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DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Lonely Dog's Workout clips
on: April 07, 2012, 11:26:19 AM
I’m planing on posting a series of specific stick fighting workout clips. Each video will focus on another solo training topic.
In my assessment solo training is an important part of our training. Of course training with a partner is still the most relevant one. But some time we just don’t have a partner to train with, and otherwise has solo training also a lot to offer...
I hope that some of these workouts will give you some new ideas for your training.
I will put every 1 or 2 weeks a new video up on my you tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LonelysDen/videos
Benjamin “Lonely Dog”
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
on: July 25, 2011, 02:39:51 AM
|Gathering report 2011
other than last year we decided to have this year only a 1 day gathering. The decision was made after I saw that on both days of Euro Gathering 2010 weren't as many fight as hoped-for…
and what an awesome Gathering we had! We had more fights this year in one day then on the two days together last year.
Indeed one of the best gathering we had so far in Europe. 53 fighters from various countries came to fight. We had people from Canada, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.
The registered fighters were: Benjamin "Lonely Dog" Rittiner, Colin "Point Dog" Stewart, Detlef "Sinatra Dog" Thiem, Heiko "Crossover Dog" Zauske, Ivan "Kuma Dog" Reboli, Oskar "Spider Dog" Bernal, Stefan "Cro Dog" Kostanjevec, Tinu "3D Dog" Blatter, Chris "C-Lazy Dog" Goard, Chris "C-Rogue Dog" Smith, Daniel "C-Hidden Dog" Budar, Jerome "C-Frisbee Dog" Challon, Kai "C-Suicide Dog" Schilling, Lynn "C-Psycho Bitch" Brown, Oli "C-Ghost Dog" Schaer, Peter "C-Grumpy Dog" Fray, Thomas "C-Gong Fu Dog" Holtmann, Thomas "C-Sword Dog" Rickert, Thorsten "C-Lena Dog" Picker, "Dog" Benjamin Schlieper, "Dog" Filippo Pani, "Dog" Ivan Pirozhkov, "Dog" Kai Spintig, "Dog" Kostas Tountas, "Dog" Manfred Schilka, "Dog" Ray Wilson, Alexander Danckert, Andraz Bole, Andy Börngen, Arianna Accorte, Benjamin Salvisberg, Branko Bersa, Christine Martell, Damion Thomas, Ericson Hölzchen, Kostadin Zlatkov, Marco Castrovillari, Martin Helm, Mathias Fürer, Nils Hartmann, Pascal Gilles, Patrick Villing, Pavel Iliev, Peter Moll, Rudolf Pollak, Sanel Ukic, Tim Oliver Dreyer, Theo Goodman, Thore Baumgarten, Timo König, Timo Planke, Tobias Philippi, Ziga Polajnar
I’m very pleased to see that the fighters used such a big range of various weapons this year. We had fights with: stick, double stick, baston y daga, staff, 3-sectional staff, sword, sarong with baseball, mace/flail
There were a lot of great fight! It will be tough to recollect the whole day and hardly possible to relate everything… here some fights that cross my mind.
- “Crossover Dog” fought a lot and with the largest range of weapons
- Pavel and his convincing ambidextrous single stick game
- Our “Bitches”, Lynn, Tine, and Ary had some fantastic fights. Good to see that female fighters are a fixture of the European Gathering!!
- Happy to see “Ghost Dog” back in action, he fought well
- “c- Gong Fu Dog” had some interesting fights with his 3-sectional staff
- Filippo stood out as well, although the smallest fighter that day, did he some excellent fights against often a lot larger guys. Truly he deserved to be elevated to Candidate Dog Brother.
- Many German clans were strong as usual: the “Cro Dog” clan, the “c- Hidden Dog” clan, the “c- Lena Dog” clan, the “c-Suicide Dog” clan, and the “c- Old Dog” clan. Good to see that dose groups are developing strong.
Of course there is a lot more that should be reported… but as I said it’s was a too big a day to relate everything.
After the Gathering it was time for the “Dog Dubbing”. But before we turn towards the announcement of the new members of the tribe, there was a matter of big meaning for me.
As many of you know did Abu "c- Desert Dog" Dayyeh passed away this year. He died doing something that meant the world for him. And so the “Council of Elders” decided to elevate him post mortem to full Dog Brother.
After all the fighters gathered for the dog-dubbing “Cro Dog” read a letter he got from Abu’s widow, in which she thanked everybody for the generous donation she got from the Dog Brothers. She mentioned also that she is happy to know that her husband was part of the Dog Brothers and had good friends among us.
...verily emotional moments for many of us.
I’m honoured to announce that Abu Dayyeh is now known as "Desert Dog"!
