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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stretching on: October 08, 2010, 12:22:13 AM
Baltic Dog, I have an older version of "Stretching Scientifically" as well as the VHS. That along with a few other sources ("Synerstretch" from Health for Life, "Stretching" by Bob Anderson) combined with my own experimentation has led to what I do now. But I'm always open to try new ideas.
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stretching on: October 07, 2010, 02:07:06 PM
Very good info here and fits well with my own research and experience. My super simplified approach to stretching is similar to what stilljames posted.

Before a workout is the time to warm up muscles, joints and connective tissues by 1) easy cardio to raise heartrate (walking, knee bends, knee lifts, light jogging) 2)Joint rotations (more and more important as I get older) 3) Dynamic stretching (some easy leg and arm swings)

After the workout is when I do static stretching. I use this as a way to cool down and a chance to relax and review in my mind the things I did in the work out. I stretch the target area to where I start to feel a nice stretch but well before the point it gets painful. Breathing deeply I relax into a deeper stretch but never to the point of pain and always aware of keeping the muscles other than the target muscles relaxed (particularly when stretching the hamstrings it's easy to tighten up your quads). Sort of yoga like though I don't know much about yoga. This type of stretching does cause a certain amount of muscle weakness afterwords which is why I do it post workout.
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010 on: September 17, 2010, 12:42:33 PM
2 more for Saturday night dinner.
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Footwear on: May 03, 2010, 08:39:20 PM
I've been wanting to try on a pair the Vibram 5 fingers but I haven't found anybody that carries my size (48). I went to REI today and was able to try on a pair of 47's. Though they were a little small I was at least able to get a feel for them. They're weird feeling but I'm sure it's the kind of weird you get used to. I walked on they're little simulated rocky outcropping and I liked how they made you feel connected to the surface. I still wonder how my plantar fasciitis would be affected. But I'm close to pulling the trigger on a pair.
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife Talk - Reviews and Rants on: May 01, 2010, 02:53:39 PM
For a solid, affordable utility knife, I like my Benchmade Griptillian with the "ghetto" wave.
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: New to the forums.. on: April 19, 2010, 04:00:16 PM
I'll resurrect this thread and introduce myself. My name is Mike Melone. I live in El Segundo, CA. I've been training FMA off and on for about 10 years. Started out in Manaois Eskrima with GM Conrad Manaois. Spent some time in Floro Fighting Systems with Marc Scott. Currently a DBMA student with Guro Crafty. I've also done some boxing, western fencing and a little MMA.
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogs Best Friend: on: April 19, 2010, 02:14:07 AM
Well, I can't resist showing pictures of my mangy mongrels. smiley They're both rescue dogs and best friends.

Here's Larry. A true mutt. It's anybody's guess what breeds coalesced to create this dog:

And my Am Staff girl, Zola:

8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Emergency Tips and Emergency Medicine on: April 19, 2010, 01:48:55 AM
Hi all. Great thread! I just finished EMT school and passed the NREMT-Basic exam. Looking forward to getting out there and learning how to actually "do the job."
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