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101  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Emergency Tips and Emergency Medicine on: July 01, 2008, 07:23:35 PM
Here's some important info I cut and pasted from an e-mail

 It only takes a minute  to read this...

        A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke  victim within 3 hours he
can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...  totally. He said the trick
was getting a stroke recognized,  diagnosed, and then getting the patient
medically cared for within 3  hours, which is tough. 

        RECOGNIZING  A STROKE

        Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR.  Read  and  Learn!

        Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.  Unfortunately,
the lack of awareness spells disaster. Th e stroke victim  may suffer severe
brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the  symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke  by asking three simple
questions:

        S  * Ask  the individual to SMILE. 
        T  * Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) ( i.e.
It is  sunny out today)
        R  * Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

        If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911
immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.. 

        New  Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your  Tongue

        NOTE:  Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his
 tongue..If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other  ,
that  is also an indication of a stroke.

        A  cardio logist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10
people; you can bet that at least one life will be  saved.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
102  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: July 01, 2008, 08:19:04 AM
Today I am grateful for the opportunity I've been given to work for a man I wish to be more like.  His wisdom is only exceeded by his kindness. 

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
103  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 28, 2008, 08:54:44 AM
Today I'm grateful for the wonderful support structures I have in my life.  My boss who's patience, generosity and kindness are an example to live by.  My students who show me how much the care in the nicest ways.  My wife who's never ceases to amaze me.  My son who's little smile cheers me up even when I'm in the foulest of moods. 

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
104  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense on: June 22, 2008, 09:44:46 PM
Okay, So lets re-work this thread into a how, when and why we might use a knife for practical self defense.  I carry two knives usually.  A spyderco endura for general use and a cold steel vaquero grande for more "serious" applications.  I find them light and easy to carry.  They've become part of my daily attire.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
105  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense on: June 19, 2008, 06:52:19 AM
Thank you Maija.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
106  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense on: June 15, 2008, 12:50:41 PM
Maija,

Most major metropolitan areas have similar levels of danger.  I think staying out of danger is largely a matter of knowing the "rules" and being aware.  With practice and experience I believe one can stay pretty relaxed because of their confidence in their ability to see trouble brewing.  It really is kind of rare to find truly spontaneous crime.  I know what you mean about out of balance people I've met many of them.  Funny thing is that these people because of their paranoia tend to attract the very things they claim to be trying to avoid.  I guess all that psychic energy being spent on day dreaming about boogy men blinds them to the real ones.  Another thing is that usually their body language screams out victim!

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com

P.S.  Make 3 right turns rolleyes
107  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense on: June 14, 2008, 10:40:48 PM
Majia,

I disagree.  My home town is the most dangerous place in the U.S.  Miami, Florida wink  As far as establishing a balance between being prepared and being relaxed and happy is pretty easy.  Your preparedness efforts are like insurance you may never need.  Habits that are there just in case.  Paranoia is what makes you tense and unhappy.  Also excuse my ignorance but what are the trades?

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com

P.S.  It's not paranoia if they're really after you.
108  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 05, 2008, 06:05:16 PM
Today I'm grateful for my new student who's private class fee will allow me to finish  paying for the next 2 months of day care for my son.  I'm also grateful that my mother was able to meet and recognize her grandson before her dimentia completely takes over. 

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
109  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 04, 2008, 08:12:25 AM
Today I am grateful for my son waking up at 5 A.M. to tell me" I love you."  Even though to every one else it sounds like EEEEEEEEEh! AAAAAAIIIIIII!  I am grateful for the extra hour or so this affords me to play with him.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
110  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment on: June 03, 2008, 03:28:09 PM
Maija,

Thanks for the cool link.  The way my friend Vince used the pendulum ball was at head level much like a boxer would practice slipping.  He did that to fine tune his eyes after lazik eye surgery.  It's amazing how much better one gets once they could see grin  Nowadays we use it more for target practice and to practice side stepping as well. 

