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Anyone in the east Tennessee area?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: October 25, 2010, 07:38:52 AM »
Grateful for an extended weekend with the Mrs., spending time in Virginia visiting wineries, Monticello, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Awesome state and colors.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stretching
« on: October 21, 2010, 07:28:46 AM »
Rio, I agree with what G.M. said. There is no way to know without an exam, and I would have it checked to be sure. Often, back issues will be there for years before something finally "happens", such as what happened to you. Usually, some benign movement brings on the pain, only to discover the problem has been there for a long time undiagnosed. I hope that it is nothing serious for you. Most are muscular issues and not disc-related like mine, and I hope this is the case with you.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: October 17, 2010, 08:08:24 AM »
Michael: The death of my 24 year old eldest son this summer (non military death) has allowed me to be that much more grateful for my fellow sojourner fathers who know the joy of welcoming their sons home.  I am glad to join you in grateful appreciation of his safe return.

Thank you brother, and I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine.

Today I am thankful that my son, his wife, and my Granddaughter have been able to spend a couple of weeks with us. It has been precious time, especially with the little one around.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB 9/10 Gg of Pack clip
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:38:11 AM »
Awesome clip! I really want to come watch a Gathering some day.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stretching
« on: October 09, 2010, 02:09:43 PM »
My low-back problems are due to degenerative/bulging discs at L4-L5, and L5-S1, so what works for me will likely not work for others. It has taken me several years of trial and error to find something that is most effective for me. As far as the "yoga" I do, I use the down dog and child postures, along with a piraformis stretch and several others. The inversion table helps, and I do slow bodyweight squats as low as I can go, pausing at the bottom for the stretch and then a controlled rise back to the top. I usually do 50 of these every morning, so my methods is by no means a "pure yoga" workout, whatever that is.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: October 07, 2010, 08:19:45 PM »
Guide Dog, thank you sir, I appreciate it!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stretching
« on: October 07, 2010, 08:07:07 PM »
I do a combination calisthenic/yoga type workout every morning, which helps me not only maintain strength, but keep my low-back in as good of condition as possible. I have several low-back disc issues, and the combination of yoga-type stretches that I have come up with through much trial and error, and my bodyweight exercises keep me going, along with my inversion table. The stretching portion I do is static, but it is in combination with several sets of push-ups, arm circles, v-situps, squats and lunges. I do them all in a circuit, which takes about 20 minutes each morning. I do know that when I skip more than one day, I can tell a definite difference in tightness in my low back.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: October 07, 2010, 07:05:09 AM »
I'm grateful that my son returned home yesterday safely from his tour of duty with the USAF in Afghanistan. He was shot once in the body armor and okay, and killed one Taliban on his fourth day in-country when Bagram Air Base had the major attack a few months back. Grateful to God for His protection of my son.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Case Study: knifer shot by store clerk
« on: October 07, 2010, 07:02:01 AM »
Very interesting video, and I would be curious as to the backstory if anyone knows.

What I found interesting is that once again we see how a knife does not instantly provide a stop. The guy at the entrance appeared to run out of the store after his throat was cut, and the store worker took several stabs and a slash to his head and was still mobile. He did go down to his knees, which should of course be avoided if possible.

Very lucky shot from the store owner, and he was fortunate the attacker went down quickly, which is unusual.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: We the unorganized militia
« on: December 30, 2009, 07:55:56 AM »
The Dutch guy is the epitome of what a hero really is. He acted out of courage and determination to end the threat, without hesitation nor back-up. He did what was required, I only wish he had killed the terrorist.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: December 27, 2009, 02:55:30 PM »
Grateful to have had my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in for almost two weeks over the Christmas holidays.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA DVD: "The Bolo Game"
« on: December 27, 2009, 02:54:17 PM »
I am looking forward to getting this DVD. It is going to be awesome...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Liner lock issues
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:59:55 PM »
i found that knives that incorporate the liner lock into the knive frame seem to fail more often, i did file down the lock on my kershaw and have had no problems since

That helps a lot, as long as the lock and blade meet up securely. Several manufacturers are actually making them that way, and they all should.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:48:44 PM »
Today I am grateful for an unexpected day off with pay, and for the bonus I did not know about that I will receive July 1.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:47:29 PM »
There are some undeniable advantages of an expandable baton/stick over a blade, namely one of distance. It will all come down to the skill levels of the opponents and if the knifer can close to lethal range without getting beat into submission. With a skilled knife guy like Tom Sotis of AMOK or others who train extensively in the blade, unarmed technques stand almost no chance of working. I say almost because nothing is 100%, but with a high skill level in the blade, unarmed options are almost certainly doomed to failue. I would say to test this out in FOF and see for yourself, but that is what I have found. A skilled knifer is a very scary thing, and up close has the advantage even over the gun. I carry all three, but we must know the limitations and advantages of each.

