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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: tire work on: February 08, 2006, 10:10:24 AM
Quote from: ponytotts
ok, heres the problem. i cant always work with a partner and i need 2 hit something! so i want 2 start working a tire, but i live in an apartment and there is no room n the basement. anybody have any ideas about what i can do/build? not 2 thrilled about the idea of holes in the wall and my girlfriend wont be 2 happy about a tire standing around so, i would prefer something free standing. any products out there?

The first dummy I had for hitting with a stick was inspired by a similar dummy my friend and former training partner Steve DelCastillo had built.  It was a sewing dummy, as in the type tailors and seamstresses use, mounted onto the bottom of an office chair. He put an old WEKAF body protector on it and jammed a stick into the neck with some balled up t-shirts hockey taped to the top where he put a WEKAF helmet. He'd put his gear bag over the base of the office chair and voila, a dummy. It worked great for his apartment.

I was living in an apartment too. I didn't have any old gear so I needed to come up with something different. I went out scouting garage sales until I found a chair and bought it. I disconnected the seat and then stuck a thick 6' long hardwood dowel, the kind used for curtain rods, into the base. I took an eskrima stick and duct taped it across the top to make a "t". I took all the t-shirts that my wife was going to give to Goodwill, about 5, and wrapped the top part of the pole so that it was thinly covered. The wood of the pole was soft and just a single hit from a stick left a sizeable dent and further strikes took chips out. The t-shirts stopped the damage to the dowel. I took duct tape and wrapped it like a mummy so none of the t-shirt material was showing.  This also muffled the sound so my neighbors wouldn't get bothered by the noise. I lived upstairs and that was a concern. I then weighted the base with sandbags. It worked well for everything that I needed. It wasn't the same as a tire dummy, but it did the trick.

The total cost for this dummy was about $20, mostly for the dowel. I later unwrapped it and replaced the t-shirts with a towel which gave it a better feel. That dummy lasted for more than a year and fit perfectly into my coat closet in my apartment when I wasn't using it.

A recap of the materials:

1 wooden dowel about 6' long about 1.5" diameter
1 new eskrima stick
1 wheeled office chair
2 25lb bags of sand
1 roll of duct tape
5 t-shirts or 1 beach towel split into 2 lengthwise

I hope that helps.
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / anybody interested in a match with a section of garden hose? on: November 16, 2005, 11:15:09 AM
I've been training a bit with a 64" section of garden hose folded in half, Anybody want to give that a go? I've got extra for hose on hose. I'd like to see about hose on knife. I've not had much luck with hose on stick but that would be fun too.
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Good ideas! on: October 28, 2005, 01:47:23 AM
Hey There,

I think that Jugador made some good points.

I too think that it would be odd that de Corcuera would teach people. I interpreted the theory to say that he would have brought his bodyguards and strongmen with him and it would have been they that passed anything on. Those people would have been unnamed to history but could have been from anywhere including Cebu, Venezuela, and the Basque region among others.

I also see the idea of concurrent development as really feasible. The bottom line to me is that I don't think that the FMA as we know them today are without influence from the West. It's pretty often that you see styles that claim to be pre-hispanic and to me that's just not realistic. Whenever you fight other people and live, you learn something and those fights influence you.
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / sparring/fighting and eye surgery. comments please on: June 13, 2005, 02:02:48 AM
Hey There,

I haven't had the eye surgery myself. I'm quite pleased with my contacts. But I have a few friends who have. All of them were very postive about it. One of them is a Cacoy Doce Pares player and he spars all the time. I've sparred with him quite a bit since the operation both in gear and without and he, if anything, has gotten quicker.

I'd say if you don't fear infection, then go for it.
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Thanks! on: June 01, 2005, 12:25:47 AM
Quote from: Crafty_Dog
The Grandfathers DVD is done.  The box cover is done.  The only thing holding back its actual release it that we have to have three DVDs to give to the duplication house at the same time to keep costs down.  At the moment we have Grandfathers, the conversion of POWER from the first series, and have finished the master of the double disc Kali Tudo (tm).  As soon as we finish the box cover for it, we should be ready to roll. Cool

The DVD of "The Grandfathers Speak" contains an additional 30 minutes of footage based upon an interview I did with GM Leo Giron about his experiences in WW2.  

