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Martial Arts Topics / Happy Birthday Top Dog!!
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:17:26 PM »
Happy Birthday Eric Knaus aka Top Dog!!

Wish there was more footage of him in action

Martial Arts Topics / Happy Father's Day!
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:10:33 PM »

*bows deeply*

Happy Father's Day to any dads in the Dog Brothers Tribe as well as forum members!

It seemed fitting that I make some animated GIF's from Jet Li's "My Father is a Hero"  :-D

4 more animated GIF's here:

3 more:

Trust your loved ones treated you all like the Kings that you are!

Very truly yours in the MA and Life,


Martial Arts Topics / RIP Ted Wong
« on: December 02, 2010, 09:07:15 PM »
It is with deep sadness that I post of the passing of Sifu Ted Wong. My sincerest condolences to the Wong family and his students. The JKD Community has a suffered a great loss, and if I may be so bold, indeed, the Martial Arts Community has suffered a great loss.

An Intercepting Fist (2008) - a film by Annette Lee

[youtube][/youtube]'s Remembering Bruce Lee - Shannon Lee and Ted Wong


Wong Sifu, may you rest in peace.

Martial Arts Topics / Battle Scarf
« on: May 05, 2010, 08:42:21 AM »

anyone have any experiences with the Battle Scarf?

Pete Kautz of Alliance Martial Arts wrote this review: review.htm

One other online review here:

i'm probably going to get one to play with, too bad it's Spring already.


Martial Arts Topics / Bareknuckle MT seminar on May 27th
« on: May 22, 2006, 03:27:24 PM »
copied from ' s kickboxing forum

From: Khun Kao  
Date: 05/22/06 10:23 AM  

On Saturday, May 27th in Carlysle, PA
Colonel Amnat Pooksrisuk will be teaching an all-day seminar on Ancient Bareknuckle MuayThai techniques. The seminar will be starting around 9am and run all day. The cost is $60 (I believe!)

If anyone is truly interested in learning REAL MuayThai, this is where you need to be!!! The Colonel will only be in the United States through June 13th!

If you want contact information for this seminar (confirmation of date, time, location, and cost), please email me at:

...and I will forward your information to the correct people so that they may get you that information. I will, unfortunately, not be able to get up there as I have a seminar of my own to teach in Roanoke, VA

stickgrappler's note - to email KK - take out the NOSPAM :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Carlson Gracie Sr. -- BJJ legend --- RIP
« on: February 01, 2006, 12:33:53 PM »
a legend and a pioneer passes on.

my sincerest condolences to his family and students.


Martial Arts Topics / Stick/Cane from around the world
« on: August 02, 2005, 03:17:09 PM »
following up on the Staff from around the world thread, here are some Stick/Cane url's of manuals/techniques etc

Japanese Martial Arts

Yerkow's Stick Play chapter from his judo book -cane techniques - cane article - cane article

cane technique #1 from Goshin Ryu

cane technique #2 from Goshin Ryu

Korean Martial Arts

Canemasters - check their techniques section

Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace's site - cane

preview of Marc Tedeschi's huge book - cane

5 techniques provided by Master J.R. West at linked here cane technique cane article

Western Martial Arts

The "Walking Stick" Method of Self Defense written by Mr. H.G. Lang who was a British Officer of the Indian Police. It was written in 1923.

Irish Stick Fighting

The Great Stick A chapter on the great stick based on the French 'Le Baton" and the Italian "Baston" from ?Cold Steel? ? by Alfred Hutton 1889

The Stick Fighting Method of Pierre Vigny
barton-wright part 1

barton-wright part 2

Italian Stick Fencing By Gianluca Zanini essay

Self-Defence With A Cane By Justin Bonnafous A small article written in England during the early 1900s covering the combative use of the cane.

World War II/Military

the first 2 links work so far from


The Beginner's Guide to Using the Cane by Don Rearic

sorry, i don't have more time to post tonight, wanted to get the ball rolling, will have more tomorrow. also, i had some of Ralph Grasso's posts and photo scenario progressions (PSP) archived on my site, alas, i violated some TOS and that part of the site was taken down :-( when i have time, i will work on my site again and add those.

DB Forum's Staff from around the world thread

Martial Arts Topics / Staff from around the world
« on: August 02, 2005, 11:40:16 AM »
i'm sure some of the forum members have seen these links before here and there. at Guro Crafty's suggestion, i will consolidate the links onto this thread. if anyone has any links not posted here, please feel free to add (i'm sure Sun Helmet and Spaddachino can add to this thread easily :-). without further ado:

Western Quarterstaff

George Silver's Paradoxes of Defence, 1598

Brief Instructions Upon My Paradoxes of Defence by George Silver

Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence by Joseph Swetnam's 1617 Part 1 (towards bottom of the webpage is the Staff section)

Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence by Joseph Swetnam's 1617 Part 2(first third of the webpage relates to staff)

(HTML)English Master of Defence OR, The Gentleman's Al-a-mode Accomplish By Zach Wylde, 1711

(PDF)English Master of Defence OR, The Gentleman's Al-a-mode Accomplish By Zach Wylde, 1711

Broadsword and Singlestick - with Chapters on Quarter-staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillalah, Walking Stick, Umbrella and other Weapons of Self Defence.", Allanson-Winn, R.G. and C. Phillipps-Wolley, London : George Bell & Sons. 1st edition, 1898.


