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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Street Weapons
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:45:59 PM »
Trolley bars are popular amongst the teenagers where I live. Turn a shopping trolley upside down and jump on handle, you end up with a plastic coated metal bar the perfect size to hold.

Another one is the plastic hair comb. Very painful when used similar to a knife and totally legal to carry


Martial Arts Topics / Re: What would you have done?
« on: June 28, 2008, 05:06:30 AM »
Reading the top story made me feel sick to the stomach.

I can understand people's reluctance to get involved, here a story from the other side of the world (Australia) that unfortunaly didn't work out any better.

Bikie hunted for city street bloodbath
Email Print Normal font Large font Andrea Petrie and John Silvester
June 19, 2007 - 9:13AM

Wanted... Christopher Wayne Hudson.
A HELLS Angels motorcycle gang member who was connected with a gun battle in Queensland last year is wanted over a triple shooting in central Melbourne yesterday that left a father of three dead and two people in a critical condition.
A manhunt was under way last night for Christopher Wayne Hudson, 29, after he allegedly shot three people at point blank range at the corner of William Street and Flinders Lane about 8.15am.
Victorian police released a photograph of the alleged shooter late last night after initially refusing to do so.
Brendan Keilar, 43, a solicitor, was killed in front of horrified rush-hour bystanders after he tried to intervene in an altercation between the gunman and a dancer from a nearby club.
A man, 25, who also tried to intervene, was shot in the upper body and remains in a critical condition.
The other shooting victim, Kara Douglas, 24, a former Sydney travel agent, is believed to be a friend of the woman involved in the original altercation.
Ms Douglas, also known as Kaera, is in a serious but stable condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital with family members by her side.
The shooting happened after the alleged gunman and the two women had been at a nightclub, Barcode, in King Street, and emerged into the morning light.
Closed-circuit television footage captured much of the violence that preceded the shooting.
It shows a man picking up the dancer by the hair, hurling her onto King Street and throwing her suitcase, handbag and make-up kit at her head.
As she tries to get to her feet, she is kicked in the head and appears to fall unconscious.
Minutes later, Ms Douglas is seen walking down the stairs and finding her friend prone on the pavement.
"It was brutal and completely unexpected," a witness said.
Witnesses to the shooting said that when the two men tried to intervene the attacker pulled out a handgun without warning and, coolly and at point blank range, shot the two men in the upper body before shooting Ms Douglas.
Detective Inspector Stephen Clark said the dead solicitor's last act "was one of extreme bravery". "It's a tragic, tragic set of circumstances, and it does appear as though he's been in the wrong place at the wrong time and has gone to the assistance of a female," Inspector Clark said.
As Ms Douglas lay in intensive care yesterday, her mother, Linda, and brothers, James and Richard, kept vigil at the hospital. Mrs Douglas said she feared the gunman "could come after my daughter".
The Queensland gun battle happened at a kickboxing event at the Royal Pines Resort at Southport attended by 1600 people in March last year.
That fight was allegedly sparked by Mr Hudson defecting from the Finks to the Hells Angels and encouraging others to follow. Mr Hudson was shot in the chin and back.
He was also a suspect in NSW for assault and 40 fraud-related offences. He was previously convicted of adopting another man's identity to steal $100,000.
Police believe the simmering feud between the Hells Angels and the Finks relates to control of the growing market for drugs in the Gold Coast nightclub strip.
Mr Hudson is also wanted for questioning over an incident in which shots were fired near police when they tried to pull over a car in Melbourne this month.

with Cameron Houston / AAP

The bikie responsible handed himself in a week later after having his Hells Angels status/tattoo removed and is currently standing trail.

I should wear my glasses all the time but tend to keep them only for times when I need to read. The biggest change I have noticed is your perseption of distance and timing changes.

After many years of training without wearing any corrective eyewear I got contacts to try out. I found that my skills instantly went to a whole new level as my focus was sharper I could see the tell tale signs of a strike coming earlier, judge the distance and timing better and as a result get hit less and land more effective accurate strikes.

