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It looks like I won't be making this gathering after all. I recently had a wisdom tooth extraction and have since developed a case of dry socket :-(  They had to remove some of the jaw bone in order to dislodge tooth.  Probably best I sit this one out.  Looking forward to September Gathering?  Dog Tom

Hey Crafty!  One day "closed tribal"  and one day "open gathering" sounds like an interesting idea 8-)   Just wondering, what is the final status of this Gathering? My daughter and I were planning to come watch on Sunday. I'm kinda knocking around the idea of dusting off the old Chuks and going a couple of stand up rounds on Saturday.  Dunno :?  Should be a good one!    DogTom


Having grown up with the movie Bloodsport (that movie got me into Tae Kwon Do when I was 11), it never occurred to me in my youth that when the movie was supposed to be based on a true story, the story had been embellished. I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind please sharing some of your more memorable Frank Dux stories (good or bad) in this thread? I'd really like to know more about what your time was like with the man, and what your no-doubt evolving impression of him was as time went on.


PS - Almost a decade ago, I spent over $600 on seminars with a man who had photoshopped his face over the face of someone in a picture with Bruce Lee, and claimed to be a private student. We've all been there as far as putting our well-intentioned beliefs into someone who does not deserve them.
    The classes at the Dux dojo were fun. They also included firearms training. I really liked the shot gun classes :evil:  I remember one story he told me about, sleeping up in the trees when bedding down for the night on the battlefield. This was a practice, he said, was used to avoid surprise ambush or from being run over by tanks while sleeping. He also claimed, he was given the nickname "Monkey" because of said practice. :wink: 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB in the media
« on: December 16, 2012, 01:01:11 PM »
The other national Geo Fight Club?  It is titled "Fight Club Asia"  At fist glance, I thought it was a continuation of a series born from "Fight Club No Limits"  It is not made by the same production company (O.P.) and appears to have no connection with the no limits documentary.  Has anyone seen F/C Asia?                                         

BTW, I don't don't take offence to people replying negatively to my above post.  I was Dux's student durrind the early 80's.  I must admit,  some of his claims just don't ad up when you do the math.  It would have to have been a 100 man fight challenge(Oyama) to even come close to some of the records he claims to have set. Problem with that is,  the 100 man + fight challenge was a test, not a tournament, so we can rule that out.  :-P

Dux describes himself as being a third generation descendant of covert operatives. "From 1981 to 1987, I served as a covert operative for CIA director Bill Casey," Dux told Martial Arts Magazine  quote:  His alleged contact in the CIA, director William Casey, passed away from a brain tumor in 1987, almost ten years before Dux's book was published. William Casey was not around to either confirm or denounce Dux's statements, or the existence of their relationship. However, other individuals have stepped forward to help lend credence to Dux's role as an operative.

Congressional expert witness, Iran-Contra insider, US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Martin stated in court proceedings under penalty of perjury, "During my intelligence career, I have met with and been introduced to many covert operatives, whose existence has often been officially denied by the government agencies that these parties have been associated with. One of these covert operatives was one Frank Dux." Lt. Cmdr. Martin's declaration was entered into evidence as Exhibit #25 in Dux's suit of libel and slander against Soldier of Fortune magazine. 

Q:  Some high ranking officials of military and law enforcement in the U.S., Russia and others have made claims as Cmdr. Martin did about Dux.  Who in their wright mind would make  such a claim like that under oath if it were not true.  Isn't this stuff public record?  The list of frauds in the martial art community are to long to mention. Some have been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt while others remain open to speculation.  I guess we will never know until there is solid proof or these people come clean and admit the truth as some already have.  :|    When you get right down to it,  you can't believe anything you read on the internet...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: 2013 Dog Brothers Tribal Gathering of the Pack
« on: October 08, 2012, 07:10:45 PM »
I don't mean to through a monkey wrench into the mix, but another Quatro de Mayo would be pretty cool!  Plus, what better excuse to drink after the fights on Sunday  than Cinco de Mayo!  Just a thought :evil:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: May 13, 2012, 05:43:18 PM »
Grateful for being able to keep a sense of humor even in the darkest times. I thank my mom for that! God rest her soul. Happy Mothers Day! 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: CNN Piece - Dog Brothers: Martial Arts to the max
« on: December 10, 2011, 04:58:53 PM »
VERY IMPRESSIVE.  I just noticed it in CNN today.  Further, on CNN's daily summary page for important news, it's highlighted. 
Plus, the video is now accompanied by a nice article.  Great publicity.  Well done!

   I also enjoyed reading the peoples comments below this article.  Thank's for posting :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB in the media
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:55:33 PM »
I found this clip of  2008 Dog brothers documentary on youtube of ITV in the U.K.  Footage taken from same day as the "Fight Club no Limits" footage.  I was told it was the same show with a different title.  From what I can see, it is a completely different show culled from the same raw footage!  This didn't air in the U.S. as far as I know.  Can anybody expand on this?