Here's a link to someone using hanging sticks for training.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=or_zniZb-jM&feature=related

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
111  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: June 02, 2008, 12:33:42 PM
Today I am grateful for my sons beautiful little smile as he tries to throw me kisses but only manages to blow bubbles.  I am also thankful for my wife, my rock, who encourages me when nobody else will.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
112  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment on: June 02, 2008, 12:22:50 PM
Okay, Okay.  Now that everyone's had a laugh rolleyes  Lets get back to home made equipment.  My long time training partner uses a ball hanging from a string for practicing slipping, foot work, and target practice.  He started with a tennis ball but now uses a much smaller plastic ball.  It doesn't sound like much but it makes a huge difference.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
113  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment on: May 31, 2008, 09:31:27 PM
Funny, Funny. It's hard to tell one's tone without a facial expression or body language. 

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
114  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment on: May 31, 2008, 08:05:47 AM


Crafty,

Geeez where are my manners?  I meant no disrespect.  If they are described in any of your videos would you please let me know.  Thanks for the correction Poi Dog.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
115  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment on: May 30, 2008, 01:44:32 PM
Crafty,

Can you describe these exercises?

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
116  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment on: May 29, 2008, 11:20:50 AM
Here's a tip for aquiring truck tires.  Look in the phone directory under tires and you'll find those companies that specialize in truck tires.  They are usually delighted to get rid of the old used ones. Sometimes they'll even deliver.  Apparently it's a pain in the neck for them to get rid of them.

Regular tires make great targets.  You can hang them from a rope or even stack them.  I've even seen dummies made from tires.  You can stand on them to challenge your balance during drills.  For drills where you need to stay put you can put one foot in a tire or put several pairs in a line for footwork drills like the football players used to do.  One word of caution if you leave your tires outdoors watch for scorpions or spiders as they may make a home out of your tires.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
117  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Pre-emption and Sucker Punches on: May 27, 2008, 02:25:10 PM
The ramifications of eye contact are something to consider.  Prolonged eye contact is a universal sign of hostility.  Anyone who's ever stared at a dog knows exactly what I mean.  Lets consider how this could be used to dissuade an opponent or how it can be used against you.  Where I grew up staredowns usually preceded a fight.  Very often it was the "what are you looking at" thing you could never seem to walk away from or even a flat out sucker punch.  Sometimes the sucker puncher would fein like he no longer wanted trouble and fake like he's walking away or even try to shake your hand before the sucker punch.  Depending on where your are prolonged eye contact can be used as a way for gang members to select victims to jump or it can provoke an advance from a advance from a homosexual. Understanding the culture you are dealing with should be a part of your overall awareness practice.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
118  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude on: May 23, 2008, 09:54:51 AM
I am grateful for this thread.  Today had the makings of a real shitty day.  After reading this thread I put things in perspective and improved the day.  Thanks guys! grin

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
119  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Pre-emption and Sucker Punches on: May 22, 2008, 11:02:43 AM
Michael,

I've also noticed that a firm No works well in many cases.  A suggestion from one of my teachers was a no thank you, first followed by a NO if needed.  This works well against homeless people and pan handlers.  At night depending on the circumstances I may also flash them with my surefire.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
120  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Karambit Vs. straight blades on: May 19, 2008, 08:48:22 PM
When stuck in a clinch I think a push dagger would be very useful.  Think holding and hitting like a hockey fight.  That said a kerambit in a good silat players hands would wreak havoc in grappling range.  A regular knife could be used much the same way the push dagger would be except the grip would be diffrent so visually it would look more like a prison shanking.  The push dagger has the best weapon retention capability of the three although disarming any knife would be difficult and dangerous.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
121  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Home Security Issues on: May 19, 2008, 03:07:20 PM
Crafty,

Here's a safer alternative.

http://www.truckvault.com/products/others/bedvault.asp

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
122  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Karambit Vs. straight blades on: May 19, 2008, 02:19:21 PM
Crafty,

Respectfully.  I think any knife could help in a f.u.t.  wink

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Survialist issues: Hunkering down at home on: April 24, 2008, 03:11:50 PM
Hi Guys,

Great stuff so far.  As a survivor of a few hurricanes including Andrew let me throw in my 2 cents.

