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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 23, 2014, 02:18:40 AM
Grateful for what I think is that path I will be on for some time.
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: New DVD coming: The re-enactment of the creation of the DBs on: July 27, 2013, 12:41:48 PM
GC,

Is this still in the works?
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 11, 2013, 11:54:51 PM
Grateful to have come to a place where what I perceived to be a MAJOR problem that was severely affecting my sense of self-worth can now be seen as an exciting opportunity, and that is NOT me "making lemonade" out of the lemons I felt I was being handed. TAC!
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 06, 2013, 01:51:18 PM
Grateful to have DBMA in my life.
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 22, 2013, 12:23:34 AM
Grateful for two of my martial arts students who have come back recently and really poured their hearts and souls into training. They will be testing for rank next week. I am very proud of them.
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 10, 2013, 03:03:45 PM
Grateful for a great last few days of training with many friends (old and new) and wth some of my instructors.
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 2013 Dog Brothers Tribal Gathering of the Pack on: May 05, 2013, 05:07:54 PM
I was planning on stopping by the last day of the Tribal today to see everyone and wish them well. I am fighting a pretty bad cough today. I would have come by if it were just the sniffles, but I'm feeling pretty congested. Sorry to not be able to stop by.

I hope no one sustained any serious injuries (beyond what I already read about on FB).

GD
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 26, 2013, 10:12:07 AM
Grateful to finish one of two weeks of state testing at the high school at which I teach; this week actually shaped up to be quite fun.
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 22, 2013, 07:33:11 PM
Grateful for a short nap.
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 20, 2013, 11:35:56 AM
Congrats on embarking on the journey again, JC!

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Grateful for the quality police work in Boston.  Well done!

I am grateful for the same.

I have been away from these boards for a while, but I would like to start posting on here a bit more regularly again.
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 12, 2013, 09:51:30 AM
I'm grateful for an opportunity.
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: New DVD coming: The re-enactment of the creation of the DBs on: February 04, 2013, 10:46:31 AM
Sled Dog - I am not alone in my huge amount of respect for you, both for who you were, and who you are.

Guro Crafty - I can literally feel my heart rate go up a little at the thought of seeing the DVD.
13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 31, 2013, 08:10:30 PM
Grateful for an uneventful day (in a good way).
14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 30, 2013, 10:04:18 AM
Grateful for a much better perspective than I had yesterday.
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 25, 2013, 05:55:31 PM
Grateful for my students, my instructors (legends), my mentors/instructors in around my age range, and an emergent set of martial arts contemporaries in my life: people who I either teach in one context and train with in another, or people I teach who know just as much as I do in other areas.
16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 11, 2013, 10:09:09 AM
Kaju,

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I have my art...once again

Reading that sentence makes me very happy; I'm grateful you wrote that.
17  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 10, 2013, 07:38:51 PM
Grateful for the sense of being a member of a LARGE, multi-faceted community that comes from involvement in the martial arts.
18  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 08, 2013, 02:34:22 PM
Grateful for routine.
19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: January 07, 2013, 01:25:52 PM
Grateful for a wonderful week of vacation in Europe with my wife. Now back to training!
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Howie: Rest in Peace----RIP on: December 26, 2012, 03:44:17 PM
This news is deeply affecting. I will miss Dog Howie forever. His strength and his heart are examples for us all.
21  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Evil in Connecticut on: December 17, 2012, 01:52:17 PM
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Actually the takeaway comes from years of working in law enforcement, often at the nexus of the criminal justice system and the mentally ill.

Okay. The context of your frustration is better understood.

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Forgive me, but getting called a dick on the forum doesn't exactly get my pulse racing.

Good. The pieces you posted are insightful.

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I'm blunt, I say what I see. I don't sugarcoat things. That's how I communicate things. You can call it however you like to.

Now I'm clear that you are expressing a written reaction to a topic about which you are passionate.

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Because seconds matter in school attacks, only the arming of school staff by means of concealed handguns can possibly deter attacks and save lives.

GM - I am a public high school teacher in southern California. The line above caught my attention. The information about districts with concealed carry permits is also fascinating. Is there a particular department in my district I should contact to find out what our policy is regarding concealed carry permits? I realize CA is a "May Grant" state and depending on the county a CCW might be impossible to obtain, but I would like more information.

When I got home from work last Friday, my wife and I had a chance to debrief the shooting for the first time. I said something like, "We (educators) need a highly-regulated way to conceal weapons in the classroom. Even if the average school site only has 20-25% of the staff armed, that is a huge deterrant."

No sarcasm intended, but I really would like more information if you would be willing to supply it.
22  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: True or False? Frauds, Fantasy, and the Fantastical on: December 17, 2012, 07:59:50 AM
Tom,

Having grown up with the movie Bloodsport (that movie got me into Tae Kwon Do when I was 11), it never occurred to me in my youth that when the movie was supposed to be based on a true story, the story had been embellished. I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind please sharing some of your more memorable Frank Dux stories (good or bad) in this thread? I'd really like to know more about what your time was like with the man, and what your no-doubt evolving impression of him was as time went on.