A Brief History of the Quarterstaff by Frank Docherty

Frank Docherty interview

The Manly Art of Quarter-Staff Origins of a Victorian Combat Sport By Tony Wolf

Chinese Martial Arts

Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Yip Man)

Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Sum Nung)

The Weapons of Wing Chun Kuen By Robert Chu & Rene Ritchie (First published in Inside Kung-Fu, 99/07)

Weapons of Wing Chun Kung Fu by Curt James - Black Belt article

The Flying Dragon Tiger Gate System By Robert Chu (First published in Exotic Martial Arts of South East Asia, Spring 1999)

William Cheung - Weapons Training

San Kam's Pole Dummy Spread Through the Red Junk Historical Articles by Various - 'Translated' from 'I Am Mountain Man'

Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Jee Shim)

Wing Chun Dragon Pole Training-Got Power?, By Daniel O'Neill


Choy Li Fut Plum Blossom Spear and Staff Article by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong INSIDE KUNG-FU MAGAZINE March 2003 Issue

Choy Li Fut Spear Column by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong INSIDE KUNG-FU MAGAZINE March 2002 Issue

Choy Li Fut Staff Column by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong INSIDE KUNG-FU MAGAZINE January 2002 Issue

The Flying Phoenix Kick By Stefan Verstappen Originally published in Inside Kung Fu Magazine April '01

Filipino Martial Arts

Dog Brothers Staff DVD preview

The Art Of Malayu Sibat by Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr.

there are loads more on the filipino/western/chinese/japanese/korean/brazilian (jogo du pau)/indian (silambim, Kalarippayattu, etc)/Canary Islands (there's even a thread in this forum on this as well as EJMAS)/etc. ..... for now, i will stop here, when i have time i will put up more. hope others will add to this thread. my predominant interest in staff is FMA (haven't found much in the past) and CMA and recently checking out the WMA, but again, the staff is probably one of the oldest weapons if not THE oldest.

i end this post with some sayings in the CMA, it is said that "the staff is the father of all weapons and the spear, the king of all weapons." and in WCK, it is said, "Gwun mo leung heung" (Pole does not make 2 sounds).

DB Forum's Stick/Cane from around the world thread

Martial Arts Topics / Tom 'The Whip' Meadows' new paladin press book...
« on: August 02, 2005, 08:21:30 AM »
...after finishing reading Guro Crafty's article on Kali Tudo in the new black belt, i flipped through the mag. what caught my eye was that Tom 'The Whip' Meadows has a book out on the whip with paladin press book...

ack! just spent money on the DB staff dvd and Los triques, and on my must-get books list is mark hewitt's catchwrestling book. now, i gotta add tom meadows' book.

for those that don't know, the fighter with the whip in real contact stickfighting v6 was tom meadows. anyone see/get this book yet?

Martial Arts Topics / New DVD: The Physical Body [Indian Wrestling]
« on: May 25, 2005, 09:38:21 AM »
NOTE:  Guro Crafty - if this is inappropriate, pls forgive me and pls delete this thread.


reposting from -

my friend, and also Guro Crafty, Ajarn Salty and Top Dog's friend, pahuyuth is selling a dvd to finance his trips to SE Asia for research to finish up his upcoming books/dvds/articles on the SE Asian bareknuckle arts as well as Thai Krabi Krabong and other SE Asian arts/

From: pahuyuth1  
Date: 05/17/05 11:00 AM 11 AM  

My newest DVD The Physical Body: Indian Wrestling and Physical Culture is out today. The DVD focuses on the training regimens and routines of the indian wrestlers and the diverse scope of physical culture in india. As we know alot of this material formed the basis or inspiration for Karl Gotch's tremendous conditioning routines, combat conditioning and many other popular training regimens around today. The DVD offers alot of variations on the exercises from the hindu squats, hindu pushups as well as the hindu squat thrusts and everything from the gada,jori, nal, gar nal, sumtola to the unique Mallakhamb or wrestlers pillar. The DVD is set with several different chapters from showing the new ways of training in contrast to the older more ancient way in some of the top wrestling gyms in India to bonus footage and a stills gallery.

Proceeds from the DVD go toward completing the research for my forthcoming book and translating alot of the older texts I acquired over the time traveling and training.

The on line webpage has full details on the dvd, price/order info and a quicktime preview: or you can order by calling toll free at: 1 888 232-0439

Paypal, you can order through: (until MAY 24)

The DVD is $34.95 and runs 60 minutes


For members, and especially the few that emailed and needed more time: I can extend the paypal purchase until May 31st, the cost is $34.95 including postage to anywhere in the US or abroad included. Paypal: or you can email me at for further info. My travel plans were pushed back a bit so I will have a little breathing room. this is for a pay pal purchase only....