Among your preparations include gasoline and cash.  When the power goes, the gas pumps and atms don't work.  Yes I know some gas stations claim they taken steps to correct this.  Guess what........  Locking gas caps are a great idea.  When the gas lines get long the sipheners come out, beware!

Storing water is okay but now I also keep a couple of filters handy.  Gas grills are preferable than barbecues.  You can regulate the heat with the gas grills.  Canned food is good.  We were able to cook meals that where pretty good.  Consider rice, pasta and other goods that don't need refrigeration.  We stock up on things we'd eat anyway.  Powdered baby formula is essential if you have a child.  Make single servings to avoid spoilage.  If you're into coffee it's a great moral booster.  If you can manage both, you can barbecue your meats just after the storm, befriend your neighbors, and plan for the common defense.  Sounds cooky but it made a huge diffrence for us during our two weeks of darkness.

Baby wipes, duct tape, industrial size tie wraps, and work gloves should all be in your kit.  Baby wipes help maintain everyones hygine not just clean your baby's butt.  Duct tape, need I say more.  Work gloves are essential for avoiding blisters when clearing debry.  You do have an ax, saw and/or chainsaw?  Industrial tie wraps for detaining looters.  Maybe they surrendered.  No I haven't needed them, but heard of several cases where they would have been useful.

During natural disasters you'll see incredible acts of kindness and neighborly love.  Unfortunately you'll also see some of the most discusting opportunist taking advantage of the chaos.  Looters come out of seemingly everywhere including other states.  Consider using the debry to control access to your area.  We blocked of one side of the culdesac we used to live in with the downed trees we where clearing. This severely limited access to vehicles.  From listening to a police scanner we knew looters where going to isolated neighborhoods in 4 wheel drive vehicles ,in large numbers , and armed to the teeth.  Having firearms available at least would give us a fighting chance.  Controlling the terrain is a defininte advantage.  Pistols are okay but rifles rule.  Long guns, particularly military style rifles are really what you want during times of civil unrest.

The police cant help you immediately.  In fact we where on our own for days.  Fortunately nothing happened. As a husband and father it is my duty to protect my familly.  Fortunately I have friends and familly that could aid us in the common defense.  There was one case where armed looters disarmed and robbed a community.  The people of this community where unwilling to shoot the looters who where also armed.  They layed their arms down and stepped aside while the thieves took what they wished.  Fortunately they didn't take their women or children.

Communication is essential.  Having a NON cordless telephone available is very useful.  Lan lines often work even when the power is down.  Cordless phones however need electricity from an outlet to function.  Cellphones are great, yet will not work if the cell towers are damaged.  Still having a converter which allows you to charge things with your car is a great idea.  Often times pay phones will also work.  Still having a plan is essential.  A list of people to call after the storm is a good idea.  Meeting points are great when appropriate.

By the way 911 wasn't working for days after one hurricane just grazed us.  Make sure you have good supply of any medications.  A friend discovered much to his distress the VA hospital didn't have his life saving medication and wouldn't have it for days following a hurricane.  Of course the usual aspirin, tylenol stuff should also be included.  As should citronella candles.  Mosquitoes, heat and other discomforts just add to the misery.  If you could swing it, small battery powered fans, the type you could use while camping do wonders in creating comfort.  Portable battery powered dvd player/tv's are great for entertainment particularly for the kids. Remember that converter to charge things from your car? We played cards, dominoes, and board games.

Hope This Helps,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Survival issues outside the home on: April 23, 2008, 08:53:03 AM
Hi All,

Here's some thoughts.  Survival hunting could also include animals not normally hunted, such as squirrels, rats, cats etc.  These can be caught with traps, 22 cal guns, blowguns, even bb guns.  Any normal kid can develop these skills fairly quickly:wink:  A good portable water filter or two are invaluable and should be at the top of your list. 

