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51  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fall Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack 9/18/11 on: July 03, 2011, 08:39:14 AM
Whooaaa! Toki talking smack already?

I call that pretty bold talk for a one armed Thai man!

Fill your hands (with sticks), you son of the beach!

52  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior on: June 29, 2011, 12:54:22 PM
Metacarpal Phalangeal joint (also abbreviated MCPJ) - the big knuckle at the base of the fingers or thumb - do you mean 1st and 2nd (that would be between thumb and index finger)  or between index and middle?
Hematoma? that can take a while to resolve.
If you really mean between the index finger and the thumb, did you tear/strain one of the thumb muscles? That would affect grip, swell - should be a fair amount of bruising.
Good news is that if there is no fracture most of these things (short of frank tendon rupture) really should get better in plenty of time for September.

Listening to the joints is key. I took up jumping rope as part of my new boxing regimen back in February and got so enthralled with it I gave myself a patellar tendonitis. Now, I can't jump rope and my running (which has never been an issue before) is markedly affected - so I'm having more trouble with weight, etc. I ignored the initial soreness......stupid.

Aren't we supposed to at least be getting wiser?  Isn't that in the contract somewhere?

53  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fall Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack 9/18/11 on: June 08, 2011, 05:08:50 PM
In the mail today - WOOOOOOOFFFFFF!  grin

54  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Mini Gathering in New Braunfels, TX - May 7th on: May 07, 2011, 08:42:34 PM
Woof all!

I am happy to report that the first annual Warriors Edge Stickfighting Gathering was a success. 7 fighters, lots of spectators, good spirit. Lots of public exposure and education. 19 fights, no broken bones, and I only had to put in 3 sutures.   4 knife fights, 13 stick fights, one staff fight and one bokken fight (wooden Japanese swords).  And some good beer and spirit afterwards.  All in all a great day for the RCSF inauguration in Central Texas. Hopefully this will continue to grow each year. No fall one planned at the moment as I am getting ready for the DBMA Open Gathering, will probably have this around the 1st of March annually (for those who are marking their calendars!)

55  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Mini Gathering in New Braunfels, TX - May 7th on: April 13, 2011, 12:49:42 PM
Thanks GD - really looking forward to it. We've got 6 committed, 3 on the fence - hoping to have 12 or more, so getting there. Words still filtering out slowly.
One fun thing - one of my former aikido students now studies pekiti with a group in San Antonio, but he's coming and we're going to try a little full contact bokken work - we've done LOTs of that over time but never in full contact DBMA style - that one should be interesting in particular. 2 guys are MMA cagefighters with minimal stick so that should be an interesting experiment in angling/evading also.
It feels really good to be getting something going where there wasn't before. I hope this is the start of something good!

56  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fall Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack 9/18/11 on: April 11, 2011, 10:31:17 PM
The date is now reserved!  grin 
The training begins in earnest! evil
57  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Mini Gathering in New Braunfels, TX - May 7th on: April 06, 2011, 08:49:39 PM
Woof all - posted with Guro Crafty's permission.

Warrior's Edge in New Braunfels Tx is celebrating our new facility - 4000 sq foot, with padded walls, MMA cage, and tons of other equipment - a GREAT venue for a little real contact stickfighting.
We are inviting anyone in the central Texas area who would like to come join the fun for a gathering May 7 from 2-4 PM. different levels of fighting from padded stick to unpadded and also staff.
Usual DBMA rules/mentality apply. If anyone is thinking of joining us or would like additional info, send me a personal message here and I'll get the info to you. If you know anyone in this area
that might be interested, pleeeeaaaaaase pass the info along. I'd like to start some sort of local tradition to get people tuned up for an eventual trip out to California.....

Rick Laue
58  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Poi Dog on: February 25, 2011, 05:55:55 PM
Woof Guro Poi Dog!

Ho'omaika'i 'ana!

59  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: What are some indications your finger is broken? on: February 20, 2011, 09:27:31 PM
Woof Pappy -

grinding or clicking is a pretty good clue its broken. I would recommend an X-ray to be sure a fracture does not extend into the joint. A distal fracture which does not involve the joint is a piece of cake, pretty much nothing can go wrong. If the joint goes into the joint it gets a LOT more important to get it set and splinted properly as poor alignment or healing can set you up for arthritic pain later.  My thumb last fall was in 4 pieces but unbelievably none was in the joint and it has healed just fine with virtually no care (I wrapped it in athletic tape) but Howie's thumb fracture I believe involved the joint and he had a cast on for quite some time IIRC.

