A Howl of Greeting:
The rhythm of the seasons is with us and its time-- the Sunday before Thanksgiving-- for the "Fall Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack".
On behalf of the Council of Elders of the Dog Brothers, Dog Brothers Inc. Martial Arts hereby cordially invites you to its "Dog Brothers' Winter Gathering of the Pack" at 11:00 AM on Sunday, November 23, 2003 at the RAW Gym in El Segundo (CLICK HERE FOR MAP) to conclude when the fighters are done.
Many of you may remember our Gatherings held in the park in Hermosa Beach, which although they were hosted at considerable expense, were always free to you our friends, our guests. However with a private facility involved we
now need to charge admission of $10. We ask that you still consider yourselves to be our friends and our guests. In this context we ask that you respect our wishes in the matter of Video. It is very simple:
NO VIDEO CAMERAS, NO DUAL PURPOSE CAMERAS (i.e. with both still photo and video capabilities). THIS MATTER IS OF IMPORTANCE TO US! And, if you see someone videoing, please don't let them abuse our hospitality-please let us
As always, you may take photographs for personal, non-commercial use PROVIDED you give us a complete set of the ones you take. Thanks to the increasing numbers of you who actually remember and bother to do this! It is very much appreciated!
The Magic Words:
The MAGIC WORDS: "No judges, no referees, no trophies. One rule only: Be friends at the end of the day. This means our goal is that no one spends the night in the hospital. Our goal is that everyone leaves with the IQ with which they came. No suing no one for no reason for nothing no how no way! Real Contact Stickfighting is Dangerous and only you are responsible for you. Protect yourself at all times. All copyright belongs to Dog Brothers Inc. CA law applies."
This matter of accepting the risk applies to those of you in the crowd too.For example, sticks, and fights for that matter, may go flying into the crowd. Parents should consider things like this in deciding whether a child is old enough to bring along and/or deciding on from where to observe the event. For example, sitting on the heavy bags ringing the fighting area is a really risky idea for a child (or adult for that matter). If a stick or a fight comes careening your way-get out of the way!
At each Gathering there is a different focus. At this one we will be encouraging people to fight 2 against 2 or 3 against 3 (or 2 against 3?) in the knife fighting.
Remember that you may fight with weapons other than a stick if you can find someone willing to go against you. Please consider stick and knife fights, staff fights, and anything else. In order to more deeply explore certain
elements, fighters may agree to "no grappling" rules. In staff fights, the fighters may wear wrestling type ear guards under the fencing masks.
There is no charge for fighters but FIGHTERS MUST PRE-REGISTER, even if they have fought before. The Fighter's Registration form can be found on the website. If you are a member of the Dog Brothers tribe an email or phone
call will suffice. For all Fighter Registration matters, please contact Cindy at Prettykitty@dogbrothers.com
310-540-6853. You are not pre-registered until your name appears on the list of registered fighters on the website!!!
If you have fought before and show up without having pre-registered there will be a $20 fee. We REALLY, REALLY, REALLY don't like having to deal with this on such a busy day so please do both you and us a favor and pre-register. If you haven't fought before and you show up without having
pre-registered, you will not be allowed to fight. This will be ruthlessly enforced!
The rhythm of the seasons is with us and its time--the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This year it falls on November 23, 2003.
"Higher Consciousness through Harder Contact"
Guiding Force of the Dog Brothers
PS: To get in the mood, check out our 4 minute "Promo Clip" at www.dogbrothers.com
We've put some work into it.
Those of you flying in but not familiar with Los Angeles will be glad to know that El Segundo borders LAX airport on the south-so logistics should be a snap. Those of you who like staying on the beach in Hermosa Beach at the Sea Sprite can do so, it is but 6 miles to the south-- but this option will
probably require a car. For those looking to stay as close to the RAW Gym and the airport as possible, (this option does not require a car) there is some hotel contact info on the website.
For info/assistance please contact VP In Charge of Reality
Cindy "Pretty Kitty" Denny at 310-540-6853Prettykitty@dogbrothers.com
For Martial matters ONLY,
Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny
A Dog Brother Gathering is a place where "We the Self-Organizing Militia" (see the statute cited below) can hone our warrior skills and spirit to be ready to say "Let's roll!" should the flying fickle finger of fate reach out and touch us.
Section 311 of US Code Title 10, entitled, "Militia: composition and classes" in its entirety reads as follows:
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the
United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are -
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.