Pines needles can act as insect repellent when rubbed directly on the skin.  Pine needles can also be used to make a tea which is high in vitamin c ( good for colds).  If you continue adding pine needles you'll eventually end up with glue.

My 2 cents
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com   
125  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Telescopic Batons on: April 14, 2008, 11:06:40 AM
An aquaintance of mine was in downtown Miami when he was approached by a very aggressive homeless man which was trying to get some money out of him. My friend told him no and opened his coat exposing the butt of his gun.  The bum said "what, your going to shoot me!" He continued with some profanity and said he couln't shoot an unarmed man blah, blah, blah.  At that my friend whipped open his telescopic baton and the bad guy disappeared. 

Yes, yes, I know my friend used some questionable tactics. The point is sometimes and intermediate force weapon is very desirable since sometimes we shouldn't shoot the bad guy.  Another strong point my friend made was that the last thing he wanted to do was tussle with the guy since then it would become a gun retention issue not to mention the guy may have been carrying a disease.  He was filthy and possibly a drug addict.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com 
126  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 4 Elements query to Marc Denny on: December 14, 2007, 12:05:18 PM
Maija,

Very interesting indeed.  I have some friends involved in the Chinese internal arts I'll pick their brains also.  My biggest question is how it relates to FMA.  I heard of various FMA styles using both element theories.  It doesn't seem like such a stretch considering that at several points in history the Filipines where part of a greater Hindu empire and also the large Chinese population in that region. 

Thanks For the Input,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com 
127  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 4 Elements query to Marc Denny on: December 13, 2007, 11:15:53 AM
Thanks Tom,

I've actually spoken to Santi in depth on the subject.

Maija,

I think the Chinese 5 element theory is subtly diffrent than the four element found in Ninjitsu and interestingly Silat.  The Chinese element theory I believe comes from Chinese medicine where the 4 element theory possibly came from India and is seen in Ayurvedic medicine.

Interestingly the 4 element theory is also seen in many western occult practices including alchemy.  Some sources point to the ancient Romans as the ones who brought it from India.  Some schools of thought have added a fifth element commonly refered to as ether.  I once read this was added by Aristotle.

Thanks for the input folks!

Thanks Again,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
128  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 4 Elements query to Marc Denny on: December 12, 2007, 02:16:29 PM
Crafty,

Cmmmooon, you're killing me grin  I'm actually very curios about this subject too!

Thanks,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
129  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tippy-tappy drills-- threat or menace? on: November 29, 2007, 11:37:09 AM
Alex,

If you can find the following books they may provide some insight into Latin styles of knife fighting.  Esgrima Criolla & El Manual De El Baratero.

The first one deals with Argentinian Gaucho knife fighting the second one deals with Spanish and Gypsy knife fighting.

Both books are in Spanish.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com



130  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Did Filipino Martial Arts Revolutionize Boxing? on: October 13, 2007, 07:11:22 PM
Here's another interesting link.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9fgyzO206Ns

Enjoy,
Tony Torre
Miami arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
131  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A Father's Question on: September 13, 2007, 09:36:20 AM
Crafty,

When I was in junior high school I was in that situation.  I was threatened with expulsion 3 days before the last day of school, which would of meant I'd lose the year and be forced to repeat it.  At least that's what I was told.  My father taught me to stand up for myself, and let him handle all the "adult" stuff.  I called him from the payphone and he dropped everything and came right away.  My fathers approach was similar to that advocated by Karsk.  My fathers belief was that my education should not be compromised for standing up for myself.  In fact my father believed that standing up for yourself and fighting when necessary is part of your greater life education.   I can tell you that experience was life changing.  I learned that sometimes doing the right thing can be challenging, but with the right approach it can be managed most of the time.  Most important I developed the greatest respect for my dad and for his teachings of what it means to be a man.  I hope to share this bond with my son when the time comes ( and it will)

