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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Crafty in Carbondale, IL 11/22 - 23
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:55:49 AM »
Will work on that.  Thanks Guard Dog!  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Guro Crafty in Carbondale, IL 11/22 - 23
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:12:48 PM »
The SIUC Kali/Eskrima Club will be hosting Guro Crafty on 11/22 - 23.  Saturday classes will be in the Martial Arts Room of the SIU Student Recreation Center (300 E Grand Ave), Sunday morning class will be in Carbondale Martial Arts and Fitness (608 S. Illinois Ave), Sunday afternoon TBA.
Cost per day: $85
Both days: $160
DBMAA members, those serving in the military, LEOs and students get $10 off for one day, $20 off if you attend both days.

Material to be covered:
RCSF including stick clinch and stickgrappling
Kali Tudo
DLO knife


BENTON — No charges are anticipated against a man who confronted two men accused of making methamphetamine on his property, leaving one of the men hospitalized and the other in jail, Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones said.

The man, whose name was not released, told deputies he was jogging in rural Royalton about 8 p.m. Tuesday when he spotted a vehicle on property owned by his family. The jogger called 911 after he approached the vehicle and saw two men with a methamphetamine lab cooking in the back seat of the car.

The jogger told deputies the two men attacked him, prompting him to pick up a 2x4 to protect himself, Jones said. He struck one man on the head and hit the other on the arm.

The man with head injuries, whose name was not released, was taken to Herrin Hospital and subsequently airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for medical treatment.

The second suspect, identified as Johnny M. Doerflein, 39, Du Quoin, ran from the property but was later taken into custody. He is charged with a number of drug-related offenses including possession of methamphetamine, over 400 grams but less than 900, a class X felony.

Doerflein suffered only minor injuries and was taken to Franklin County Jail.

Charges are pending against the second suspect.

Awesome seminar with c-Shadow Dog and Greg!  Thanks to these two not only for teaching us, but also showing us how to teach.  Thank you to those who came, and special thanks to Teetsao for the jow samples and dvds he brought us.  I had a great time, we'll have to do this again soon.

If you're coming from out of town, please drive carefully.  We got a lot of rain yesterday, and some of the surrounding counties got flood warnings.  No rain today, so hopefully roads are OK.

Great!  Looking forward to meeting you.  You might want to check how long it takes to get here.  When we go to the Carson Center, it usually takes about an hour.

Martial Arts Topics / seminar with Guro Terry Crutcher in Carbondale IL
« on: December 28, 2013, 08:56:56 AM »
Posted with permission from Guro Crafty.

The SIUC Kali/Eskrima Club will be hosting Guro Terry Crutcher (senior instructor at Beginners Mind JKD for a seminar on Saturday 4/5/2014.  Class times will be 10 - noon and 2 - 4, cost is $20 per class, $15 per class for students and DBMA members.  The area of focus will be Dog Brothers Martial Arts double stick material and how it relates to empty hand.  Classes will be held in the Martial Arts Room of the SIU Student Recreation Center (300 E Grand Ave, Carbondale, IL).

Guro Terry's qualifications:
Lakan Guro in the Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto,
Apprentice Instructor In the Art and Science of Jun Fan Gung Fu under Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto.
Instructor in the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Association under Guro Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny.
"C - Shadow Dog" in the Dog Brothers Tribe

If you plan on coming, let the person at the front desk know that you are attending the seminar and you shouldn't be charged an entry fee. 

Martial Arts Topics / Hero would not do it again
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:54:38 AM »
He says he wouldn't repeat his actions if he had the chance to do it again:

In hindsight, Casey Borgen says he wouldn’t have confronted the armed thief. In reality, the hero jumped the gunman who had already taken several cell phones by the time he got to Borgen.

In a widely seen surveillance video from a Seattle city bus, the robber is seen walking up to his seated victim and pointing a gun at his face. Borgen immediately pulled the pistol out of the way and tackled the guy before other bus passengers helped subdue the suspect.

“From my perspective, I just looked up and saw the gun. A lot of people thought that it was a conscious action to try and take him down but it was something that was pure instinct,” he told TODAY on Friday in an exclusive interview. “I recall thinking as it was happening, it was a bad idea. Once that happened, it was one of those things where it had to be carried to its logical (end).”

The gunman, 19-year-old Trevonnte Brown, faces two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of attempted first-degree robbery and a second-degree robbery charge. He is being held on bond in King County jail.