Though the majority of the time I perfer to train without them for similar reasons to above posts but also because I have to work harder to get techniques correct to not get hit. So that when I do wear corrective eyewear it is like gaining an instant advantage.  :-D


Politics & Religion / Re: The War on Drugs
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:10:44 AM »
I'm in Australia so I can only guess at the way things are in the states, here cigerette companys are not allowed to sponser events such as football matches and have massive restrictions on advertising. Alcohol is under similar bans to a lesser degree, like only certain hours for TV advertising.

In terms of legalising all other drugs, one of the best ways to take the power out of something is to accept it. So by legalising the drugs the local dealers would go out of business and ideally the streets would clean up. That being said I am against it, as I believe that it is not going to getting the junkies off the streets and all the same issues would still occur only now it would be more 'accepted' as just a part of life.


Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:00:21 AM »
I agree with Crafty, and would like to add that you should be allowed to hold what ever opinion you like on anything, the real issue is the effect that it has on the rest of your life and interaction with other people.
Do you hold a opinion of such dislike towards something to the extent that you are rude when faced with it?
Or do just advoid it where possible, and when not be polite till you may seperate yourself from it?


Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Manly Christians
« on: January 13, 2007, 05:56:01 PM »
As the story of Jesus goes he is a carpenter.

In his day there were no chainsaws and power tools everything had to be done by hand. For those of you that haven't had to do that sort of work, it is very hard swinging an axe, moving wood, cutting it with a saw and hammering nails into it. Ever seen a small lumber jack, especially in the days before power tools.

Goerge Foreman (?) said in one of his interviews that he incorprated that sort of work into his training routine before winning the title (i think it was the second time) he also said afterwards that he is not going to train like that again as it is to hard, and he went in over prepared.

Also if you look at the movements of sawing wood, swinging a hammer or an axe they are very similar to punching and striking. (My instructor also regularly says that the best technique and power punchers to train are carpenters)

When Jesus became 'big' he was in his thirties, so if he had started work at age 15 he had at least 15 years worth of expierence of hard labour, in movements similar to martial arts.

Definatly not someone to take lightly.


Politics & Religion / Re: Environmental issues
« on: November 01, 2006, 09:36:32 AM »
The term global warming needs to be changed dropping the warming section, as it seems to many people are getting caught up and focused on one word.

I live in tropical australia and this year we had record cold tempatures during winter and we are entering summer, and so far the tempatures are the hottest it has been in years. We have had less rain during the wet season and more in the dry season than in the past. Last year the weather office predicted a quite year in terms of cyclones and yet we had more than predicted, they were also more destructive, with a couple of them coming at the very end of the cyclone season.

Australia as a whole is also expierencing the worst drought in recorded history, the daly river which is one of the strongest rivers in australia is barely a creek and in many areas you can walk across it without getting your feet wet.

I also think in the last few years the number and scale of natural disasters has been much larger.

Whether the globe is truly 'warming' or not, the weather has definatly been turned around.

Martial Arts Topics / db in australia ?
« on: July 06, 2006, 09:10:44 PM »
Hi, I am up in Darwin Australia (long way from nowhere), and I would extremely interested if you where to come down to Australia.

Politics & Religion / WW3
« on: June 14, 2006, 09:30:05 AM »
Abu Baker Bashir of Bali Bombing fame, has been released from Prison today from a sentence that got shorter and shorter each time it was mentioned. He is heading back to continue his teachings which ispired the Bali bombings and the way inwhich the whole situation has been handled by indonesia sound very similar to lack of regard that iran has for anyone else.


From Ninemsn
World News

Abu Bakar Bashir, the firebrand Islamic cleric accused of inspiring the first Bali bombings, has walked free from Jakarta's main prison and into the arms of hundreds of jubilant militant supporters.

Lifting his hands in the air an otherwise subdued Bashir muttered "I thank Allah" as he was mobbed by adoring fans, many in black "mujahidin" jackets.

