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201  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 21, 2011, 09:29:30 AM
Grateful to be days away from some stillness.
202  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 20, 2011, 09:36:19 AM
Grateful for a sense of renewal regarding a particular endeavour.
203  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 19, 2011, 01:01:26 PM
Grateful for good music in my life. Nothing specific, just the general soundtrack of my life right now. Grateful to be alive in a time in which I can transport my entire music collection in a single, small object, because I thought it was pretty cool when I bought my first CD at 11.
204  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 18, 2011, 09:27:05 AM
Grateful for a particular work assignment.
205  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 15, 2011, 11:49:18 AM
Grateful to be able to bring about creative expression in others.
206  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 14, 2011, 09:48:50 AM
Grateful that a 24/36 hour cold is making its exit from our house.
207  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 13, 2011, 12:05:33 PM
Grateful for the pace of the day.
208  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 12, 2011, 09:43:31 AM
Continued prayers for Japan.

Grateful to be able to maintain some levity about two situations.
209  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List on: April 08, 2011, 01:07:10 AM
I'm in for both days.
210  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 07, 2011, 09:52:24 AM
Grateful to have worked it out so that my wife can participate in a yoga retreat.
211  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Solo training on: April 07, 2011, 09:50:22 AM
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I know the type of fencing mask I need. That's a question that I have found answered many times in many places. But should I bring gloves as well? What kind would you recommend?

Hockey gloves are too much. I fight in leather work gloves. I think I've seen Guro Poi Dog fight in batting gloves. In eather case, there's no real padding to speak of. Pappy Dog makes a fine pair of gloves that offer less padding than hockey gloves, but more than work/batting gloves. I've seen many people fight while wearing them.

Beyond that, MAKE SURE you have groin protection. I also wear light elbow and knee pads. I would bring all the sticks you have. You might surprise yourself and want to fight with a different stick than you've been training with/planning to use.

All of the resources being suggested are excellent places to begin to fill in what you perceive to be holes in your game. Your participation will reveal more. That's just the way it goes.

What I can offer is perhaps philosophical. If you're nervous the day of, know that nerves (chatter) is a part of the experience. Also, in my experience, the fighters offer a rare opportunity; it's a group of people who are seeing things exactly as you are. I have never intereacted with anyone at a Gathering who didn't

1. have a great sense of humor
2. go out of their way to make sure I knew that even though we would be fighting with minimal protection and rattan sticks, they had my back in a manner of speaking. That is not to write that they would "take it easy" on me, but that they could show me my limitations without breaking me.

Other than that, try to stay present. Watch the other fights. Be a part of things. Yes, after a fight it's okay to get your breath, assess any damage, and talk with your last partner about what just took place. Beyond that, be part of the fighters and watch the other fights!

The majority of the people in the venue will be spectators. You will not be. You're a participant. Even if you're not one of the people engaged in the current fight, you are still involved in the day on a deeper level than the folks in the seats. When you finish your first knife fight, or your first stickfight of the day, and your nerves quiet, try to enjoy yourself and appreciate the day.
212  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 06, 2011, 11:34:32 PM
Grateful to have students who seem to LOVE training as much as I do.
213  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Mini Gathering in New Braunfels, TX - May 7th on: April 06, 2011, 11:26:26 PM
Rick,

Your post reads like a great opportunity for folks in your area to get hooked on RCSF and its benefits! Best of luck to you. I know it will be an excellent day.

GD
214  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 05, 2011, 10:11:04 AM
Grateful for having support on limitless possibilities.
215  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: New DBMA Classes Starting March 1st in Chino Hills, California on: April 05, 2011, 10:09:36 AM
Understood. Hope to train with you in the future.
216  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Solo training on: April 05, 2011, 10:08:11 AM
JS,

The majority of the preparation I did for my first few gatherings was solo. I will preface that by saying I had been part of a padded stick fighting class that met/fought regularly for the better part of two years before I started fighting. IMHO, sign up, show up, and fight. Then you'll know what it is. Like many things in life, you can know yourself very well, but speculation will remain speculation until you do the thing about which you're speculating!
217  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: April 04, 2011, 11:21:03 AM
Grateful to be able to create in the moment.
218  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 31, 2011, 11:00:28 PM
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Congratulations Guide Dog on successfully defending your dissertation. That is an awesome accomplishment!