Authorities released the surveillance video this week, although the incident occurred on Nov. 25. The video shows Borgen with his headphones on, lost in his thoughts listening to music when the gunman approached him.

“It was on shuffle. I honestly couldn’t tell you what I was listening to,” he said.

Borgen said he has thought a lot about that moment, and the idea of being mugged for a smart phone.

“It’s so preposterous, like, ‘You can take my phone,’” he said. He definitely wouldn’t repeat his actions if he had a chance to revisit the instant.

“But in the moment, with no real understanding about why a gun was being pointed at me, something came over me,” he said. “I didn’t have any sorts of thoughts about doing a good deed or anything. But the people who did, who jumped in, I think those are the people — they had the choice, and they chose to help.”

Borgen admitted his response amazed his friends and family, especially his wife. But it also surprised himself.

“I’m fairly mild-mannered, no martial arts training or anything like that. When I think about it rationally, I definitely wouldn’t have taken those actions but one thing led to another,” he said.

Borgen said he still commutes on the same Seattle bus and nothing about his daily routine has changed since that fateful day.

“It’s something that doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “I don’t think that not riding the bus is the answer.”

Thanks, Dog Carlos and Guro Crafty!

Martial Arts Topics / South Chicago area
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:47:54 AM »
A couple of my students will be going home to southside Chicago for break and would like to get some training in while they're there.  Anyone within reasonable distance?  They will probably be taking the train.  I mentioned Pete in Downers Grove, but I think that's a little far for them.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: August 05, 2013, 08:02:54 AM »
Grateful for a very fun week in the LA area training with Crafty and having fun with the family.  Also grateful that nothing essential was packed in our check-in luggage, which still hasn't caught up with us.

Martial Arts Topics / Homeowner stabs gun-wielding intruder
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:04:30 AM »
This happened at a nearby town:

Police took a suspect into custody Wednesday on suspicion of home invasion after he was released from Heartland Regional Medical Center, where he had been treated for stab wounds to his legs and arms.

Marcus Bell, 22, of Marion was stabbed by a homeowner who managed to obtain a knife during an altercation. Bell reportedly was armed with a gun.

“There was a gun and knife involved and the knife won,” said Detective T.J. Warren of the Marion Police Department.

Police got an emergency call shortly before 8 p.m. from a house in the 1700 block of Faust Street.

Bell had apparently made forcible entry into the house and confronted the homeowner. They got into altercation. The homeowner was able to defend himself with a knife, stabbing Bell multiple times before he (Bell) fled the scene.

Officers trailed Bell to a Marion motel where he was arrested. He was  taken to Heartland before being booked into Williamson County jail, Warren said.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Prayer and Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: March 02, 2012, 12:28:26 PM »
Prayers for the people in Harrisburg, IL which is about 40 miles from where we live.  A tornado struck there Wednesday, killing 6 and injuring 100.  Severe weather coming through again today, we were under a tornado watch, but it seems to have been downgraded to a wind advisory.

Makes me appreciate the class Kaju Dog did on trauma care at camp.

Martial Arts Topics / DBMA Winter Camp 2012 class times?
« on: December 30, 2011, 07:35:48 AM »
What are the class times?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA SP seminar in Chicago 3/30-4/1
« on: December 23, 2011, 11:25:08 AM »
Will there be a Monday class like in Nov?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Seminar with Guro Maija Soderholm
« on: April 13, 2010, 01:46:20 PM »
Seminar was awesome, Maija and her friend Renato Alfonso are really inspiring teachers.  I feel that they not only taught me stuff, the way they taught gave me pointers on how to teach.  I'm still feeling a little dazed from the information overload, but I had a great time.  My students who attended are really eager to continue training the material we learnt over the weekend.  Hope we'll be able to do this again. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Seminar with Guro Maija Soderholm
« on: March 26, 2010, 05:55:46 AM »
Sorry Stickgrappler, we're not going to be making dvd's for the public.  Maybe your school might bring Maija in for a seminar  :-)

ugh on me for living in nyc, seminar fees are pretty high here compared to $15 or $20 lol.

And those are prices for the general public, we're charging students even less.  Since we're a university club, we don't have to worry about rent, and the instructors teach for free, so the students' dues can go directly to funding stuff like this.  BTW, they only pay $30 a semester, so it's $90 a year if they train in summer, too!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Seminar with Guro Maija Soderholm
« on: March 20, 2010, 06:08:39 AM »
Thanks for the promo help, Robertlk808!  I know some Kali/Eskrima people in St. Louis, and I've contacted them, so hopefully we get a good turnout. 