Announcement of the “Dog Dubbing” Euro Gathering 2011:New full Dog Brothers are:
Abu " Desert Dog" Dayyeh
Oli "Ghost Dog" Schaer
Jerome "Frisbee Dog" Challon
Peter "Grumpy Dog" Fray
Thomas "Sword Dog" Rickert
Lynn "Psycho Bitch" Brown New Candidate DBs are:
Benjamin "C- Thunder Dog" Schlieper
Filippo "C- Vegan Dog" Pani
Ivan "C- Dog" Pirozhkov
Kostas "C- Spartan Dog" Tountas
Manfred "C- Cop Dog" Schilka And with a big welcome “Wuff” here the new additions to the Tribe:
"Dog" Andraz Bole
"Dog" Ericson Hölzchen
"Dog" Nils Hartmann
"Dog" Timo Planke
"Bitch" Arianna Accorte
"Bitch" Christine Martell
Indeed this was a very exciting and successful event, and we all are looking forward with anticipation to the next Euro Gathering in 2012.
Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittinerhttp://www.dogbrothers.ch/pages/en/dog-brothers/gathering.php
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
on: June 01, 2011, 04:48:45 PM
no you don’t have to pre-register to attend the seminar/training-camp. Just send me an e-mail to let me know...
as equipment just bring sticks, (maybe some padded ones too), a training knife, some gloves (mma and fma), a pair outdoor shoes, a pair shoes for training indoor (training hall).
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
on: February 27, 2011, 03:21:27 PM
Dear members of the Tribe and friends
The autopsy bring out the cause of Abu’s dead. He had a cardiac arrest induced by a congenital heart defect in conjunction with a chronic pulmonary disease and a premeditate flu.
Given above indication, nothing on earth could have rescued him or could have provided any chance to survive.
Torben “C-Old Dog”, Stefan “Cro Dog” and myself had the chance to get in contact with Abu’s widow. It was a good to have the opportunity to give our condolence directly to her. It was also a big relief to hear, that she found it comfortingly to know in what circumstances Abu had to pass away. She was glad to hear that he was surrounded by people he liked and practicing his precious stickfighting.
I was touched by her fortitude.
I was glad to see how big the resonance was and how many people from the DB community gave their condolence.
It was wonderful to see how many people are willing to donate, in order to decrease the financial pressure to the family.
We will get in contact with Abu’s widow by end of march to convey the collected donation.
If you wish to donate please do so until 25. march. You have 2 possibilities: 1.
Through Stefan “Cro Dog” paypal account, Stefan.Kostanjevec@googlemail.com2.
Torben “C-Old Dog” banc account, please get in contact with me (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and I will give you personally his banc account details.
Benjamin “Lonely Dog”
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
on: February 21, 2011, 08:56:37 AM
A sad wuff,
Abu "C- Desert Dog" Vanda passed away last Saturday 19. February.
Abu participated last weekend at the Sparring Meeting that is monthly hosted by Torben “c- Old Dog”. A very nice event to which many fighters from all over Germany participate. This S-Day was even a special one as it was the 50th Sparring Meeting of the Wolfpack.
The S-Day commenced very well, the participant were in good mood and the vibes were relaxed and happy.
Abu was warming up with double stick, and hearing music through headsets. He was as always very motivated and elated to do as many fights as possible.
As usual the day started with Knife fights as warm up, Abu did the last Knife fight before switching over to stick fights.
He did three single stick fights, his fights where very technical and with no hard contact, easy sparring just.
His last two fights where in a row, and his last fight ended up in clinch and ground. There was no hit to the head, no hard takedown, no hard impact at all. He got up and seemed fine, just a bit winded maybe.
He went from the fighting area and sat down on the stairs, talking to his last sparring partner in a friendly manner, whilst the next fight continued. He comment that he feels a bit short-winded, and that two fights in a row might have been a little to much.
After that he was starting to hyperventilate. Torben talked to him and encourage him to breath calmly. View seconds later, his eyes rolled back - no pulse, no breath. One of the fighter that stood near by started immediately with the revival, he indeed acted very professional.
The emergency ambulance was instantly called, and they arrived just a view minutes later. The also started immediately with their revival. They did their work for almost 120 minutes before they declared him dead – It seems that he was dead just when his eyes rolled back.
Abu was part of the munich clan and so I met him the first time. That must be 4 or 5 years ago. Since then I saw him on different seminars I gave in Germany and Switzerland. He also fought regularly at our “Gathering of the Pack” in Switzerland.
I know that Dog Brothers meant all the world for him. He was always enthusiastic when I saw him at seminars and gatherings. He truly loved stickfighting. I know that he was very happy when he got his Candidate DB name.
He died doing what he love the most. He walked as a Warrior for all his days and died as a Stickfighter.