Editor Ron "Night Owl" Gabriel has done a stellar job on this mixing in extraordinary footage you probably have never seen.

I admit to misting up on the ending of it.

Thanks for the update!
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / The Tape on: May 31, 2005, 06:02:13 PM
Hey There,

I was inspired by this thread to go and buy the tape. It certainly is worthwhile to get. The interviews at the 1988 WEKAF tournament are historically poignant. That particular time was a pretty seminal period in terms of American stickfighting.

The footage from Guru Dan's archive was great and definitely worth the cost of the tape. I certainly hope that the proposed DVD comes out. I'll buy it for sure.  I'd also really like to see The Grandfathers Speak on DVD.
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Kiap on: April 05, 2005, 02:32:57 PM
Hey There,

A shout might help. I certainly wouldn't rule it out during a fight. But imagine trying to do a shout for each strike in a 3 or 4 point combo that you're doing in less than a second. A kiap might actually detract during that. A lot of eskrima is done in a boxing method. Boxers might trash talk, growl, or make a noise here or there, but they generally don't kiap because it generally doesn't add much to what they do. I'd say give it a shot during sparring and then see if it works for you. I think it's going to have to go through some adjustment though before it will fit into your stick fighting.
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / effectiveness on: August 31, 2004, 05:09:44 PM
Quote from: Anonymous
"At the Summer 2002 Gathering, I saw Master Max Pallen fight at age 61. What's your excuse ?"

Excuse? I have no excuse. I have a reason. And the reason I do not participate at the gathering is simply because I am too lethal. You are welcome to even consider that I am too deadly and refuse to kill any opponent in an event such as the DB Gathering.

What kind of stick-fighting do you do? I am not questioning your "lethal-ness". I'm just curious what other styles do full contact stick fighting whether with gear or without.
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Hmmm... on: August 27, 2004, 07:10:41 PM
I think they're hitting plenty hard. Thinking along Newtonian lines, it's good to keep in mind that the objects hitting and being hit are not "at rest". Sometimes that can add to the strike's power, but mostly it means that you get a lot of glancing blows etc. instead of solid hits because the people you're fighting are trying hard to NOT get hit. They are also jamming the strikes and cutting lines so as to do "damage control".

I also think that people are not out to kill each other at the Gathering, but rather to learn and grow as fighters and people. Head shots might get pulled, or they might be working on developing other skills and so not take them. There's also the idea that a lot of fighters come to work on their groundfighting and not their striking.

As for the 3 weapon mask and striking the back of the head, realistically, waiver or no, there's a good chance that if you kill somebody that you will go to jail much less be eternally emotionally scarred. So strikes to the brain stem might not get so much floor time as say strikes to the limbs and trunk. Plus few people are going to give you the back of their head to hit and even fewer people know how to hit the back of the head with power while presented with the front.

My thoughts.
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Headshots on: August 25, 2004, 07:27:19 PM
Hey There,

I think the best place to get fencing masks cheap other than Ebay is a fencing school. They have a lot of old ones lying around. I have to ask though what you mean exactly by headshots. Do you want to practice headshots on a moving target or do you want just basic protection "in case" you get hit? I have a couple different helmets depending on what I'm working on. For practicing the art of hitting the head, I'd suggest a WEKAF mask or maybe one of the Lameco headgear otherwise your partner may not want to work out again too soon. The fencing masks that I've had ranged from foil only (screen door) to 3 weapon (stiff and unyielding). The WEKAF just has a kendo like grill.

On a side note, has anyone used a Kendo mask to do stickfighting?
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / The perfect carry... on: August 24, 2004, 12:19:53 AM

I carry a swiss army knife with a blade under 2 inches. I carry it because it is mostly legal every where that I go and with the metal outside it makes a wicked pocket stick. Also it has a really sharp but not illegal leather punch. Mostly I deploy it quickly to cut rope and open the occasional brew, but it's there if I need it for other more "tactical" reasons.

