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Martial Arts Topics / Dog Brothers Greece StickFighting Group
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:15:42 AM »
Same post below, as on the Dog Brothers Tribal Forum...two photos (including myself and C-Quixote Dog) - one photo of all the members of our training group as of early September 2017.  2nd photo  is late September - same people but
  • 2 regulars from the 1st photo missing (they had to work)
  • 1 regular from 2 years back re-joining, due to his moving back to Athens
  • 2 new people who came for their 1st class, and ended up doing light-to-medium single stick fights with rattan

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA in Mexico
« on: April 11, 2017, 04:42:26 AM »
I've fought in a two opens and two tribals, plus several fights outside of gatherings (including Sanchez, myself, and one of his students fighting down here amongst ourselves). I'll leave what I've done for a living out of it, in interest of the Tribe, but I'm thinking there aren't many that have done that for a living, much less in a foreign country.

If you and "Guru" Sanchez (who has fought in one open gathering IIRC), ever decide to have gatherings here in Mexico, I'd be interested.

I'd have liked to have fought in every gathering since I moved to Mexico, unfortunately, Mexican economics aren't what American economics are, or I'd have been at everyone since. I never missed a single one when I was in the States. Hope you all decide to have them in Mexico.

Dog Dayvid


   Los invitamos cordialmente a que entrenen con nosotros DBMA en la Ciudad de México, con un servidor. Pueden comunicarse conmigo al: 04455-1080 6942.

Guro Mauricio Sánchez

Indeed, the way he has "signed" his post, it could deceive the general public into believing that he is a Guro in DBMA - which, according to the list on this site he is NOT.

Not good...

We have had several new people join in the last six months, so it was decided that now that they have some stick-fighting experience, we would hold a "sparring day", in which things proceeded pretty much as if we were at a Dog Brothers Gathering.  It went very well, with some tough fights.  Also some former members who we had not seen in a month or two, decided to join in for the fun.  There was a good age distribution - three people in their twenties, three in their thirties, three in their forties, and one in his fifties.  All had martial arts experience, and five people had 18+ years experience (in martial arts).  Three people who took part, have fought at (European) Dog Brothers Gatherings, and two of those are members of the Dog Brothers tribe.

Fights were mostly single stick, with some double stick.   We look forward to doing it again, in a few months time - hopefully outdoors, where we will have plenty of room, for longer-range weapons.

Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups - Hawaii
« on: October 21, 2015, 06:07:18 AM »
This article was completed over a year ago, but I only now realized that I had mentioned it here, and not followed up with a link.
I apologize to all.  Thanks to Mike "DogZilla" Tibbitts for writing the article, and providing the photos.  The article itself is here .

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older and Aging Warrior ?
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:52:11 AM »
Not Martial Arts, but...   I am heading out to compete in the USTA (tennis) over-55, national championships this week.  It is a team competition, all doubles, and all teams that have won their section from around the country.  At 58, I am working the delicate art of playing and training without over-training.  Part of our preparation was to play a competitive college team this fall. The old guys held their own pretty well.   ) 

Congratulations, and best wishes for good luck!.  Remember always that the world needs Older Warriors to serve as role models for the younger generation.

When I was in my twenties, I had the good fortune of training (TKD) alongside people who were twenty years older than me.  I admired their spirit, and vowed to emulate them someday. 

Now, at three years younger than yourself, I continue to fight at Euro Gatherings.  So my hat off to you sir...KEEP IT UP !!!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Web Page as of 10/21/2014
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:46:09 AM »
I'm honoured. Beyond words really. I hope to represent us well here in Mexico, in terms of government work, the tribe, and personally. My brother's words echo my thoughts and feelings, and Spartan Dog, hoping to see you at the tribal in Europe.

I do indeed intend to be at the tribal next year.  It would be really good to finally meet you.  The 2015 tribal will be held in Germany (in August), and not in Bern so maybe we won't get rained on :)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Web Page as of 10/21/2014
« on: October 23, 2014, 12:18:41 AM »
I really like the photo - good to see our tribal brothers from half-way around the world, looking happy and strong.  Regards from all of us in the training group in Athens, Greece  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Brazil
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:42:42 AM »
First of all, thanks for the news.  It is always a pleasure to read about new groups who are working hard.