My thoughts are with his family and all the friends he knew.
I talked with Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” and GL Stefan “Cro Dog”, we agreed that we want to do something to help his family monetary. He left behind a wife and 3 kids.
One of the idea is that the Group Leaders who want to help, organize a seminar at their hometown and will donate the proceeds.
If you have interest to do such please get in contact with me.
Abu "C- Desert Dog" Vanda I will truly miss your breeziness…
Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
on: February 09, 2011, 06:44:40 AM
A big “Wuff” to all
I’m elated to announce one more time the annual European “Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack”.
This year schedule will be: Saturday 9th July, “Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack”
This will be our 6th “Gathering of the Pack” in Europe. We can be excited to have again an awesome event with fighters all over Europe and further afar. Audience is welcome.Schedule / Location:
Turnhalle Kirchenfeld, Aegertenstrasse 46, 3005 Bern / SwitzerlandRegistration:
FIGHTERS MUST PRE-REGISTER, even if they have fought before. The Fighter's registration form must be filled out and sent to me until 30. June. For registration and the registration-form please contact me at: email@example.com
Only those who are pre-registered are allowed to fight. You are not registered until your name appears on the list of registered fighters at; www.dogbrothers.chSunday 10th July, Seminar
Use the unique possibility to train with: Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny
This is one of the very few seminars that the Head Instructor of DBMA gives in Europe! Don’t miss the opportunity…Schedule / Location:
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Turnhalle Kirchenfeld, Aegertenstrasse 46, 3005 Bern / SwitzerlandCosts:
Seminar with Guro “Crafty Dog”: 80 sFr / 60 EuroMonday & Tuesday 11./12. July, Training Camp
The Training Camp will be conducted by: Guro “Crafty Dog”
and Guro “Lonely Dog”Schedule:
Monday/Tuesday, each day 3 training sessions:
- 1st session 10.00 - 12.00 Stick fighting & Kali Fitness with Guro “Lonely Dog”
- 2nd session 14.00 - 16.00 Dos Triques with Guro “Crafty Dog”
- 3rd session 18.00 - 20.00 DLO & Kali Tudo with Guro “Crafty Dog”Costs:
The training camp is just admitted with prior participation of the Sunday seminar.
All 3 days together (seminar & camp): 180 sFr / 140 Euro
Easiest and best way for accommodation is the campsite in Bern: www.campingeichholz.ch
This is very close to the Gathering/Seminar location, also it’s a good way to make contact to the other fighters and have fun together while camping together. Considering food there is a supermarket close by, and the camping has kitchen corners to use for free. Besides the campsite has a restaurant.
If you have more questions please let me know.
Otherwise see you all in summer!
Benjamin “Lonely Dog”
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Euro Gathering 8/13-14, 2010
on: August 22, 2010, 03:50:40 PM
Gathering report 2010
Like last year we had again 2 days of fighting. The “Tribal Gathering” on Friday and the “Regular Gathering” on Saturday. The fighters came from various countries: Switzerland, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, France, Norway, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and USA.
The registered fighters were:
Benjamin "Lonely Dog"; Ivan "Kuma Dog"; Marcus "Giri Dog"; Mat "Boo Dog"; Tinu "3D Dog"; Colin "C-Point Dog"; Dominic "C-Sleazy Dog"; Lynn "C-Psycho Bitch"; Oskar "C- Spider Dog"; Peter "C-Grumpy Dog"; Tomek "C-Tank Dog"; Torben "C-Old Dog"; "Dog" Abu Dayyeh; "Dog" Daniel; "Dog" Detlef; "Dog" Gerry; "Dog" Heiko; "Dog" Kai; "Dog" Manfred; "Dog" Pawel; "Dog" Shanu; "Dog" Stefan; "Dog" Thorsten; Andraz Bole; Arianna Allorte; Axel Datschun; Benjamin Schlieper; Chris Hawker; Christine Martell; Damian Dziengo; David Lowndes; Denis Kachelmus; Ericson Hölzchen; Filippo Pani; Francisco T. Rueda; Ivan Pirozhkov; Kai Schwahn; Kai Spintig; Kostas Tountas; Marco Felici; Nils Hartmann; Ole Leinz; Oliver Zaum; Rodolfo M. Diaz; Sigi Fischer; Thomas Holtmann; Timo Planke; Tobias Szuwart; Tristan Carmona; Wiesław Hapke
After the “Magic Words” speech from Guro “Crafty Dog”, everybody was very motivated to start the day.
Because of the big number of fighters, we decided to go without the warm up knife rounds as we did last year. As usual most fights were done with single sticks or double stick, however we had also some good Staff fights and even a fighter from Germany who fought with a 3 sectional staff.
