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Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA 2012 Summer Camp
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:11:58 PM »
Woof Cindy,   
What follows is an updated invitation to our "Dog Brothers Martial Arts Summer Camp 2012".   Please note there have been a few important changes concerning the date and signing up:
The Camp will be for three days: Thursday September 20th through Saturday September 22nd. 
The cost for all three days is $300. 
Day One may be taken separately for $100. 
Days Two and Three can be taken for $250.
We chose these dates so as to coordinate with the 2012 Dog Brothers Open Gathering of the Pack, the idea being that people could do both the Gathering and the Camp while paying to travel to Los Angeles only one time.  That said, some questions do arise:
First, the first two days of the Camp are what are for many people, work days. 
Second, the Camp concerns gun, which is an unproven area of interest for the DBMA audience.
Third, there are additional costs to us due to subject matter of the course.
Therefore this is how things will be done:  We need to have 20 committed attendees by August 31st or this will not make sense for us.
The Adventure continues!
Guro Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny 
As many of you know, DBMA can be said to be divided into three major areas:

1) Real Contact Stickfighting and related matters
2) "Kali Tudo" ™ and other Empty Hand
3) Die Less Often (DLO) : The Interface of gun, knife and empty hand.

The Kali Tudo is where we can explore and adrenalize weaponry idioms of movement empty-handed.  Not only does this have considerable merit for cage fighting but it also prepares us for faster and more efficient reactions in DLO situations wherein we often will not have time to discern whether the adversary is armed or not, let alone choose a different response accordingly.

In DLO 1 we introduced us the basics of drawing and "getting off the X".  DLO 2's focus was on gun people identifying when to solve knife attacks with a gun and when to solve the attack before going to gun (i.e. the attacker is too close) and not to try to both solve the attack while drawing at the same time (a VERY common error by many gun people).  DLO 3 focused on initiation and interception from "the Kali Fence".

Now it is time for DBMA's DLO to turn to the study of the gun in Close Quarter.  Though I own and shoot guns, I am quite far from instructor level in their use.  This brings us to our guest instructor Frankie McRae of Raidon Tactics, whom I met while working at Fort Bragg and with whom I am now in alliance

Who is Frankie?

Frank McRae is the former head of the US Army Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC) at Ft. Bragg N.C. He started his military career in the 1st Ranger Bn as an 11B infantryman. He served in the 1st Special Forces Group (ABN) Okinawa Japan, in Cco 1st Bn. 1st SFG(A) (C-1-1) where he was an assault team leader for F team,Troop 1 in the Combatant Commanders In-extremis Force (CIF) conducting operations in Operation Enduring Freedom. Advising, training and standing up the Light Reaction Company of the Armed Forces of the Phillipines (AFP). He was then assigned as an Instructor to the SFARTAETC at the Special Warfare Center and School in Ft. Bragg NC, was promoted and became the NCOIC of the course and awarded for having the highest graduation rate for the course in it's twenty year history . He also served as a Troop SGM Troop 1 and Team SGT ODA-354 in B co 2nd Bn 3rd SFG(A) CIF in IRAQ as an Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) Company SGM advisor and combat leader on many missions in Iraq and also attended the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Course as an exchange instructor.

For those of us not familiar with the acronyms with which the Army loves to speak, allow me to break this down a bit (for surely Frankie is too humble to do it himself).  Frankie is a Green Beret who after extensive experience leading units in firefights in Iraq and elsewhere taught advanced firearms to his fellow Green Berets at Fort Bragg, which is one of the major bases for Green Beret/Special Forces training.   As the Non-Com Officer in Charge (NCOIC) he had the highest graduation rate for the course in its history.  In other words, not only does the man have a wealth of combat experience, he is one helluva a teacher as well, deeply experienced in the ways of teaching people to successfully operate in extreme adrenal state of a firefight.

THIS IS A VERY RARE COMBINATION and the opportunity to take advantage of training with such a man is one to be taken.

The Camp will be for three days: September 20 - 22. 
The cost for all three days is $300. 
Day One may be taken separately for $100. 
Days Two and Three can be taken for $250.

