Founder and Head Instructor of Dog Brothers Martial Arts receives the title of “Punong Guro” from the DBMA Guros. Speeches (in order) from Guro Ryan “Guard Dog” Gruhn, Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner, Guro Colin “Point Dog” Stewart, Guro Mark “Beowulf” Houston, Guro Marc “Fu Dog” O’Dell, Guro Antone "Splinter Dog" Haley, Guro Nick "Pappy Dog" Papadakis and Guro Roan “Poi Dog” Grimm. Ceremony was held at “Guard Dog’s Den” – State College, PA / Central PA Mixed Martial Arts at the DBMA Association East Coast Camp.
Guro Crafty will be available for private lessons on Friday for those of you coming in early. Select times during Saturday and Sunday could be available as well per Guro Crafty's schedule. I have been a private student of Guro Crafty for over a decade and can't speak highly enough of his ability to relay information and bring your game to the next level. For me however this usually requires a trip to Los Angeles to do so. For those of you on the East Coast, take advantage of this rare opportunity of having Guro Crafty in your back yard!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the days/times (outside of the seminar obviously) that work for you and we'll confirm the day/time is available, then you will pay in advance on dogbrothers.com to reserve your private lesson.
We are excited to announce that Guro Guard Dog (Ryan Gruhn) will be teaching Kali-Tudo™ at the East Coast Camp in October! Guro Guard Dog will be stripping the Kali-Tudo movements down to their core and building upon the fundamentals with a systematic and highly analytical approach. Whether you are new to the empty handed arts or a veteran fighter this material will greatly improve your game. Guro Guard Dog has infused Kali-Tudo into his MMA fighters training with extremely successful results and has had a number of fighters reach the pinnacle of MMA by fighting in the UFC, Bellator and other highly noted organizations!
The material Guro Guard Dog will present can be used in addition to other arts or used as a standalone system. Highly recommended for school owners looking to add a striking based art to their schools lineup or to add to a schools current curriculum inside the already existent striking program.
Note that by adrenalizing Kali-Tudo in the context of the cage, we are developing what we call "consistency across categories" (one idiom of movement for weaponry, empty hand, and the mix of the two that we call "Die Less Often"). The movements of Kali-Tudo are ingeniously designed to be applicable to the interface of gun, knife, and empty hand---No more need to lose time identifying whether an attack is unarmed or armed and choosing the appropriate response.
In addition to being a Guro in DBMA, Ryan is also Full Instructor under Ajarn Chai and the PA state representative for the World Thai Boxing Association. Guro Guard Dog’s understanding of the singular arts of Boxing and Muay Thai give him an unparalleled understanding of how the Filipino Empty Hand arts and Kali-Tudo blend into the other arts you may have already become familiar with. Read more about Guro Guard Dog here: http://dogbrothers.com/guro-guard-dog/
As we get closer to the Annual DBMA East Coast Camp, a number of you have messaged me in regards to how the Dog Tag testing will work on Sunday. I thought I’d give a brief rundown in hopes of answering all of your questions.
To start, the Dog Tags are 100% optional. Some people choose to follow their doggy noses through the DBMA material. Others like to see their progress and have aspirations of being a Black Dog Tag instructor someday. Everyone, regardless of level, is invited to this camp and you do not need to be a part of DBMA or Dog Brothers to come. The tags are simply for those interested.
This will be the DBMA Association’s 1st Annual Camp where Dog Tag testing is an option. Because of this, we acknowledge that many of you interested have yet to receive any type of tag ranking. At the moment the only way to get DBMA ranked Dog Tags is to train at a certified DBMA school with an instructor of Red Dog Tag or higher who has been approved to test for dog tags. The rest of you have not had the opportunity, which is why we are offering it at our East Coast Camp.
The people who are interested in the Dog Tag ranking range from new and old practitioners of DBMA who are simply interested in progressing through the ranks to those of you who are group leaders and instructors that have been with DBMA for a long time.
Because of this large disparity in levels, there is truly no way to have a formalized test for each individual dog tag level. Doing so would simply take too long and would not be efficient. We have instead opted to simply ask for those of you interested in the Dog Tag ranking to message me at email@example.com. The DBMA Guros can discuss you and your history with us along with where your current level may be. The camp will then be our final evaluation of what level of Dog Tag one might be at which will be awarded at the end of camp.