The decision to have the European “Gathering of the Pack” in July or August is to have the biggest chance for good weather in Switzerland. To keep the costs of the fighters low the Gathering area is close to a campsite. It’s a beautiful location close to the local river “Aare”. The plan was to have all the fighters (some even with their wife and children) on one location, to meet each other, to have interesting conversations, to do some training and to exchange ideas. Unfortunately the weather upsets a bit these good plans, as it was raining quite a bit. Although camping in rain isn’t really funny, I think most guys had a good time.
I was glad that the weather turned better on Friday. So we had the chance to have the tribal gathering outdoor. It was nice to fight on a field. And the weather stayed nice also after the gathering, so we had the possibility to do a barbeque for the fighters at the campsite. It was great to have time to sit around the Campfire and chatting about the adventure that it will continue the next day…
On Saturday we held the Gathering in a traininghall. We decide to have the open Gathering not outdoor to have more control about public matters. We had quite some people who came to watch. Although I think I should try to make more publicity so that we have a bigger crowd the next time. I organized 2 beer barrels to have a drink after the gathering. With this the people who watch the fight and the fighters could exchange their impressions of the day by a beer.
On both days, we had a lot of great fights. It was good to see to have a lot experienced fighters as well as a good amount of newbies. I was glad to see that many fighters did a good progression since the last year. Most fights were technical and one could recognize that the fighters followed game plans and strategies. We saw many fights on a high level and with great spirit. Although the fights were though we had only a few injuries.
On the following day Guro “Crafty Dog” did a seminar in which we did the “Dog Dubbing”.
The “Council of Elders” is proud to announce the new members of the Tribe:
New full Dog Brothers are:
Colin "Point Dog" Stewart
Oskar "Spider Dog" Bernal
New Candidate DBs are:
Abu "C- Desert Dog" Dayyeh
Daniel "C-? Dog" Budar
Detlef "C- Sinatra Dog" Thiem
Gerry "C-? Dog" Casey
Heiko "C- Crossover Dog" Zauske
Kai "C- Suicide Dog" Schilling
Stefan "C-? Dog" Ramsauer
Thorsten "C- Lena Dog" Picker
And with a big welcome “wuff” here the new additions to the Tribe:
"Dog" Axel Datschun
"Dog" Benjamin Schlieper
"Dog" Chris Hawker
"Dog" David Lowndes
"Dog" Filippo Pani
"Dog" Ivan Pirozhkov
"Dog" Kai Schwahn
"Dog" Kai Spintig
"Dog" Kostas Tountas
"Dog" Ole Leinz
"Dog" Oliver Zaum
"Dog" Rodolfo Manzano Diaz
"Dog" Sigi Fischer
"Dog" Wiesław Hapke
All in all it was a very exciting and successful event. And we all are looking forward with anticipation to the next Euro Gathering in 2011.
Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner
Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Limited Options in Iraq
on: August 17, 2010, 10:41:10 AM
August 17, 2010
THE U.S. WITHDRAWAL AND LIMITED OPTIONS IN IRAQ
By George Friedman
It is August 2010, which is the month when the last U.S. combat troops are scheduled
to leave Iraq. It is therefore time to take stock of the situation in Iraq, which
has changed places with Afghanistan as the forgotten war. This is all the more
important since 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq, and while they may not be
considered combat troops, a great deal of combat power remains embedded with them.
So we are far from the end of the war in Iraq. The question is whether the departure
of the last combat units is a significant milestone and, if it is, what it
The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 with three goals: The first was the
destruction of the Iraqi army, the second was the destruction of the Baathist regime
and the third was the replacement of that regime with a stable, pro-American
government in Baghdad. The first two goals were achieved within weeks. Seven years
later, however, Iraq still does not yet have a stable government, let alone a
pro-American government. The lack of that government is what puts the current
strategy in jeopardy.
The fundamental flaw of the invasion of Iraq was not in its execution but in the
political expectations that were put in place. As the Americans knew, the Shiite
community was anti-Baathist but heavily influenced by Iranian intelligence. The
decision to destroy the Baathists put the Sunnis, who were the backbone of Saddam's
regime, in a desperate position. Facing a hostile American army and an equally
hostile Shiite community backed by Iran, the Sunnis faced disaster. Taking support
from where they could get it -- from the foreign jihadists that were entering Iraq
-- they launched an insurgency against both the Americans and the Shia.
The Sunnis simply had nothing to lose. In their view, they faced permanent
subjugation at best and annihilation at worst. The United States had the option of
creating a Shiite-based government but realized that this government would
ultimately be under Iranian control. The political miscalculation placed the United
States simultaneously into a war with the Sunnis and a near-war situation with many
of the Shia, while the Shia and Sunnis waged a civil war among themselves and the
Sunnis occasionally fought the Kurds as well. From late 2003 until 2007, the United
States was not so much in a state of war in Iraq as it was in a state of chaos.