DAY ONE:  TRAUMA CARE.   Amongst his many talents, Frankie is an "18 Delta".  An 18 Delta is a Special Forces Medical Sergeant and quite a bit more; his talents include teaching others how to do trauma care e.g. what to do when you or someone else is shot, stabbed, or cut until proper medical care is available. 

Here is the course description for the day- With some adaptations based upon civilian realities it is based closely upon 1 Day Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) TSE-NRBL-100.   TCCC is quickly becoming the standard of care for the tactical management of combat casualties within the Department of Defense and is the sole standard of care dually endorsed by both the American College of Surgeons and the National Association of EMT's for casualty management in tactical environments.

TCCC is built around three definitive phases of casualty care-we will cover the first two at the Camp:

Care Under Fire:

Care rendered at the scene of the injury while both the medic and the casualty are under hostile fire. Available medical equipment is limited to that carried by each operator and the medic and you or someone else needs fast medical care.

Tactical Field Care:

Rendered once the casualty is no longer under hostile fire. Medical equipment is still limited to that carried into the field by mission personnel. Time prior to evacuation may range from a few minutes to many hours. This will involve stabilizing a patient until medical care arrives and you are then able to assist the medical personnel because correct lifesaving measures have already been rendered to the patient. 
This one-day course covers the Care under fire and Tactical Field care phases for soldiers that are isolated or in small units away from medical assistance, using small bags that have minimal equipment.  (see e.g. )

What that means for us is that under Frankie's supervision your training will including doing cricothyroidotomies on pig windpipes and chest wound seals on pig ribs.  This is training that truly maximizes your ability to remember what to do and have the confidence to do it should you ever need it!!! There will be NO LIVE ANIMALS USED FOR THIS TRAINING!

DAY TWO:  Close Quarter Combat with an emphasis on fun in and around vehicles: 

a.   Confined space fighting to avoid hijacking
b.   Where and how to sit to avoid a hijacking a high crime area
c.   Getting out of a vehicle that is being fired upon when it can no longer move and is rendered useless
d.   Firing from vehicles
e.   Using vehicles as cover

This course module will be conducted with Airsoft training guns in order to maximize the learning environment and maximize student involvement in a safe but challenging situational training.  It is designed to get you into the adrenal state and let you understand through the use and feel of the experience what works and what does not-without killing anyone.   If you do not have your own, we will provide the Airsoft pistols, rifles, and safety gear. 

We feel that the airsoft training guns give the best feedback and safety needed to accommodate this type of training. If you are experienced with firearms and have never used Airsoft you will be surprised by the effect and the training value they provide. 

When all is said and done this module will give you better awareness as to your situation and vulnerabilities in a vehicle but also give you added strengths that you may not have thought of in the past. It is just another way to use the tools in your tool box in a non-standard situation.

First Frankie will introduce "the Crafty Dog Shooting Stance".   Though with very good reason I am quite humble about my firearms skills, applying the logic of "consistency across categories" I have based my close quarter shooting stance upon "Kali Tudo/Kali Fence" structures.   In this I have been blessed to have a shooting coach such as my friend Southnark give me the room to explore this when I attend his courses.   The structure seems logical and efficient to me, but I lack the basis to respect my own opinion in these things!   

Thus is was of great interest to me to see what Frankie made of it when we worked together at Fort Bragg.  Here is what he says:

 "I wanted to let you know that since we have started working together I have learned a tremendous amount. More so with the adaptation of your fighting stance and the flexibility it offers for my Gunfighter series. I have found that it allows for a more mobile base to a more reflexive stance that keeps the shooter from becoming too lazy and moving into a Weaver stance.  Indeed, I think it no less an innovation than the Weaver stance and no less deserving of its own name and hereby propose "the Crafty Dog Stance". 


