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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older and Aging Warrior ? on: November 10, 2014, 03:52:11 AM
Not Martial Arts, but...   I am heading out to compete in the USTA (tennis) over-55, national championships this week.  It is a team competition, all doubles, and all teams that have won their section from around the country.  At 58, I am working the delicate art of playing and training without over-training.  Part of our preparation was to play a competitive college team this fall. The old guys held their own pretty well.   ) 

Congratulations, and best wishes for good luck!.  Remember always that the world needs Older Warriors to serve as role models for the younger generation.

When I was in my twenties, I had the good fortune of training (TKD) alongside people who were twenty years older than me.  I admired their spirit, and vowed to emulate them someday. 

Now, at three years younger than yourself, I continue to fight at Euro Gatherings.  So my hat off to you sir...KEEP IT UP !!!
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Web Page as of 10/21/2014 on: October 28, 2014, 12:46:09 PM
I'm honoured. Beyond words really. I hope to represent us well here in Mexico, in terms of government work, the tribe, and personally. My brother's words echo my thoughts and feelings, and Spartan Dog, hoping to see you at the tribal in Europe.

I do indeed intend to be at the tribal next year.  It would be really good to finally meet you.  The 2015 tribal will be held in Germany (in August), and not in Bern so maybe we won't get rained on Smiley
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Web Page as of 10/21/2014 on: October 23, 2014, 02:18:41 AM
I really like the photo - good to see our tribal brothers from half-way around the world, looking happy and strong.  Regards from all of us in the training group in Athens, Greece  smiley
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Brazil on: April 15, 2014, 02:42:42 AM
First of all, thanks for the news.  It is always a pleasure to read about new groups who are working hard.

Several questions come to mind..you used the term "DBMA Instructor"

I am very pleased to announce that Daniel V. and Daniel C. are now DBMA Group Leaders for Rio.

I would also like to announce Diego's promotion to DBMA Instructor.

...is this "Guro" or something different ?

Also, are any of these gentlemen showing any interest in fighting at a Gathering ?
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Seminar in Paris (March 2014) Photos on: March 11, 2014, 02:12:24 PM

From the seminar in Paris..













6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Humor on: March 11, 2014, 04:16:42 AM
Dog Brothers and Spartan Dog's cat agree-- Spartan Dog is awesome!

Based on your comment above, I couldn't resist the following bit of humor...

7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Dog Brothers 2014 Euro Open Gathering in Bern - photos ! on: March 10, 2014, 05:32:38 AM
























































































































































































































































8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / News and Photos from Gatherings, Seminars, etc... on: March 10, 2014, 02:56:00 AM
I have started this thread, so we can post photos, and news from the Gatherings, Seminars, and events  put on by Guro Crafty, Guro Lonely, Guro Boo Dog, etc..

I have taken the liberty of doing this because I am posting 145 photos from the Dog Brothers 2014 Euro Open Gathering in Bern, and I foresee perhaps posting more photos from Guro Crafty's seminar in Paris.

As many here know, most such photos are available on facebook, but not everybody has access to it, and photos posted there are not always accessible outside of facebook, so here goes...

9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / DB in the media on: March 06, 2014, 03:42:31 AM
The Wikipedia article on Dan Inosanto lists his notable students - most (but not all) names are known to me; seems to me though, that there was a name missing - that of  "Marc Denny"  - so I have now updated this smiley
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A newbies first Gathering on: September 28, 2013, 01:47:24 PM
SPartan Dog, great overview of the Gathering.  Enjoyed reading that!

Thank-you sir! That was written 4 years ago..the person who put it up put a photo of me in a fighting stance on top, which I felt a bit uncomfortable about - there I was, just after my 1st Gathering, and the lead photo had a "look tough" attitude all over it..oh well, at least what I wrote seemed to come out OK...
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A newbies first Gathering on: September 27, 2013, 07:48:46 AM
Dog Brothers Gathering – a newbies experience
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Lamont

Thanks for taking the time to share it...I enjoyed reading it  smiley

After my 1st Gathering I too felt the need to do a similar write-up - ( for those interested who have not read it, it is here)

Anyway, hope you make it to the next one as well!
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan on: June 03, 2013, 08:58:50 AM
Just sent an e-mail to Dogzilla, about doing an article on the Hawaiian clan.

