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Good luck to all the fighters.

I'm missing you guys.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
« on: February 22, 2011, 12:03:43 AM »
I'm sure I speak for all the Scottish Clan's when I say that your thoughts and prayers are with C-Desert Dog's family and the whole of Cro Dog's clan.

I wish I was more eloquent, so that I could better express the sadness that I'm sure we all feel.

RIP Brother 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DLO 3
« on: April 17, 2009, 01:36:11 AM »
After being given the privilege of getting a sneak preview of the beginning of the DLO3 DVD when I was in LA recently, I felt I had to post some comments.

Even with the issue of gun being lesser in the UK, I found the material on the 1st two DLO dvd's eye opening in many ways. It's changed a number of existing aspects of my "reality" game and added new ones as well.

What I've seen of DLO 3 so far not only expands on this further, but deeper. The fact that it's also more one-on-one instruction rather than seminar footage, imho, allows for much greater understanding of the material being presented. All in this is the logical progression of the foundations Guro Crafty has already put in place with the 1st two volumes.

I can't wait to get this on pre-order  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: October 06, 2008, 05:52:47 AM »

Not to forget:
“Dog” Gerry Casey
… you deserved it, "C-Scotty Dog" can be proud of you.

I am.....

 :-D :-D :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: October 01, 2008, 11:40:35 PM »
Congrats to all, I'm gutted I had to miss the moment.

guess I'll have to make up for it next year :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Gathering of the Pack August 10th, 2008
« on: August 08, 2008, 03:05:30 AM »
Sounds like this is going to be an amazing Gathering.

Good luck to all the fighters, I'll be thinkiing about you on sunday

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 28, 2008, 01:16:47 AM »
I'm greatfull today for my parents taking the boys over the weekend, giving Mrs Scotty & I the chance to have a nice meal then go see Dark Knight (which is fantastic btw)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 25, 2008, 02:36:54 AM »
today I'm gratefull for the 1st week this year which has actually been consistently sunny in Scotland.

No jacket to work for me today & Long may it continue

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 21, 2008, 01:08:51 AM »
I'm greatfull today for yesterday spent with my wife (Kids were at the grandparent's)

Had a BBQ (yes it was finally sunny in Scotland), sat in the garden & then watched a DVD in the evening. A simple, but very, very good day.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 18, 2008, 01:54:47 AM »
Today I'm gratefull for the coffee I bought on the way to work (I'm always amazed at how much a good cup improves my mood),
the thought of taking my son to see his 1st movie in the cinema tomorrow (Kung-Fu Panda)
and a night out with my mates tomorrow night.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self-Defense Law
« on: July 17, 2008, 03:20:42 AM »
I'm glad to see greater clarification of the UK law, but I'm fed up seeing Tony Martins name being used as a figure head of the right to Self Defence in the UK.

The man shot 2 teenagers in the back as they were running away, with an illegally held shotgun, has been diagnosed with Paranoid Personality Disorder & is an advocate of the BNP (British National Party, a racially motivated political party). He stirs up the kind of reactionist tabloid mentality that makes it difficult to argue intelligently for greater rights  :-(

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 16, 2008, 06:37:31 AM »
I'm glad that my boss is out the office today so I've been able to listen to Bill hicks on my MP3 player while I've been stuck at my desk

Life is good

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: July 01, 2008, 10:52:05 PM »
today I'm greatful for having a crappy day at work yesterday,

which led me to come home and say "don't make dinner hon, I'm taking the family for pizza to cheer myself up"

which made me feel guilty that I'd just eaten an obscene amount of pizza but haven't been training outside class since I hurt my elbow,

which made me get up early & run through my medicine ball workout  :-)

Elbow feels a little tight, but not sore which I'm taking as a good sign  8-) :-D 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 26, 2008, 03:12:02 AM »
I'm gratefull for the anniversary dinner my wife made us last night, the chance to watch "UnderDog the Movie" with my kids after it & the fact my arms feeling good for the UK sparring day on Saturday

Martial Arts Topics / Re: A Father's Question
« on: June 24, 2008, 01:57:53 PM »
I'm sitting here jaw agape....