Thank you for the kind words, Rachel!
219  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: New DBMA Classes Started March 1st in Chino Hills, California on: March 30, 2011, 11:49:35 PM
At the risk of being self-promoting, I am going to move this thread back to the top. I am a high school teacher, and I just successfully defended my dissertation to earn my Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) from the University of La Verne. My next goal is to open a commercial martial arts school. I simply do not have the money to do so on pure speculation right now, so I am hoping to build my student base before moving to a commercial facility.

With my first month of regular classes coming to a close, I have 9 students signed up for monthly training. When I hit 15, I will feel good about renting a facility in the Chino/Chino Hills area. If you live inland, and do not have access to Guro Crafty, or some of the other amazing instructors based to the west of us folks in the IE (that's Inland Empire to non-Cali people), please take a look at my Website and think about making it out for a free evening of training. My current rates for regular training are well below industry standards. In the future, when when I am in a bigger facility and offering more hours of class a week, your current rates will stay the same forever as a way of my saying thank you for starting with me from the beginning.

We already have tee-shirts, a curriculum, a student manual, and a collection of training equipment. All we need are more students to warrant moving to a bigger place. There is no catch. There is no other instructor in the area offering classes in the arts I teach.

http://stoopsma.com

I look forward to meeting you soon.
220  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 30, 2011, 09:48:17 AM
Grateful to be in the presence of positive energy.
221  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 29, 2011, 01:53:14 PM
Grateful for another professional challenge to come to a close today.
222  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 25, 2011, 10:59:56 PM
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Where else would today be? 

Grateful to have successfully defended my doctoral dissertation about three hours ago.
223  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 25, 2011, 09:56:16 AM
Grateful that today is here.
224  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 23, 2011, 10:46:07 AM
Graetful to attempt to overcome a high level of anxiety regarding an event this week.
225  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 22, 2011, 09:37:50 AM
Grateful to have not overreacted to a stressful situation this morning.
226  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fire Hydrant: Howls from Crafty Dog, Rules of the Road, etc on: March 19, 2011, 06:03:02 PM
I like the new look of both the public and the member's sites.
227  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 19, 2011, 06:01:50 PM
Grateful to have a supportive wife who let me take class this morning and then teach for 3 hours, all while watching our two (crazy) children.
228  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 18, 2011, 11:14:44 PM
Grateful to actually have students.
229  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 17, 2011, 02:55:55 PM
Grateful to be in a better frame of mind than I was an hour ago.
230  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 16, 2011, 03:20:26 PM
Grateful that the stressful part of my work day is over.
231  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 15, 2011, 04:08:22 PM
Thank you, Guro.

The high school at which I teach is up for California Distinguished School recognition. Tomorrow is our validation visitation.

My dissertation defense is next Friday, which is..."surreal" is the only word that fits right now.
232  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 15, 2011, 10:41:10 AM
Grateful for today, a prep day for tomorrow: a very important day in regards to my work.
233  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 14, 2011, 03:38:44 PM
Grateful to have a positive outlook on a current challenge.
234  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 13, 2011, 10:39:12 PM
Grateful for four days of wonderful training that went by in a flash.
235  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 11, 2011, 11:49:45 PM
Grateful for a fun dinner with friends. Prayers for those lost and injured in Japan.
236  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 11, 2011, 01:27:36 AM
I am defending my doctoral dissertation two weeks from tomorrow. I am grateful to have received the spiral bound copy for the defense in the mail today from my editor. I am also grateful for a day of excellent training amongst good friends.
237  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 08, 2011, 10:32:30 AM
Grateful to have received the electronic and second-to-final-draft version of one of the most important documents of my life today.
238  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Damage Potential of Stick -vs- Light Protection on: March 08, 2011, 10:31:26 AM
James,

Think back to the original UFC. How many deaths were there? Yes, if memory serves, the Sumo guy had his jaw broken by a well placed kick, and I think the Savate guy broke his hand. Just think about the striking, ignore the grappling.