The plastic finger splints they sell at the drugstore work great for a simple fracture or dislocation/sprain. Would not be adequate if the joint is involved.

60  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Multiple player situations on: December 04, 2010, 09:32:23 PM
Woof all - this is an area of interest for me. most of my years of training has been in aikido, and as you become more advanced, there becomes increasing emphasis on an exercise called randori. this is basically multiple person attack. I know that aikido does not get a lot of respect and some circles, but just like with stick fighting, there is aikido and then there is aikido, and a lot of it depends on the practitioners involved, the individual's skill level and the attitude of the school.  part of the reason for the nature of the movements in aikido is that there is always an assumption that there is more than one person involved, and many of aikido's techniques and throws really do come into their own in a multiple person environment.  a couple thoughts:
First, this is a skill that can be practiced like any other, and it benefits from starting slowly and increasing intensity and numbers gradually.  Unfortuantely most schools that don't practice this regularly, and suddenly decide to just add a second or third person in "to see what happens". Surprise! The lone defender is overwhelmed. When people first start out it is almost comical to watch the tunnel vision and difficulty dealing with the input from several attackers. Like anything else, with gradual increases in the intensity of attack a number of attackers, you do get much better at this. The key here is GRADUAL - too much too quickly in the brain shuts down or the person loses all technique. Worse, they get locked up with one person and stop moving, which leads to the second observation

Second, this is all about movement, movement, movement. doing basic motion exercises where there is actually no attack and you are simply moving to safe angles is a great beginning drill - try this; have everybody hold their hands behind their back so that there will be no striking, and three people will simply try to "belly buck" the person who is in the middle, and that person will simply try to move in such a way as to not allow the others to do that. if you can keep from laughing long enough to finish the exercise, you will discover that you actually learn where to be and how to move in a very nonthreatening and fun environment. THen repeat but each attacker can only use ONE angle of attack;  you will find that people move a lot bette than if you just jump in there balls to the wall from the get go without some basic principles of movement.

Thirdly, after movement, this is also about technigue selection. Takedowns are not a great defense strategy here but shoves and throwdowns are wonderful because you can use one attacker against another briefly. Technique selection on the move can also be practiced and developed.

lastly, I wholeheartedly agree with a observation that it is difficult to get people to attack in a coordinated manner.  We are so drilled into this idea of taking turns attacking that it takes some work to undo this, but again learning to attack as a team is something else that can be practiced.  Ironically, when two people attack at the same time from different directions that actually creates wonderful opportunities to use one person's energy against the other and they start getting in each other's way. Our experience in aikido randori was that 3 attackers is optimal for the attack - more than that and the attackers actually start to inhibit each other more than help. It may be hard to believe that 5 is easier than 3, but its true (assuming an open environment, and the defender actually knwos how to MOVE - in closed space or limited mobility this is pretty much mootanyway)- when you watch as many of these as I did in 17 years, you realize that only 3 can get in there and the other 2 are effectively holding back anyway and impairing the others mobility. Obviously, a person who is outnumbered is at a huge disadvantage, but a little good footwork and good maneuvering can make it extremely difficult to finish that person off. creative drills on this really do add a lot of spice and fun to any class. I really miss doing this.
61  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: NYT: Cortisone on: October 28, 2010, 02:06:20 PM
Woof, Guro -  That makes perfect sense and fits in with the article and my comments. In a nutshell, steroids are great for pain but if you don't fix what's causing the pain it will recur - THAT should be the take-home on the article. It isn't that steroid injections don't work - they do, frequently impressively. You can then take that as a jump start to rehabilitation, correct form or alignment or whatever, and things go great;  OR, like many pro athletes or type A's, you can use that to "train through the pain", so you can keep doing whatever got you in the mess in the first place, in which case I will be seeing you back in my office for the same thing in 3-4 months. Since the studies generally use an "either-or" approach rather than a holistic approach, and never break down by personality type,  they usually won't pick up on this. I deal with this almost daily and it's incredibly obvious to me on a practical level.  Unfortunately for people like us, here's yet another health benefit to being a type B  wink

The need for repeat injections, especially if the initial response was good, is a great clue that SOMETHING is causing this and needs to be corrected. The cause may be local, or it may not - it often is obvious but sometimes is not - every case is different.  Also, even correct or perfect form can be overdone abruptly and cause an injury.