Pardon my language, but WTF????

I live in Glasgow, Grew up in Renfrewshire & am ashamed that this is happening here. My wife's just qualified as a kindergarten teacher & finds it ludicrous, The nursery she works in has a couple of single parent kids. their solution... Make a card for your grandfather, or someone you care about. As Mrs C-Scotty has just said over my shoulder "Kids don't know they're different till you tell them they're different".

God I'm glad of the razor my Kids got me for father's day (none of your cheap Gillette rubbish, a proper straight razor  8-) :-D 8-) )

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:40:23 AM »
Today I'm greatfull that a member of my group sent me a text message to let me know I'm in a DBMA promo clip  8-) :-D 8-)

It may not be my best fight, but at least, in the words of Guide Dog, "I helped a Brother have someone on which to do something cool "

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 17, 2008, 11:16:54 PM »
Thanks for the Congrats  :-D Starting to feel nervous now it's "real" all of a sudden

Dog Dean, Can't wait to be in the same position with my 5 year old, we play about & he's got his own padded stick to smack daddy with, but I'm looking forward to him wanting to do it properly.

Today I'm grateful for they guys I work with, who are already trying to organise my leaving do (I'm taking that as a sign I'll be missed, rather than they're trying to get rid of me  :wink: )

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 17, 2008, 02:53:11 AM »
Today I'm gratefull of a great weekend with Lonely, Col, Gerry & the Aberdeen crew (the arm's working again now btw, Ibuprofen's a great thing )

I'm also grateful that I've got my results, I've passed my Higher English & will be starting Uni on September 22nd 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 12, 2008, 02:01:30 AM »
today I'm gratefull for my work giving me tomorrow off to sit an exam in college, and for my wife for being close enough to my work today to meet me for lunch.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: June 11, 2008, 03:42:17 AM »
I'm gratefull today of my friends and the distance some of them stay from me,

it makes the times we do meet up all the more meaningfull

Martial Arts Topics / Re: desperately seeking dogbrother
« on: May 28, 2008, 05:17:45 AM »
I know some of the Glasgow Clan spend time in Ireland regularly due to family matters, but I'm not aware of any of the UK Clan members having a DBMA tat (though I've only met a few of the guys from south England).

As I type this I'm on a Laptop in a Min-Van heading back from the campsite as such please excuse the spelling and grammer.

This Weekend has been a turning point for me in a number of ways, All of them good.

Each and every time I fight at a Gathering I discover something new about myself, some new depth that I never new existed before. I'm glad to say most of what I find is for the good. This time however, whatever powers guide our journey through life decided I had a really important lesson to learn. How to cope with disappointment.

About a year and a half ago I had major head surgery to hopefully correct a hearing defect. This was my third Gathering since the initial surgery and even though the Doc's had cleared me as back to full health, I was never comfortable fighting since. My chatter wasn't louder, but in someway it was deeper. The thought of three full days of this made this deeper still. To cut a Long story short I fought twice & suffered a concussion, which moved me from the realm of fighter to the realm of witness. To have invested so much emotion and time in preparing for this and then to fall so early was crushing. However, as is the way of the Gatherings, only you are responsible for you. To me this means that while I may not have direct control over every action that happens, I do have control over my reaction to those actions.

After a lot of soul searching and the guidance of Crafty, I started to view the experience in a different way. I've never watched a gathering before without fighting. I'd never had the chance to see the nobility and humility of the fighters from the outside. I'd also not realized how not being able to fight had changed my inner chatter from the post operation doubts, to an overwhelming desire to fight again.

For all my frustrations and my initial performance, this Gathering has renewed my fire for this and shown me just how amazing a group of people are involved in this. It's made me feel prouder than ever to be a part of this. For me this Gatherings lesson has been one of the deepest and most profound yet.