This is our first major cross-training seminar, we're really excited about bringing Maija in.  We'll be on hardwood, I hope Maija goes easy on those Bagua takedowns.

Martial Arts Topics / Seminar with Guro Maija Soderholm
« on: March 17, 2010, 03:24:39 PM »
Posted here with permission from Guro Marc.

Southern Illinois University Aikido Club will be hosting a Bagua/Eskrima seminar with Guro Maija Soderholm, student of the late Maestro Sonny Umpad, on April 10-11.  Class times are Saturday 10-12:30, 2-5 and Sunday 10-12:30.  Morning classes will focus more on Bagua, the Saturday afternoon class will be primarily Eskrima (Visayan Corto Kadena).  Cost is $15 for the morning classes and $20 for the afternoon class.  No experience necessary in either art.

We're located in Carbondale IL, about 300 miles S of Chicago, 100 miles SE of St. Louis.  I hope those of you who are nearby will join us, it's a rare opportunity to see some Visayan Corto Kadena in the Midwest.

If anyone is interested, send me a pm.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movie Fights
« on: June 12, 2009, 09:43:45 AM »
From "Never Back Down".  I haven't seen the movie, but I thought this scene was hilarious:

The final fight scene in the movie looks pretty good:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: June 09, 2009, 12:28:41 PM »
Russian log twirling.  Starts at 0:21 in the vid.

Made me think of swing dancing, minus the music, fancy footwork and live partner.  Of course, that log may be much heavier than a regular person.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: May 13, 2009, 11:38:32 AM »
Wow.  Fascinating stuff.  I love how effortlessly he takes his partner's balance.

Did you ever work any of the moves in isolation on a heavy bag or other target to practise power generation, or were they just trained in the context of the flow?


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: May 12, 2009, 08:22:18 AM »
Grateful that the family and I made it safely through the "inland hurricane" that tore through the midwest.  We have a hole in the garage roof, but the house is OK, so we're luckier than a lot of other people.  Finally have power back after four days without.  At least I got to practice cutting with a machete when we helped a friend clear a fallen tree out of her yard. 


Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment
« on: April 30, 2009, 03:18:46 PM »
Interesting piece of equipment for training footwork and balance:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: April 17, 2009, 12:32:08 PM »
Kenjutsu free-sparring:

Toyama Ryu

Ishi Yama Ryu

Does anyone know if the free-sparring is part of the standard curriculum?  I don't know that much about the different schools of kenjutsu, so I could very well be wrong about this, but I thought that they only did pre-set kata for partner drills.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Physics of a stick strike
« on: March 25, 2009, 01:09:20 PM »
woof all:

didn't discovery or nat geo have some program where they measured bas rutten's punch? or randy couture's GnP? they hit something which allowed the scientists to measure and quanitify the punches.  they should be able to set something up for stickwork.

The Mythbusters measured Jon Fitch's punch to calibrate a robot for testing the plausibility of the scene in "Kill Bill 2" where Uma Thurman's character punches her way out of a coffin.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Physics of a stick strike
« on: March 24, 2009, 05:52:53 PM »
Speaking of the Mythbusters, why not see what damage a stick can do to a crash test dummy?  Some have instrumentation to record the data from a crash, I'm sure that would carry over to measuring the impact of a stick.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: March 23, 2009, 01:03:01 PM »
Whoops!  Meant to send this link instead, it's got more stuff.

Sorry, cat was blocking my view of the screen.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:57:54 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Daily Expression of Gratitude
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:45:07 AM »
I'm grateful that this forum piqued my interest in Visayan Corto-Kadena, and got me in touch with Maija, who's a fantastic teacher of the Art.  Had a great time training with Maija when I visited SF with my family last week.  I'm also grateful for the gorgeous wether we had the week we were there, and that my back waited until AFTER we got home to tweak out on me.


Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: March 03, 2009, 04:19:35 PM »
Does anyone know if there are Corto-Kadena classes in San Francisco?  I'll be there for a few days, and would like to train, if possible, or at least observe a class if they don't want a newbie slowing things down.  I went to the website, but they didn't have any school locations listed, and I got no reply when I emailed for info.


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