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Martial Arts Topics / Re: The UK riots
« on: August 10, 2011, 08:38:21 AM »
Cricket bats?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010
« on: September 19, 2010, 07:57:10 PM »
That was a great experience.  Thanks to everyone who showed up to support the tribe.  I've been given some direction on things to train and it was humbling to see such grace under fire by the more experienced members.  Hopefully by next year I can step it up a notch.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 20, 2009 Gathering
« on: June 01, 2009, 11:51:20 PM »
I'll be there.  Last time I only fought with knives because I was there by myself and didn't want to get injured that far from home all alone.  This time I'll try to do something with sticks or some other weapons.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Chessboxing?!
« on: February 08, 2009, 10:29:50 AM »
That looks like an awesome sport!  I'll have to try it some time.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Street Weapons
« on: February 08, 2009, 10:29:11 AM »
     I have a couple stories where I've seen some pretty interesting street weapons used:
     I used to spar with a group of guys outside at a rec center in San Diego.  One day there was a big circle of guys from the local high school in a big circle.  They were a gang and were having new members fight each other inside the circle.  We sat at a distance and watched probably five fights with lots of haymakers and double legs with horrible posture.  Anyway, I noticed that a number of people at the edge of the circle had weapons.  About ten guys had those small novelty basesball bats that are about a foot and a half long.  One guy had a long sock with something heavy tied in a knot at the end, and one guy had a balisong.  None of these weapons actually came into play.  At some point some other group of guys came over and started arguing with the first group.  Group 2 starts walking off, yelling that they'll be back later.  At that point we decided we should leave, since we figured they might be coming back with some more sinister weapons. 
     Another time a bunch of angry teenagers were causing a scene on the trolley.  One of them had one of those small bats and was pounding on the trolley handrails, scaring a bunch of kids and pissing off some dads.  I tried to reason with them to avoid a brawl and some chaos ensued. 
     When cruising around Mira Mesa I happened to see a fight where a guy was hitting another guy with his belt, swinging downward strikes with the belt buckle.  The unarmed guy shields his head, rushes forward and grabs the belt, and starts punching with his free hand until the first guy lets go of the belt.  They back away from each other and exchange some angry words, then part ways.
     One other time I was walking next to a little stream going into the bay (a little area called Rose Creek).  There's always a number of homeless guys hanging out there.  Across the creek I saw two homeless guys start fighting.  One was sitting down and the other started hammerfisting his head with a beer can.  It was pretty loud.  As he's getting beaten, the guy starts standing up and I could see that he was bigger than the guy with the can.  The bigger guy throws some wild punches to the other guys face, and when the guy leans forward big guy snap kicks him in the face.  As big guy advances forward with a sort of guard up, smaller beer can guy picks up a rock a little bigger than a softball.  He holds it up like he's going to throw it, and big guy starts covering his head by shifting between a crazy monkey and dracula style guard.  Small guy sees that he can't hit the guy's head, he tries to throw the big rock at big guy's kidney area, which bounces off without much effect.  Big guy finishes with another haymaker followed by soccer kicks to the ribs of the other guy.  It goes to show you that pre-empting and using weapons doesn't mean you're going to win.

I used to carry a comtech stinger on my keychain, but I gave it to a girlfriend a few years ago.  They're a neat little weapon that's easy to carry around:

