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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Grandfathers Speak Vol. 2: Sonny Umpad
« on: November 27, 2006, 11:17:35 AM »
here come oooold flat top/ he come groooooving up slowly....

Is it the one at the end (starting at about 2:40) of this clip:

The one at the beginning is Oye como va by Carlos Santana..

Groovy tunes for a groovy guy!

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Grandfathers Speak Vol. 2: Sonny Umpad
« on: November 20, 2006, 04:49:41 AM »
Looks great! I was afraid this was going to be just interviews... Don't get me wrong, that would've been OK as well, but it's way better with some action included as well, as there's so little footage of Sonny Umpad publicly available.

What Beatles song are you guys talking about? Or was it in the earlier clip? It's not there anymore... :(

Please put the clip on the main page as well, YouTube is not that great if you're not online, downloading the clips works much better for me.

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Kali - Means to Scrape
« on: September 18, 2006, 05:39:11 AM »
I ordered it immediately! Can't wait to get it in my hands...

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fight Science On National Geographic
« on: September 07, 2006, 02:09:28 AM »
I've seen it, and I was ... well, not disappointed, because I didn't expect much, but it left me kind of numb. Very much hype and big words about how each martial art beats the others. I guess they did some scientific measuring, like measuring the force of impact on different strikes and kicks (using crash test dummies with impact sensors). But the methodology (at least based on what was shown) sucked. For example they had this big boxer guy hitting the dummy and a small wushu-guy hitting the dummy. Then they measured the force of impact and voil?: the boxer hit twice as hard as the wushu-guy, ergo: boxing has the ultimate punches. The same thing with the kicks, every guy gave their best kicks to the dummy, then the muay thai guy yanked the dummy from the neck and kneed it to the solar plexus. The winner! Muay Thai has the ultimate kicks. And guess what the ultimate martial art was? Ninjitsu (yes, with and i, not ninjutsu)! They had a guy sneaking on plumb blossom poles and hitting a "dim mak" strike to the dummy's chest.

On the weapons part they used torso dummies molded out of ballistic gel. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is primarily used for measuring the impact of bullets on it? Well, they used edged weapons. I can imagine a torso molded out of gel doesn't quite have the feel of human flesh and bones. Then they had an Aussie taekwondoguy hitting it with a katana. Did I say hitting? I meant hacking. He obviously had no technique at all, he just hacked it to pieces. They did have footage of some iaido people doing tameshigiri, I wonder why they didn't ask them to cut it.

But, they had guro Dan Inosanto as well, doing some nice stickwork (should've had a lot more of him!) which kinda mellowed my reaction.

The show was about 1.5 hours long, they could have easily cut of all "what happened before the break" and "what will appen before the next break" bs and all the other hype and made it about 30-45 minute show with exactly the same content.

I give it 6 our of 10. Nice try, some interesting people. too much bs, too little science.

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / A question about the BudoInternational DB DVDs
« on: August 28, 2006, 12:42:58 AM »
I have a question about the European version of the DVD:s at BudoInternational:
Power, The Dog Brothers Way and Crossbreeding Kali and Krabi Krabong...

They seem to be currently lacking a UK distributor (and the old distributor had prices which were a lot higher than the Spanish one), so I was wondering are all the DVDs same versions? I mean do they have all the language/subtitle (if any) versions or do I get a Spanish version if ordering from the Spanish web site?

Any ideas?

I'd rather order them within EU because of the customs reasons (also, they are PAL/region 2 or 0 as well).

EDIT: I think the DVDs have all language versions, judging from the website, but if anyone has any knowledge, that would be great. I also tried contacting them, but no answer.

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / tire work
« on: January 31, 2006, 03:33:57 AM »
Hi, I once saw a training device which looked a bit like wall-mounted makiwara (see pics
here and here). It had a board mounted on a wall, with about one third of a tire attached to it. It was light enough to be hung on the wall and taken away when not needed (needs to be fastened securely) and yet durable enough to take proper punishment from sticks. The only thing you need permanently are the hooks/whatever on the wall to hang it from.

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / Kali - Means to Scrape
« on: August 06, 2005, 01:07:58 PM »
Kali - Means to Scrape

This films looks totally exciting! Does anyone know will it be on DVD? Anyone seen it? Care to summarize? Any additional information is welcome!

- Marko

Martial Arts Topics / KALI TUDO (tm) Article
« on: June 03, 2005, 04:16:54 AM »
The article is the answer to many questions I've been meaning to ask, like
    [*]Why haven't we seen FMA in the MMA arenas?
    [*]How would FMA empty hand techniques/systems (like buno, dumog, panantukan etc.) fare against other systems in a cage/ring?
    [*]How would it effect that the rules would deny most effective techniques (like biting, joint breaking, etc.)?[*]etc.[/list:u]I'm absolutely fascinated by the idea that we could actually see the answers to these questions in action.

    I agree that the article is probably too long and detailed for BB, so it's great that we can read it here (and in the Eskrima Digest) in full length. Hopefully you'll put it online (with pictures) as well.

    There's a Pinoy MMA forum I just recently found and haven't had too much time to browse through, but I think some of the questions could be posed in there as well, I think there must be some MMA people in the PI who have actually had some training in the FMA empty hand systems as well.

