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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Michigan Stickfighters on: April 19, 2006, 12:45:24 PM
Correction to the above:

Do to my old e-mail account getting hacked into, I have found it necessary to set up a new one.

I can now be reached at

thanks all!

2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Grand Rapids, Michigan on: April 07, 2006, 01:33:45 PM
Hey there Ivan!

I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan from California about a year ago and am in serious need of training partners.

I can be reached at

3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Gathering Photos on: January 24, 2006, 11:53:03 AM
Excellent work on the part of all those involved in capturing these vibrant and energetic images.

4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Stick Materials Question on: January 24, 2006, 11:47:58 AM
Woof Michael!

The following of course is my opinion alone of course.  I would prefer training with rattan over ironwood for the simple matter that I would much rather get hit by rattan than with ironwood.  As the particular training regimen I and those I have trained with includes actual contact, we tend to appreciate the "give" that a flexible wood like rattan has when receiving a strike in training.

Now it is likely that there are other fighters here with a tougher skin than I and a bit braver, their opinion may be more in favor of ironwood.

5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Hawaiian Clan Stick Fights. on: January 13, 2006, 07:56:01 AM
I'll see your Beer-jutsu and raise with Tequila-Jutsu!
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / 2 New Clips! on: December 29, 2005, 11:33:26 AM
That is some excellent footage!

7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / DB in the media on: December 28, 2005, 11:53:20 AM
A very informative article indeed.  And as is evident in the attached quote, it is very clear the author has a clear view of what we are all about.

The Dog Brothers have generated tremendous interest in FMA walking a tightrope between gladiatorial spectacle, laboratory of FMA techniques, a warrior rite of passage, and true martial arts brotherhood

~ Jay de Leon, 2004
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Hi there! on: August 22, 2005, 11:31:02 AM
Hello Yolanda!

Yes, we are not too far apart.  My wife and I moved here to Grand Rapids from Palm Springs, CA last spring.  Currently, I'm not training with any school at the moment; pretty much just drills, strength and endurance training in my backyard.  I am on the look out for new training partners so if you or anyone you know would like to train, drop me an e-mail at  I'll send you a quick note so you'll have the e-mail address.

Rich "C-Hellhound"
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / welcome on: August 19, 2005, 02:57:24 PM
Woof and Greetings Yolonda!

You will find alot of Arnis/Kali/Escrima behind the fighting here.  But you will also see elements of other combat systems worked in as well.  Guro Crafty, Top Dog, Salty Dog and many others here have done an amazing job over the years of melding the best aspects of many of these arts into what you will see in the videos.  I was introduced to the dogbrothers several years ago while in CA and will conitnue to learn all I can from them even now that I am in MI.  Like you, I do have some background in Kung Fu (mostly 8-step Praying Mantis and some Jun Fan) as well as many other systems from around the world (I have been at it since 8 years old).  I do have to say that thus far, my experiences with the Dogbrothers have been the most enlightening and exciting.

Rich "C-Hell Hound".
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / crazy and/or violent on: August 19, 2005, 02:49:38 PM
Guro Marc, I forgot to mention I'm an engineer by day, at a software company, where I pride myself on being a "nerd" (read: academic). And when my coworkers hear of my interest in stickfighting (or martial arts), they think I'm crazy or violent.

LOL..  i get that alot at work too, but then I do work as a Civil Engineer in the Land Development/Construction industry.

Rich "C-Hell Hound"
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Zombie Dogs on: August 04, 2005, 01:00:10 PM
Not Only the sequels, but you ahve to beware of the remakes of the sequels too.


12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Zombie Dogs on: July 08, 2005, 11:41:07 AM
Hey everyone!  I found a pic of one of the Zombie Dogs!

13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Zombie Dogs on: July 05, 2005, 02:06:25 PM
Hey Dennis!

We're now in West Michigan (near Grand Rapids).  Due to the move and the fact that our first kid is due in a matter of weeks, we weren't able to make it to the summer Gathering   Sad    Which only gives me more time to train for the Winter one.  *grins*

14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Zombie Dogs on: July 05, 2005, 07:02:16 AM
Ahh.. then if it's a desert fortress you are after, the thing to do is go to Palm Springs (I no longer live there so you are free to use my zombie plan here) and take over the Aerial Tramway.  Ride the thing to the Mountain Station up top and then shut it down.  Nothing will be able to climb up the sheer cliffs of the mountain from the desert below and the station has a fully stocked resturant and amentities.

15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Zombie Dogs on: June 30, 2005, 02:13:00 PM
OK, time to build our fortresses out in the Northern wilderness and stock up on ammo and MRE's.  This marks the start of the zombie attacks!  Good thing I have several copies of the Zombie Survival Guide in my personal library.

16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / sparring/fighting and eye surgery. comments please on: June 13, 2005, 11:40:36 AM

I have had Lasik surgery.  My proceedure was done about 6 months before my first participation in the Gatherings.  I cannot say enough good things about it.  If your doctor is sure you are a good candidate for Lasik I would highly recomend it.  You can still continue sparring and stickfighting, but make sure to wait the appropriate time period for the healing to take place.  Your doctor can give you the best advice as to how long that should be.

17  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Michigan Stickfighters????? on: May 29, 2005, 05:36:19 PM
Hello Michigandude!

I'm Rich "HellHound" Raphael, I just recently moved to the Grand Rapids area in West Michigan from Southern CA.  My instructor best friend in the world is Chris "True Dog" Clifton and I have had the honor of fighting in many Gatherings over the last few years and hope to keep on comming back for more   Cheesy

If you need a training partner, you are more than welcome to come by anytime you get the chance as I also need the same.

I can be contacted at

Have a good one!

Hell Hound
18  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / How2find"truedog"Chris Clifton on: September 15, 2003, 08:46:44 PM
Hey there Adam!

Yup, engineer it is.  I remember you training with us back then too.  It will be great to have ya back.
19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / How2find"truedog"Chris Clifton on: August 29, 2003, 08:59:29 PM

Rich here.  I train with Truedog and for the last 6 months or so, we've been training in my backyard in Cathedral City (we lost use of the Center due to thier closing to early in the evening).

We normaly train Tues and Thurs nights with occasional weekends, though have been on haitus for the last few weeks due to heavy work schedules (but that's about done so we'll be starting up again).  You can contact Chris at the number posted by Guro Crafty or you can call me at (760) 641-6785

Very good to see you make it back dude!  Semper Fi and thanks much for your service.

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