Several questions come to used the term "DBMA Instructor"

I am very pleased to announce that Daniel V. and Daniel C. are now DBMA Group Leaders for Rio.

I would also like to announce Diego's promotion to DBMA Instructor. this "Guro" or something different ?

Also, are any of these gentlemen showing any interest in fighting at a Gathering ?

Martial Arts Topics / Seminar in Paris (March 2014) Photos
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:12:24 PM »

From the seminar in Paris..

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Humor
« on: March 11, 2014, 02:16:42 AM »
Dog Brothers and Spartan Dog's cat agree-- Spartan Dog is awesome!

Based on your comment above, I couldn't resist the following bit of humor...

I have started this thread, so we can post photos, and news from the Gatherings, Seminars, and events  put on by Guro Crafty, Guro Lonely, Guro Boo Dog, etc..

I have taken the liberty of doing this because I am posting 145 photos from the Dog Brothers 2014 Euro Open Gathering in Bern, and I foresee perhaps posting more photos from Guro Crafty's seminar in Paris.

As many here know, most such photos are available on facebook, but not everybody has access to it, and photos posted there are not always accessible outside of facebook, so here goes...

Martial Arts Topics / DB in the media
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:42:31 AM »
The Wikipedia article on Dan Inosanto lists his notable students - most (but not all) names are known to me; seems to me though, that there was a name missing - that of  "Marc Denny"  - so I have now updated this :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: A newbies first Gathering
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:47:24 AM »
SPartan Dog, great overview of the Gathering.  Enjoyed reading that!

Thank-you sir! That was written 4 years ago..the person who put it up put a photo of me in a fighting stance on top, which I felt a bit uncomfortable about - there I was, just after my 1st Gathering, and the lead photo had a "look tough" attitude all over it..oh well, at least what I wrote seemed to come out OK...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: A newbies first Gathering
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:48:46 AM »
Dog Brothers Gathering – a newbies experience


Thanks for taking the time to share it...I enjoyed reading it  :-)

After my 1st Gathering I too felt the need to do a similar write-up - ( for those interested who have not read it, it is here)

Anyway, hope you make it to the next one as well!

Martial Arts Topics / Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:58:50 AM »
Just sent an e-mail to Dogzilla, about doing an article on the Hawaiian clan.

Well, it has taken some time, but the article on the Hawaiian Clan is now on-line!

Please see the intro at

and the article can be reached from there, or directly at

It has been a pleasure for me to do this article, and also to get to interact with Mike and some of the other members of the Hawaiian clan.

Thanks guys!

Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups - Argentina
« on: November 26, 2012, 02:05:23 AM »
    I have finished the page on the Dog Brothers Training Group in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The text is in both English and Spanish, and was written by group leader Nicolás Wachsmann.  Photos are also courtesy of Nicolás.  The link for this (the English-language version), is here, and the Spanish-language version is here

Nicolás deserves much credit for guiding a DBMA training group for over six years, in a part of the world far removed from other such groups.

The next group which will be featured will be The Hawaiian Clan.  I have received photos, and expect to find time to put it all together, around the start of the New Year.  I hope you all enjoy it  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / DB in the media
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:51:13 AM »
Some years ago, I started corresponding with the author of a martial arts blog at

After my 1st Gathering in 2009, I was encouraged to write a brief article on what it was like for a 1st-timer to fight at a Dog Brothers Gathering.  I did so, and after it was checked by Crafty Dog, it got posted.

Three years later (meaning Sept. 2012, i.e. this month) I was asked to do an update.

This can now be found here

I tried as best I could to write something which would be interesting, and also relate my own experiences, without having them become the focus.

Hope you all enjoy it.

Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:33:44 AM »
Oscar has responded, but prefers to remain "under the radar".  e-mail sent to Dogzilla, and I will send one to Nicolas regarding the group in Argentina, soon.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:28:49 AM »
Just sent an e-mail to Dogzilla, about doing an article on the Hawaiian clan.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: News from DBMA Training Groups
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:17:47 AM »
Ildefonso has a good DBMA Training Group in Barcelona.  There were at my Madrid seminar and I liked what I saw.