I used to carry a larger and much more quickly drawn knife. But out here in Cali I decided the best way to go is the legally defensible way.
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / website on: August 12, 2004, 03:01:55 PM
Hey There,

A quick websearch turned up this site:

It looks like it has what you're looking for.
13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / CSW and EP on: August 12, 2004, 01:49:14 PM
What's CSW and who is EP?
14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Jornales in the news on: August 04, 2004, 07:00:55 PM
Hey There,

Filipinos are plenty good at sports. They have just as sports minded a culture as we do here in the US. There's a big love for basketball over there especially. In combative sports they field large teams for Karate, TKD, Judo, Wrestling, and Boxing. Surprisingly though, they don't field very large Arnis teams.

I don't think Bong was getting down on the skill of practitioners over there. He was lamenting that there is a dearth of tournaments in the Philippines as compared to Europe and the US. The result is basically that there were more Americans and Europeans competing than there were Filipinos at the 2004 WEKAF World Championships. This made a significant impact in the proportion of "Home Team" champions. He's right about the FMA needing a little lift in exposure in its homeland.
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Redondos Etc... on: August 03, 2004, 07:31:04 PM
Hey There,

Those types of strikes are something that you have to work on over time. You build up the supporting muscle and tendon strength and then develop flexibility in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists that help you do it with power. I would suggest starting out slowly working on technique and then over time (at least weeks) adding power. Adding too much too soon is an invitation to injury. It's also helpful to do the same motion with a hammer or with a blade so that you have a clear focus on where the power is going and you are definitely hitting with the business edge rather than the oblique sides.

It's also helpful to have someone looking over your shoulder and giving you tips. Good luck.
16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Very Open on: July 20, 2004, 11:49:29 AM
Hey There,

I'm not a DBMA practitioner, but I have fought in their Gathering before. From my experience, they are completely open to someone coming in and training and fighting with them as long as their heart is in the right place. If you don't know what you're doing you can get seriously hurt doing what they do, so you should prepare yourself if you want to play. But from what I've seen, heard, and felt they are very open to new and different things.
17  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / The Pullout on: July 14, 2004, 07:37:37 PM
Hey There,

The Filipino situation with the terrorist kidnappings in Iraq is a bit more complicated than it may look on the surface. The war is very unpopular in the Philippines not because some lefties here in the States think that it's a war for profit. The major concerns are the safety of Filipino workers overseas, the domestic stability of the Philippines, and the overall unpopularity of the Iraq War in the minds of the Filipino populace.

There is an extremely large number of Filipino citizens that are employed in Islamic countries in the middle east. Not just thousands but hundreds of thousands. They contribute a great deal to the Philippine economy and they are a very valuable part of society. The kidnapping of a Filipino worker in Iraq is not the same as a kidnapping of an American worker. The Filipinos need to have somewhat friendly relationships with these countries and those people so as to guarantee the safety of those workers in those countries not to mention the battles with the MILF, aka Al Quaida, at home.

Also GMA has a serious problem at home with the recent election. The election was seriously contested and she needs to keep her country stable. Any sign of weakness or any chance to make GMA look bad will not be passed up by the opposition. If there is political unrest in the Philippines right now it could undo a large amount of the work that she has done to attract investors and protect the future of the Philippine economy. Political unrest could also turn violent and in the interest of domestic tranquility she has chosen to appease the fears of the general population. It makes sense for her to do that.

Also it's easy for us to say that it's bad for the Filipinos to pull out the troops. But the fact is that when we chose to go alone, we chose to BE alone unless we keep others interested or paid. This is our war and a "Coalition of the Willing" means that the US has to keep up good relationships and incentives in order to keep that "Willing" part moving especially in an unpopular war. That means keeping promises. Bush promised greater access to the US for Filipino tourists coming to visit family or conduct business. Yet Filipinos are denied more entry visas to the United States today than before the war. Bush promised greater financial cooperation and business development between the US and the Philippines. Yet there was a large amount of work that had to be done by Filipinos in the United States to keep the Philippines open as an investment place for CalPers and there was no help given by the US Government. There are a lot of spots where promised aid did not come through and there is A LOT of resentment about it in the Philippines. The people know this and so the war is unpopular there as one would expect when promises are broken and bills go unpaid.  The result now is that it may cause greater harm to the Philippines to NOT withdraw the troops than to keep them there in Iraq.  