I am not aware of any correlation between steroid overuse and aneurisms, but there are PLENTY of other reasons to avoid overdoing these.
62  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: NYT: Cortisone on: October 28, 2010, 11:10:24 AM
Interesting article. For those who don't know, I am a family physician and do provide steroid injections for various tendonitis conditions. In selected patients, they do work quite well. However they are always my last resort. One thing the article failed to mention is that the steroid is NOT a replacement for rest and healing time. Many of my patients will ask for the steroid exactly BECAUSE they can't/won't give the injury a rest. That leads to problems, and a tendon is temporarily weakened by an injection. People who have had multiple injections usually have a reason - an athlete or a worker who can't take time off like a carpenter with tennis elbow for instance. Some injections work better than others - I love doing tennis elbow and wrist tendonitis, knees and shoulders when appropriate, but I get nervous with the achilles tendon or plantar fascia because of the higher risk of tendon rupture and the lower rate of success.

3 rules I follow have helped tremendously:
1) Try ALL conservative therapies first.
2) Steroids are NOT a replacement for rest and conservative therapies - they are in addition. (This is, IMO, the main reason for the findings listed in the article)
3) Never put a needle in anything that is getting better, even if the progress is slower than the patient wants.


63  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV on: October 19, 2010, 05:46:25 PM

My cable provider doesn't carry this!

I'm trying to arrange a viewing with someone who has Time Warner in a nearby town.

I'm getting frantic about missing it!
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: October 17, 2010, 08:06:15 AM
What if I'm a doctor with a gun?  grin
65  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB 9/10 Gg of Pack clip on: October 14, 2010, 11:23:15 PM
"Funny how memory doesn't always correspond to reality."

Ain't that the truth - I'm the one opening the blue folder - I didn't remember that I had to open it- it's an Emerson Wave and I remembered it opening on deployment.

I do remember receiving Pappy's spinning backhand, and Poi's unbelievable power combinations. Yup, remember that REAL well!

To Night Owl (I'm assuming he put this together?)  - ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, great editing and music - I may not sleep for a week from adrenaline!

66  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV on: September 30, 2010, 07:51:10 PM
Here's the link - it's for REAL!!!! grin shocked cool

67  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: September 22, 2010, 10:22:55 PM
Woof Southpaw - "I'm spoiled to be able to train with guys at this level."

Yes, you are. Make the most of it. The rest of us are jealous!

68  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV on: September 21, 2010, 06:02:14 PM
"I'm a bit surprised at the lack of commentary myself."

Woof Guro - I just thought you were playing cards close to the chest until the right time since the posts were a little mysterious, and it would be disrespectful to ask until you were ready to inform us. Baited breath is the term....

There would definintely be viewing parties arranged around these events in this neck of the woods!
69  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: September 20, 2010, 12:10:41 AM
Absolutely awesome day. Dog Brothers 2010 Open Gathering of the pack was everything I hoped it would be! Lots of great fighters without ego trips, hard fights and great camaraderie after. Old friends, new friends, bruises, contusions, only a couple broken bones...... Observations?

So many good fights and fighters its hard to know where to begin......

Hose fight was too short - I wanted to see round 2!
A fighter from Sunnyvale, CA was combining Parkour and stick - literally bouncing off the walls. Unbelievable agility!
3 way knife fight - everybody dies - a LOT
Don't jump Boo Dog in an alley. On second thought, if you're going to fight him, better jump him in an alley....a DARK alley
Little Johning a short staff is not a good idea against a fighter with real power who isn't Little Johning.
Closing on someone with really good triangular footwork is not as easy as it may sound.
So much more, but its a bit of a blur now. Others can fill in more.

Definitely a huge learning experience for me. Got some areas to work on, but I'm more inspired than ever! I will definitely be there next year!

Thanks to Howling Dog, David, Pappy Dog and Poi Dog for the fights, Howie for the inspiration, and Guro Crafty for the guidance. Woof!
70  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: September 06, 2010, 11:13:51 PM
Woof - I will be at the dinner with my dad - he introduced me to kali over 20 yrs ago, although I didn't train in it then - still that's pretty cool after all this time to make the trip this way.
Looking forward to meeting folks and putting some faces to names.