I am not familiar with Ildefonso and his group - I think most of us are not - good candidates for an article.

Martial Arts Topics / News from Dog Brothers Training Groups
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:35:04 AM »
The following videos are of Oscar "Spider Dog" Bernal and friends.

Notice Oscar fighting without any hand protection whatsoever!

For this particular group's activities (in Spanish), see


Martial Arts Topics / Suitable Knives for DB Gathering Fights
« on: July 12, 2012, 09:49:13 AM »
Some photos, posted on behalf of Crafty Dog.

These are from an e-mail Crafty received some time ago, via a German practitioner, and demonstrate the injury received from an "aluminum knife" (I assume this means an aluminum trainer).


Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Tribal Gathering: May 19-20
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:19:13 AM »

A fantastic weekend and great day.  Sincere thanks to all my opponents and to the assembled tribe.  This event will live in my memory.

- Mongolian Dog

I would also like to thank everybody!
What a beautiful weekend!!!

Gong Fu Dog

Congratulations to both of you, I notice there no longer appears a C- before your names  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan
« on: May 03, 2012, 11:45:43 PM »
Dogzilla is not much for forums and such but has been doing outstanding work in Hawaii and leads a very strong clan out there.

Its interesting to see how there are a good number of relatively-unknown groups out there, doing such great work!

In the months ahead, I'll bug him about helping me do a feature on the Hawaiian clan (as was done for the three European Groups).

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dogzilla & the Hawaii Clan
« on: May 03, 2012, 11:12:50 AM »
Nice to hear from the Hawaiian clan, and I wish them good luck with the event !!!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Tribal Gathering: May 19-20
« on: April 19, 2012, 11:44:14 PM »
Dog Sigi gave me a back up copy of his fighter registration form tonight.

Dog Sigi is a strong fighter...I think he will do well.

I do it to pick up chicks.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: News from DBMA Training Groups
« on: April 11, 2012, 03:32:59 AM »

Link above has been changed..details follow:

Group            URL   Comments
Slovenia   Completed
Bulgaria   Completed
Sardinia   Completed

I'd like to do groups in the US as well, so in the months ahead I'll be looking to discuss this further with those of you who may be interested... :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: News from DBMA Training Groups
« on: March 18, 2012, 03:11:15 AM »
This would be a good place to post those two clips of the Slovenia Group.

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Martial Arts Topics / News from DBMA Training Groups - DBMA Slovenia
« on: March 17, 2012, 12:00:31 PM »
Firstly, thanks to Guro Crafty for the encouragement..

The link above is the first installment of a feature I have been working on, and which I announced a few weeks back.

The idea came about when I attended Gatherings of the Pack and met a number of European Groups which are relatively unknown in the U.S.  I was impressed with the dedication and with the exuberance they showed.  Furthermore, it seemed to be a pity that American and European Groups don't always know about one another.

And so I decided to write about some of these lesser-known groups - beginning with DBMA Slovenia.

Eventually, I would like to also feature groups in the U.S. and elsewhere.  I would also from time to time feature individuals who are part of the tribe, and either are not-well known, or exceptionally energetic.  Hopefully also a feature on the female fighters, sometime down the road.

I have incorporated the "Google Translate" bar which displays on top only if your browser is NOT an English one.  This way, people in say Slovenia can translate the article with a single click.  For training groups without a web site of their own, this gives them a bit of publicity, something which may help to attract new members.

In any case, I hope you all enjoy it - thanks to Group Leader Andrew Bole for his help.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:14:38 AM »
Great photos of the European Gathering are to be found here.  I've not seen these before.

Have I missed any threads commenting on the on the pic in the top, center position with the raging fellow twirling the purple cape?

Glad you liked it - this is the site I put up a few weeks back, hoping to attract the occasional new person to our training group.

I plan to add new articles every six weeks or so, on some of the lesser-known European Dog Brothers training groups.  The first such article should be out within the next few days (for a preview, see below).  This will eventually be expanded to cover non-European (mostly US) groups.  If you still have a training group, I'd be interested in doing an article on that. :-D

About the photos - those of the 2011 Euro Gathering I got from other European tribe members, who, I believe got them from Guro Lonely.  Photos from pre-2011 Euro Gatherings, are made available to European tribe member through Guro Lonely.

