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51  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guide Dog Opening Martial Arts School in Pomona, California on: September 05, 2012, 02:05:55 PM
After a great year of teaching in my facility in Pomona, California, I have made the decision to move my classes back into my garage in Chino Hills.

I am a full-time high school teacher with two little children (5 and 3), and the timing is simply off. Even at three days a week (I was teaching Monday - Wednesday from 5 until 9), that's just too much time away from my kids and my wife. I really tried last year to be everything to everybody, but I'm only one person. I don't want anyone to think I gave up without a fight. I will absolutely think about trying again later when my kids are a little older.

On the upside, I logged something like 500 hours of teaching martial arts this year, I have a DVD in the works, and now I have some really nice equipment for the garage. I will also actually be able to get back to my own training (I did WAY more teaching than training last year). I did not go bankrupt, or lose my house; I just did not renew my lease.

I am currently going to be teaching Wednesdays from 5 - 9 PM in my garage. I am in the 91709 zipcode in Chino Hills, California. I will teach two hours of my empty handed blend (JKD, Thai Boxing, Wing Chun, Silat, Savate, Mixed Grappling) and two hours of FMA (Inosnato/LaCoste and DBMA).

If you are local, and you would like to train, please send me a message at stoopsmartialarts@gmail.com and I will send you the details.

GD
52  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: September 05, 2012, 11:22:47 AM
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Grateful for GD keeping this thread alive. Grateful the clock's still ticking.

Good to hear from you, KD. I miss you, Brother!

Grateful for a training session last night that taxed me.
53  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: September 04, 2012, 10:13:04 AM
Grateful to know I will meet a deadline.
54  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 31, 2012, 05:32:00 PM
Grateful for the possibility of relief in one life area.
55  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 30, 2012, 03:10:33 PM
Grateful to finish a task yesterday.
56  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 29, 2012, 09:20:55 AM
Grateful for movement on several planes.
57  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 26, 2012, 10:06:39 AM
Profoundly grateful for my children this morning. Yes, since I became a dad, I have less time to devote to being a deadly stick fighter. Frankly, since I became a dad, I have less time for everything. Anyone who tells you that having kids is 100% smooth sailing is lying. Sometimes, my kids are like cigarettes; they are shaving minutes/years off of my life. However, all of that stuff you hear about being fulfilled by being a parent is true. It's nothing to take lightly, though. Becoming a full DB, passing my Thai Boxing Association instructor's test, and earning a doctorate were all WAY easier than being a good father.
58  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 25, 2012, 08:41:47 PM
Grateful for a new avenue of personal development.
59  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Supplements: Legal and Illegal, steroids, growth hormone, etc on: August 24, 2012, 10:23:25 AM
Saw this today on MSN. I was shocked!
60  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 23, 2012, 06:13:32 PM
Sometimes, when life is busy, or hard, it's easy to lose sight of where you are at. I was watching some DBMA DVD's last night, and it occurred to me how much GC, Top Dog, Ajarn Salty, Pappy Dog (Now Tuhon Pappy as I read on FB grin), Guro Lonely, the original DB's, the fighters from the early days before the DB's were the DB's, and many more truly pioneered and paved the way for what we have today.

I was simply sitting on my living room floor, watching the DVD with my family all around me asleep on the sofas in the room, when I realized just how lucky I am to be a DB. Externally, it was just a short guy sitting on the floor, watching the TV. Internally, it was a PROFOUNDLY deep moment of pride and gratitude to be associated with such amazing people.
61  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 22, 2012, 09:01:07 PM
Grateful for a glimpse at some the pieces of a puzzle in my life right now.
62  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: August 20, 2012, 03:58:07 PM
Grateful for the approaching routine and order of the 2012-2013 year.
63  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe on: August 20, 2012, 03:56:43 PM
Congrats to all!  grin
64  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 27, 2012, 05:40:33 PM
Grateful to be reminded that in martial arts, I have made true friends. Even if I only see those friends a few times a year, I m grateful that they are out there.
65  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 26, 2012, 04:54:47 PM
Grateful for possibilities.
66  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fire Hydrant: Howls from Crafty Dog, Rules of the Road, etc on: July 26, 2012, 10:16:53 AM
Last night, I taught some FMA material for the last 15 minutes of class in Sifu Tim Tackett's garage. Sifu Tim had nothing but kind words for you, Guro Crafty, as well as Top Dog.
67  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 22, 2012, 06:41:40 PM
Grateful for a wonderful first day on a project.
68  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 20, 2012, 01:09:49 PM
Prayers for those injured/killed in Colorado.
69  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe on: July 20, 2012, 01:09:11 PM
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Terry Crutcher is now Terry "C-Shadow Dog" Crutcher.

I like it.
70  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 12, 2012, 08:39:49 AM
Grateful for passing a test of some importance.
71  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 10, 2012, 02:14:19 PM
Grateful for progress on a problem.
72  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 09, 2012, 01:41:35 PM
Prayers for a particular result.
73  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 04, 2012, 11:34:43 AM
Grateful for my country.

However, naive it may read, I pray that one day America will be less divided, and more united in excellence. If we are to remain at the perpetual 50/50 divide that seems to plague us, I pray Americans will find the path back to civil discourse, and truly celebrating the fact that we have the right to a difference of opinion, rather than using those differences to liken friends, family, and neighbors to Hitler if they have the audacity to disagree with our POV.

Happy Independence Day to all of those celebrating.
74  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 25, 2012, 01:55:40 PM
Grateful for the summer.
75  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 21, 2012, 04:24:36 PM
Picked up a little extra curriculum design work for my school district. While it was intellectually engrossing (I finished yesterday), I'm grateful to have some real time off to spend with my family.
76  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 13, 2012, 04:44:17 PM
Grateful to hear from KD.
Grateful for some time with my kids.
77  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 05, 2012, 01:37:03 PM
Prayers for steadiness in a small matter.
78  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 04, 2012, 07:42:25 PM
Grateful for a nice, simple resolution to a minor matter.
79  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 02, 2012, 10:37:35 PM
Grateful for some training today to pass a section of a licensing exam for which there are practically NO study materials.
80  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 01, 2012, 10:52:03 AM
Grateful to greet June.
81  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 31, 2012, 09:54:52 AM
Grateful to wish May of 2012 goodbye. I always say that in the traditional academic year, everyday in May feels like Thursday (you're almost done, but not quite). While the first few weeks slowed, the remainder went quickly.
82  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 29, 2012, 01:46:41 PM
Grateful for a full day of teaching material I truly love.
83  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 22, 2012, 03:03:04 PM
Thank you, BD. She's doing fine, and pretty much recovered. It was not a very fun weekend, but we're on to the next week  grin
84  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 22, 2012, 10:11:38 AM
Grateful for endings.
85  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe on: May 22, 2012, 10:10:26 AM
Congratulations to everyone!
GD
86  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 21, 2012, 11:05:20 AM
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I know you're wicked busy, but we missed you this weekend, brother.  Much aloha.

-Poi

Poi,

I missed all of you, too. This has been a major teaching period in my life since September. My own training has suffered a bit. I am taking steps to correct that.

Had I planned to fight, my wife had a minor medical matter this weekend (she's fine) that would have kept me home both days anyway. Sorry for the Governator quote, but I'll be back.

GD

Today, I'm grateful to be involved with DBMA.
87  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.
88  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.
89  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.
90  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.
91  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.
92  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.
93  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
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  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
98  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
99  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.
100  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!
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