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101  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 20, 2012, 03:33:25 PM
Grateful for an idea.
102  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 19, 2012, 04:43:52 PM
My wife is suffering from a minor medical matter today. I'm grateful it is minor.
103  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 17, 2012, 05:54:44 PM
Grateful for one of the nicest letters I have ever received.
104  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 16, 2012, 12:48:02 PM
Grateful to have a small matter over and done with.
105  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 13, 2012, 02:43:49 PM
Grateful for my wife, and my mother. Happy Mother's Day to all.
106  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 12, 2012, 01:30:09 PM
Grateful for a silly morning with my kids, and the wife.
107  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 26, 2012, 05:54:14 PM
I'm a high school teacher, so I measure years in terms of the academic calendar.

The 2011-2012, year has gone much differently for me than I predicted it would. I'm profoundly grateful for it (even though it's not quite over) but it's been a challenging year, filled with a lot of growth.

I have been off the grid for a little while in terms of the forums. I may be gone for a little while longer still, but I am not leaving for good. I hope everyone had a good April.

GD
108  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 06, 2012, 11:51:55 PM
Prayers for several people in trouble in my life. Not dangerous trouble, but trouble nonetheless.
109  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 07, 2012, 01:39:09 PM
Grateful for the near completion of a project.
110  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 06, 2012, 03:57:10 PM
Grateful for 2012. So far, so good.
111  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Guide Dog launching supplemental Website on: February 03, 2012, 02:59:53 AM
I have been away from these boards for a few weeks. I have been hard at work on a new Academy Website, and the Website below:

http://www.martial-arts-wisdom-for-everyday-people.com

The idea is pretty simple. If statistics show us the majority of the world's population will not engage in regular martial arts study, what if the major life lessons could be extracted and filtered for non-martial artists to use as self-improvement concepts?

There is some video content. I'm interested in what martial artists have to say about this idea.

Thank You,

GD
112  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guide Dog Opening Martial Arts School in Pomona, California on: February 03, 2012, 02:53:55 AM
I have been away from these boards for a while working on a new Website for my Academy, please check it out at:

http://stoops-martial-arts-academy.com/

GD
113  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 03, 2012, 02:50:46 AM
Grateful to reach a stopping point (just to breathe, not stop all together) on two projects. Grateful to be back here on these boards.
114  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 31, 2011, 01:18:09 PM
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And my wife and I are grateful to have found someone we trust to watch our children while we go out for New Year's for the first time in  , , , , 13 years?!?   

Rock on, Guro. I hope you an PK have a great time.

Grateful for a most excellent year. Happy New Year to all!
115  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 30, 2011, 10:52:19 AM
I am always wiped out by the time we reach this space between X-mas/Hanukkah and New Year's. My wife likes BIG New Year's Eve plans; I don't care. I don't need a day/season to get me moving on projects.

Grateful for low-key New Year's Eve plans with which my wife seems satisfied.
116  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 16, 2011, 06:40:48 PM
Dear Winter Vacation,

You arrived today with the wind at your back. LOTS and LOTS of wind. I am grateful for you.

Sincerely,

Guide Dog  grin
117  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 15, 2011, 09:45:39 AM
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Gratful to be teaching tonite, even if it is only 1