 "You know how I feel about a restrictive position. The Crafty Dog gives a more powerful position to the shooter to start from  and makes movement easier. It is better for recoil management in a rapid shooting engagement and allows smaller shooters and women to shoot bigger handguns without all the shoulder involvement. It allows for better follow thru and for sure makes recovery easier for faster shooting and quicker target engagement for follow on shots. I just taught a three day Gunfighter course and some of the students had attended a previous course. They loved the new addition and thought it was better adapted to shooting as well. One student said it was more comfortable for him to use the Crafty Dog than a regular Isosceles because it put less stress on his lower back with all the kit on. Anything that helps our backs with 60lbs of body armor and kit  has got to be better than the normal. I wanted to thank you again for the mentoring and the new techniques you have taught me. I hope one day to be able to reciprocate as much."
"Frankie McRae"

 I humbly blush at such praise from such a man , , , and vainly accept the naming of "The Crafty Dog Stance"   

I strongly underline the point that the stance is the principal one I teach for Kali Tudo and Kali Fence application and thus there will be no change or transition necessary from other structures when a CQ gunfight goes or begins hands on. 

The first part of the day will be dedicated to learning to move and shoot from the Crafty Stance.   From there we will move to "Fun in and around vehicles"-which is exactly where lots of problems arise.

There will be segments concerning fighting inside the vehicle, shooting from inside the vehicle (including how to work as an effective team with your buddies), how to get out of the vehicle and fight from there, and more.

DAY THREE:  Room to Room Armed Movement (RRAM) including CQB:

Often the logical thing to do will be to hunker down, call 911, and wait for the police to arrive.   What are the best ways to hunker down?  And, if you have to go looking for trouble, what are the best ways to do that?  What to do if someone tries getting tangled up with you? We will show how DBMA techniques such as the Dog Catcher and the Dracula blend seamlessly with the Crafty Stance so you can re-establish the proper range and angles for your gun.

In closing I would like to mention a few things:

a)   Because of the nature of the instruction, attendance will be limited to 24.  Active duty military get the usual 25% discount.  LEOs get 10%.
b)   Because we have so much to do, the days will be longer than the usual five hours.  We anticipate 6 hours for the Trauma Care and 6-8 hours for the second and third days

c)   THE COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS AS WELL AS SEASONED PLAYERS.  If you are a beginner (I've always been meaning to get around to guns, but never found the right opportunity) this is an outstanding opportunity to get started the right way-with the big real world picture that a man like Frankie can convey.  Because the "guns" will be airsoft, safety errors do not mean that someone will get shot.  If you are a seasoned player, this camp will be one big long opportunity to pick up the gems that come from being coached by and hanging out with a high level operator instructor like Frankie McCrae.

As the saying goes, "Ninety percent of Life is a matter of showing up!"

Will you be there?  Only the first twenty four to sign up will be.

"Walk as a Warrior for all your days",
Guro Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny


Martial Arts Topics / Memorial Day Sale
« on: May 26, 2012, 10:28:59 AM »
Many of our DVDs are on sale for 50% off this weekend.  Check out the sale at

Have a great weekend.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Tribal Gathering: May 19-20
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:22:23 AM »
working on the list today.  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Winter Camp 2012
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:58:16 PM »
If you haven't registered for the camp here is the link:


« on: December 01, 2011, 10:32:41 PM »
4 more days.  Get your submissions in!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Winter Camp 2012
« on: November 12, 2011, 10:20:09 PM »
Terry, that's a bummer!   :-(  What's the price there? 

I usually recommend Sunrise Best Western in RB.  I'm going to contact them about a group discount.  I'll keep you posted...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Winter Camp 2012
« on: November 12, 2011, 04:37:28 PM »
Registration links are up in the catalog.  We will be offering early registration discounts so stand by!   :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: 11/11/11 DVD sale
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:41:20 PM »
Four and a half hours left of our amazing 50% off sale.  If you haven't placed your order, there is still more time!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Mexico City Nov 12-13
« on: November 11, 2011, 02:26:43 PM »
On his way to Mexico! 

« on: November 11, 2011, 11:15:53 AM »

Martial Arts Topics / 11/11/11 DVD sale
« on: November 10, 2011, 05:07:40 PM »
Lots of stuff on sale in our catalog tomorrow.  Most DVDs are 50% off.


« on: November 08, 2011, 12:18:21 PM »
 We'll have a link for the submission form soon.  Here are the details:


Task:  To create a fresh graphic design that embraces the Dog Brothers message.