Wearing a white skull cap, grey suit and red checked headscarf, the bespectacled 68-year-old made no mention of the 2002 Bali bombings, in which 88 Australians were killed, or a subsequent string of deadly terrorist attacks in Indonesia.
"To the lawyers who have enthusiastically defended me during the trial we will keep on fighting to uphold sharia," he said in a brief speech targeting moderate opponents.

"Upholding sharia is full of struggle," he added, before being whisked away with his son Rachim in a black van to begin a road trip to Solo, an ancient royal city in central Java where he teaches his radical brand of Islam at the Ngruki boarding school, dubbed the "Ivy League" of militant academies.

During his road trip he planned to visit earthquake survivors around nearby Yogyakarta.

Security was tight outside the prison with scores of police keeping watch.

Scores of supporters were bused in to cheer Bashir. But three were killed in a car accident on their way from Solo.

Many in the crowd wore headbands and carried copies of Bashir's new book, I Was Falsely Accused, The Days of Abu Bakar Bashir in Prison.

On its pages, the cleric denounces Prime Minister John Howard as "an infidel" and "enemy of Allah".

He also accuses Foreign Minister Alexander Downer of pressuring Indonesia to keep him in prison following an earlier 18-month jail sentence for minor immigration offences.

The Malaysian-born Bashir denied allegations by western nations that he is the "emir", or spiritual head, of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network.

He has called on all Indonesian Muslims to defend the nation "against violence".

"We must believe that this country will be safe from all darkness under Islamic sharia," he said.

Bashir was released 15 minutes ahead of schedule and his chaotic departure from Jakarta's Cipinang Prison took his legal team by surprise.

One of Bashir's lawyers, Adnan Wirawan, said plans for the journey to Solo had been thrown into disarray by a small band of supporters who bundled him into a van.

"This is not the plan and right now we don't know where he is," Adnan told AAP.

"All the plans that we have set up for him, it has been deviated. We have to find him so we can take him to Solo."

Australia's government has called on Indonesia to place Bashir under close surveillance amid warnings by some terrorist analysts that his release could inspire more terror attacks.

The United States said it was deeply disappointed with Bashir's release from what Washington believed had been a light 25-month sentence for giving blessings to the first Bali attacks.

Asked about possible police surveillance of his father, Rachim said he was unafraid.

"I don't care about it. If they want to watch, go ahead," he said.

Lawyer Adnan said any move to place Bashir under surveillance would be a violation of his rights.

"I expect that there will be a discrimination surveillance of him and that would be unconstitutional, because he is as free as everyone else in the country," he said.

Accusations Bashir had been the leader of JI would be proven wrong, Adnan said.

"That is a paranoid version of the western media. He has never been a man of violence," he said.

"What is to be afraid of? He has never been proven to kill a fly, an animal, he has never been proven to kill anyone."

The massive show of support for Bashir outside the prison proved he was innocent, Adnan said.

"People will not worship someone who is evil, who is a criminal, and if a lot of people still worship him it proves that he is an innocent man," he said.

Before Bashir's release, Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency chief, Syamsir Siregar, said he hoped Bashir would not cause any trouble.

"We hope Bashir, after he has been jailed, will regain his self-awareness and be willing to cooperate with us," Siregar told politicians earlier this week.

Jemaah Islamiah is accused of carrying out church bombings across Indonesia in 2000, the Bali bombings in 2002, attacks in the Indonesian capital in 2003 and 2004, and a triple suicide bombing on Bali last October. The attacks together killed more than 260 people.

Bashir has little active support in Indonesia, where most Muslims follow a moderate form of the faith.

On his road trip Bashir criticised the United States.

"The United States is a state terrorist because it is waging war against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan," he told reporters when asked about US accusations he was a terror leader.

Bashir made the remark after he stopped for midday prayers in the town of Tegal, 300km east of Jakarta.

Martial Arts Topics / Top Dog's training
« on: April 08, 2006, 12:40:28 PM »
Yes, thanks that is exactly what i mean! In regards to chambering your leg before moving to kicking, what i am curious to know is whether there is a similar idea to footwork when closing. Whether walking, slipping to the side or running in.