I've always been fascinated by the Ghurkas and would like to know as well. I know that many of the cruise lines I have been on use them as their Security Officers on board ship, but they are unarmed.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Pre-emption and Sucker Punches
« on: May 28, 2008, 08:39:08 AM »
I think cultural differences are an important point to bring up in this discussion. For instance, white folks mostly like to maintain their space and are respectful, while black folks tend to get close and use a lot of hand gestures and motions that look aggressive to those who do not know.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Liner lock issues
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:10:36 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Pre-emption and Sucker Punches
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:09:52 PM »
I agree, Tony. Most of them will back down when they see you are not afraid of them and not afraid to state your "no" firmly. I work in LE, and a large percentage of the homeless have some form of mental disorder, and many are under the influence the majority of the time. You really never know exactly who you are dealing with, and it can vary widely from one to another.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DLO 1 and 2.
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:06:33 PM »
DLO 1 and 2 are both awesome DVDs. You really need to see DLO 1 before DLO 2, because they do compliment each other. They have some gun material in them, but most of it is geared toward defending against up close and personal knife attacks, and they both offer lifesaving material. They are must haves, IMO.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Art in its Homeland
« on: May 20, 2008, 04:11:13 PM »
VERY interesting article, thanks.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: May 20, 2008, 03:53:33 PM »
I am grateful that one of my co-workers, a police officer where I used to work and was shot today, is stable as of this writing and undergoing surgery. He was shot multiple times in the chest, but was apparently conscious and talking upon arrival at the hospital. This is the second time he has been shot.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Pre-emption and Sucker Punches
« on: May 20, 2008, 03:51:24 PM »
I will be having dinner with Southnark this Thursday.  Apart from the pleasure of good conversation, there will be one business item discussed: DBMA will be carrying SN's "Managing Unknown Contact" DVD.  In my opinion this is an outstanding piece of work.  (PS:  I have a brief cameo in it as a Bad Guy :lol: )

That is good to know. I don't have that one yet, but have heard his lecture. Please give him my regards and well wishes.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Liner lock issues
« on: May 20, 2008, 03:50:21 PM »
Apart from intent issues, there is also the simple fact that concealed fixed blades are a felony per se in many/most jurisdictions. 

That is a problem in many places, but not where I live. Any blade under 4" is legal, but you still would run into intent issues in carrying a fixed blade.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Karambit Vs. straight blades
« on: May 20, 2008, 03:46:35 PM »
I agree that either a Kerambit of PD would be much harder to justify legally than a folder that any average joe would carry. Much better to look like a normal tool that was "pressed into use for defense of your life" than something that is obviously carried as a weapon. As an LEO, I am less concerned about that than a citizen would be, even when off, because I am expected to carry weapons to defend myself with. It would be much easier for me to justify it that someone who is a school teacher or doctor. It can be done, but it would be more difficult.

I have seen a lot of people slashed and stabbed over the years, and while slashes are very horrific looking wounds, I have not seen many that resulted in death. I have seen a lot of stab wounds that have resulted in death.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Karambit Vs. straight blades
« on: May 19, 2008, 09:52:56 AM »
Nothing wrong with a Kerambit, but I like having the option to stab or slash. With a straight blade, it is more effective for stabbing. This can be done with a Kerambit, but it is more difficult. I like the control abilities of the Kerambit, but to me that is secondary and I like the utility of having a regular blade. YMMV.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Pre-emption and Sucker Punches
« on: May 19, 2008, 09:48:17 AM »
I've been through SouthNarc's class where he discussed Managing Unknown Contacts, and it is excellent. Most of it is material that is unknown outside of law enforcement circles, and his many years of being robbed while acting as a decoy have given him a unique insight that most do not have.