Thanks again to all my Brothers who looked after me and never for a second excluded me or let me feel bad about not being able to fight.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Thoughts on Dog Brothers 'Power' DVD
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:39:10 PM »
Hi Rory,

The power & footwork tapes are where I started out as well ,so they're a good Choice.

I'd also recommend Guro Lonely's Power DVD as well as it complements Top Dogs very well.

Feel free to give us a shout if your ever in Scotland  :-D 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movie Fights
« on: February 01, 2008, 07:25:45 AM »
The Princess Bride

Inigo Montonya:        Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Count Rugen:           Stop saying that!

That is because I know something you do not........

I am not left handed :-D


Ho did you see it pray tell....... :?

He showed what was under his kilt and apparently it was enough to see the show.   :-o

Dude, in those spandex shorts, what was under the kilt, felt Like the show  :oops:

I have my ways  :wink:

Finally got to see it over the weekend.

Props to everyone interviewed on the show, you did the tribe proud.

It was great to see all the fights, and it has really got me excited about going back over again this year.

(I can't believe they left out the "swish of the Kilt" though  :cry: :-( :cry:  :-P )


thanx for the chance to have rolled with C-Scotty Dog . . .

The honour was mine bro  :mrgreen:

So for us non US people, can we have a run down of who/what was on the show?

(Did the Kilt Make the cut  :wink: )

Yay   :-D

Also heres a modified versions of my feelings on my 1st Gathering in Switzerland

Early in 2006 I fought in my 1st Gathering of the Pack & just wanted to share my thoughts on the experience. I’d been talking about doing this for years but always managed to find a "reason" not to, this time however I wasn’t going to let myself out of it.

For a couple of years before I’d sparred minimal armour, with my students & my 1st instructor (Dave "Yoda" Green of England) so when I e-mailed Benjamin I felt confident. How could this be that different?

I arrived on the Friday & met up with Guro Crafty & Lonely, this was when it started. Here were two guys who I’d been watching on tape for years, the nerves set in.

It got worse at 2 am on Saturday morning. A group from Hungary arrived late, half asleep, I wandered upstairs to let them into the Dojo some of the fighters were sleeping in.
The 1st person through the door was Attila, his name is apt. This guy was HUGE, what if everyone there was this big?
The nerves I was feeling before now kicked up a notch when I realised he was fighting and as I tried to get back to sleep I began to seriously consider backing out. Lonely Dog hadn’t mentioned me fighting since my initial e-mail, for all I knew he had forgotten. It was not a good night’s sleep.

Next morning as we were all getting ready for a day’s training, Benjamin put an X by my name for the seminar but not for the gathering. The little voice inside my head started again "he’s forgotten that you mentioned it, you can back out, no one would blame you, most people at home think your nuts anyway”. I walked back to my kit bag with this in my head, but feeling uneasy. When I got to my bag I turned round, went back to Lonely Dog & asked if I could fight, he said "of course" with a big friendly smile on his face.

The final moment came in the hour before the 1st fight. I was in another hall with some of the other fighters, trying to get some last minute sleep before it was time to warm up. Lying there with my MP3 player on & my hood pulled over my eye’s to block out the light, the little voice started again. Everything that it was saying to me was reasonable & true, this was dangerous, I could get hurt, there was no reason for me to be here, no one would judge me if I didn’t do this, I could still walk away. I lay there & a calm came over me, I was here for a reason. The reason was to see if I could do this; the reason was to find out if I was the person I thought I was, to find out if I could shut out that little voice.

To cut a long story short, I fought and I’ve never looked back since.

I know OP had this before the gathering, but maybe Nat Geo can use it as well

In the time I’ve been training in DBMA, the question I’ve been asked more than any other has to “Why do you want to fight at the Gathering?”