GD

PS - Almost a decade ago, I spent over $600 on seminars with a man who had photoshopped his face over the face of someone in a picture with Bruce Lee, and claimed to be a private student. We've all been there as far as putting our well-intentioned beliefs into someone who does not deserve them.
23  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Evil in Connecticut on: December 17, 2012, 07:48:23 AM
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Good thing the left pushed through deinstitutionalization decades ago.

What a brilliant takeaway from that article, GM.
Since tone can sometimes be hard to convey on an Internet discussion board, let me confirm the presence of scathing sarcasm in the previous sentence.

No doubt that you'll counter by writing that I am trying to suppress you opinion or your expression. Let me save you the trouble by writing that your right to your opinions and your freedom of expression are good things.

Just please stop purposefully being a dick.
24  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 12, 2012, 09:57:26 AM
Grateful to have completed a minor task.
25  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 30, 2012, 06:00:25 PM
Grateful to have the rock that is martial arts in my life.
26  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Point Dog on: November 30, 2012, 05:59:26 PM
Congratulations, Guro Point Dog!
27  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / San Fran woman chases away burgler with bear spray & bokken on: November 30, 2012, 04:26:24 PM
http://shine.yahoo.com/work-money/san-francisco-woman-apprehends-burglar-bear-spray-live-184900837.html
28  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 28, 2012, 11:42:43 PM
Grateful that my little garage group has started gaining some momentum.
29  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 27, 2012, 09:38:55 AM
Grateful for getting what feels like enough sleep.
30  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 24, 2012, 03:12:13 PM
Grateful for a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Due to some family dynamics, we had two separate dinners. I am happily fasting today!
31  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 22, 2012, 12:33:37 PM
A beautiful selection, GC.

Grateful for a LARGE gathering of family for Thanksgiving that will take place at my home for the first time in my life. How blessed and humbled I am to be an adult with a young family of my own, and a home in which to host the day.
32  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 14, 2012, 11:40:54 PM
Grateful for anyone who approaches a teacher with an authentic hunger for knowledge.
33  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 13, 2012, 09:45:10 AM
Grateful for the current week.
34  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 12, 2012, 12:47:18 PM
My deepest gratitude for our Veterans.
35  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fire Hydrant: Howls from Crafty Dog, Rules of the Road, etc on: November 08, 2012, 09:45:37 AM
Grateful for a small, but enjoybale class last night.
36  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 07, 2012, 09:59:25 AM
Grateful for a pretty darn good "draft" of a project.
37  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 05, 2012, 05:16:50 PM
Grateful something is almost finished.
38  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 29, 2012, 11:56:44 AM
My son tripped last night and cut his scalp fairly deeply. I'm grateful that while he needed four staples last night, today he is acting like he feels just fine.

Also, prayers for my friends on the east coast. I hope you are safe, any damage that comes your way is minor.
39  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Lonely Dog's Workout clips on: October 20, 2012, 04:51:05 PM
Guro Lonely,

A sincere thanks for these clips. They are very valuable.

Your Friend,

GD
40  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 20, 2012, 12:43:28 PM
Grateful for some renewal.
41  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A Father's Question on: October 13, 2012, 02:52:57 PM
SG - I teach 11th grade AP English at the #2 ranked public high school in San Bernardino County (the largest country in the lower 48). On one hand, the students are under enormous pressure, made even worse by the economy which is making college admission, and even securing classes once admitted incredibly difficult. By the same token, this is my 10th year as a secondary public school teacher; every year, the character/morals of the kids seems different. It's completely inconsistent. Some years, the kids are finding ways to legitimately complete inhuman amounts of work and activities, and then the next year, they are all copying their The Scarlet Letter essay from the same PH.D. candidate's blog. When it's your kid, and you're watching them work themselves to death, I can only imagine what that feels like. It's not very comforting in the moment, but you need to do everything you can to let your daughter know that her hard work will pay off. Even being an educator in southern California, I understand the admission process for NYC public high school system, and I have read about "Stuy"; your daughters achievements are already amazing. Please keep us posted of her progress.

BD - Having small children of my own, it's the idea of their molestation/kidnapping/murders that taps me into the mindset of taking horrible, American Psycho-like revenge on their attackers. I'm glad that very little in this life takes me to that place mentally, but the thought of someone damaging them with finality certainly does.

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42  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 13, 2012, 02:22:13 PM
I'm grateful a particularly challenging portion of the academic year has already passed.
43  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A second "Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack"? on: October 13, 2012, 02:20:01 PM
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No, this is a reasonable discussion!    I demand that you disagree with me!    I don't come onto the internet for reasonable debate! 

You make some fine points. Since everyone usually looks like they are full of a little less piss and vinegar on the second day anyway, the 1. full-day Tribal on Saturday 2. Traditionally scheduled Open on Sunday model would work just fine.