The new strategy of Gen. David Petraeus emerged from the realization that the United
States could not pacify Iraq and be at war with everyone. After a 2006 defeat in the
midterm elections, it was expected that U.S. President George W. Bush would order
the withdrawal of forces from Iraq. Instead, he announced the surge. The surge was
really not much of a surge, but it created psychological surprise -- not only were
the Americans not leaving, but more were on the way. Anyone who was calculating a
position based on the assumption of a U.S. withdrawal had to recalculate.
The Americans understood that the key was reversing the position of the Sunni
insurgents. So long as they remained at war with the Americans and Shia, there was
no possibility of controlling the situation. Moreover, only the Sunnis could cut the
legs out from under the foreign jihadists operating in the Sunni community. These
jihadists were challenging the traditional leadership of the Sunni community, so
turning this community against the jihadists was not difficult. The Sunnis also were
terrified that the United States would withdraw, leaving them at the mercy of the
Shia. These considerations, along with substantial sums of money given to Sunni
tribal elders, caused the Sunnis to do an about-face. This put the Shia on the
defensive, since the Sunni alignment with the Americans enabled the Americans to
strike at the Shiite militias.
Petraeus stabilized the situation, but he did not win the war. The war could only be
considered won when there was a stable government in Baghdad that actually had the
ability to govern Iraq. A government could be formed with people sitting in meetings
and talking, but that did not mean that their decisions would have any significance.
For that there had to be an Iraqi army to enforce the will of the government and
protect the country from its neighbors -- particularly Iran (from the American point
of view). There also had to be a police force to enforce whatever laws might be
made. And from the American perspective, this government did not have to be
pro-American (that had long ago disappeared as a viable goal), but it could not be
dominated by Iran.
Iraq is not ready to deal with the enforcement of the will of the government because
it has no government. Once it has a government, it will be a long time before its
military and police forces will be able to enforce its will throughout the country.
And it will be much longer before it can block Iranian power by itself. As it stands
now, there is no government, so the rest doesn't much matter.
The geopolitical problem the Americans face is that, with the United States gone,
Iran would be the most powerful conventional power in the Persian Gulf. The
historical balance of power had been between Iraq and Iran. The American invasion
destroyed the Iraqi army and government, and the United States was unable to
re-create either. Part of this had to do with the fact that the Iranians did not
want the Americans to succeed.
For Iran, a strong Iraq is the geopolitical nightmare. Iran once fought a war with
Iraq that cost Iran a million casualties (imagine the United States having more than
4 million casualties), and the foundation of Iranian national strategy is to prevent
a repeat of that war by making certain that Iraq becomes a puppet to Iran or,
failing that, that it remains weak and divided. At this point, the Iranians do not
have the ability to impose a government on Iraq. However, they do have the ability
to prevent the formation of a government or to destabilize one that is formed.
Iranian intelligence has sufficient allies and resources in Iraq to guarantee the
failure of any stabilization attempt that doesn't please Tehran.
There are many who are baffled by Iranian confidence and defiance in the face of
American pressure on the nuclear issue. This is the reason for that confidence:
Should the United States attack Iran's nuclear facilities, or even if the United
States does not attack, Iran holds the key to the success of the American strategy
in Iraq. Everything done since 2006 fails if the United States must maintain tens of
thousands of troops in Iraq in perpetuity. Should the United States leave, Iran has
the capability of forcing a new order not only on Iraq but also on the rest of the
Persian Gulf. Should the United States stay, Iran has the ability to prevent the
stabilization of Iraq, or even to escalate violence to the point that the Americans
are drawn back into combat. The Iranians understand the weakness of America's
position in Iraq, and they are confident that they can use that to influence
American policy elsewhere.
American and Iraqi officials have publicly said that the reason an Iraqi government
has not been formed is Iranian interference. To put it more clearly, there are any
number of Shiite politicians who are close to Tehran and, for a range of reasons,
will take their orders from there. There are not enough of these politicians to
create a government, but there are enough to block a government from being formed.
Therefore, no government is being formed.
With 50,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq, the United States does not yet face a crisis.
The current withdrawal milestone is not the measure of the success of the strategy.
The threat of a crisis will arise if the United States continues its withdrawal to
the point where the Shia feel free to launch a sustained and escalating attack on
the Sunnis, possibly supported by Iranian forces, volunteers or covert advisers. At
that point, the Iraqi government must be in place, be united and command sufficient
forces to control the country and deter Iranian plans.