Well, it has taken some time, but the article on the Hawaiian Clan is now on-line!

Please see the intro at http://www.dogbrothers.gr/en/articles.html

and the article can be reached from there, or directly at http://www.dogbrothers.gr/en/articles005.html

It has been a pleasure for me to do this article, and also to get to interact with Mike and some of the other members of the Hawaiian clan.

Thanks guys!


13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: European matters on: December 09, 2012, 01:19:24 PM
That 80% decline in heating fuel is a powerful number full of human meaning , , ,

What would be the best way to focus on growth?

Yes it is.  Of myself and my three students/training partners, three of us (including myself) are making do without heat.  So far its not been really cold, but it certainly makes one feel that things are indeed hitting "close to home"

I do not know what the best way would be to focus on growth.  But I do feel that the well-off are not only more insulated, but are not being made to pay their fair share.  By well-off I do not mean people who are doctors or layers, I mean people whose families are connected to some member of parliament, or to some rich business or media personality.

Also, I do not mean that the rich should be taxed so as to kill incentive for business growth.  But there continue to be tax evaders who are not pursued.  As I noted before, the Lagarde list was handed to Greek authorities over a year ago, and some minister I believe resigned exactly because it was being hushed up.  Then there is the famous singer Tolis Voskopoulos who owes 5 million euro in back taxes and has not payed - in part because his beautiful wife is an MP. 

Now getting the rich tax evaders to pay is not going to solve all of Greece's problems - but the austerity is disproportionately hitting those less able to pay.  How is the economy ever going to get off the ground when many people can barely afford to heat their homes?  There have also been record numbers who have had their electricity cut off because  they can no longer afford to pay.  The electricity bills keep going up.  WHY ?  people are hurting, so why does the power company (owned by the state), which has done everything to stifle competition from private firms, keep raising its rates? 

Then there are the billions (yes BILLIONS, not millions but BILLIONS) of euros stashed away by rich Greeks in foreign accounts.  As far as I know, if the political will was there, it is possible to go after them to pay taxes, but unfortunately, it is lacking.

It sounds like I keep going on about the rich are to blame, but the economy will never recover by getting those least able to afford it, to dig deeper into their empty pockets.  It simply can not work that way.
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: European matters on: December 09, 2012, 09:40:19 AM
Woof Kostas:

Thank you for your on-the-ground report.

I know this is not your usual area of expression, but may I ask for your sense of what should be done?

Before answering, it might be interesting to note that a few hours ago, I learned that in Athens, sales of heating fuel and natural gas to heat people's homes has fallen 80% (yes eighty) since last year.

As far as what should be done, my suggestions are as follows:
  • ensure that money loaned to Greece is accounted for - have strict controls on it, no matter how many howls of protest there may be by the Greek government that national sovereignty is being infringed upon
  • focus on growth - too much austerity is not helping - there is enough evidence for this already
  • give it time - two, even more additional years, if necessary - even if it means additional compromises by Greece's creditors
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / European matters - Greece on: December 08, 2012, 09:58:47 AM
As most of you know (and especially with a name like mine) I have been living in Greece since 1993.

I don't much listen to the news or read the local papers here, but I do get interesting information from the people around me who do.

The bad news we get here on the local media, has been fairly constant since about 2009.  One really does not know what to believe anymore.

Here are some "snapshots" - bits of information and some personal thoughts..