I am not sure exactly how to explain it, I have done a bit of tactical gun defense, while I know the technique and can walk through it, I was not 'moving correctly' to not be hit, and it had to do with the step out.

When you walk you either shift your whole body weight with your foot as you step forward, or you step with your foot first then your body follows, or you can lean with your upper body and fall into a run forward where your legs are kind of chasing your upper body. I hope that makes a bit more sense.

I don't have access to very much fight footage and I as everyone here is very big on footwork I was wondering if anyone noticed if it makes any difference or none at all.

Martial Arts Topics / Top Dog's training
« on: April 07, 2006, 12:52:22 PM »
I have a question regarding footwork for everyone, when kicking in a point oriented sparring you can land more successful kicks if you lift your leg before you move in, as timing and distance changes.

Now my question is do you find you can acheive more successful combinations when you:
1. move your leg before the rest of you body
2. body first (lean, kind of fall)
3. together
4. or makes no difference at all
It sounds abit silly but if play with it you will find you tend to move one way or the other.


Martial Arts Topics / Knife vs. Gun
« on: February 23, 2006, 09:10:36 AM »
Test it out for yourselves, with a plastic pellet gun. They give a nice little sting so you know you have been hit. Or you can always use the good old water pistol.

I have seen a video clip of police shooting an armed man (he had an axe) in the states, it took 18 rounds to stop him due the drugs he had taken.

Martial Arts Topics / Knife vs. Baseball Bat
« on: February 09, 2006, 08:25:41 PM »
The way I understand it is that they are both equal in all areas, I have never fought with a baseball bat, or anything close to real knives, I would go with the baseball bat purely for the longer range factor. If they are in anyway not equal then I would have to side with the knife.

Politics & Religion / Handreading Resource
« on: February 09, 2006, 08:21:43 PM »
Can you please recommend some good books, videos on the subject for a novice.

On the Danish muslim cartoons:
I believe there is a need for censorship within the public/media and greater discipline/respect for other people and their beliefs. I am not a muslim yet I have seen and found the cartoons to be offensive, just as i find cartoons of Jesus offensive, the same as I find people trashing (not having lively discussion, flat out rubbishing it) my choices in martial arts or anything else.

But this whole deal of violent protests is over the top and they need to remeber they are just Cartoons, and if you don't like the cartoons just put the paper at the bottom of the bird cage.

Martial Arts Topics / clear something up
« on: February 06, 2006, 08:53:15 AM »
try practice trowing a full size LIGHT weight bag, it is the right size of a person and will be just heavy enough that you have to use proper technique.

It is a very good way to learn your throws. It is much easier than trying to throw a reluctant partner. cause if you stuff it up the bag is not going to get hurt by landing the wrong way.  

Get a pool noodle (length of foam tubing about metre and half long, 2 yards? ) and mark roughly where the wrist and and elbow would be. Then attach the other end to something such as a heavy bag. Good for training target areas, range and biomecanics of opponents arm and yours for holds such as your key lock or figure of four hold and anything else you can think of.

Martial Arts Topics / KALI TUDO (tm) Article
« on: February 06, 2006, 08:33:16 AM »
I recently recieved Kali Tudo, I have enjoyed it alot! I had just worked Trigg 101 for myself, along with a step to the outside into my game, yet had not gotten a strong enough understanding to pass them onto someone else.

The information and footwork is so similar to what I have been training (traditional karate) for years that it could be the same. Kali Tudo as with many of your teachings have taken it to the next level. The best way to explain it is that my footwork till now has been like driving, and knowing where you want to finish but not knowing the exact road to take just the direction you need to go. The footwork matrix that you have been teaching is like looking at a road map before you start driving. See it used in real time also makes a huge difference.

It has also saved me alot of mental strain in working out how to counter each. :)

The professionalism of your products keeps getting better with each release.

Trigg 101 and 102, are they named after the maths formulas, Triggonmentry or some thing else?