Amen, Kaju.
118  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 14, 2011, 10:16:40 AM
Prayers for those injured/killed in the attack yesterday in Belgium.
119  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 13, 2011, 10:13:26 AM
Grateful for some impending fun over the next few days.
120  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 11, 2011, 10:48:11 AM
Grateful for the beginnings of two new projects.
121  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 05, 2011, 11:07:15 AM
Grateful to be one day closer to the holidays.
122  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 04, 2011, 11:23:30 AM
Grateful to come back around to some old questions.
123  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 03, 2011, 03:23:31 PM
Grateful for a relaxing morning with my wife and kids.
124  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 02, 2011, 10:11:46 AM
Grateful for Friday and the holidays now visible on the horizon.
125  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: CNN Piece - Dog Brothers: Martial Arts to the max on: December 02, 2011, 10:10:51 AM
Watched it this morning. I really enjoyed the piece. Everyone interviewed came off as eloquent in relaxed, informal manner. DB has ANOTHER great video piece with which to increase public awareness. Pieces like this only make me even prouder than I already am to be involved with the organization.
126  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: December 01, 2011, 10:01:49 AM
November was a fine month, but I am grateful to greet December.
127  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 30, 2011, 03:05:52 PM
Grateful for a fun day with my students.
128  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 29, 2011, 10:56:23 AM
Grateful for an all around great evening last night.
129  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 21, 2011, 02:43:09 PM
Grateful for extra sleep. I'm not complaining, but I had forgotten what it felt like to be somewhat well-rested.
130  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 17, 2011, 12:24:01 AM
I'm grateful for my students in both of the schools at which I teach.
131  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 07, 2011, 04:19:40 PM
Grateful that this is a four-day work week.
132  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 04, 2011, 10:03:16 AM
Grateful for the possability of a real vacation.
133  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 02, 2011, 09:55:04 AM
While October was a fine month, I'm grateful to see November.
134  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: November 01, 2011, 01:35:36 PM
Grateful for the completion of some daunting work looming in the near future.
135  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 31, 2011, 10:48:24 AM
Prayers to everyone celebrating for a safe, fun Halloween.
136  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 29, 2011, 05:23:15 PM
Grateful for a day of fall/winter cleaning around my home. It is very much needed.
137  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Workshop w/ Guide Dog on: October 29, 2011, 05:22:34 PM
Thanks, GM.

The "hunting by touch" theory is right in line with my material. We guide offline, blind, and cut off the hands of the zombie in about a second in my material before making sure the undead can no longer bite.

GD
138  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 28, 2011, 09:37:07 AM
A 12th grader at the high school at which I teach English passed away yesterday morning, before school. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Prayers for his family and friends.
139  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Workshop w/ Guide Dog on: October 27, 2011, 01:57:24 PM
I like this one:

http://www.gerbergear.com/Apocalypse/Gear/Survival-Series-Parang_31-000698

I was thinking of a machete length blade, but I don't like the serrated edge I'm seeing on one side of many of the basic machete models. I need something with good balance that cuts right through flesh and bone.

The majority of my workshop is aimed at use of a single blade like the one above, with the last 20%ish being aimed at the same sequence for double machete.
140  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 27, 2011, 10:09:38 AM
Grateful for a Thursday that is in no way making me reach for Friday.
141  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Workshop w/ Guide Dog on: October 27, 2011, 10:08:48 AM
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Sounds like a blast!  Wish I could go.

Not to be too self-promoting, but the footage will be used for a commercially available DVD which should be finished by late November.

Work will also soon begin on the first two curriculum DVD's from my academy. I tweaked my curriculum guide for about a year before I began using it with students, and it is still evolving. It is a guided progression through eight arts in two tracks (armed and unarmed).

Without too much auto-back patting, I have been able to move a variety of people with different body types and varying prior martial arts experience to satisfactory levels of physical competency, so I'm fairly satisfied with it for the moment.
142  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 26, 2011, 09:48:54 AM
I was down for two days with what my doc called "stress-related lower back cramping". Grateful to be feeling better; I am back at work and I will be back teaching the FMA's tonight.

GC - I reads like Conrad took away a lot more from the experience than his medal. I have to ask: Is fighting at a Gathering something you might want for your children in their futures?
143  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 22, 2011, 10:30:37 AM
Grateful for now being fully awake and ready to go after my kids having started the day (morning) earlier than I wanted to.
144  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 21, 2011, 04:21:02 PM
Grateful for the excitement that comes with assigning one of my favorite projects of the year to my high school students: make a 90 second to 2 and a half minute trailer (preview) for the different works of core literature explored in grades 9 through 12.