The problem is, as we have seen, that in order to achieve that government there must
be Iranian concurrence, and Iran has no reason to want to allow that to happen. Iran
has very little to lose by, and a great deal to gain from, continuing the stability
the Petraeus strategy provided. The American problem is that a genuine withdrawal
from Iraq requires a shift in Iranian policy, and the United States has little to
offer Iran to change the policy.
From the Iranian point of view, they have the Americans in a difficult position. On
the one hand, the Americans are trumpeting the success of the Petraeus plan in Iraq
and trying to repeat the success in Afghanistan. On the other hand, the secret is
that the Petraeus plan has not yet succeeded in Iraq. Certainly, it ended the major
fighting involving the Americans and settled down Sunni-Shiite tensions. But it has
not taken Iraq anywhere near the end state the original strategy envisioned. Iraq
has neither a government nor a functional army -- and what is blocking it is Tehran.
One impulse of the Americans is to settle with the Iranians militarily. However,
Iran is a mountainous country of 70 million, and an invasion is simply not in the
cards. Airstrikes are always possible, but as the United States learned over North
Vietnam -- or from the Battle of Britain or in the bombing of Germany and Japan
before the use of nuclear weapons -- air campaigns alone don't usually force nations
to capitulate or change their policies. Serbia did give up Kosovo after a
three-month air campaign, but we suspect Iran would be a tougher case. In any event,
the United States has no appetite for another war while the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan are still under way, let alone a war against Iran in order to extricate
itself from Iraq. The impulse to use force against Iran was resisted by President
Bush and is now being resisted by President Barack Obama. And even if the Israelis
attacked Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran could still wreak havoc in Iraq.
Two strategies follow from this. The first is that the United States will reduce
U.S. forces in Iraq somewhat but will not complete the withdrawal until a more
distant date (the current Status of Forces Agreement requires all American troops to
be withdrawn by the end of 2011). The problems with this strategy are that Iran is
not going anywhere, destabilizing Iraq is not costing it much and protecting itself
from an Iraqi resurgence is Iran's highest foreign-policy priority. That means that
the decision really isn't whether the United States will delay its withdrawal but
whether the United States will permanently base forces in Iraq -- and how vulnerable
those forces might be to an upsurge in violence, which is an option that Iran
Another choice for the United States, as we have discussed previously, is to enter
into negotiations with Iran. This is a distasteful choice from the American point of
view, but surely not more distasteful than negotiating with Stalin or Mao. At the
same time, the Iranians' price would be high. At the very least, they would want the
"Finlandization" of Iraq, similar to the situation where the Soviets had a degree of
control over Finland's government. And it is far from clear that such a situation in
Iraq would be sufficient for the Iranians.
The United States cannot withdraw completely without some arrangement, because that
would leave Iran in an extremely powerful position in the region. The Iranian
strategy seems to be to make the United States sufficiently uncomfortable to see
withdrawal as attractive but not to be so threatening as to deter the withdrawal. As
clever as that strategy is, however, it does not hide the fact that Iran would
dominate the Persian Gulf region after the withdrawal. Thus, the United States has
nothing but unpleasant choices in Iraq. It can stay in perpetuity and remain
vulnerable to violence. It can withdraw and hand the region over to Iran. It can go
to war with yet another Islamic country. Or it can negotiate with a government that
it despises -- and which despises it right back.
Given all that has been said about the success of the Petraeus strategy, it must be
observed that while it broke the cycle of violence and carved out a fragile
stability in Iraq, it has not achieved, nor can it alone achieve, the political
solution that would end the war. Nor has it precluded a return of violence at some
point. The Petraeus strategy has not solved the fundamental reality that has always
been the shadow over Iraq: Iran. But that was beyond Petraeus' task and, for now,
beyond American capabilities. That is why the Iranians can afford to be so
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Conditioning
on: August 16, 2010, 03:09:57 PM
I echo 5Rings comments. I wear mine quite frequently, including for athletic endeavor (e.g. playing lacrosse with my son).
Also, I forget if you are married, but if you are not you will be able to enjoy the many conversations women initiate with you about them
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Euro Gathering 8/13-14, 2010
on: July 29, 2010, 02:23:05 AM
|Registered Fighters are:
Benjamin "Lonely Dog" Rittiner
Ivan "Kuma Dog" Reboli
Mat "Boo Dog" Booe
Stefan "Cro Dog" Kostanjevec
Tinu "3D Dog" Blatter
Andreas "C-Flexi Dog" Hommel
Colin "C-Point Dog" Stewart
Lynn "C-Psycho Bitch" Brown
Oskar "C- Spider Dog" Bernal
Peter "C-Grumpy Dog" Fray
Thomas "C-Sword Dog” Rickert
Tomek "C-Tank Dog" Jurkiewicz
Torben "C-Old Dog" Lorenian
"Dog" Abu Dayyeh
"Dog" Daniel Budar
"Dog" Detlef Thiem
"Dog" Gerry Casey
"Dog" Heiko Zauske
"Dog" Kai Schilling
"Dog" Pawel Imiela
"Dog" Shanu Singh
"Dog" Stefan Ramsauer
"Dog" Thorsten Picker
Francisco Tarrafeta Rueda
Rodolfo Manzano Diaz
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Euro Gathering, Seminar, and Training Camp 2010 in Bern!
on: June 04, 2010, 09:32:46 AM
A big “wuff” to all Fighters, Group Leaders, and DBMA members
I changed the plan, and will do now anyway a small "Training Camp"
before the Euro Gathering 2010, namely on Wednesday and Thursday (11. + 12. august).