Good luck to all the fighters!   Dog Tom 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: December 17, 2010, 01:27:35 AM »
Some of you may remember during the National GEO gathering, I used a weapon that I called a swing knife. People laughed when I told them I got the idea from an old kung fu movie. I remember I just had to laugh myself.  Just happened across a clip of that movie.  lol

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fencing masks
« on: November 27, 2010, 08:34:13 PM »
Kombat Instruments Ltd. (K.I.L.) is a company that specializes in stickfighting products. I bought two fencing mask's through K.I.L. and have been very happy with there performance at a price that would fit most peoples budget. The company is owned and operated by a long time dog brother and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for these types of products. Good Luck!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV
« on: October 01, 2010, 11:09:37 PM »
Good Point. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV
« on: October 01, 2010, 04:57:07 PM »
I believe if one had a mention of concern about a privacy issue prior to shooting, they would probably have made accommodations for that person. :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV
« on: October 01, 2010, 03:00:38 AM »
Congrats Crafty, I always thought the Dog Brothers would someday make a big noise.  Now I am sure of it.  8-)


I thought this was an interesting story about ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) and how repeated head trauma can produce many of the same symptoms as this disease.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB on PPV TV
« on: September 21, 2010, 03:05:12 PM »
The 2005 pilot has some good stuff on it.  Seems like a good show could be edited from that footage. As far as the shows that never manifested, they to may some day find new life as did the 2005 pilot.   It's all good! 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:25:03 PM »
Grateful for being able to help  an old dear friend in a serious time of need. :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: December 28, 2009, 05:29:22 PM »
Grateful for the free time to hit the road in my motorhome to visit family and old friends.  8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Dan Inosanto
« on: December 15, 2009, 11:08:01 PM »
If it wasn't for Guro Inosanto, I doubt I would have ever learned Tabok Toyok.
In certain circles, he is referred to as "The Godfather Of Nunchaku"  8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: December 10, 2009, 01:01:51 PM »
On a more serious note, I felt compelled to post this Vietnam war documentary.  I felt that it gave me a deeper understanding of what a soldier goes through in times of war and the lingering affects it can have on the human physique.  
Members of my family and some of my best friends are war veterans spanning from WW2 to Afghanistan.  I often wondered why they held so much of that experience inside and were reluctant to tell their story.  
When I was 18, I registered for the draft.  As the years went by, I always had a sense of being blessed for not having to fight in a war. Now at 49 years of age, the chances are slim that I will ever have to experience such a horrible thing. I also think it is shamefull how many of our countries vets are being treated by our government and society.  I would incourage young people who may have a glorified view of war, to view this film.  I have much respect for the men and women who give so much of themselves in the name of freedom and country. Even if the government were to be misguided, our soldiers should always receive the highest praise and never be disrespected. (Part 6 + 7 are especially insightful)

 Part 1of 7

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: December 03, 2009, 08:45:43 PM »
I spent some time last year working for FEMA in Jefferson Parish LA.  I remember seeing a cop that resembled Segal.  I wonder?   :lol:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Vid-clip of 9/20/09 DB Open Gathering
« on: November 18, 2009, 12:11:47 AM »
Great action! The pack is strong.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Happy Halloweapons!
« on: November 02, 2009, 06:58:19 PM »
Looks like fun. Sounded like the Misfits (music)  Only they could get away with playing one cord for that long!  :lol:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: October 10, 2009, 03:58:28 PM »

This is cool and what teaching is all about...
Your post reminded me of this story from long ago.  Shihan - Charles B. Fisher (kajukenbo) assisting with wheel chair at the end.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:15:12 PM »
Grateful for a great 2 weeks of vacation in Arizona with my 7 year old daughter, fishing, swimming shopping and just hanging out. Toping it all off with a trip to Catalina island tomorrow. Life is sweet! :-)  also: Congrats to Guide Dog!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Tao of the Dog
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:07:17 PM »
The adventure continues!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: "Craftyisms"
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:06:17 PM »
"90% of life is just showing up"  Hey Crafty, I know this is not an original quote (woodey allen )that you use, but when it comes to mind I always think of you! :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Happy Birthday Marc!
« on: August 25, 2009, 01:16:09 PM »
A belated Happy Birthday!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: August 05, 2009, 02:01:29 AM »

Martial Arts Topics / Happy Birthday Guro Dan Inosanto
« on: July 23, 2009, 02:48:45 PM »
 Guro Dan Inosanto's  73rd Birthday is tomorrow 7/24/09 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA series VHS/DVD's
« on: July 20, 2009, 04:10:01 PM »
For anyone who wants to get a real feel for what a Dog Brothers gathering is like, I would highly recommend purchasing this one from the new series of DVD's
It's the next best thing to actually being there and gives you an inside look at the positive energy that manifests during a Gathering of the Pack.
This DVD has no instruction per say, although one can learn plenty by just watching the fights.
This dvd can be found in the "DVD's- Cultural/non instructional" section of "Poducts for Sale" 
You won't be disappointed as this DVD is Action Packed!