I have found that a firm, "NO", along with a fence tends to deter all but the most aggressive. If they agress beyond that point after doing this, then you have a pretty good idea of what you are about to deal with.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Liner lock issues
« on: May 19, 2008, 09:18:28 AM »
Maxx, that is a very difficult proposition. The only real way to do it is concealed, which is what I do with my Spyderco Ronin. It has the tek-lok clip on it, which I clip to my belt and wear it under a shirt. The biggest problem with carrying a fixed blade is the "intent" that is easier to prove should you use it in self-defense. It is easy to pass a folder off as a utility knife, but much harder to do with a fixed blade. I'm not saying you should not carry one as they have a lot of advantages, but it does open up some legal issues that we should be aware of.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior
« on: April 02, 2008, 04:58:36 PM »
Hello-this is my first post-Thought I would send some info on us older guys and working out/training: While I was on active duty in the USMC I went to interrigation school at Fort Holibird Md-One of the students in our class was a Green Baret (going to VietNam for the 3rd time) He was a masterSgt-he sort of took me under his  wing and gave me some good advice-always keep on   training-that was in 1967  (i think)-well now its 2008 and i am going t0 be 70 in sep-i still am working out/rolling some times/still taking H2H classes-
took a weeks class in KM in portugal last  year and that was great-point is never ever give up-semper fi--glad to  be part of the forum-whitewolf in kuwait

I see you get around as well! You'll like it here.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Check out this guy's progress.
« on: April 02, 2008, 04:55:09 PM »
I bought the YRG Fat Burner Plus (the hardest one, 60 minutes) after seeing it posted here. After I got it, I posted about my thoughts on warriortalk, and a bunch of the guys over there have bought the YRG DVD's and are really liking them. I've spoken with DDP by phone, and he is a great guy. I am a big believer in YRG after doing it, and have just ordered the heart monitor and 20 and 40 minute DVD's. It is a great adjunct to your normal workouts, and as DDP says, "to turn back the hands of time". I believe it can do that, and flexibility training is one of the best things we can do as we age (I'm 47). I know that Grimel, who posts here, has been doing it as well and really likes it.

YRG is not your mother's ohm muttering, birkenstock wearing, earth biscuit Yoga. It is all about strength and flexibility, and it gives you a good cardio workout in the process.

Arthur Boorman, the guy in the video, is a true inspiration. What he accomplished in a years time is nothing short of amazing, and he is now one of the best ambassadors for the YRG program.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Thoughts on Dog Brothers 'Power' DVD
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:26:31 PM »
I have been wanting this DVD for some time, and plan on getting it soon. Thanks for the review.

Save time money, buy the whole set at one time.

Believe me, I would love to, but I am a poor working stiff.

And I'm not??

Apparently not. I believe you're independently wealthy. :-D For the first time in many years, I am really having to watch what I purchase and cut back. Honestly, I had forgotten what that was like. I remember now---it sucks.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Thoughts on Dog Brothers 'Power' DVD
« on: March 05, 2008, 01:30:44 AM »
I have been wanting this DVD for some time, and plan on getting it soon. Thanks for the review.

Save time money, buy the whole set at one time.

Believe me, I would love to, but I am a poor working stiff.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self-Defense Law
« on: March 04, 2008, 07:23:43 AM »

Mas Ayoob is a certified court expert in use of force.  He runs LFI (Lethal Force Institute - a shooting school) which most lawyers agree gives more information and facts with regard to the use of lethal force than any law school class.

If you haven't read "In the Gravest Extreme" you should.

What he actually recommends is asking who the police union uses and contact him before you need him, then keep his card with you.

I agree with Grimel. While Mas tends to do things to promote himself and sometimes alters his views on certain firearms or ammunition to suit the whims of the manufacturer he is promoting, his knowledge of self-defense law is greater than most lawyers. He has testified as an expert witness in many high profile murder trials, both for and against police officer, and citizens as well. He has a wealth of knowledge, and his book "In the Gravest Extreme", while dated, offers information that all citizens should have regarding self-defense. When it first came out, there were many who said that it was a textbook on how to get away with murder. I don't see it that way, but the material in it can certainly save you a lot of grief if you ever kill someone in self-defense. The book covers generalities and is not state or city specific, but is an overall broad-brush of self-defense law and how it applies.

The bottom line on self-defense is that it is highly variable on what you can and cannot do, based upon where you live. Whereas in TN or TX you might be given a medal and steak dinner, in California or NY you well could end up in prison. Know your state and local laws regarding self-defense, and spend some time talking to a highly regarded criminal defense attorney in your area that has tried many capital cases.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Thoughts on Dog Brothers 'Power' DVD
« on: March 04, 2008, 07:16:15 AM »
I have been wanting this DVD for some time, and plan on getting it soon. Thanks for the review.