Yes, there was no biting or eye gouging allowed, but how many people involved were permanently debilitated? None, and that was the first time that people boasting, "If I were to really let my attacks go, people would die" had an opportunity to see if that was true. What did we learn? Many of the techniques we thought were deadly turned out to be nullified by fighting in the adrenal state.

Now, turning our attention to RCSF, this also turns out to be true much of the time. The midline horizontal shots we are taught are so deadly in many systems really don't do much in the adrenal state. One of my post-gathering rituals is to go home, take of my shirt and have my wife help me with injury inventory because, frankly, MOST of the shots I don't feel during a Gathering. This is not to say that I haven't been hit hard or that the organization doesn't boast skilled fighters because I have and it does.

Body shots, if they are only leaving a stick hickey, are not severe enough in the adrenal state to be a worry. This is one of the gifts of fighting in a Gathering, rather than training for and speculating about things like hand shots, I have expereinced hand shots.

Yes, there are injuries. Yes, I have seen broken bones and blood. I'm fairly certain I have fractured some small bones in my right hand at a Gathering, but I never gone to the doctor (yet) because in a short time, the pain went away. After one of the last tribal Gatherings at which I fought, I had something like 10 fights (not counting knife fights) in two days, and I went and took a Kali/JKD class the next day. Why? To prove something? To be a "tough guy"?

No. I went to class because the more effort I put into making a Gathering seem like a semi-regular training event, rather than a life-threatening test, the less I have to focus on nerves and the more I can focus on being present during the Gathering, enjoying the tribe members (because, and this is the truth, DBMA attracts some of the nicest, most authentic, funny guys you could ever meet), and enjoying the special nature of the fact that only a handful of people in the world want to do RCSF, and I get to be one of them.

Again, not to be a "tough guy", but to be in that elite number, and be able to bring that self-discovery to my life, my family, my classroom (I teach high school), and my martial arts students.

The human body is capable of handling a lot more than we think it can in our crucible-less, initiation-free culture. That's what I've found to be true.

GD
239  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 07, 2011, 02:04:02 PM
Grateful for confusion having become clarity on some work issues.
240  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 06, 2011, 01:57:55 PM
Grateful my wife is so good with our children.
241  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 05, 2011, 02:58:38 PM
Grateful for a good first week of the next phase in the continuing adventure.
242  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 04, 2011, 01:47:10 PM
Grateful for the hope of some stillness this weekend.
243  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 03, 2011, 09:18:15 AM
My wife is sick, so I am staying home to see that she gets some rest and gets better. Grateful to have seen my son off to school a few minutes ago.
244  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: March 02, 2011, 01:40:00 PM
Grateful to have the martial arts in my life.
245  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: New DBMA Classes Starting March 1st in Chino Hills, California on: March 01, 2011, 10:04:01 AM
Classes start tonight at 7PM. Tee-shirts arrived yesterday. If you would like to attend, please send me an e-mail: bryan@stoopsma.com
246  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 27, 2011, 05:38:56 PM
Grateful for a fine day of training amongst nice people.
247  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 26, 2011, 03:17:48 AM
Grateful to have a great training space coming together.
248  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 25, 2011, 03:25:05 AM
Grateful for a mentor to have taken the time this evening to communicate in an honest and open manner.
249  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Poi Dog on: February 25, 2011, 03:22:30 AM
Poi,

You know I have mad respect for you. You're one of my favorite people to beat up and get beaten up by "a little bit". Anyone who has spoken with you/fought you knows that you "get" it on multiple levels. Congrats, brother!

GD
250  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: February 22, 2011, 06:55:52 PM
Felt terrible yesterday. Took today off from work and felt terrible for most of the day. I have a minor headache at this point, but I think I need to down some more water. Grateful to be feeling better.
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