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Some thoughts on Larga Mano:

There is a difference between Larga Mano and using a long weapon.  Just using a long weapon does not mean you are playing Larga Mano.  Often I see long weapons used in close quarters or Medio range; even as close a Corto.  But this is not Larga Mano.  There are principles to Larga Mano that include range, footwork, timing and tactics.  Larga Mano principles can even be applied to empty hands if you think about it.  The choice of weapon is not all we should consider when evaluating Larga Mano theory and application.  GME Leo used to be adamant about staying out of range if at all possible.  Why fight close when you can stay away from the opponents weapon while still delivering killing blows?  This was the Larga Mano principle at it's best; utilizing reach, weapon length, environment and tactics to stay out of range while delivering strikes.  The student of Larga Mano should always stop to check range while doing drills and exercises.  If you can check with the off hand, you are in De Fondo range, not Larga Mano.  If your opponent can still reach you with his weapon, you are still in De Fondo range.  If your footwork is short and choppy, you are not in Larga Mano range.  Most importantly, if you have to shorten your strikes to bring the last three inches of the blade onto target, you are not playing Larga Mano.  One more key element, the student of Larga Mano should never bend at the waist to get out of or into range.  This upsets the balance and makes the practitioner vulnerable to counter attack or being pulled off balance.  This means you have to work those quads, everyone.  Get down there and do your elastico drills!  See you all in class.  GLM

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Comment by terry joven on December 10, 2014 at 3:15pm

Great Blog Sir!  If you ever get a chance to come visit... I have few largo mano bag drills to  show you...using retriada, elastico and abierta! They are done at full speed and really help a student develop everything your talking about it!

Comment by Patrick Lee on December 22, 2014 at 12:01pm

Terry, I'd love to hear about those drills!

Comment by Guro David Hines on December 22, 2014 at 1:10pm
Concise and to the point. Don't forget Fondo Fuerte and Retirada as key components in the critical footwork aspect of Larga Mano. Thanks for sharing, especially for those who may be just acquiring a foundation in the arts, Guro Lawrence.
Comment by terry joven on December 22, 2014 at 2:47pm

@ Patrick Lee if your interested in those bag drills... can u make it to Stockton one of these days? I presented them this year @ Winter Mace. I guarantee that within.... I'd say an a hour...You'll be able to apply against a full speed attack....and.... you'll be able to bring it home and teach it! My number if your  interested is 209-981-8084.

Comment by Patrick Lee on December 22, 2014 at 3:13pm

@ Terry - Awesome! I'll give you a call.

Comment by robert small on December 28, 2014 at 12:38pm
Someday need to work together. Compare notes... We train so much on proper use of what weapons at appropriate ranges. Is see so many practice without true understanding of what should be done at different ranges. Especially in the use of Espada y daga... Someday...
Comment by Guro Lawrence Motta on December 29, 2014 at 2:10pm

@Robert Small, yes sir, we should get together sometime!  Hope you all have a great 2015!!  GLM



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