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / New on DVD!
    « on: April 05, 2005, 02:20:13 AM »
    Hi, good to hear you've put a lot of effort on the DVDs to also bring additional value to those who already have the tapes. Too often we see just VHS material transferred to DVD which is sad, as DVD as a media provides a lot more possibilities. I guess I'll have to start saving money again... ;-)

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / Fencing masks
    « on: February 25, 2005, 03:00:42 AM »
    Thanks, but like I said, I live in Finland and I'm looking for a local source. I'm planning on going to have a look at the masks and then decide. The price range starts from about 60 EUR, which is about 80 $ I quess.

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / About the DVDs
    « on: February 25, 2005, 02:57:28 AM »
    Some technical questions:
    What region code are they?
    Do you have PAL (region 2) as well?
    Is there new material (if yes, what) on the DVDs?

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / Fencing masks
    « on: February 20, 2005, 11:53:19 PM »
    Thanks for the input. Luckily, I have a chance to check out the masks at local fencing club before buying. I also posted the question on a Finnish fencing forum, they recommended a 1600-series mask.  Most of them are FIE approved.

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / Fencing masks
    « on: February 15, 2005, 11:28:30 PM »
    Eyeglasses, not goggles.... The need is that I don't see s**t withou them.

    About the models, well, the question basically was, what model would you recommend? If I'm looking for one, all-around mask, would it have to be a sabre mask or something else? I have to admit that I don't know too much about fencing masks, the need is to provide enough protection for both light and hard contact.

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / Fencing masks
    « on: February 15, 2005, 05:31:23 AM »
    Hi everyone,
    I finally found a store in Finland that sells fencing masks. What is your recommendation for stick sparring use:
    I have eyeglasses which I plan to use at least in the beginning (no full contact sparring) under the mask. Is this a bad idea? Should I get contact lenses right away?

    Thanks for the input!

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / DVDs?
    « on: November 10, 2004, 03:45:05 AM »
    Quote from: Crafty_Dog

    Alex (or any of our Euro friends) you saying that DVDs of the US don't play in Euro players?!?  If so, @#$%@$%)*)(+_++%$%)#$Uaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhh
     :x  :x  :x  :x  :x  :x  

    Crafty Dog

    PS: I had not considered the idea of multi-lingual DVDs.  I know that Budo, for whom I've done two videos, does this in Europe.  I wonder what it costs per language to translate it?  If anyone can point me in the right direction on this please write me at

    Hi, first of all, good to hear that the DVDs are on their way. The idea of having a region code in DVDs was requested by the big movies studios. The original idea was that they could control the schedule of releases worldwide. If, for example a movie has a premiere in the US this Christmas and the DVD is released in March 2005, the premiere in cinemas in Europe could be after the release of the DVD. Having a region code prevents European players from playing the US DVD thus forcing people who want to see the movie going to cinemas instead of ordering the DVD from US. The idea never was too successfull as players are easy to make region code free. A better idea would be to have global release dates. Anyway, I see no point in having an instructional DVD set to a certain region code. A region code 0 is for this purpose. It plays on all DVD players. Then of course there's an issue of the standard. USA uses NTSC and in Europe it's mostly PAL. However, most new television sets can view both, so that's not a major issue anyway. But, I recommend having a region code 0 and possibly a batch of PAL versions if there's a demand. Once you have a master, making copies is quite easy.

    Having different language versions would require making a separate audio track with a different language (plus the menus of the DVD). Or, you could have them as subtitles. Once again, since DVD is a digital media, once this is made and you have a master, copies can be made easily. If I remember correctly DVD supports up to 32 different languages in subtitles and maybe 8 different audio tracks. Imagine having a Swahili version of the DB DVDs...  :lol:

    I would imagine there's a demand for at least Spanish and German versions, maybe French also.

    If you manage to make a Finnish version, I guarantee that I will buy the whole set! ;-)

    Martial Arts Topics / DVDs?
    « on: November 01, 2004, 02:00:23 AM »

    what's the update on releasing your old tape series on DVD and/or new series? The most recent post I could find on the subject was pretty old and it stated that the work is in progress...
    I brought this up in the Eskrima Digest list once, but I think many of the people here are not on the list, so: I think there are several advantages favouring DVD over video tape, as 1) it is a format that will used in the future as well 2) picture quality is superior 3) freeze frame, slow motion etc. are better 3) multiple language/subtitle/viewing angle support 4) you name it. The one thing that speaks against it is, of course, piracy. But, make the original DVD worth owning with nice covers, reasonable price, instruction leaflet, whatever, and people will buy it.

    my 2 cents

    - Marko

    Martial Arts Topics / Lameco Eskrima web site & email address?
    « on: October 07, 2004, 11:47:19 PM »

    I tried emailing the address I found in the Lameco Eskrima website maintained by the Dog Brothers at but the mail bounced. Does anyone know if they still sell the book "Masters of Arnis, Kali & Eskrima"? Or is it available somewhere else? Bakbakan was going to reprint it but sustained from doing so at the request of the family on the late E. Sulite, so I assume they are still selling it (or have plans to do so), but where could I get it?

    - Marko

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