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Apache Warrior Arts: Ghostdog System

they also give eachother 'dog' names.


Martial Arts Topics / post-Gathering/thank you...
« on: June 26, 2005, 05:59:04 PM »
well, that was my first Gathering and i had a blast. thanks to all for doing what you do.

i was the guy with the crewcut that got the nasty bleeder on the side of my head. probably could have done w/ a stitch or two, but i'm just going to make do with liquid bandage until i get home to NY.

might try planning on Nov., and bringing other fighters.

take care,

rob gage

Martial Arts Topics / kalasag still taught?
« on: April 21, 2005, 09:40:00 AM »
FMA in this area is pretty limited. any know if there is anyone still teaching the Filipino shield?

Martial Arts Topics / thrusts?
« on: April 19, 2005, 03:13:24 PM »
how effective have people found thrusts to be?

tried some against a fencing mask and the ones that don't slide feel like a mid power punch. suppose if you got a perfect side angle you could go for 'the button' with some hip behind it.

xyphoid/diaphragm area? take the wind out of them and follow up with a strike?

personally had some luck with 'stop thrust' to the lower belly.


Martial Arts Topics / how much is too much gear?
« on: April 11, 2005, 04:40:18 PM »
so, looks like i might be attending the Gathering in June.

one question that came to mind is about protective gear. how much is too much. i've seen pictures from different bouts and see the range from light pads and Mylec gloves to 'rigid' skateboard/rollerblade pads w/ hockey or lacrosse gloves. what's the usual? when does protection take away from the fight?


thanks for looking....

Martial Arts Topics / new guy, intro...
« on: April 09, 2005, 03:56:51 PM »
well, don't know if i'll ever have the opportunity to train with the DB's, but let me say thanks for 'doing what you do'.

i've done SCA stickfighting for the last 13 years, but my main focus is warrior culture in general, amatuer hoplologist? i hold a Master rank in the SCA, but i don't try to tell people that it's -real- fighting, just a dangerous contact sport.

i admire your commitment to realistic contact and 'combat comeraderie'. i'm 35 right now and i wish i'd found the DB's earlier. before SCA, my background is in judo and balintawak, with the occasional knife semiar thrown in.

your organization was mentioned on a medieval armor/combat forum recently. most poo-pooed the sample videos as 'sloppy' martial arts and 'dick swinging'. but a couple of us who knew what was up jumped in and let them know how wrong they were. my biggest comment was " take off the armor and see how brave you are. otherwise, you don't know what you're talking about.". ah well, lots of elitism in that group anyway.

keep it up, swing for the trees,


PS:  now that i've de-lurked, anyone in upstate NY, feel free to let me know if you need a sparring partner ('stick only' anyway....)

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