Hope this helps,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
132  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: sparring/fighting with bladed weapons on: May 27, 2007, 01:34:29 PM
Straight knife sparring is cool.  But I think when its done in the context of a scenario the training value is multiplied.  Here's a couple of the scenarios we've used.  The hidden knife or knives (one partner or both) while empty hand sparring.  Countering the berserker.  This one can be done from the previous one or as a way to spice up your regular knife sparring.  The set up is simple your designated berserker won't care if you cut him he'll just keep coming.  The defender obviously shouldn't try to trade shots. That one's great for footwork development.  Another useful scenario could one vs multiple opponents(armed or even unarmed).  For beginners we do one vs zombies.  You know arms extended walking toward you moderate speed not fast.  As they get better we do hand tag to develop speed.  One we do at almost every session involving knife sparring is to switch hands once they've been hit.  This one is great for bilateralism.

A very important key however is Maija's original point which was to not get cut.  This is probably the most important point in any knife training session.  I keep some horrible pictures of people wounded with knives, in my training bag.  I use them to remind our group of the reality of knife fighting.  This is specially important if people start to goof off.  I never want them to forget the severity of true knife encounters.

Hope this helps,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
133  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Emergency Tips and Emergency Medicine on: May 27, 2007, 01:13:20 PM
Funny you mention the medicinal applications of honey.  My grandmother used to give us a shot glass worth of honey and freshly squeezed lemon 3-4 times a day when we would get a cold.  For adults she included some whiskey in the mix wink

Here are some more useful home remedy's. Vinegar poured directly on the skin immediately relieves sunburn.  Do this in the shower the smell is very strong.  Cheyenne pepper helps stop bleeding and speeds up healing.  I've also heard it has anti microbial properties.  Soaking your foot in ice water with Epsom salts helps ankle sprains during the first few days and warm /hot water with Epsom salts furthers the progress once the swelling is gone.  Also try rolling a cold beer bottle or pipe under your foot for ankle sprains. Spearmint tea (made from fresh leaves preferably) will give you a nice energy boost, not at all like the jittery caffeine one.  Ginger tea made from a fresh root will do wonders for muscle soreness.  It is probably best if blended with juice or something since the flavor can be strong for some people.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
134  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tippy-tappy drills-- threat or menace? on: March 11, 2007, 10:15:56 PM
Interesting that you guys bring up dance.  My wife did classical and modern dance for many years from early childhood into her late teens.  She took up martial arts after meeting me.  Her movement skills resemble those of much more experienced martial artists.  With only a few months of semi serious training she was keeping up with much more experienced martial artists.  I sincerely believe that her dance training gave her a body awareness and movement vocabulary that she was able to easily convert to martial movements.  For the record her martial arts preferences are boxing and Thai boxing. 

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Nature and the nature of man. on: February 25, 2007, 08:35:10 PM
Check this out.  Chimps arm themselves.

http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/chimps-make-weapons-to-hunt-scientists/20070222203809990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
136  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Chimps arm themselves-Article on: February 23, 2007, 10:22:16 AM
Crafty,
I thought you'd find this interesting.
http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/chimps-make-weapons-to-hunt-scientists/20070222203809990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Enjoy,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
137  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tippy-tappy drills-- threat or menace? on: February 22, 2007, 03:14:35 PM
Great subject!  I've gone back and forth on this for years.  I believe most of the drills to be quite beneficial for many reasons including the development of general coordination, attack angle recognition, creativity and many more reasons.  I consider them a great training method, but like push ups and jump rope without the appropriate context they are meaningless.  Using knife tapping drills let me show you what I mean.  The 2 methods we use are tapping on the same side as the attack (similar to what Guro Ted Lucaylacay taught) and cross body (similar to Pekiti Tirsia).  Both of these skills do wonders for hand speed and coordination as well as improving reaction time.  They don't however reflect a realistic attack.  When put in a scenario that challenges these particular skills you'll see the genius of these drills.  One such scenario we play often is the muffle his draw drill.  The set up is simple arm your partner with a concealed training knife and practice your empty handed counter offensive drills with him feeding.  When he's ready he will attempt to draw his knife.  Your goal is simple don't get cut wink  Sometimes you muffle his draw, sometimes he gets his knife out and you tap it, sometimes you get cut.  Another great one is the 3 count sombrada drill or the high box pattern that almost every FMA uses.  What a great way to repeat over and over 3 very common angles of attack and their defenses.  The biggest argument the "marketeers" use against this drill is the use of the live hand shocked  Okay do it without it.  It's still a great drill.  Who wouldn't use a roof block or inside block when appropriate?  Anyway sorry if I ranted thats my two cents.  Thanks.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
138  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: A couple of articles I am proud of. on: January 24, 2007, 11:37:55 AM
Good stuff!  Keep it up grin