Our logo must appear somewhere in your design (example:  on the dog’s collar),
Graphic can be used for front or back of clothing
Artwork must be signed by you

Contest open to anyone
Must submit design with signed submission form
Submissions must be in electronic form (jpg, psd, etc.), minimum 300 dpi
All submissions become the property of Dog Brothers Inc.
Submissions must be received by 11/28/11.
Submissions to:

All entries receive 20% off your next order, excluding personal training and seminars.  
Winner gets:  
Bragging rights  
Signature in graphic
Link to your company or contact information in our catalog page where graphic appears
2 hours of personal training with Crafty Dog
10 free t-shirts 

Dog Brothers Contest Submission Form

Mailing Address:_____________________________________________

All submissions become the property of Dog Brothers Inc.  By signing this form I agree to that Dog Brothers Inc. is the sole legal owner of all right, title and interest in this artwork submission, including all related intellectual property interests such as trademarks and the sole and exclusive copyright in all artwork, and has the full right and authority to enter this Agreement and grant the rights granted in this Agreement.



Great day today! THANK YOU for all the folks who stayed after the gathering to help get Gokor's place back in shape. We appreciate you! We'll post photos as soon as we have them from the photographer. If you want updates, sign up for our newsletter!


Hey all... Just a reminder: Fighters, if you're not on our registered fighter list, you won't fight on Sunday. If you've been procrastinating, get your registration in by tonight!

If you're fighting, it's free. For everyone else it's $15 at the door. Exact change is appreciated! Doors open at 10 a.m. See you there.
Sunday, September 18, 2011 at:
Gokor Chivichyan’s Hayastan MMA Academy
7299 Atoll Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605


Updates to the fighter list have been made.  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: 9/11 Registered so far
« on: June 29, 2011, 11:31:07 PM »
Hugh "C - Teufel Hunden" (formerly known as (C-Irish Dog) Sargent

Larry Brown

I haven't seen these two.  How did you send them to us?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The legend returns!
« on: June 29, 2011, 11:26:56 PM »
Emerging from the legendary mists of Dog Brothers lore comes the Salty Dog.  Rumor has it he will be bringing a fighter or two to the Open Gathering  8-)

Marc, please make sure they register ASAP!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: June 29, 2011, 11:19:38 PM »
Hey all,

Please do your best to get registered for this camp early!  I'm out of town until after the camp and Maureen will be handling registrations for me.  Her email address is  If you have any questions, please email her directly.

You can register for the camp for one, two, or three days.


Hey all,

We have an official list of registered fighters at:

Scroll to the bottom and you'll see the list.  If you're name isn't on it, I haven't yet rec'd your registration.  

I'm going on vacation on July 6th and won't get back until the Aug 14th.  If you mail or fax something to me during this time, I'll get to it when I get back.  If you want to take care of it while I'm traveling it's best to email it to me in jpg or pdf format.  Then I can add you to the list.  


P.S.  If you do PDF, fax, or JPG it to me, please also send me the signed original

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List
« on: May 11, 2011, 12:22:43 PM »
Woof PK,

I faxed mine in a couple of days ago.  I'm sending it in via email in a couple of minutes to be safe.

Aloha, Poi

PS - You've got email.  :-D

Got it!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List
« on: May 10, 2011, 12:32:46 PM »

I am dropping my forms for the tribal and for September in the mail in a few hours. I know I could have done them electronically, but every now and then I like seeing, and using tangable documents. They should be in to you in a day or so.

Got it!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List
« on: May 04, 2011, 04:23:09 PM »
I'll be on the lookout for them.  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List
« on: May 04, 2011, 11:57:23 AM »
Andrew Flores Sr. confirmed.
Rene Cocolo confirmed.
Don Rammel confirmed.
Terry Crutcher confirmed.
Brian  "Guide Dog" Stoops confirmed.
Tim Carrillo Jr confirmed

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Tribal Gathering Fighter List
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:29:59 AM »
I have fighter forms for the following:

Nick Pappy Dog Papadakis
Dog Yutthana Toki Tokijkla
Thomas Holtmann
Tom "Howling Dog" Guthrie
Shawn Zirger
Tyler "C-Dirty Dog" Morin
Detlef "C-Sinatra Dog" Thiem

I hear the following are fighting...need fighter forms please!