In my opinion, a sizable portion of Greeks believe that..
  • the business moguls who own the private television stations and newspapers in Greece are bribed by politicians to be "careful" about what news they make public, and how often
  • their own corrupt  business and political elite has had much to do with the resulting mess
  • the harsh economic medicine will not help - only make things worse

Other bits and pieces...
  • In many (yes many, not just a few) apartment blocks in Athens, there is no heat - people can no longer afford to pay the cost of natural gas or heating oil
  • Most young people live with their parents (for economic reasons).
  • I used to encourage people to visit Greece - I haven't done that in years

To me and many others who live here, Greece is well on its way to becoming more like a poor former-East-bloc country, than a "western democracy" - and the austerity is helping that along.
16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups - Argentina on: November 26, 2012, 04:05:23 AM
    I have finished the page on the Dog Brothers Training Group in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The text is in both English and Spanish, and was written by group leader Nicolás Wachsmann.  Photos are also courtesy of Nicolás.  The link for this (the English-language version), is here, and the Spanish-language version is here

Nicolás deserves much credit for guiding a DBMA training group for over six years, in a part of the world far removed from other such groups.

http://www.dogbrothers.gr/es/articles004.html

The next group which will be featured will be The Hawaiian Clan.  I have received photos, and expect to find time to put it all together, around the start of the New Year.  I hope you all enjoy it  smiley
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Housing/Mortgage/Real Estate on: October 28, 2012, 02:47:15 AM
I have the first part ready, if I can figure out how to post some charts.  

Help!!!!!!  I am calling from Bengazhi!!!!!!

I've emailed a capable friend asking him to help you.

I'd be glad to help post the charts on this board.  Just send me an e-mail with more info, or with the charts themselves.  You can find out my e-mail by clicking on my name, as it appears here.
18  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / DB in the media on: September 24, 2012, 03:51:13 AM
Some years ago, I started corresponding with the author of a martial arts blog at http://dojorat.blogspot.com/

After my 1st Gathering in 2009, I was encouraged to write a brief article on what it was like for a 1st-timer to fight at a Dog Brothers Gathering.  I did so, and after it was checked by Crafty Dog, it got posted.

Three years later (meaning Sept. 2012, i.e. this month) I was asked to do an update.

This can now be found here

I tried as best I could to write something which would be interesting, and also relate my own experiences, without having them become the focus.

Hope you all enjoy it.
19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups on: September 12, 2012, 04:33:44 AM
Oscar has responded, but prefers to remain "under the radar".  e-mail sent to Dogzilla, and I will send one to Nicolas regarding the group in Argentina, soon.
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan on: September 12, 2012, 04:28:49 AM
Just sent an e-mail to Dogzilla, about doing an article on the Hawaiian clan.
21  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / 2012 DBMA Euro Training Camp and DB Gathering of the Pack on: August 26, 2012, 07:00:20 AM
22  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: News from DBMA Training Groups on: August 08, 2012, 04:17:47 AM
Ildefonso has a good DBMA Training Group in Barcelona.  There were at my Madrid seminar and I liked what I saw.

I am not familiar with Ildefonso and his group - I think most of us are not - good candidates for an article.
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23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: July 24, 2012, 01:01:28 PM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...

24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gun Rights - you didn't get there on your own on: July 24, 2012, 12:58:36 PM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog

25  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / News from Dog Brothers Training Groups on: July 15, 2012, 09:35:04 AM
The following videos are of Oscar "Spider Dog" Bernal and friends.

Notice Oscar fighting without any hand protection whatsoever!

For this particular group's activities (in Spanish), see http://sociedaddelosguerreros.com/


26  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Suitable Knives for DB Gathering Fights on: July 12, 2012, 11:49:13 AM
Some photos, posted on behalf of Crafty Dog.

These are from an e-mail Crafty received some time ago, via a German practitioner, and demonstrate the injury received from an "aluminum knife" (I assume this means an aluminum trainer).

   


27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Our Troops in Action on: June 21, 2012, 12:23:27 PM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog


28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness - Obama bowing to Mexican President on: June 20, 2012, 12:52:33 PM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...

29  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Tribal Gathering: May 19-20 on: May 21, 2012, 08:19:13 AM
Likewise.

A fantastic weekend and great day.  Sincere thanks to all my opponents and to the assembled tribe.  This event will live in my memory.

- Mongolian Dog


I would also like to thank everybody!
What a beautiful weekend!!!