The fellow with the purple sarong (there was a baseball in that) is Heiko "Crossover Dog" Zauske from Germany.  He fought at a US Gathering when several Germans visited, a year or two ago, so you may have met him.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:03:34 PM »
Though I am not much interested in guns, I thought the following might be an interesting starting point for a discussion...


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self Defense with Pistols
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:00:47 PM »
 Uzi. It's good to know what you might come up against out there.

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The above link is not correct...see below for what PC intended to share...


indeed i like the idea a lot

it would be also interesting what kind of philosophy and/or principle (maxim/motto/ central theme) the different Training Groups have.


I will pass this idea on - thank-you for suggesting it  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / DBMA Slovenia Sparring Day
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:39:38 PM »
[youtube][/youtube]      Saw this on facebook, and I was impressed...good video editing, good hat off to these gentlemen, who will be one of those to be featured on, in about two weeks time..keep up the good work guys!

I love this idea, Kostas.  As the Pack and Tribe grow, I think that continuing a sense a community is imperative for their continued strength and growth.  Good work!
Thank-you.  Yes, I was struck by some of the lesser known tribe members I came across - how they fought so well, with few training partners to help them prepare  There are also such people and groups in North America (the NoHo and Hawaiian clans come to mind) - known to those who attend the US Gatherings, but barely "visible" to those of us abroad. There is also a group down in Argentina, who has been training faithfully for quite some time now.

There are other "stories" here as well - the German groups (of which there are several) have for some time now, gotten together every few months to train and test one another.  In the UK, such a "multi-clan fight day" has been happening too (Point Dog has been involved in this).

So there have been various events/stories that may require a bit of chasing down, but I think its worth looking into  :-)

Hi All.

This is mostly for those of you who are DBMA Group Leaders.  I've posted a similar message on the member's Forum, but its important that it be on the Public Forum as well, so all can view it.

Before I say anything else, let me state that I've checked with Guro Crafty and Guro Lonely regarding the idea I am about to present here, and they agree its worth trying out.

As some of you know, the site I have developed ( is now at a satisfactory stage. Its primary purpose is to provide info on the Dog Brothers and DBMA to Greek-speakers, but its also in English.

Now then...whenever I attend a Gathering in Switzerland, I am amazed at the number of small DBMA training groups, who are relatively unknown in the 'States, but work hard and  IMHO are worth getting to know.

So what I propose, is every few weeks, on the site, I add an article with photos on

  • a DBMA training group
  • a tribe member who may be training with a few friends/students

I propose starting with three such write-ups (at once), and then an additional one every three to six weeks.

I would also like to feature groups in the US, and elsewhere (to introduce the to European audiences), but at the beginning, there will be a focus on those about whom there is relatively little information.

The idea is to

  • help the various US and European groups get to know one another a bit better
  • give relatively unknown groups exposure in their own country

The last point, is done in the following way:  I developed the site so someone with a non-English browser, will see the Google translate bar at the top - allowing them to translate the English into their own language with one click.  In this way, an article on a group in France or Slovenia, can be understood by people there.

I hope it will prove to be interesting and beneficial to all.

 :-) :-) :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Guro Crafty in Salt Lake City January 21-22
« on: December 23, 2011, 10:29:27 AM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Madrid 4/2012
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:45:43 AM »

Martial Arts Topics / Gurkhas and their Kukris
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:10:34 AM »
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: My Silat in Indonesia Adventures
« on: October 19, 2011, 03:38:54 AM »
Thanks for sharing that, and taking the time to write in detail...I look forward to more  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / European Gathering (2011) Photos
« on: August 27, 2011, 04:59:33 AM »
At the request of Crafty Dog - photos  by Frisbee Dog

Point Dog...many thanks for some interesting background info on the martial traditions of Scotland  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dealing with Social Breakdown (The UK riots)
« on: August 15, 2011, 12:46:53 PM »
Hey C-Spartan ;) (I still love that name!  :-D )


What happened here is small potatoes compared to what you guys have had recently.  I try not to judge other countries/cultures because I'm not there and not living the problems.  When I saw the severity of what happened in Greece I thought that it would never happen here ;) [Still hasn't, but it certainly looks possible now]

Though I'd add that the Greek protests were political, whereas the London problems were criminal.