It’s a question that’s been asked of me by everyone, family, friends, students, people I meet at seminars, someone even asked me it just before the last Gathering in Bern. The reason for them asking the question changes from person to person, some are asking because they want to try it but want to make sure it’s a sane thing to do first. Others just don’t get it, they see the risk but not the reward.
This article is more for the latter.

The first time I saw the Dog Brothers on tape, I had conflicting emotions.
My first feeling was confusion, why would they do this???
I’d been told by my first instructors that the weapons side of the art was so effective, you could never test it. They said to do so would leave both parties badly injured and there was too much risk. Besides everything we were training had already been battle tested by those who had gone before us. There was no need to put ourselves at risk.
Yet there it was on film, a bunch of guys using their skill to defend themselves and putting their health on the line.
My second feeling was anticipation, because I wanted to do it as well.

The path to my first Gathering took me a few years, but looking back on it, the main thing that stopped me going sooner was me. That wasn’t a bad thing, for all the good I have to say about a Gathering, it’s a dangerous thing to do & you need to be doing it for the right reasons. To paraphrase Crafty “Sometimes, especially the first time, you should just watch”

When I got to Switzerland that first time, the fear running through me was immense. On more than one occasion I thought of backing out & had conversations with Guro Crafty & Guro Lonely about the emotions I was feeling. The openness with which they discussed their own pre-fight emotions will always amaze me. It all boiled down to one thing, if you weren’t scared, there was something wrong. It reassured me to realize that despite all their skill and successful experience, the fear was still there and they did it anyway. My own fear, while still a powerful force, started to seem a little less dominating.

The moment of truth came quickly, the fighters had assembled & Crafty said the Magic words “"No judges, no referees, no trophies. One rule only: Be friends at the end of the day. Our goal is that everyone leaves with the IQ with which he came and our goal is that no one spends the night in the hospital. However, only you are responsible for you, so protect yourself at all times. No suing no one for no reason for nothing, no how, no way."”
Guro Lonely got up and put on his mask for the first fight of the day. If I didn’t do it now, I’d never do it. I felt a moment of detachment as I put on my mask and walked to the centre. The Drummers started, we tapped in & the two most spiritual minutes of my life started.

For the two minutes that we fought, nothing else outside existed, my job, my credit card bills, and the fact that my car needed new brakes….
For the fist time that I can remember, I existed only in the moment. Every second that passed was the only second that mattered. Everything except what was in front of me faded in perspective. A man who is extremely skilled in what he does, pushing me to the limit of what he feels I can take (at one point, I could have sworn that Lonely smiled at me through his mask after setting me up beautifully. He swears he didn’t). The only thing to protect me is the stick in my hand, the light gloves & the thin mask on my face. In those two minutes I experienced a feeling of responsibility and self awareness that had been missing in my life till that point.
In day to day life it’s easy to pass responsibility for everything onto everyone else. You trip in the street, someone should have fixed the paving. You crash your car, the other guy should have watched where he was going. You get knocked out or hurt, your corner or the ref should have stopped the fight earlier.

Here was a place where only I was responsible for my actions, I made the choice to come, I did the extra hours at work to buy my plane ticket, I stood up, I put on my mask and if I got hurt, it was due to the choices I alone had made.
If however I grew in some way, regardless of the outcomes of any of my fights, learned a little, matured a little, moved a little bit closer to being the type of man I want be. Then this would be down to how I dealt with the path I’d chosen.
This was and is a very powerful realisation.

The realisation that I solely was responsible for the direction of those two minutes,  and how I chose to deal with any consequences, has passed through to the rest of my life & I hope it will be with me for a long time to come.

There are a hundred other reasons to fight at a Gathering, for one thing you’ll never meet more honest or friendly people. For me though, it’ll always be to again experience those two minutes and rediscover the awareness they teach. That only I am responsible for my course in this life, and anything else is just excuses or fear.