Woof!
Gong Fu Dog

Congratulations to both of you, I notice there no longer appears a C- before your names  smiley
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2012 Presidential - BO's campaign slogan on: May 19, 2012, 10:29:10 AM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: May 19, 2012, 10:24:46 AM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...
32  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan on: May 04, 2012, 01:45:43 AM
Dogzilla is not much for forums and such but has been doing outstanding work in Hawaii and leads a very strong clan out there.

Its interesting to see how there are a good number of relatively-unknown groups out there, doing such great work!

In the months ahead, I'll bug him about helping me do a feature on the Hawaiian clan (as was done for the three European Groups).
33  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan on: May 03, 2012, 01:12:50 PM
Nice to hear from the Hawaiian clan, and I wish them good luck with the event !!!
34  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Tribal Gathering: May 19-20 on: April 20, 2012, 01:44:14 AM
Dog Sigi gave me a back up copy of his fighter registration form tonight.

Dog Sigi is a strong fighter...I think he will do well.

I do it to pick up chicks.

 grin
35  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: News from DBMA Training Groups on: April 11, 2012, 05:32:59 AM

Link above has been changed..details follow:

Group            URL   Comments
Slovenia          http://www.dogbrothers.gr/en/articles001.html   Completed
Bulgaria  http://www.dogbrothers.gr/en/articles002.html   Completed
Sardinia  http://www.dogbrothers.gr/en/articles003.html   Completed

I'd like to do groups in the US as well, so in the months ahead I'll be looking to discuss this further with those of you who may be interested... smiley
36  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: News from DBMA Training Groups on: March 18, 2012, 05:11:15 AM
This would be a good place to post those two clips of the Slovenia Group.


   

37  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups - DBMA Slovenia on: March 17, 2012, 02:00:31 PM
Firstly, thanks to Guro Crafty for the encouragement..

The link above is the first installment of a feature I have been working on, and which I announced a few weeks back.

The idea came about when I attended Gatherings of the Pack and met a number of European Groups which are relatively unknown in the U.S.  I was impressed with the dedication and with the exuberance they showed.  Furthermore, it seemed to be a pity that American and European Groups don't always know about one another.

And so I decided to write about some of these lesser-known groups - beginning with DBMA Slovenia.

Eventually, I would like to also feature groups in the U.S. and elsewhere.  I would also from time to time feature individuals who are part of the tribe, and either are not-well known, or exceptionally energetic.  Hopefully also a feature on the female fighters, sometime down the road.

I have incorporated the "Google Translate" bar which displays on top only if your browser is NOT an English one.  This way, people in say Slovenia can translate the article with a single click.  For training groups without a web site of their own, this gives them a bit of publicity, something which may help to attract new members.

In any case, I hope you all enjoy it - thanks to Group Leader Andrew Bole for his help.

38  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST on: February 24, 2012, 01:14:38 PM
Great photos of the European Gathering are to be found here.  I've not seen these before.

http://www.dogbrothers.gr/en/photos.html

Have I missed any threads commenting on the on the pic in the top, center position with the raging fellow twirling the purple cape?

Glad you liked it - this is the site I put up a few weeks back, hoping to attract the occasional new person to our training group.

I plan to add new articles every six weeks or so, on some of the lesser-known European Dog Brothers training groups.  The first such article should be out within the next few days (for a preview, see below).  This will eventually be expanded to cover non-European (mostly US) groups.  If you still have a training group, I'd be interested in doing an article on that. grin

About the photos - those of the 2011 Euro Gathering I got from other European tribe members, who, I believe got them from Guro Lonely.  Photos from pre-2011 Euro Gatherings, are made available to European tribe member through Guro Lonely.

The fellow with the purple sarong (there was a baseball in that) is Heiko "Crossover Dog" Zauske from Germany.  He fought at a US Gathering when several Germans visited, a year or two ago, so you may have met him.

39  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: January 18, 2012, 10:03:34 PM
Though I am not much interested in guns, I thought the following might be an interesting starting point for a discussion...

40  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols on: January 18, 2012, 10:00:47 PM
Woof,
 Uzi. It's good to know what you might come up against out there.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s30IjVts73M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

                              P.C.