Yellow and Orange curriculum are up on the DBMA Association page and we encourage all of you that are interested to study the material. However, you do not need to expect us to quiz you on each individual technique.
Do note that there is a formal test for our instructor levels of Red, Brown and Black (which at this time we do not have anyone testing for at camp). This could however change as more of our group leaders and instructors inquire about receiving Dog Tag ranking at camp.
If you are interested in pursuing your ranking through Dog Tags please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can start the process. Camp registration will need to completed in order for us to consider you as being nominated for the next level of Dog Tag.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in a few shorts months for what is looking like an amazing camp with some really great talent coming in to teach.
Presa sent me a PM asking "But what equipment will be needed to bring?"
I thought I'd mention it here so everyone knows. We will be covering all three aspects of DBMA; RCSF, DLO & KT. That said I recommend bringing as many of the following. However if you don't have one or more of the following just bring what you have!:
Rattan Sticks Soft Sticks Durattan Sticks
Training Blades Forearm Protection (if you have it)
Boxing Gloves or MMA Training GLoves Shin Pads Elbow Pads
We're excited to announce the first ever three day East Coast camp for the DBMA Association. This camp will take place at "Guard Dog's Den" (Central PA Mixed Martial Arts - CPAMMA) in State College, PA.
CPAMMA is conveniently located in the middle of Pennsylvania making accessible from a number of East Coast cities and with State College Airport (SCE) only a five minute drive away.
The camp will feature Guro Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny, Guiding Force of the Dog Brothers and founder/head instructor of Dog Brothers Martial Arts and will include:
- Real Contact Stick Fighting - Kali-Tudo™ - Die Less Often™
Instructor Training will also be given by Guro Ryan "Guard Dog" Gruhn along with a few other special sessions!
For those who are ready, there will be Dog Tag testing at both the practitioner and instructor level at the end of the camp on Sunday.
We have started a Facebook page dedicated to the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association. This is where we will post information regarding the Association, Seminars, Camps and such. It will be used to compliment this "group" which is already in place. This group will continue to be used for discussion and the like! If you haven't already please "like" the page! WOOF!
I had an incredible training session with Guro Crafty yesterday. We made a lot of progress on the curriculum progression for the DBMAA which we can't wait to release!
Aside from that we also worked some "new to me" material which I was extremely impressed with Guro's teaching progression. While the material isn't public yet, I must say that the progression took some movements that I otherwise saw as complicated and made it downright easy for me to pick up. I feel as if I can immediately implement the material in my sparring/fighting and look forward to doing so! Moreover, Guro shared some very new material that he had been working on. I love how DBMA is always evolving, always adapting and always progressing. There is something to be said about Crafty's open mindedness and thirst for progressive thinking.
Those of you who have the opportunity I highly recommend private training with Guro Crafty. It has become a main staple of my trips to the LA area!
I had the pleasure of seeing a preview of the material for the camp when Guro Crafty and I trained together last week. I must say, even my "go to" places of safety against the Time Machine were out of the question as Guro Crafty had an answer for all of my evasive counters. This is one heck of an awesome block of material! WOOF!
We’ve updated the tribe list! Please take a look at it and make sure everything is correct. Moreover, if you are a “Full Dog Brother” we would like to make sure we have the spelling of your name correctly. Please post back here or email email@example.com if there is a discrepancy or your name is not listed and we’ll adjust the list accordingly!
New idea- Conspire to put copies of the KT material in Jon Jones' christmas stocking. I'm highly amused by anyone who manages to pull off moves on pro fighters because they saw tony jaa do them in a movie.
When he came down last year we touched base briefly on some KT type techniques, nothing specific. He is very aware of the outside footwork (Trigg 101). From my experience, he's also very open and has been exposed to Kali footwork via one of my other instructors. We could arrange this if you wanted Guro!
This made me remember the stories I've heard about domesticated dogs that overtake their owner in the event of an attack on their owner. I'll expound:
There have been cases (I'll look for them later and cite them) where an owner's dogs actually join in on an attack of the owner to try and overthrow the alpha of their pack. More or less showing that in other species will join in on a violent act because of pressure from the members of their pack. Other primates do this as well . . .