To remind myself, that when it comes down to it, “Only you are responsible for you”

I second the request for groupies

(Don't tell Mrs C-Scotty )

I've posted it on martial arts planet & sent it around Myspace as well


That would be Phil

The school I teach in on a Wednesday night is the KFM school in Glasgow

I've watched a couple of Classes while waiting to get on the mat, and also met one of the founders (Andy Norman) back when I was training with the UFA group in england. I won't pretend to know much about the system but it does seem to be a mainly a modified version of empty hand Kali/Silat. I've seen some ideas I like and some I dislike.

I'm not sure how close any link may be or to what degree the founders are authorised by him, but it's my understanding that there is also a link to Guro inosanto.

It's seems to be growing in the UK and in a lot of the MA press, but with the the batman angle you can see why. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: November 27, 2007, 05:27:43 AM »
Congrats to Cornelia & Lonley  :-D

Hope Robin enjoys being the Big Brother  :wink:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: November 05, 2007, 02:40:10 AM »
Graeme "C-Scotty Dog" Higgins

I'll send an e-mail when i get home

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 2007 Euro Gathering
« on: October 03, 2007, 12:20:03 PM »
Just landed back to the rain of Scotland after a fantastic week in Bern

Good food, Good Beer & good fights  :-D :mrgreen: :-D

As Always a big Thanks to Guro Lonley & Guro Crafty for putting the day on & a Big thanks to Corrnelia for putting up with the ScottyDog Family in full holiday/vacation mode.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: MMA Thread
« on: September 11, 2007, 10:14:36 AM »

Also, speaking of Jardine, I am surprised to see that Liddell-Jardine is a PPV headline fight, and Jackson-Henderson was free :?

It seems to be something to do with where the fights are held. In the UK we get all the US UFC's free but have to pay for the ones held here?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 2007 Euro Gathering
« on: August 19, 2007, 10:57:27 PM »
Looks Like it's just going to be us Scots, lonely & you  :-P

Martial Arts Topics / September 2007 Euro Gathering
« on: August 16, 2007, 12:05:50 AM »
I'll be there along with at least another 3 Scots  :-D

Anyone else going ??

Martial Arts Topics / Guro Lonely Seminar in Glasgow, Scotland
« on: August 01, 2007, 10:57:30 AM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: July 24, 2007, 10:32:42 PM »
Wuff and congrats to all the other fighters that joined/moved up in the tribe.

I had a ball meeting you all  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 30, 2007, 03:11:53 AM »

Just landed back in Scotland. Skys are grey, but there's no rain ;-D

I echo all the comments about the Day. My time in LA was more than I could have hoped for, I just wish I'd had longer. My only regrets were not taking Guro C's advice & asking True to fight (we spoke after the gathering & I'm looking forward to the next time I'm over), not being able to fight against the chucks like I'd hoped (I hate wrist shots  :cry: ) and not being able to make it to Nick's BBQ earlier on the Monday.

Congrats to all the fighters & veryone who worked to make the day what it was.

C-Scotty Dog  :-D :mrgreen: :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 19, 2007, 12:19:42 PM »
Mrs Hig & I leave for the airport in about 9-10 hours. I'm going to try for a bit of a Kip, but I've got that Xmas-eve feeling

See everyone soon  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:05:21 PM »
Dean -

Sorry to hear it man, was looking forward to meeting you

Guro C -

I'm all for it  :-D.........

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 08, 2007, 09:19:27 AM »
thanks  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 07, 2007, 11:18:07 PM »
I was going to ask how easy wrestling boots are to get over there.

The can only be ordered online here & I don't want to risk them not arriving before I leave (my old ones are falling apart)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: June 2007 Gathering
« on: June 06, 2007, 11:17:26 PM »
I'm assuming it'll be wrestling boots or mat shoes only ?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Hig (Graeme), send me an email
« on: June 02, 2007, 02:15:49 PM »
incase anyone else is looking for me
Elhiggito @

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