This and all the Dog Brothers Videos/DVD's can be purchased here at the "Public Store", on the Home page of this site. See review below.
Dog Tom.


A Gathering Of The Pack

In 1993, our first series, commonly known as "The Dog Brothers Videos", introduced "Dog Brothers Real Contact Stickfighting". Since that time, the fighting has evolved A LOT. Twice a year, we host our "Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack" and this video, consisting of selected fights from 1994-1999, shows just how much the fighting has evolved since the fights of the late 1980s and early 1990s that formed the basis of the first series.

The video opens with the opening talk, which sets the understandings for the day, and promptly turns to two 1 on 1 knife fights, and one 2 on 2 knife fight. There are many single and double stick fights, single stick versus double nunchaku, stick versus hardwood bokken (ends in broken hand) and two 4 foot staff fights (one of them ends in a ruptured ear drum). The video closes with the fighters' circle as the fighters share the day.

This is not a "Greatest Hits of the Dog Brothers" video (that comes later). Although some of the fights in this video may well appear in the "Greatest Hits" video, with this video the idea is to show just what a Gathering is and to show the current fighting. And at a length of 70 minutes in this video there is plenty of that!

Gathering Of The Pack - DVD
[SER2002DVD] $40.00


Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 20, 2009 Gathering
« on: July 18, 2009, 12:45:35 AM »
well trying to  find a good cane is not easy already broke 2, one at home the other in the store
and Kaju if you ever do make it up here you got a place to crash, camp prep is in full swing but
i am keeping focused on the sept. bash it will be nice to fight with a knee at 90%  we still need to get those pics
from Pound.....let the chatter begin
Maybe a rattan cane would be more durable?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA series VHS/DVD's
« on: July 17, 2009, 07:14:14 PM »
Thank's Crafty! :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA series VHS/DVD's
« on: July 16, 2009, 11:44:50 PM »
Hey Crafty, Let me know when you figure out which video this is. I'd like to possibly purchase a copy for my video library. Woof!

Martial Arts Topics / DBMA series VHS/DVD's
« on: July 16, 2009, 05:09:10 PM »
I found that PappyDog has a video available @ titled: "A Dog Brothers' Gathering of the Pack, Fighting Escrima Kali Arnis" Starring Pappy and SaltyDog with
Eric (topdog) Knaus, commenting on each fight in detail (according to review). Is this an improved version of the standard Gathering of the pack dvd or is it a completely different video?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB in the media
« on: July 12, 2009, 06:12:47 PM »
They probably cut the nunckaku parts out of the show. They are banned in the UK and they are not allowed to show them on TV or movies! The video game, Soul Blade, was edited for use in the UK because one of the characters used a nunchaku. The characters weapon was replaced with a three sectional staff. lol

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB in the media
« on: July 12, 2009, 12:07:18 PM »
That is what a friend of mine was saying last night. She figured it's the same show with a slight title change. Yep!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: July 11, 2009, 03:51:46 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB in the media
« on: July 11, 2009, 09:54:40 AM »
I just found this on a FAQ section on the ITV site.  Maybe someone will post the show on youtube! 
Can I watch ITV in another country?
Rights agreements mean that our ITV service is only available in the UK. Even if you are a citizen of the UK you cannot access the service from abroad.  Bummer.:-(

 Is this the new show pilot?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB in the media
« on: July 11, 2009, 09:33:54 AM »
Dog Brothers: Real Fight Club aires in the UK tonight on ITV4 at 10pm. Good timing as Lonley Dog is over for a seminar
Hey Matt, Thanks for the heads up about the show tonight. ITV is a free internet web TV broadcasting service. I'm thinking that it should air sometime today beetween
12:30pm -- 2:00pm pacific time, here in the U.S. depending on the time zone in the UK.  I wonder if we here in the U.S. will be able to watch the show. 
I sure hope so! :|   

Here is the link for anyone who might be interested:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: July 10, 2009, 11:44:00 PM »
Cheap shots. Hockey stick vs Baseball bat. :evil:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Rest in Peace
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:24:56 PM »
He was one of my favorite boxers of all time. I was sad to here he went out like that. The boxing world will never see another quite like him again. A true class act!  :-(

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 01, 2009, 12:20:19 PM »
Grateful to be spending the first two full weeks of summer with my 7 yr. old daughter,  just hanging around by the pool and doing whatever we want all day. 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Rest in Peace
« on: June 29, 2009, 02:10:52 AM »
Billy Mays, The Oxy Clean infomercial guy, died this morning at 7:45 am at his home in Tampa Florida. He was 50.
Hopefully, he saved his best pitch for St. Peters gates.

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