I will admit that I have been attempting to reconcile my role as a fighter with my role as a teacher and a father for the last two years, and while I am by no means retired, I have not made the CA Tribal for the last two years, so I don't know if the old Temecula formula of 1. fight from roughly 11 until 2pm 2. Lunch break 3. fight until late afternoon/early evening/the beginnings of sunset model for Saturday is still in play, which was what I had in mind when I made my suggestion above.

Your points also seem reasonable, and by adopting that model, that might be the closest we can get to making as many people happy as possible.

 grin Since I have clearly not satisfied your Internet-fed addiction for the complete absence of civil discourse, here you go:

YOU'RE SO STUPID, POINT DOG! IF OUR REAL NAMES WERE EASILY ACCESSIBLE ANYWHERE ON THIS SITE, I WOULD SHOW UP AND KICK YOUR ASS. MY TRUCK ALSO HAS WAY BIGGER TIRES AND A LARGER TAP OUT STICKER ON THE BACK WINDOW THAN YOURS. YOU'VE BEEN FU&%IN' WARNED. DON'T EVER GO OVER MY FU%$IN' HEAD AGAIN, YOU MOTHERFU&%ER! (Okay, the last part was Joe Pesci's dialogue from when he's yelling at DeNiro in Casino).

Okay? I've insulted you with no real provocation and threatened to beat you up; is your world still crashing in on itself, or has order been restored?  grin
44  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A second "Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack"? on: October 12, 2012, 06:11:29 PM
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I think any Tribe event should procede any open.  One of the reasons that the Tribal day is before the Open day is because of that strange thing that happens the day following a day of fighting, you're calmer, things click better, etc.  Is it and unfair advantage to Tribe members on the second day? Well, if you have advange...    Any advantage should remain with the Tribe.

I also don't sync with the idea of:

"Fighters who made Dog at the Open can continue fighting."

If it's someones second Gathering then they may make Dog, they also might not. Can't remember who said it but "You may be the best stickfighter in the world, but if you're a dick you'll never be a Dog Brother."  Many might feel that they 'did' two Gatherings and are staying on... and when they weren't allowed to....  Why create a problem when it's easily avoidable?  Also, just a personal thing, I like the feel of the day when the dubbings are the finale of the day.  You never know who's going to get dubbed, etc, personally I get a big buzz from it!

Okay.  smiley
45  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A second "Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack"? on: October 12, 2012, 12:27:16 PM
We started having a single one-day Open, and a single two-day Tribal each year in California after the three-day 20th anniversary Gathering in 2008. I remember that some were opposed to making a weekend tribal an annual event at that time.

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Regarding not being able to make a specific Gathering, sorry, but shit happens. If something is important enough to you, you will find a way. Hawaii doesn't have 2 official Ironman's because some people can't fly out there in a certain month. If you want to do it you plan accordingly. Life does sometimes get in the way, like weddings, deployments, etc. C'est la vie. Practice your art, sharpen your blade and surprise people even more at the next one. Having people spend some time between Gatherings (with the assumption that skills are improving in between and people are working towards a goal)  is beneficial so that when fighters become part of the tribe there is a certain "quality control". Time alone does not assure this, but lack of time will certainly not help quality control. Things worth having need to be earned. What's the hurry?

This is gold from C-D.D. Please remember that the paragraph above was written by a Texan, which makes it mean more than it would coming from a Californian who lives an hour from most of the West Coast Gathering sites here.

My suggestion is this:

Hold the next Gathering on an agreed upon weekend (in another thread, it looks like May 4th and 5th is pulling ahead).

1. On the Saturday of that weekend, start the Open around 9-9:30 am.
2. Break for lunch around 2ish.
3. An hour later, part 1 of the Tribal begins on Saturday for about 2 to 3 hours (on until the sun starts to set). Fighters who made Dog at the Open can continue fighting.

4. Sunday is Tribe only, say from 11 until everyone has had enough.

Sadly, no option will accommodate 100% of people 100% of the time.
46  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 04, 2012, 10:02:26 AM
I have lost the ability to speak above a whisper. I am grateful that I got through teaching last night in my garage before my voice gave out, and that this has happened to me before and I know I can get through the work day with Power Point and body language.
47  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: "Craftyisms" on: October 02, 2012, 12:03:41 PM
Having explained the context in which we use "vaginitis" in DBMA to my wife yesterday, she said, "Tell Guro Marc, as a woman, I not only approve of that usage, but I think it's great."
48  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 02, 2012, 12:00:33 PM
Congrats on your home, Kaju.

Grateful for surviving my first cold of the academic year. I stayed home yesterday feeling dreadful. Today, I am back at work feeling pleasantly disconnected from my body, and the last medication I took was over 14 hours ago.
49  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 9/23/12 Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack on: September 23, 2012, 12:29:54 PM
Wishing everyone a great day of transformation, and nothing more than light bruising and stick hickies!
50  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: September 06, 2012, 09:56:35 AM
Grateful to have met some nice, new potential students last night.
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