Inspired by Colin “c-Point Dog” and his idea to classify fighter-types for teaching and coaching. I came up with the idea to make a simple 4-type category: - Stalker, Counter, Attacker, Mobility -
and to put these 4 fighters types in the context with the 4 elements: - Earth, Water, Fire, Air -
It’s just a try to have a simple matrix to understand fighters and fight-dynamics better. I know that all these theory-models cannot be perfect, and that these archetypes are rare subsistent. Of course personalities (and fighters) are almost always a blend of different elements/types. Nevertheless this 4 archetype model is very useful to understand your adversary and yourself in a fight…
So the plan for the mini training camp is, to spend 90 minutes for each fighters type / element.The Camp schedule:
Wednesday: 9.30 – 11.00 (1st Type), 17.00 – 18.30 (2nd Type)
Thursday: 9.30 – 11.00 (3rd Type), 17.00 – 18.30 (4th Type)
(beside of this official training I’m sure that you will find plenty of guys who are willing to train a bit during the day)
The training camp fee is: 100 sfr (70 euro)
The idea is to stay and train at the campsite "Eichholz" www.campingeichholz.ch
The campsite is in my opinion the best possible accommodation to stay for, not just that it's very close to the gathering / seminar location but also gives the best possibility to meet the other guys and to do some training the days before.
The costs for the campsite will be around 18 sfr (12 euro) per day.Schedule for the Camp, Gathering, and Seminar:
Tuesday, 10. august
- arrival at the campsite "Eichholz"
Wednesday & Thursday, 11. + 12. august
- training camp (each day 2 training sessions: 9.30-11.00 / 17.00.18.30)
Friday, 13. august
- tribal gathering, 14.00
Saturday, 14. august
- gathering 14.00
Sunday, 15. august
- seminar with Guro “Crafty Dog”, 11.00 - 17.00
If you have interest to do some private lessons with Guro Marc "Crafty Dog" between 11. – 16. August, please let me know so I can organize them.Please register until 18. July!!
If you have any questions, please let me know.
I’m very exited to see many of you again.
Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Spring 2010 DB Tribal Gathering
on: November 25, 2009, 09:06:00 AM
for me only these dates will work… any date before or after these dates will be difficult.
moreover it’s important for me and “c-3d dog” to know the date as soon as possible, because the holidays have to be planed very soon (work wise…)
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Euro Gathering 2009
on: May 11, 2009, 03:01:55 PM
As I have already told everyone the date for this years gathering had to be shifted to the 24th and 25th of July.
Unfortunately this change of the date caused problems for Guro Marc "Crafty Dog". For him it is not possible to shift his already planned family vacation.
I know that for many this will be a great disappointment. I also greatly regret that he can not be there this year.
However, I will try my best to represent the "council of Elders at the gathering.
The seminar on Sunday will also happen as planned. I will give my best to represent Guro "Crafty Dog".
In the coming days I will send further information concerning the seminar on Sunday.
Of course the gathering this year will not be the same without Guro Marc's presence but I still hope that many from you will experience an unforgettable weekend.
Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog”
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Euro Gathering 2009
on: May 11, 2009, 02:57:17 PM
I'm pleased to announce one more time the: European “Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack” 2009
Friday 24. July, 14:00 “Tribal Gathering”
Saturday 25. July, 14:00 “Open Gathering”(Sunday 26. July Seminar)Location:
Turnhalle Schönau, Lindenauweg 1, 3007 Bern, SchweizRegistration:
FIGHTERS MUST PRE-REGISTER, even if they have fought before. The Fighter's registration form must be filled out and sent to me until 10. July. For registration and the registration-form please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only those who are pre-registered are allowed to fight. You are not registered until your name appears on the list of registered fighters on the website!
I’m looking forward to have one more time a “DB Gathering of the Pack” in Europe! And would be glad to see many of you again.
Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog”
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Swiss Gathering
on: March 17, 2009, 04:08:37 AM
wuff, wuff everybody
this are important news considering the euro gathering 2009!
unfortunately i had to change the date, because it was not possible to hold the event at the planned date.
the gathering will take place at a very nice location just next to our river. the great thing is also that just 5 min walking distance there is a camping place. what gives the fighter a cheap accomodation possibility.
unfortunately at the planned date there is also a big open air music event and the whole camping is booked.
so i saw me forced to move the event one week afterwards. the new date is:
- tribal gathering 24. july 2009
- open gathering 25. july 2009
- seminar with guro "crafty dog" 26. july 2009
i hope the new date will work for you as well!
benjamin "lonely dog"
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dates of Dog Brothers Gatherings of the Pack
on: October 22, 2008, 07:15:07 AM
The Euro Gathering will be in July. We will fight again on 2 days. Day 1 will be a Tribal Gathering and day 2 the open Gathering. And on day 3 there will be as every year a Seminar with Guro "Crafty Dog"
The dates are:
Friday 17. july "Tribal"
Saturday 18. july "Open Gathering"
Sunday 19. july "Crafty" Seminar
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
on: October 05, 2008, 04:33:38 AM
We forgot to put "Dog" Fabian Tillmanns to the list.
I'm very proud and honored to be the host for this great 2 day Gathering. Everybody fought with spirit and skill. It's a pleasure to welcome the new "Dogs" to the Tribe. And I'm happy to have a bunch of new "Candidate Dog Brothers"....
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Swiss 'Closed Door' Gathering 26th April
on: April 19, 2008, 01:02:12 AM
Wuff Sled Dog:
Guro Crafty and I first came up with the idea to have a fighting day to prepare our fighters for the first Euro "Dog Brothers Open Gathering" so that they would be ready when other groups arrived to have a good, clear, strong standard of the Dog Brother way, not only in fighting skill, but in comportment and values. We thought to have a strong and seasoned group from day one to be important to prevent the risk of immature groups coming in with lower consciousness agendas.
Since then we have continued it because it is nice to have a day where the people we train and the people we know well can explore without a big crowd and "strangers".
To be precise, the "Dog Brothers Closed Door Gathering" is for members of the Dog Brothers Tribe, DBMAA members, Training Group members, and very good friends". It is similar to the idea of the "Tribal Gathering" that was just held two weeks ago for three days in Acu Canyon and Temecula in which you inspired us all.
DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 2007 Euro Gathering
on: October 16, 2007, 02:57:18 PM
We find ourselves in a gymnasium in Bern, Switzerland. 38 fighters are listening to the magic words of Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny, with which he always starts a Gathering: "No judges, no referees, no trophies. One rule only: Be friends at the end of the day! This means no one should spend the night in the hospital, and everyone should leave with the IQ that they came with."
It’s the European “Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack”. Fighters came from Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Portugal and USA. A lot of the faces were already known from the first gathering, on the other hand it was nice to see several fighters for the first time.
This time the gymnasium was smaller than at the last gathering. There was a large audience again this year, which due to the smaller gym were able to be much closer to the fights. Thanks to the superb organization by Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner and his team the technical course of the gathering was flawless.
At this gathering the fighters decided not to do warm up rounds with knives. For this reason it was truly an event of stickfighting only. Most of the fights were done with single sticks but there were also a few double stick fights. It would be very interesting if next year some exotic weapons like Nunchaku, Tonfa, etc. would be used.
Several fights were held on a technically high level. Also the fights were more intensive than at the last gathering and it was obvious that the fighters were well prepared for this event. It was also pleasing to see the increasing number of female fighters and hopefully this trend will continue in the future.
All these details wound up causing an unbelievable atmosphere that everyone in the gym felt so that even days later people spoke enthusiastically about the fights.
As the tradition goes the fighters meet after the gathering for the fighters dinner. Just as last year the atmosphere was great. Especially in the hours right after the fights when everyone was still caught in the atmosphere of the experience and the high adrenalin levels, lots of interesting discussions were to be found. And just as last year one of the highlights was the announcement of the new “Members of the Tribe”:
Ivan “Kuma Dog” Rebli achieved the well earned “Dog Brother” Status.
Marlon, Stefan and Marcus were proposed as “Candidate Dog Brothers”
Marlon “C-Red Dog” Höss-Böttger
Stefan “C-Cro Dog” Konstanjevec
Marcus “C-? Dog” Schillinger
And the following fighters were added to the Tribe:
“Dog” Christian Eckert
“Dog” Daniel Budar
“Dog” Jiri Söderblom
“Dog” Oskar Bernal
“Dog” Lars Christie
“Dog” Riccardo Bassani
“Dog” Roberto Cereda
“Dog” Michele Gemini
“Cat” Lynn Brown
All in all the European “Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack” 2007 was a very exciting and successful event. And we look with anticipation to the next gathering in 2008.
Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog” Rittiner