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
139  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Street Weapons on: January 24, 2007, 11:35:45 AM
A street weapon common when I was in high school was a thing called a sinker basher.  A street mace if you will.  It was made from a lead fishing sinker, a small length of chain, and a key ring.  Carrying it was simple you put one end in your back pocket and the other end in your front pocket.  Carrying it this way made it very accessible and disguised it as a wallet with a chain. 

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
140  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Lonely Dog's "Power" DVD on: January 21, 2007, 12:16:55 PM
Tom,

I think its made by reebok.  By the way I read your articles you mentioned on the other post.  Very inspirational.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
141  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: October 23, 2006, 05:25:51 PM
Crafty,

I found this link with some interesting excersises.  http://www.webball.com/power/jobe.html

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
142  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: October 04, 2006, 09:23:15 AM
A very interesting read.

http://www.dolfzine.com/page391.htm

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
143  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: October 03, 2006, 09:54:02 AM
Thanks for the tip.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
144  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: October 02, 2006, 10:46:06 AM
Crafty,

Would you please share with us some FMA specific conditioning methods you use?

Thank You,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
145  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Capoeira application in Dog Brother's Training on: September 28, 2006, 03:52:09 PM
Alan Goes tried a capoeira kick against Marc Coleman, I think it was in pride.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
146  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: September 28, 2006, 03:49:50 PM
Crafty,

Check these out.  A little something to wet your palate.  I will post more as I stumble across them.

http://www.shoulder1.com/hero/hero.cfm/12/1
http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/off-season-training.html
http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/prewp/si-shoulder.html

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
147  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: September 27, 2006, 08:28:35 AM
Crafty,

Give me a day or two to retrace my steps and find some links for you.  It will be my pleasure.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
148  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tito Ortiz uses FMA on: September 26, 2006, 01:08:08 PM
Here we have it guys, proof that FMA is currently being used in MMA.  Right from Randy Coutures mouth.
Check out the following link grin

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7091041229229314735&q=randy+couture&hl=en

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
149  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Condtioning for the stick on: September 26, 2006, 12:49:28 PM
Hi Guys,

I believe the best way to get conditioned for stick fighting is by training with sticks.  The first tape"Power" of the Dogbrothers first series contains some excellent training methods.  Lately I've incorporated stick training into my "cardio" training.  Try one round siniwalli on some tires or a heavy bag followed by one round jumprope, continue for 30-40 minutes.  It will do wonders for the muscular endurance of your shoulders and wrist.  The jump rope is a wonderful all around training tool that also makes  you "light " on your feet.  For shoulder prehab I use similar exercises to the ones described in the previous posts.  There is a ton of information on the net on prehab and rehab for shoulders particularly for baseball pitchers.  It is certainly worth googling.

Hope that helps,
Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com     
150  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Tito Ortiz uses FMA on: June 04, 2006, 03:34:09 PM
Ryan,

You never know, but the stucture while he was covering purely defensively looked diffrent than when I thought he was attempting elbow destructions.  He held his lead arm elbow much farther foward as if attempting to injure Forrest's jab.  Which he was throwing a lot of.  There is no rule that I know of preventing limb destructions therefore it really wouldn't be dishonorable to use them.

Tony Torre
Miami Arnis Group
www.miamiarnisgroup.com
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