Here are interesting threads for those interested in the future of indian wrestling and where it is going: menu=news.latestheadlines


Another recent review:

" This DVD is tremendous. Anyone interested in martial arts, history, wrestling, physical culture, old or new must have this in their viewing library. This is truly an original documentary. To my knowledge, material like this exists nowhere else. I have done years of research on wrestling only to find a handful of books written in English covering the subject of Kushti or Indian Wrestling. I have also been a practitioner of heavy club swinging for close to a decade. This grew out of my interest in the strong men of India and wrestlers of old. This DVD shows all methods of traditional club or Jori swinging with both small and gigantic clubs. Today there seems to be a revival of Indian club swinging. The DVD shows a few methods of the ancient practice in its original form. I believe the Gada (Mace) exercises on the DVD will soon be copied by many after viewing your DVD. I constructed a Gada many years ago out of a bowling ball with a four foot piece of pipe. What a workout for anyone wanting to improve grip and core strength. There are exercises demonstrated that are both old and new that make this DVD priceless. Those that are fans of Karl Gotch, the Catch Wrestler and his traditional forms of exercise will see where they originated from. There is so much information and many exhibitions of students performing exercises with Apparatus such as the Wrestler's pillar or Malla-kamb and rope Malla-kamb. The book that is best known for demonstrating these pieces of equipment is of course the Encyclopedia of Indian Physical Culture. This book only gives us photos and a brief explanation of how these exercises may have been practiced. The Physical Body DVD leaves nothing to the imagination on how these routines were actually carried out and performed. I loved the sections on Wrestling throws and takedowns being demonstrated in different Ashrams or Gymnasiums. Another section of interest to many may be how the earthen pits are dug and prepared for daily wrestling practice and exercise. There were many examples on how to perform exercises that I had never seen before. This DVD gives us historical commentary, examples of traditional exercise, and wrestling demonstrations. Thanks for sharing this excellent piece of work."

Richard "Army" Maguire, Author of the forthcoming ?Invincible Iron Palm?


edit:  The direct link to the webpage is now open::

edit2:  fixed bad link

anyone read it yet? i just started. so far so good.

A TOOTH FROM THE TIGER'S MOUTH:  How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors

i'm sure you know Tom Bisio's background in MA, if not, he is well known in Pekiti Tirsia/FMA circles - one of the top, if not the top, student of Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr. he taught Eric "Top Dog" Knaus for a time. but since then he has been into the Chinese internal MA and the healing aspects of Chinese medicine. this book is about the healing aspects of Chinese medicine.

i was flipping through it in the bookstore, i know of Tom Bisio's rep and of him being legit, i bought it on the spot. i was skimming through it on train ride home and i noticed the western RICE approach and his comments on it from a Chinese medicine/Chinese sports medicine approach and how they differ. i look forward to reading the rest of this book, i know it will be good and most importantly, useful.

edit:  took out the html, forgot this forum is BBCode :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Thai movie: ONG BAK
« on: September 23, 2003, 09:29:28 AM »
i watched this last night. i think this movie has been out on vcd and dvd for a few months already.

*WOW* this movie harkens back to the 80's Hong Kong action/martial arts movies. it is very evident that the star is talented. his stunts remind the viewer of a young jackie chan. the sheer energy and reckless abandon that he puts himself through as well as the other stuntmen were awesome. there did not seem to be any wirework (although a few scenes there had to have some wirework - the star literally runs on some guys who chase him), the star really runs and jumps over cars, jumps through a small hoop, cartwheels between 2 guys moving big glass panes without breaking the glass, runs and slides into a split to go underneath a truck, etc. the philosophy of filming this movie was very much in the vein of the 80's Hong Kong action movies - there seems to be an abandon of reason and care for life of the stuntmen - the movie is the most important thing. the director and/or martial arts choreographer (or stunt director) literally has the stuntmen do stunts which even i think even HK has not done in some time.

i heard some of the buzz about this movie about its bringing on authentic thai bareknuckle master for the fight sequences. although they are flashy on film (spinning and/or flying knees and elbows) it really was choreographed well and the fights had me on the edge of my seat. there was a brief fight scene in which i believe krabi krabong was used (thai weapons system). i particularly liked the staff fight. it was a 6' staff used double-ended and ended up with a baseball grip. there were the mai sowks which were huge compared to the thin ones i've seen before. the mai sowks look like tonfas.

initially i wanted to check out only the fight scenes and i'm glad i watched the whole movie. although i watched an unsubtitled, undubbed version on vcd, it was easy to understand the plot. 1 hr 44 min total running time.

a cursory google search turned up the following:

you can get it here:

alternate reviews:

Martial Arts Topics / ATTN: Guro Crafty
« on: May 07, 2003, 02:25:09 PM »

check out my sig ;-)

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