. It all start ups again on Monday the 3rd of August at 17:00. Wrestling room above the bowling centre at Grøndals Center in Copenhagen.
Stay proactive and remember your intent when living life and training.
I hope ya’ll are doing well and you have had plenty of time with your family and friends lately.
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!
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
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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.
Congratulations 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 the 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 have 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 training 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 that 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 other 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
Instructor Danish FMA and Self-Defense group in Copenhagen.
Self-defense training with the Danish FMA and Self-defense Grp video
I hope ya’ll are doing well. It’s time for more ranting and terminology. Before that, I’d like to remind you that we are open for new members now. You can see the guys who were at training the other day in the picture. So write to us so we can plan a training session with our club.
Now to the subject at hand. When we do drills, they are usually some counter attacks and other mixes of techniques that are related or put together for other reasons. One might be to learn how to hit with control when starting the first 2 stick drill. Most people need some time to feel that they have control of the left handed strike. I’ll put a video below to show what I mean. Drills can be put together to get use the stress level, so the students can focus on improving something like the timing of the strike and foot work with the left hand… if we stick with the given example above!
All drills are not fight training! I repeat, ALL DRILLS ARE NOT FIGHT TRAINING! If I was going to do a crash course for military, CPO ( VIP protection) etc, Then most drills would be fight training. When we teach people in a club setting, then we are looking at developing skills that we don’t have time to improve with the crash course. At least with most people, there will always be the élite learners.
Not only that, but a given drill at a beginner level would not look like the same drill for an intermediate level student or advanced level student. We post a lot of videos compared to other FMA clubs, but we don’t post everything! We have the training, we show the world via videos and we have the next level of understanding that doesn’t end up on video.
As the guys start to develop skills we turn up the stress level via different tools. this could be more honest attacks from the BG ( bad guy ), it could be via more attackers, noise, catastrophe position, other starting weapon positions, and much more.
Once a student has learned to understand the distance of a stab ( using the low counter strike to the attacking weapon hand) then he / she can go on to doing a #2 strike to the head and moving more offline, or even preempting with online footwork. Then when the live hand has been developed to a given level, we can add the live hand control to the same attack when the BG stabs low. Hopefully you see where we are going.
We can look at a drill as a stick drill or we can look at it as a bladed drill. Blades always command more respect. People can be and often are more brave when attacked by an attacker wielding a blunt weapon. Just by changing the attackers weapon, we start all over again with building the confidence of the student and thereby their ability to do more than just a basic drill. They can start more true to life fight drills. This is why people look differently when the fight really starts.
You’ll hear me yelling yes!, even though a student has reacted outside the drill parameters at times. That is because they have taken a simple drill for skills sake and started to adapt it to real fight / self-defense situations.
I hope you don’t really think the FMA videos showing a long series of counter strikes is supposed to be what it looks like when we use our training in real life ( if we are so unlucky that we have to )
You will hear GM Rene talk about keeping to the basics and those of us who have learned from him, will most likely always have our student look at the basic concepts as they progress. Are they maintaining balance as they learn new skills and learn to function under more and more pressure? Do they still command control of timing and distance when they add 2 sticks to a list of t he tools they can use? Can that take that same cross strike with the stick and transfer the same power to the use of the live hand while they attack to the head when the attacker stabs ?
In short, the many drills for developing the skills of a warrior are not the same skills and drills that would be used to develop a soldier in a short amount of time. There are going to be extra drills and possibly slower paths of learning. And later on the ability to ascend to a higher level of understanding and skill will/can be the result. (Given the fact that the student is ready for the learning curve and more). The funny thing is things get easier later on when we take our time in the beginning! In other words the second 2 stick grade for the guys will be easier because we spent the time on the second single stick grade.
I could write about this subject for along time. There are so many combinations of timing, distance and more that it could be a book. But my old fingers are getting tired and the sun is shinning. AND it’s Friday!
Do some training this weekend and make sure you spend some time with your family. enjoy their company and remember what you do have in your life.
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I hope ya’ll are doing well. This is a general update for our little training group, which has become an actual club. The Danish FMA and Self-Defense Group is now listed in the FMA Informative database of clubs. We’ll be getting listed in other club databases as time goes by. So look for that. It’s part of our move to start more PR for the Danish FMA & Self-Defense club in Copenhagen.
There several ways to find information about our group and the training facility and hours. To start with there is a link here in the classes section of this blog …AKA my own little think tank and sounding box. The official site for the club is at https://danskfmagruppen.wordpress.com. There is also a Facebook page here. You’ll find information about the training facility in Copenhagen, Grøndals Center, and times along with all the usual stuff.
Our doors are open for new members at all times. All you have to do is come by and have a look while we are training. There are tables and seats in the room. If you want to train with us to see if it’s something for you, you will need to send a mail to us. It’s great to know ahead of time. Because we are a close knit group, you will have to fit in with us. We would rather have a few members who are friends, than have a bunch of drama. So sorry if you are drama queen! Women are welcome, Jeanette is not training with us right now because of family / time issues. But we are not anti women!
Regarding Training around the Easter holidays, there is more information at the club site here.
While on the subject of FMA Informative, It’s good to remind everyone of the good work that the gang at FMA Informative does for the FMA and self-defence culture/groups. Here is a link to the latest PDF newsletter put out by them. As many people know having to do with FMA is amateur of the heart not the wallet. A lot more work goes into it than money is made. Click the link here to see the newsletter. If memory serves me correctly another Latosa decibel has written an article for this volume of the newsletter.
Lastly I’d like to say thanks to a friend for inviting me to his wedding. It was great to be a part of such a happy day for him and his new bride. You deserve all the great things happening to you Michael. Stay Happy!
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