The above link is not correct...see below for what PC intended to share...

41  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fire Hydrant: Howls from Crafty Dog, Rules of the Road, etc on: January 18, 2012, 09:57:00 PM
indeed i like the idea a lot

it would be also interesting what kind of philosophy and/or principle (maxim/motto/ central theme) the different Training Groups have.

wuff
benjamin

I will pass this idea on - thank-you for suggesting it  smiley
42  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / DBMA Slovenia Sparring Day on: January 17, 2012, 10:39:38 PM
     Saw this on facebook, and I was impressed...good video editing, good fights...my hat off to these gentlemen, who will be one of those to be featured on dogbrothers.gr, in about two weeks time..keep up the good work guys!


43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Political Rants - Cartoon on: January 15, 2012, 01:13:10 PM
On behalf of Crafty Dog...

44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Media Issues on: January 10, 2012, 01:05:23 PM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog  smiley

45  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fire Hydrant: Howls from Crafty Dog, Rules of the Road, etc on: January 04, 2012, 06:24:03 AM
I love this idea, Kostas.  As the Pack and Tribe grow, I think that continuing a sense a community is imperative for their continued strength and growth.  Good work!
Thank-you.  Yes, I was struck by some of the lesser known tribe members I came across - how they fought so well, with few training partners to help them prepare  There are also such people and groups in North America (the NoHo and Hawaiian clans come to mind) - known to those who attend the US Gatherings, but barely "visible" to those of us abroad. There is also a group down in Argentina, who has been training faithfully for quite some time now.

There are other "stories" here as well - the German groups (of which there are several) have for some time now, gotten together every few months to train and test one another.  In the UK, such a "multi-clan fight day" has been happening too (Point Dog has been involved in this).

So there have been various events/stories that may require a bit of chasing down, but I think its worth looking into  smiley

46  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / THE FIRE HYDRANT - new feature on DBMA Training Groups on: January 03, 2012, 12:02:52 PM
Hi All.

This is mostly for those of you who are DBMA Group Leaders.  I've posted a similar message on the member's Forum, but its important that it be on the Public Forum as well, so all can view it.

Before I say anything else, let me state that I've checked with Guro Crafty and Guro Lonely regarding the idea I am about to present here, and they agree its worth trying out.

As some of you know, the site I have developed (dogbrothers.gr) is now at a satisfactory stage. Its primary purpose is to provide info on the Dog Brothers and DBMA to Greek-speakers, but its also in English.

Now then...whenever I attend a Gathering in Switzerland, I am amazed at the number of small DBMA training groups, who are relatively unknown in the 'States, but work hard and  IMHO are worth getting to know.

So what I propose, is every few weeks, on the dogbrothers.gr site, I add an article with photos on

  • a DBMA training group
  or
  • a tribe member who may be training with a few friends/students

I propose starting with three such write-ups (at once), and then an additional one every three to six weeks.

I would also like to feature groups in the US, and elsewhere (to introduce the to European audiences), but at the beginning, there will be a focus on those about whom there is relatively little information.

The idea is to

  • help the various US and European groups get to know one another a bit better
  • give relatively unknown groups exposure in their own country

The last point, is done in the following way:  I developed the dogbrothers.gr site so someone with a non-English browser, will see the Google translate bar at the top - allowing them to translate the English into their own language with one click.  In this way, an article on a group in France or Slovenia, can be understood by people there.

I hope it will prove to be interesting and beneficial to all.

 smiley smiley smiley
47  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Guro Crafty in Salt Lake City January 21-22 on: December 23, 2011, 12:29:27 PM

48  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Madrid 4/2012 on: November 27, 2011, 07:45:43 AM


The above link points to the following...posted on behalf of Crafty Dog


49  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Gurkhas and their Kukris on: October 23, 2011, 01:10:34 PM
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...

50  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: My Silat in Indonesia Adventures on: October 19, 2011, 05:38:54 AM
Thanks for sharing that, and taking the time to write in detail...I look forward to more  smiley
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