Brian "Guide Dog" Stoops (confirmed)
Dog Terry Crutcher (confirmed)
Roan "Poi Dog" Grimm (confirmed)
Mark "Fu Dog" O'Dell (confirmed)
Mark "C-Beowulf" Houston (confirmed)
Eric "Tennesse Dog" Bryant
Rene "C-Growling Dog" Cocolo (confirmed)
and others.

Pretty Kitty

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010
« on: September 09, 2010, 10:11:04 AM »
36 registered fighters...are YOU registered?   :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Dog Brothers Open Gathering Sept 19, 2010
« on: September 03, 2010, 04:47:03 PM »
Here is the official list of registered fighters.  If yo're not on this list, you're not registered to fight...

Hey all,

Just so everyone knows...this thread is NOT the official list of fighters.   The official list can be found here:

If your name isn't on it, I haven't rec'd your figther form.   We need fighter registration forms for every fighter.


P.S.  Just picked up mail and just updated it...

The list above has been updated.  As I said above, if you are not on this list, your're not registered.  :-)

Hey all,

Just so everyone knows...this thread is NOT the official list of fighters.   The official list can be found here:

If your name isn't on it, I haven't rec'd your figther form.   We need fighter registration forms for every fighter.


P.S.  Just picked up mail and just updated it...

Hey all,

I plan to update the fighter list this weekend.  I have eight forms in my hands:

Ian Cooke
Steve Lawson
Dean Webster
Steve Shelburn
Peter Adrada
Padraig Mara
Brian Stoops
Rick Laue

Martial Arts Topics / Science Camp funraiser for Conrad Denny
« on: October 15, 2009, 11:19:00 AM »
Hey all,

Conrad's school has launched a funraiser to raise money for his 5th grade Science Camp.   The Outdoor Science School curriculum is focused on the study of ecosystems and is coordinated with the California State Science Framework and the Science Content Standards. Students learn about different types of ecosystems, the different parts of an ecosystem, how those parts function together, and how humans interact with ecosystems. The outdoors is our classroom and the natural environment is our laboratory. Students learn through direct experience and observation within the natural environments surrounding our school sites.

We're posting a link here if you are interested in donating by buying stuff.  Proceeds will help fund the camp fees:

(If this link gives you any problems, please contact me at

If you can help out, THANK YOU!

Cindy Denny

Martial Arts Topics / Happy Birthday Marc!
« on: August 23, 2009, 07:48:21 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: September 20, 2009 Gathering
« on: May 12, 2009, 03:19:15 PM »
Pretty Kitty,

I just noticed that the attachment of "Registered Fighters" for Sept 20th is showing the old list from last year.

FYI  :wink:

Please add my name to the list of Fighters and I will be dropping my registration form in the mail now.

Kaju Dog

You're right...I need to update it.  :-)  If you plan to fight please send in a registration form.  (This means everyone!)  You may fax it to 310-943-2733 or mail it in.

Martial Arts Topics / DBMA now on Facebook
« on: January 30, 2009, 10:53:27 AM »
Dog Brothers Martial Arts now has a group set up on Facebook:

Come join us! 

Martial Arts Topics / Cub Scout fundraising for Conrad Denny
« on: September 26, 2008, 08:44:27 AM »

I'm trying to earn money for my cub scout pack.  Would you help me out?  I have until October 21st to raise money.

Please go to the following URL to support me by purchasing some delicious
popcorn, trail mix, or caramel corn.

Use the red links at the top.  The pictures link to case sales.  You can
also make a military donation and support our troops. They send the popcorn
right to them.

Thank you,

P.S.  In case my link doesn't work you can use my order key: TENXVBF

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Gathering of the Pack August 10th, 2008
« on: August 09, 2008, 09:16:57 PM »
Here is the final list of registered fighters!  Good luck tomorrow!


Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Gathering of the Pack August 10th, 2008
« on: August 08, 2008, 12:19:38 PM »
More updates/additions to the fighter list...


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