Martial Arts Topics / Yoga For Regular Guys
« on: February 27, 2008, 05:43:03 PM »
I learned about this in one of the above posts and ordered the DVD. It is awesome, and this is going to become a staple in my workout. I had an excellent phone conversation with Diamond Dallas Page today about working out and YRG, and he invited anyone who is in the Los Angeles area to come and workout with them for free. I know that Crafty likes Yoga, and it would be great if he could give it a try and post his impressions.  Below is a consolidation of some posts I wrote about on warriortalk about YRG.

I read about this over on Crafty's forum, where it came highly recommended. It is a form of Yoga developed by former pro wrestler "Diamond Dallas Page", who says he rebuilt his back and body after some pretty serious injuries. It came highly recommended on the DBMA forum, and I have just ordered one of the DVD's to try. As I get older, I am constantly looking for new ways to workout and maintain my flexibility. Check out the video link for this Army vet who was pretty much a cripple and dropped over 100 lbs. It is quite inspirational to see him go from barely walking with crutches to running! Wow. I hope to have half the warrior spirit this guy does.

One of Diamond Dallas's staples seems to be the 30 second push-up. 10 seconds from up position to down, 10 seconds in down position, and then 10 seconds as he comes up. It appears to be "yoga modified", with more strength and cardio moves built in, as well as the flexibility aspect.

Does anyone here use this?

Link: id=64

Link for Yoga For Regular Guys:

Well, I just finished it. At least, I guess I finished it, though I had to rest for a few seconds and regroup on some of the exercises. It was very, very tough. I got the 60 minute fat-burner YRG, which DDP says is the toughest. I believe it.

My whole body was shaking about halfway through it, and my heart rate was definitely up for most of the DVD. I was sweating a bunch too. This is not your typical spandex-girl Yoga DVD.

Initial impressions: it was less of a stretch than a traditional Yoga workout, but great in it's own right. I liked it, and if you can do EVERYTHING in this DVD without resting, you would be in some kind of great shape. It was a tremendous lower body workout, and while the core was engaged for many of the poses, there were not any core-specific exercises. However, as I said, many of the poses give you a lot of core engagement. The upper body portion is limited to very slow push-ups, starting with lowering yourself in 3 seconds, bottom hold for 3 seconds, and raising up in 3 seconds. Later in the DVD, it progresses to 5 seconds each, and then 10 seconds lower, 10 seconds bottom, 10 seconds on the way up. That was very tough after doing it a few times. Much different usage of the muscles than typcial weight exercises. I also think that the exercises in this video will promote a tremendous sense of balance after using it for a while. While it will not be my only workout, it is a good supplement and something different to do on a regular basis. I liked it.

Just finished my second YRG w/o, and I'm starting to get the hang of the poses. Still not easy, but definitely easier than the first time. I think once I get the hang of all of the poses and my body gets used to being in them, I will be much more comfortable doing them. I believe this is a w/o I will do for a long time, and will be a good adjunct to my fitness plan. I even managed to do all of the 30 second push-ups this time through.

I talked with DDP this afternoon, and he is a way cool guy and I greatly enjoyed our conversation. He has lots of good stuff in the works, and some more really great ideas for even harder YRG workouts in the near future. I look foward to those projects.

What impressed me about DDP is that he really CARES. He isn't here just to sell a product, he is selling the product because he believes in it and wants to help people change their lives and fitness levels. By the testominials on his website, he is well on the way. The project with Warner Brothers is going to be huge if it comes to fruition, and it sounds like it will. The YRG program will really take off when this happens.