The Philippines is a democracy and as a result, if the people don't want the troops there, then GMA needs to listen and it appears that she did.

Bart Hubbard
Capital Doce Pares
18  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / SoCal Stuff on: July 08, 2004, 05:34:24 PM
Hey There,

I was a veteran of the Westside for 5 years having moved to Inglewood from Sacramento. I lived in Inglewood first, then Westchester, then Culver City. Sounds like a lot of places but it was all within a 1 mile radius. I moved back to Sacramento last year.

Biking...I don't suggest it, but you can do it. The new Inosanto Academy is over in the Marina. If you wind up in Santa Monica you can take the bike path from the Pier all the way out to the Marina without much trouble or traffic.  There are also busses that run pretty regularly from SMC and UCLA to the Marina. They run right down Lincoln and pass right by the school. The problem for you will be getting back home. The busses get pretty thin from about 8pm on. It also rains in SoCal. Not that often but when it does, the streets aren't friendly to bikes or pedestrians.

Brentwood and Westwood are not close to the beach so that means if you live there then you have to brave some of the most dangerous biking road in the world and run through patches of ghetto to get there. If you don't mind inconvenience, danger, and breathing exhaust, then you don't need a car in LA. But if you want to get places on time and safely, then you need to have one. Otherwise you're at the mercy of the busses, which do not always pick you up, and the masses, which are not always friendly.

SoCal is great, but it is very much a different type of place. I really enjoyed my time there as much as I am glad to be home. I lived at the intersection of La Tijera, Centinela, and La Cienega for most of my time down there and I never had any trouble. LA has slums just a few blocks away from mansions. It's really quite different than what you're used to. My suggestion is keep your car and buy a Thomas Guide. I'd expand your search for apartments or rooms to West LA, especially out by the Santa Monica Airport, Playa Del Rey, and Culver City, instead of Brentwood and the like. Those places are nice but they have a matching price tag.

You should also keep in mind that there is a lot out there besides the Inosanto Academy. You might want to keep your car for additional training with different teachers because there are A LOT down there. Without wheels you are without many options.

Good luck from Your NorCal - SoCal Brother,

Bart Hubbard
Capital Doce Pares
19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Seminar Update on: March 23, 2004, 03:51:40 PM
Hey There,

To facilitate an understanding of some principles of Corto Linear, Ramon will be showing a few minutes of film footage showing GM Momoy Ca?ete working with other notables including Kano Ca?ete, Banoy Borja, and Ben Culanag. Additional footage will include GM Eulogio Ca?ete and GM Anciong Bacon.

I hope to see you there.

Bart Hubbard
Capital Doce Pares
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / San Miguel Eskrima Seminar: Sacramento, CA - 03/27/04 on: March 11, 2004, 01:50:01 PM

The San Miguel Style of Doce Pares Eskrima is a Filipino Martial Art developed by Grandmaster Filemon "Momoy" Ca?ete of Cebu, Philippines. This no nonsense combat system employs the use of the 28'-32' rattan stick.

For the first time in Northern California, Masters Ramon Rubia and Eva Ca?ete Rubia will conduct a seminar on the basic principles of this rare system of Doce Pares. Topics will include single stick, double stick, stick and dagger, and empty hands applications in their relationship to footwork, locking, disarming, and combative tactics. A brief history of the Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima, Arnis, and Kali) of the Central Philippines will also be covered.

All skill levels including beginners are encouraged to attend. Attire should be comfortable and athletic. A Single stick and blunt training dagger are required for the seminar. You may bring your own or you may purchase them at the event. Still photography is allowed, but no video please.

Register Online at:

Location: Hagan Community Center
2197 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Date: Saturday March 27, 2004

Time: 10am - 2:30pm

Cost: $50

Equipment: Single Rattan Stick
Single Blunt Training Dagger
(You may bring your own or you may purchase them at the event)

Contact: Bart Hubbard
(916)863-5278 or (916)390-6491

For more information visit:

Flyer available at:


Bart Hubbard
Capital Doce Pares
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