Here's an article detailing all sorts of brutal street weapons used in Romania:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Cooties in Training
« on: February 06, 2009, 10:32:48 PM »
My school makes it a point to mop the mats every day with a hydrogen peroxide solution designed for cleaning mats, and we spray our kicking shields, thai pads etc with lysol.  We've been around a long time (20 years) and we've had just one instance of staph.  It wasn't anything major, but my sifu brought those of us who clean the mats and such and showed us a whole bunch of pictures of what bad staph and ringworm can develop into, to make sure everyone was familiar with the beast.  I used to teach a chin na class, and from time to time I would mention hygenic issues while training- not just being clean, but making sure they cut their dang nails- it sucks when you get scratched open because someone has uncut nails that surely have a lot of cooties growing on the undersides. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Secrecy vs. Knowledge wants to be free
« on: February 06, 2009, 10:22:42 PM »
I think if material is taught in a broad context, the student learns that its just not a good idea to get into armed confrontations.  They learn that its very iffy to get into a fight involving knives without getting cut at all.  They learn that there are legal and psychological consequences to armed violence that are things nobody wants to deal with.  They see that real fighting isn't just like the movies where the kung fu badass disarms a huge knife wielding attacker with a shihonage.  If a student learns about real violence it will probably discourage them from going out and seeking it.  Of course there's always exceptions that a trainer will come across and have to make decisions based on their experience.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movie Fights
« on: January 13, 2009, 11:13:11 PM »
My favorite movie fight scene is the Punisher vs the Russian- one of the few fight scenes that's gritty and brutal while still being kinda funny.
I also like all the fight scenes from "The Warriors" for some reason.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment
« on: December 31, 2008, 11:51:10 PM »
I'm gonna try building a medicine ball tomorrow.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment
« on: December 30, 2008, 12:24:30 PM »
I've got a homemade desquerdes made out of PVC, pipe insulation, duct tape and a few tennis balls.  Eventually I had to rewrap it in gorilla tape because the sun was eating away the duct tape.  Sometimes I attach a metal hoop to the center so I have four rotating quadrants to work thrusting technique accuracy and timing, and when it spins there's all sorts of different angles to work.  I got the design and principles from a James Keating DVD, lots of good stuff there.  I like it for working attacking a hand sized moving target with the tip of my weapon.  I've also got a few unique training knives.  One is a very small "prison shank" trainer that was made of a broken folding trainer (broken on a fencing mask) where I basically took the blade and wrapped part of it in duct tape.  Sometimes I keep it hidden on myself in training.  Another is an ASP rubber dagger that I cut down to a 4.5 inch tanto style blade that fits into a leather sheath that I bought sans knife at a garage sale for a quarter, so I can hang a trainer from a belt in a realistic fashion.  I also made a push dagger trainer.  I took pictures of this stuff but can't find a USB cable.  Here's some old pics:
shank trainer:

Martial Arts Topics / push daggers
« on: December 24, 2008, 01:09:32 AM »
Hey all.  Sorry if this has been covered before; a search just yielded some discussion on the karambit vs push dagger vs straight blade.  Anyway, I recently made a push dagger trainer and I plan on doing some sparring with it on Saturday.  Does anybody do any training specific to the push dagger, and if so are there any particular training methods you recommend?  I'm just sort of modifying some regular knife work with boxing technique.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife Clips
« on: December 24, 2008, 12:24:58 AM »
There's been lots of knife attack clips in the History Channel show Gangland.  The episode on the Aryan Brotherhood has lots of stabbing videos, since so much of the gang's influence is inside prisons.  Some old ex member had some interesting things to say about the psychology of stabbing a person.  The episode on the Hell's Angels also showed some knife and melee weapon (tools etc) fights.
Aryan Brotherhood episode (one clip of five):
Hell's Angels clip (one of five):
Each episode is about a different gang, and I'm sure there's more knife violence in some of the other ones, I just can't remember which ones.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Stickfighting from around the World
« on: December 23, 2008, 11:32:07 PM »
Its interesting that they mention drums.  Drums seem to come up regularly as part of stickfighting in lots of places.  The value of rhythm, I suppose.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: What would you like to see from DBMA?
« on: December 13, 2008, 02:48:52 PM »
I'd like to see some unarmed material.  Knife and cane stuff would also be good, but I hear that there's an aversion to making edged weapon material and I can understand that.  A palm stick DVD would be very interesting- I've never seen such a video from a full contact perspective.  Healing and recovery would be an interesting topic- it would be interesting to see some material from someone who could actually use it. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: New to forum
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:55:52 PM »
Hi all.
I'm also new to the forum.  I fought at the last gathering (only knives) and was a padholder at the one before that.  I'm the guy that broke a folding training knife on another guy's mask.  I decided to make lemons into lemonade by taking that blade and making it into the smallest training knife I own:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Healing Aspect of DBMA
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:44:18 PM »
Not sure where to put this, but perhaps it will be re-routed to a better area...

Anyone have a good line on where to purchase good Dit Da Jow? Better yet, a recipe or homemade batch?


I've been doing Chinese martial arts a good while and have experimented making different types.  Whatever you decide to try, be sure to rub/massage it in well.  A guy who's into iron palm/breaking solid objects explained to me that his jow is wine based (as opposed to most which are hard alcohol based).  This is because the water content makes it take longer to evaporate, so it takes longer to massage into the area.  As I understand it massage is very important to treating injuries in hilot as well.

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