71  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: August 19, 2010, 07:51:08 AM
One month from today!!!!! shocked
72  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: August 05, 2010, 01:26:24 AM
I hope to make use of them. 54" is the length I'm used to - perfect.  Thanks Guro  grin
73  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: August 04, 2010, 12:45:51 PM
Will staffs be provided/available at the gathering? (for those coming in via airlines - staff will really complicate packing...)

If so, what is the typical length? 4,5,6 foot?
74  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: July 21, 2010, 02:47:54 PM
Guro Crafty, any word on location yet?

Registration sent, tickets purchased. Waiting on location for hotel.

Chatter, anyone?  Or am I the only one getting the adrenaline at 2 in the AM thinking about it and then lurking the forum because I can't get back to sleep? 

75  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Looking for a Good Pair of Sticks... on: July 21, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
"What I like about this one (from what I've seen so far) is there is an actual level of respect for the other people in the forum."

Absolutely correct. A bit like a family (even more so on the members only site), but it also helps that there's a good chance of actually meeting and even fighting some of the other people on the forum, so if I really piss off, oh, Guide Dog, for instance, he'll get a crack at me in September  grin  Keeps us honest..... Plus I think many of the regular contributors on this forum are probably a little older and more experienced in multiple arts and life than the typical MMA or BJJ forum.  I like to think that age and experience confer SOME benefit....

When you get the RCSF series, study it like a book - watch the DVD all the way through first, then go over it in pieces as you try the things, and even jot notes in a notebook.  Then, a few months later, go back and revisit it.  You will discover that you get as much or more the 2nd and 3rd time around than you did the first time. Your "eye" will improve and you will see the same things differently. That's been my experience.
Good luck!   
76  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Looking for a Good Pair of Sticks... on: July 21, 2010, 12:06:00 AM
Woof SIN78

My advice, having been in this for only 2-3 yrs now (and therefore closer to where you're coming from) is if you have to make one and only one investment it should be the RCSF dvd series. That will teach you more about the DBMA approach and is WELL done and can be practiced at home with interested partners to a surprising degree if you are willing to put in the time. Further it serves as a basis for SO MUCH of what will come that you will have a hard time following the rest without the basis in the RCSF series.

I strongly suspect, however, that once you do start to work your way through the RCSF stuff you are going to go "Holy Crap! There is so much more to this than I thought!", followed by "Dang this is cool - MORE, MORE, MORE , MORE, MORE" and if it speaks to you you will be hooked and the DBMAA membership will not be far behind. That's exactly what happened to me.  To put it in perspective, the entire RCSF series one and a one year DBMAA membership together is about the same as 3 months' dues at most dojos - and I GUARANTEE you will still be working on the material in the first series a year from now. Hell, I'm still working on it 2 years later! I have DVD's in the second series that I haven't fully worked through yet (and I work on this 2 days a week most weeks) - because there's SO MUCH THERE! 

77  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Membership on: June 26, 2010, 07:34:11 PM
Woof all -

For those guys on this forum who haven't seen me here, I am a frequent contributor on the DBMAA members only site. I only recently signed up on this one to throw in my two cents about the Sept gathering (which I will be attending), since that is mostly done on the public side.  For those who are wondering, we have had great discussions on the members side about a range of topics that is incredibly wide - I can't reveal more other than to say that when I signed up for it I thought I would just learn about stickfighting, and in fact, while I have learned a LOT about stickfighting, I have learned far more about other areas of training and conditioning that I had never even heard of prior to joining. And I'm not exactly a spring chicken. Lots of experienced people answering my questions. That doesn't even count the members only store.  The grass really is greener.

This is not a paid endorsement - just thought I'd throw this up because its coming up on time to renew my membership (this was my first year), and that got me thinking about what I'd gotten for my investment; I feel that the membership fee was money well spent. Thought I'd pass it along to anyone who might be considering. The only problem is the dang time that I spend on it sometimes (Hi, my name is Rick and I'm an addict........) cheesy

78  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 25, 2010, 12:51:47 AM
" After much anticipatory stress, it turned out to have been not much at all." It's amazing how often that is the case, and how much energy that wastes on a daily basis, at least for me. Of course the flip side is that the things that really hit you like a MoFo tend to come out of the blue.

Today I am grateful to feel healthy and ready for action after a few niggling injuries recently.

79  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: June 13, 2010, 07:28:47 AM
Howie, we will all be glad to see you in September.

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