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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Downtown Dog Rescue - POWER BREED 101 workshop on: October 14, 2008, 11:28:41 PM
Greetings fellow canine lovers,

I work with Downtown Dog Rescue doing volunteer work from time to time.  They are hosting a workshop on Power Breeds (pit bulls, rottweilers, etc) on Sunday, Nov 2.  Topics will include leash training, dog introductions, house rules for bullies, etc.  If you're interested, please check out and scroll down the page a bit.  Also feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tony Felix seminar on: September 12, 2007, 01:14:45 AM
From Tony Felix:

SATRIA FIGHTING ARTS is the umbrella name for the Arts we now practice. But a major part of this Art is still the Wali Songo Family System of Pencak Silat.  Because we also train PENJANG GULAT-Indonesian Wrestling and Ullar-The Snake System which are technically speaking not Pencak Silat and we also train in Badui Arts which have many similarities to Ancient Thai Arts we needed a name that would honour all of these arts.  The underlying philosophy of continuity and approach to combat is still based on the principles emphasized in the Wali Songo system. 
Traditional Silat is a weapon based Art so there is an awareness of Bladed weapons within all the techniques taught and trained.  Although the Indonesian and Filipino arts are very close in geographcal location of their homelands and with many overlapping practices, one of the primary differences in approach is the use of langkah and another is emphasis on using the principles of Pukulan-The Art of continuous circular striking- in using the Pisau (short-bladed knife).
Be very well Guru Marc.
Tony F
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Suzanne Spezzano: Majadpahit Silat on: July 13, 2007, 11:55:20 PM
Hey Marc,

Thanks for the plug.  It's gonna sound lame because she's my wife, but honestly this DVD is really, really good.  Suzanne has put together a complete Silat curriculum for the beginner, intermediate and advanced student.  It's laid out very clearly with multiple camera angles and separate close ups for the fine details.  The program includes:

--Ground Warmup

--Ground Mobility and Evasion techniques

--Ground kicks

--Standing evasive footwork

--Partner kicking drills


--Ground vs. Stand up (partner drills)

--Stand up vs. Ground (partner drills)

--Counter for counter takedowns

--Backsweep (silhig) series

--Shield (karasak) series

--Counter for Counter combinations

--BONUS!! Ikat (handkerchief) techniques

If you want to use Silat to improve your conditioning, flexibility, strength. ground movement and transitioning from the feet to the ground, this DVD is for you!  Please check out the You Tube link at

John Spezzano
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / PetroD, BioD, or WVO? on: February 21, 2007, 07:36:33 PM
Hey Guys,

I own a Benz converted to run on vegetable oil.  There are many approaches to this concept, the key is to find the system that best works for you.

Your choices with regard to your car are two fold:
1 - run on BioDiesel (a blend of vegetable oil, methanol and lye that closer approximates the viscosity of petrodiesel).  You can make BioD in you driveway in a 55 gal drum or you can buy it at a number of gas stations that sell it.  It's no cheaper than PetroD to buy, but you can make it at your house for about 35 - 50 cents/gallon (assuming you use waste vegetable oil from a restaurant).
Pros: you don't have to convert your car, you can run BioD in your main tank.
Cons: you still have to deal with chemicals and that can be hazardous

2 - run on vegetable oil.  I did a TON of research before choosing my conversion.  There are many on the market.  They all fall into two basic categories: single tank or dual tank. 
 --Single tank conversions are much cheaper, generally $700 - $1000 installed.  But like most things, you get what you pay for.   A single tank conversion forces insufficiently heated oil through your fuel system when it is too thick to naturally flow.  Insufficiently heated oil will coat the inside of your engine with uncombusted oil and will eventually cost you a rebuild.  It also will ruin your injector pumps which is also a costly fix.  Plus if you're in a colder climate (like anywhere outside So Cal) you'll have a very difficult time making cold starts.
Pros - cheap
Cons - it will ruin your car