The kids are very excited and so am I!
145  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 20, 2011, 10:07:56 AM
Grateful for a having an afternoon spent with my family in my sights.
146  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Workshop w/ Guide Dog on: October 20, 2011, 10:07:10 AM
C-Yo,

I'm thinking bladed weapons, and stipulating that if the outbreak is the "if you get zombie blood in your eyes, you are infected in 30 seconds" type, you're just screwed, period. Blunt impact weapon shots to the head can still bring blood, and hitting the jaw to destroy the zombie's ability to bite is a major idea in my material.

The 28 Days Later zombies all seem to spit blood purposefully to infect anyway. Oh well, it's my simulation, and I say that in my scenario as long as the zombies don't bite you, you're not infected.  cheesy

GD
147  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Workshop w/ Guide Dog on: October 20, 2011, 01:15:12 AM
C-Yo Dog,

No worries. I don't think it's disrespectful/negative to ask questions, so you have nothing to apologize for.  smiley

In fact, the workshop is purposefully exploring a horror fiction motif (a zombie apocalypse) to make the participants realize that martial arts run deeper than fighting techniques. Scenario training and disaster preparation play a part as well. DBMA was one of the first arts to really open my eyes to thinking outside of the box in terms of being a martial artist/scholar.

I am married with two small children. If we were alerted to the outbreak while still home, obviously, we would prep as quickly as possible and attempt to make it to the car that could get us the furthest (my wife has a hybrid, so we would take that car.) We maintain earthquake supplies (we live in SoCal) which we would quickly pack into a more easily carried container. We keep our cars parked on the street, directly in front of our home. We would visually sweep the area, unlock the car from inside using our remote, and get into the car as quickly as possible.

I would actually favor the idea presented in Zack Snyder's remake of Dawn of the Dead and head somewhere like Newport Beach, or Marina del Rey to find a boat to steal. En route to the boat, we would find a store containing food and water that was contained in a small one/two room building (a convenience store or gas station food mart). I would be the only one to go into the store, and before doing so, we would try to find some heavy objects to throw through some of the windows of the building to see if any zombies came out. My wife would be under strict instructions to leave me behind if I was not out in a few minutes.

I imagine we would stay on the boat for as long as possible, using our radio to establish contact with other survivors. We would be weary of other boats, particularly large ones. If it's a small boat, and the survivors aboard could come out and prove they are not infected, great. If it's a cruise ship, that's too much room for zombie stowaways.

I don't know that I would want to be the last man on earth. That sounds fun for about a week.

Shooting the undead in the head from long range is probably the safest means of dispatching them, but my workshop is aimed more at using longer bladed weapons to dispatch them if say my family was confronted by zombies on the way to the car. I can deal with slow, lumbering Night of the Living Dead zombies, or even the Snyder, Dawn of the Dead fast zombies using my curriculum, and by the time you put them down for good with my material, they will not be a threat to anyone.

And I was serious in a previous post: the same material would work just fine on a vampire with one targeting change from the zombie material, as well as on a werewolf, but you would need a long bladed weapon made of pure silver.

Hot damn, I love scary movies and Halloween so much!

GD




148  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: October 19, 2011, 12:06:11 PM
Grateful for some new students; their training has been a pleasure.
149  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: My Silat in Indonesia Adventures on: October 19, 2011, 10:50:16 AM
Sheep Dog,

Great to hear from you. Keep your stories coming. I hope your training remains satisfying.

Take Care,
GD
150  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Strategies for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Workshop w/ Guide Dog on: October 18, 2011, 09:55:41 AM
You guys are too much!

I'm aware of the origins of many of our holidays, but nothing seems to tick as many people off as Halloween. Again, "The Annual, Secular Celebration of Scary Story Motifs" - It's catchy, right?

Oh, the material I will be teaching would also work for vampires and werewolves, but you would need at least a machete-length blade made out of pure silver for consistency across categories.  grin
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