I would like to announce the beginning of a new era for the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association and the creation of the DBMA Instructors Association. Under my supervision, the new DBMAA and DBMA IA will be run by a Board of Directors:
*Guro Ryan "Guard Dog" Gruhn-- Director of Business Affairs
*Guro Mark "Fu Dog" O'Dell-- Director of Curriculum
* Guro Mark "Beowulf" Houston-- Director of Curriculum
(Because there are three of us named "Marc/Mark" we tend to use our Dog Brother names to avoid confusion)
As you can see, all three are full Dog Brothers and DBMA Guros. Guros Fu and Beo are long time private students of mine who together run a school in Moreno Valley, CA. Guro Ryan/Guard Dog, based in Central PA, has trained with me for over eleven years and brings the knowledge, experience, and wisdom that running a school of some 450+ students has taught him. What he will be doing for us he has already done for the other prominent Associations such as the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A. and the Youth Martial Arts Association.
With this new era I believe we have in place a program that will serve you well, be your interest in any or all of the three basic martial areas of DBMA: Weaponry/Real Contact Stick Fighting; "Kali Tudo" ™; and/or "Die Less Often" whether you are a backyard group or a school.
I feel myself to be of an age where the focus is on building those that follow, and as a system, I feel DBMA is now ready. Do note that given that I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, the number I have certified as Guro is rather small—ten so far—but I am rather “old school” in these things. The DBMAA and the DBMA IA are now my central focus. If you like my work, this is where you want to be. (To read more on Guro Crafty’s life in martial arts click here (insert link here))
I now leave it to Guro Ryan/Guard Dog to handle the reality of it all.
Me? I'm in charge of everything else :0D
The Adventure continues!
We are excited to announce the all new Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association, which builds upon the Association that began twelve years ago. Thanks to the evolutions in DBMA as a system and in technology, the new DBMAA will offer all that it always has and much more.
1) Online Video Library: Inside the new DBMAA you will find numerous Dog Brothers DVDs which have been broken down by technique and carefully labeled for easy navigation. Every month there will be new DBMAA-only clips from various seminars, private lessons and other various Dog Brothers Martial Arts related events that will be posted every month. Some will be from Guro Crafty, some will be from DBMA Guros and Instructors, and some will be from guest instructors. It might be Guro Crafty sharing the latest wrinkle on the Time Machine Game or one of the Guros sharing an interesting tangent on which he has some distinct expertise. Or it might be a guest instructor; for example, you will see Guro Crafty’s friend and noted twelve year UFC veteran Tony Fryklyn demonstrating his explorations based upon Guro Crafty’s trailblazing innovations with the use of shot puts as a training tool. Tony, assisted by his friend “Jase” (Jason Stratham’s stunt double) will show you his expression of using the shot puts to develop his MMA clinch game.
2) Footage from Guro Crafty’s extensive library! Guro Crafty has compiled over twenty five years of fighting and training footage which he will share with the Association. Where permission is obtained, the shared footage will include some of the finest teachers and fighters on the planet.
3) The DBMAA forum like none you have ever seen. It puts a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. As a member you will have to the largest repository of knowledge ever compiled on DBMA. Having already been in existence for twelve years, the older lower tech Association is already a living, breathing entity ready, willing, and able to support this new step. Every new user will have twelve years of content already there waiting for him—plus plenty of material of the sort enabled by the new technology. In addition to the subject matter of the sort you might expect, there are threads on Evolutionary Psychology/Biology, Konrad Lorenz, Carl Jung, Historical Battles. After all, DBMA is not just about the fighting, but the contexts in which it occurs.
Navigating on the forum is surprisingly easy. Great emphasis has been put on “thread coherency”—meaning that if you want to research a particular subject (e.g. anti-knife, head butts, improvised weapons, security measures, guns, etc.) you will be able to go to that thread and find years of accumulated contributions on the subject in question thus making navigating twelve years of posts easier than ever.
Unlike other forums where the “name instructor” rarely shows up and interacts even less, Guro Crafty is there most days to engage and to interact with you.
Guro Crafty has always made it clear that DBMA is not “the Marc Denny style” – rather it is “A system of many styles dedicated to smuggling concepts across the frontiers of style.” The membership of the Association is broad and deep and brings much to the conversation. As a member of our organization you will be part of a community, creating an environment of support and growth.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
One of the most asked questions we get is, “Where do I start? Is there a road map?” The answer is - HERE! http://dogbrothers.com/join-dbmaa/
While many people who come to us prefer to follow their doggy nose as they explore DBMA, many others prefer a more defined progression. As far we are concerned, both of these paths are correct-- our Curriculum Directors, Guro Fu Dog and Guro Beowulf, and I are there to help whichever way you prefer to go.
If you do ask for us to help you with a defined progression, with your progress noted along the way, we will share with a clear systemic and sequential path to genuine competence in DBMA, dignified along the way by a discrete "dog tag" with a silencer of the appropriate color. Know that we are "old school" in this, recognition will be earned!
Our Instructor section will be for current Instructors and Group Leaders. For those who have aspirations to become an Instructor, the "dog tag progression" of the Association will form your base and continue from there. For further details contact me (Guro Ryan).
We have kept costs to a minimum so you get the most out of your experience with us. Here is how it breaks down.
If you are already an active member, we appreciate your loyalty. Your membership remains active at the current rate until it is up for renewal. For new members the cost will be $25 a month or $200 per year if you sign up before Sept 30, 2014. New members, if you get in before September 30, 2014, you will be locked into this special discounted rate for as long as you are a current member under the DBMA Association; after that it becomes $30 a month or $300 per year.
To register http://dogbrothers.com/join-dbmaa/
DBMA Instructor Association: If you are interested in your school carrying the DBMA flag and what the program offers you please contact me directly.
Fit, Fun & Functional!
Ryan “Guard Dog” Gruhn
Guro / DBMAA Business Director
“Walking as warriors for all our days”firstname.lastname@example.org