--Dual tank conversions leave the original petrodiesel tank and fuel system untouched, but add a second tank specifically for the vegetable oil.  The car runs on PetroD while this second tank has a heating element in it and brings the oil up to a sufficient temp so it is thin enough to be introduced to your fuel system.  Depending on the system you get, some switch over automatically, some you have to manually do it, but a two tank system is definitely better than any single tank system out there.  You will get a LOT of miles out of your diesel.  I know of a number of people who have made the mistake of getting a Lovecraft conversion done and they barely got 10,000 miles out of the car...!
Pros - you'll get a LOT of mileage out of your car
Cons - more expensive, ours was $2700 installed. (That will be paid off in fuel savings by this June, the one year mark.  I fill up on PetroD about every 5 or 6 weeks)

Regarding oil collection:
--Yes filtration is important, but your car has a fuel filtration system in it and would easily remove the particle of food suspended in the oil.  You would go through filters quicker, but you wouldn't damage your vehicle.  The real risk you run with waste vegetable oil is the suspended water in the oil.  It's essential that you let the collected oil sit for at least 6 hours at about 90 degrees to allow the suspended water to drop to the bottom of your filtration barrel, then you pump out of the top and you're good to go.  There are simple tests to check for suspended water in your oil.  I do these tests about once a month or so and have never had any water show up.  I cannot stress enough how much more important dewatering is compared to particle filtration when it comes to the life of your engine.  Water will not combust, and will ruin your engine.  Period.

Many restaurants are willing to give you their oil.  Some will reguire you register with the state so they don't get in trouble (they have to account for their used oil), but that is also a simple matter.

Hope this helps,

5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Wing Chun seminar with Sifu Francis Fong at Inosanto Academy in Jan 2007 on: November 06, 2006, 06:02:47 PM
Hey all,

Once again, this notice is here with Crafty's blessing.

Sifu Francis Fong will be teaching a seminar at the Inosanto Academy next January 27, 28.? Sifu Fong is an incredible teacher and his instruction has helped me in every martial art I train: Kali, Boxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Silat, JKD, BJJ, you name it, his approach to center line, his sensitivity drills and his method for grounding thereby delivering optimum power with minimal force are invaluable.? If you want to see believable and truly jawdropping trapping and transitions from standup to ground you will want to attend this workshop.

I recommend visiting his website, if you're in So Cal preregister for the seminar at the Inosanto Academy,, you will not be disappointed.

John Spezzano
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Upcoming books for those with interest in Eskrima or Silat on: November 06, 2006, 05:53:46 PM
Greetings all,

Crafty suggested I post this information here as some of you will likely want to order.

Grandmaster Tony Somera of the Bahala Na organization recently notified me regarding the upcoming release of two books that you might find interesting.? (Details are below.)? Each book will be approximately $30 depending on the? shipping costs.? I will be placing an order this Friday, Nov 10, for me and some of my students and friends in the Southern California area.? If you are interested in joining our purchase, please email me at ?If you are interested but are outside So Cal, contact me and we'll see what we can figure out.

John Spezzano

PENTJAK SILAT ? Through My Eyes
>By Pendekar Herman Suwanda

>This is a complete presentation of the principles and applications of one
>of the most effective martial arts styles, written by one of the most
>sought-after Silat masters of all time, the late Herman Suwanda. The book
>explores the art and science of this Indonesian combat method. There is a
>detailed breakdown of the offensive and defensive skills used in Pentjak
>Silat, and the tactical elements of timing, distance, rhythm, cadence, and
>tempo. The unique principles and techniques of Silat as taught by the late
>Herman Suwanda are fully described in this authoritative book. It is a true
>gem by one of the legendaries masters of Pentjak Silat.
>By Grandmaster Leo M. Giron

>Due largely to its effectiveness, Escrima is one of the world's most
>popular martial arts systems. Grandmaster Leo M. Giron designed this method to
>overcome a larger and stronger opponent in life-or-death encounters.
>Giron?s Escrima contains many ingenious exercises and strategies while remaining
>the essence of simplicity.? Giron?s Escrima knowledge has been in great demand
>by thousands of Escrima, Arnis, and Kali students from all over the
 brought to the public with the most comprehensive information ever
>published in an Escrima book.? Packed with photos taken with painstaking care to
>assure correct positioning and execution, this volume covers all of the
>fundamental and advanced principles as taught by the late Grandmaster Leo
>M. Giron.
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