A Couple of other thoughts that came out of watching kali tudo:

On the origins of boxing, that it is was a line/scratch in the dirt and each person put one foot on the line and first to fall or move off the line lost. Which is where common phrases such as to step up to the line, put it all on the line and to scratch (eg. sprinter pulling out of a race) come from.

When you are standing toe to toe with some one bare knuckle it requires a different stance in regards to the hands for protection. Which is the reason for the palms facing towards your own face. This is a common defencive position even in modern boxing today, it can also be seen by those covering up while trapped on their back on the ground in the UFC.


Martial Arts Topics / Top Dog's training
« on: January 17, 2006, 05:03:13 PM »
Why did he recommend starting on full moon? How does that help?

Martial Arts Topics / New on DVD!
« on: October 16, 2005, 05:30:32 PM »
Is there a rough release date for DVD of 'A Dog Brother's Gathering Of The Pack'?


Martial Arts Topics / Humor
« on: December 19, 2004, 03:54:00 PM »
The night before christmas

'Twas da night befo' Christmas & all in the hood,
Not a homie was stirring cuz it was all good.

The tube socks was hung on the window sill,
And we all had smiles up on our grill.

Mookie and BeBe was snug in the crib
In the back bedroom, cuz that's how we live.

And Moms in her do-rag and me with my nine,
Had just gotten busy cuz girlfriend is fine.

All of a sudden a lowrider rolled by,
Bumpin' phat beats cuz the system's fly.

I bounced to the window at a quarter pas'
Bout ready to pop a cap in somebody's ass!

I yelled to my lady, Yo peep this!
She said, Stop frontin' & just mind yo' bidness.

I said, for real doe, come check dis out.
We weren't even buggin', no worries, no doubt.

Cuz bumpin' an thumpin' from around da way
Was Santa, 8 reindeer and a sleigh.

Da beats was kickin', da ride was phat
I said, "Yo red Dawg, you all that!"

He threw up a sign and yelled to his boyz,
"Ay yo, give it up, let's make some noise!"

To the top of the projects & across the strip mall,
We gots ta go, I got a booty call!"

He pulled up his ride on the top a da roof,
And sippin' on a 40, he busted a move.

I yelled up to Santa, "Yo ain't got no stack!"
He said, "Damn homie, deese projects is wack!

But don't worry black, cuz I gots da skillz,
I learnt back when I hadda pay da billz."

Out from his bag he pulled 3 small tings:
A credit card, a knife, and a bobby pin.

He slid down the fire exscape smoove as a cat,
And busted the window wit' a b-ball bat.

I said, "Whassup, Santa? Whydya bust my place?"
He said,"You best get on up out my face!"

His threads was all leatha, his chains was all gold,
His sneaks was Puma and they was 5 years old.

He dropped down the duffle, Clippers logo on the side.
Santa broke out da loot and my mouf popped open wide.

A wink of his eye and a shine off his gold toof,
He cabbage patched his way back onto the roof

He jumped in his hooptie wit' rims made of chrome,
To tap that booty waitin' at home.

And all I heard as he cruised outta sight,
Was a loud and hearty.....
BROOKLYN'S IN DA HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martial Arts Topics / Bilateralism
« on: December 13, 2004, 11:06:23 PM »
Hi I am a lefty and i find it much easier to a technique with on both sides of the body if I started the technique on the right, and i find i don't need to train the left any where near as much i can get away with doing half of what i do on my right and be equal if still not better on my left than my right. It is an instant advantage in sparring. As everyone else is basically stuck on one side. even with stuff they have drilled for years.

I have heard that one of the differences in men to women is the amount of connections between each side of the brain. One side controls left the other right. As a result most women do not have a distinction between left and right and often get them confused. kind of explains their ability to multi task, where as men tend to be more focused, tunnel vision, one track mind. Opens the door to all the jokes about guys not being able to find something in front of there face.

Have you found a difference when training women vs men?

I agree with the theory of training complimentary side first, even if it is not to perfection, as this will create a more relaxed and fluid approach later on.

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