DDP talked with me at length about my training and really emphasized why I need to use a heart monitior. He told me a story about Mark Allen--the champion triathlete and his training. Mark had won many Ironman's back to back, but all of a sudden at 35 (I think that's what DDP said), he lost and did not do well at all. He met with a doc who is very knowledgeable about fitness training about how to improve himself, rather than give up and accept that he wasn't as fast as he once was. (I forget the doc's name, but DDP told me). The doc said that he was training TOO intensely and that he needed to stay in his target training zone. This doc uses 180 minus your age. Mark tried this for a while, but was running 7-7:30 miles when he was used to running 5 minute miles for 26 miles. He did not think it would work, but the doc said to trust him. DDP compared this to a Mercedes with 300,000 miles on it. It is a well made machine and okay to run it hard some, but not all the time. Mark decided to continue with the doc's training method and then won then next 3 or so Ironman's. This is very interesting to me. I have always thought intensity is good to a point, but not constantly. This jives with what this doc says.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: A Father's Question
« on: February 24, 2008, 03:55:55 PM »
I think you handled the situation very, very well. You got your point across very clearly without being nasty. That is about all you can do when talking with those who don't have a clue. I have told my kids the same thing---they better not start it, but they can and had better defend themselves if the time arises, and I will back them all the way.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: another new guy
« on: February 24, 2008, 03:54:02 PM »
Hey brother, good to see you over here.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Living, Training, and Fighting with Eyeglasses
« on: February 24, 2008, 03:53:00 PM »
I've worn glasses since I was about 15. The biggest irritation is getting water spots when it rains---I hate water spots! I never take mine off, except when I train or workout. I usually wear them while shooting, but can shoot equally well without them, and when I do combatives training, sometimes I wear them and sometimes I don't. No big deal really, I just don't want to have to depend upon having them, and want to be able to fight or shoot without them if need be. Train both ways, IMO.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Gurkhas and their Kukris
« on: February 16, 2008, 10:18:43 AM »
I find it interesting that many of the security folks on cruise lines are actually Ghurkas, though they are unarmed.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: New to the DBMA Forum
« on: February 16, 2008, 10:17:30 AM »
Thanks for the welcome, gents!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior
« on: February 15, 2008, 12:59:02 PM »
I just placed the order for the 60 minute Yoga For Regular Guys DVD. Their is a very good video on that website about a former Army guy who could only walk with crutches and looked like he was on death's doorstep. He totally rebuilt his body in about a year, lost 100 lbs. and was running at the end of the video. Quite a transformation, and very inspirational!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: New to the DBMA Forum
« on: February 15, 2008, 12:55:43 PM »
Hi there !

May I ask what were your experiences with the AMOK! training ? There is a training group in reasonable distance from me and I was always wondering about it.

AMOK is awesome. I wish that I had a group close to me where I could train on a regular basis. It is Fillipino based, without all of the flow drills and other things prevalent in FMA. Very practical, hard-core knife training that is second to none, IMO. I have more training scheduled in the near future, and will go as often as I can get there.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior
« on: February 15, 2008, 10:27:59 AM »
This is a great thread with a lot of good info.

I have found that as I get older (47), I can still work out intensely, but I don't do so for as long in duration (limiting w/o's to 30-40 minutes per session), and I require more rest in between workouts. I've been training for about 35 years now continuously, and I just can't train as long as I used to. In my younger days, I could really abuse my body and recover from it very quickly, and I could go full contact and really take a pounding with no ill effects. I also have to vary my workout from day to day more, and I use a lot more bodyweight and kettlebell exercises than I used to. No more heavy lifting for me either. If I can't do at least 4 reps with the weight, I no longer do it, and no longer seek one rep maximums. Stretching and cardio has become more important, and I am going to implement more yoga into the mix. Thanks for the suggestion of Yoga For Regular Guys--I'm going to be getting that one.

The Nat Geo piece is now up on youtube!

That's awesome! I've been wanting to watch it again. It was very well done, except for the sissy psycho-babble from the talking heads.

Martial Arts Topics / New to the DBMA Forum
« on: February 15, 2008, 09:35:23 AM »
Hi Gents,

Another new guy here. Many of you I know from warriortalk and other forums, and I see many familiar names here. I have been meaning to stop by here for a while.

A little about me: I am a Deputy Sheriff for a fairly rural county in TN, and have been in law enforcement and security work for over 2 decades (that means I'm old!). I started training in martial arts when I was about 12, starting with Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Isshin-Ryu, etc. In the police academy in 1986, we received a lot of defensive tactics training, and I went on to become a DT instructor at my old department, and spent many years on SWAT.  I also trained for several years in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Krav Maga. Most recently, I have been training in WWII combatives on my own, and with a local instructor who has a strong background in Judo, Silat and Panantukan. I have attended seminars in AMOK from Tom Sotis, and a couple with Crafty at the Warrior Talk Symposium. I wish I lived close enough for much more training with Crafty, and hope to in the future. I also have taken several gun and knife classes from Gabe Suarez.

It's great to be here, and I look forward to learning and talking with everyone.

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