What is happening in Greece is, as you know, different than the UK riots.   There are serious underlying social problems here, as compared to the UK and US.  These in turn have greatly contributed to the economic mess.  Things now are quiet only because most people here are on holiday (I wonder how it is that they still can afford it).  This fall there may be further disturbances.  

Yes, the focus here was "political", but I think it might more accurately be described as economic.   There are specific segments of society here who are at the forefront of the "disturbances" - trade union activists, unemployed young "anarchists", etc...These people tend to be the ones who actually try and goad the police into fighting.  The majority of people are upset, may protest, make noise, but the ones actually throwing the moltov cocktails and confronting the riot police are not a sizable proportion of those actually demonstrating.

I am reluctant to say much on the Greek situation, because there are several segments of Greek society who are partly responsible for the mess, each in different ways.  But to get back to the topic of this thread, Greece may not be in full-fledged social breakdown, especially now that it got another loan, but the repercussions are going to be felt for years, and I think that there is great potential here for further rioting, though different in character than that in the UK.

I can only hope that in the long term, at least some lessons will be learned.  Over and out Point-Dog  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dealing with Social Breakdown (The UK riots)
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:45:51 AM »
Glad to see Point Dog contributing to the conversation.

I too was glad to read your post, Point Dog, and I was also glad to read see some encouragement by Guro Crafty and others, regarding getting other viewpoints.  There were also posts here, by some who disagreed, but nonetheless came across as welcoming a different viewpoint, and the chance to debate the issue.

There also seemed to be a minority who disagreed, and came across quite differently.  Guess this is why people like Point Dog and myself don't much bother posting in such discussions.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Other Weapons
« on: August 01, 2011, 08:03:35 PM »
C-Spartan Dog, I will try to cut it short:....

Some examples: A guy who is forty years old will be healthy and will still have some strength, but his agility is not the best anymore. So it would make no sense to give him a "Round-Shield", where he should be kneeing most of the times, crouching on the battlefield, and than move fast as lighting...

This is what I was looking overall idea of what lines he was thinking along..thanks for elaborating on this  :)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Other Weapons
« on: July 31, 2011, 08:06:23 PM »
...In an old book which is written by a General of the Ming Dynasty, he describes which criteria they used in the military to decide which guy should use which weapon.

I'd be interested in hearing a bit more about this...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 16, 2011, 08:42:17 AM »

Sounds like this Euro Gathering was a huge success! Congratulations to everyone involved especially Guro Crafty and Guro Lonely!!

Out of all the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association European members, feel the 'closest' to C-Gong Fu Dog and candidate DB Kostas (what's your DB name going to be?) - Congratulations to both of you!!! Cannot wait to check out the 3 Sectional Staff fight!

Very truly yours in the MA and SD,

~sg Dog Candidate name is C-Spartan Dog, as noted below.  The funny part is, I've passed through Sparta, and I'm not particularly attached to it...furthermore, I've yet to see the movie 300  - so why Spartan Dog ?  When I attended my 1st Gathering in 2009, I was so so hyped up, I feel I fought better in that one, than in any since.  Several people remarked on this and one tribe member wrote me something to the effect that it was as if I was trying to keep my opponents from "getting past" me.   This made me think of the Spartans at Thermopylae.

My dream, is to someday fight again as well as I did at my 1st Gathering.  I hope I can fulfill it.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 16, 2011, 08:31:43 AM »
Stickgrappler, Xiexie!! Kostas name is C-Spartan Dog, which fits him quite well-Not because he comes from Greek, cause he fights like one!!

Truth is, I stand my ground when sometimes I should not...maybe I should start thinking less like a Spartan - it certainly would result in less colorful bruises  :wink:

I still have so much to learn with my weapon. I feel I just scratched the surface of the weapons potential...
But thanks to Guro Crafty I got now lots of new ideas!!! I´m so grateful that he helped me with my game!!!!!
So hopefully in the future I will use the whole potential from that weapon and will fight better...well, at least I will try  :-)

I'm happy to hear you so passionate about shows in your fighting that you have given a lot of thought, and put in work towards really expanding your fighting skills with the 3SS.

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