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Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 15, 2011, 09:43:26 AM »
I'm already in London, yet the days at Bern are still running through my head. I really enjoyed being a spectator in this Gathering; both the comradeship and the intensity of the fights were amazing.

I'd like to thank all the great members of the tribe I met. Guro Crafty and Guro Lonely, thanks for some great training sessions. I'm sure it'll take me a long time to fully absorb everything we saw. Kostas, Colin, Thornsten, Chris and anyone else I may be forgetting, thanks for the friendly conversation and advice. I look forward to seeing you all again next year, hopefully as a fellow fighter in the Gathering!

I very much enjoyed meeting you and chatting...I'm only sorry you did not manage to make it back to the Campground afterwords, so we could hang out longer. Hope that the rest of your trip is fabulous.  When you return, please give my regards to Nicolas - though I've not met him in person.  Hope to see you again next year  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:28:25 AM »
Kostas, it was good to see you again my friend...Congratulations on becomming Candidate! You deserve it! Looking forward to see you again next year :-)

Thank-you...and was great to see you too, my brother!

I want to thank you for your encouraging me to attend, though I have had a difficult year.  I would also like to thank you for your coaching me in my fight against 3-D Dog, which would have gone worse for me, were you not there.  And last, but not least, to let you know that we are grateful for your expanding DBMA through your 3-section-staff work with Crafty Dog's help.

It was also a pleasure to meet your wife and son, my friend, and I hope to see all of you again next year  :-) :-) :-)

Martial Arts Topics / European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:15:09 AM »
Greetings writing from Zurich airport...waiting to return home

This was my 3rd Gathering and I believe that this time the level of fighters was better than ever.

C-Gong-Fu Dog did very well....Guro lonely had an intense fight...amazing to watch him explode into action with a flurry of hits,..

My Bulgarian friend Pavel - a strong contender at his first Gathering, integrating kicks into his stickwork quite well

I managed four fights in the day...thanks to Point Dog, Pavel, 3D-Dog, and C-Lena Dog for helping show me the weaknesses in my game.

There were a number of promotions, which I leave to others to announce here.

A GOOD Gathering...a STRONG Gathering.

Respect to all those who fought, and have fought.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 03, 2011, 07:41:46 PM »
I sure will! It's been quite an interesting trip so far. I still have Venice and Paris before Bern, and London, Madrid and Barcelona afterwards.

Excellent...see you soon!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: July 02, 2011, 07:53:43 PM »
Does anyone know of any other place I can stay in other than Camping Eichholz? Apparently all the rooms are booked  :-(. I'm travelling alone (backpacking through Europe) and intend to attend the gathering as an espectator and attend the three days of training (the looks I've gotten from my sticks hanging out the backpack at train stations are priceless). Any hostels / cheap hotels to recommend?

Thanks in advance!

The following was NOT cheap (80-90 euro a night) but I stayed there last year and was happy with it.

Be has rained at most of the Gatherings held in Bern.  As for the rooms at the camping, they usually get booked months in advance.  I believe there is a hotel much closer to the camping than the Kreuz (which is  in the city center)  - namely the Ambassador - Guro Lonely or Point Dog can fill you in.  I am not so sure that it is cheap.

I will be pleased to meet you - if you see me, please come and introduce yourself - I arrive at the last minute, and will probably have my mind on the fights, but after the day is done, I'd be interested in hearing about your  backpacking around Europe - in younger days, I did a lot of traveling, and still have a number of friends who do.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: May 26, 2011, 11:43:57 AM »
Just back from seeing my surgeon, there is a possibility I won't be fighting this year  :-(

I have a chunk of 'missing' cartilage behind my right knee cap and will require an arthroscopy to 'find and remove' it.  Depending on when I can get operated on this will mean that I may not be able to fight  :cry:

I'm sorry to hear sucks big two ways about it  :-(

In short, I do not believe that the human body is weak; it is capable of feats that are borne in dreams.

This is not the impression I got from reading your post.

Power generation to accomplish what I described is simply not a problem.  Your experiences in not being able to generate it may mirror your belief that it is not common or possible (certainly not my problem). 

Really ?  How do you know what I am and am not capable of ?

I am 51 years old, and I have been active in the fighting arts since 1979. I am training to fight at my third Dog Brothers Gathering this spring. I am a member of the Dog Brothers Tribe, and I am proud of the fact that this honor has been granted to me. The opinions of those tribe members who I have had the honor of meeting and fighting against, are those that matter to me.

While I understand the emphasis on active head protection ( as it is easily the best target), a strike to the head is typically followed by a cross-over to the upper ribs or another target of opportunity.  Even with a light stick, ribs and arms will break.  Not to mention the incapacitating target of the upper hip (the body can not move to escape the force of impact).  This can land you several days of not being able to get out of bed.  How do folks deal with this? 

All of this is viewed in the light of, once you step up, your personal safety is not ( and should not be) a concern of your adversary.  Your own safety must be your concern.  Footwork will do a lot, I agree; but at the end of the match, one of the combatants must go down.  My question is more along the lines of how this is done so that everyone can walk away from it massive medical expenses.

Your post reads as though the whole thing worries you....I mean...REALLY worries you...

"Even with a light stick, ribs and arms will break"  you wrote WILL break, not MAY break...

Then you wrote "...the incapacitating target of the upper hip..."

Incapacitating ?  Really ? 

If you believe that the human body is that weak, then in my opinion, your experience will mirror your belief.  I myself am only about 72 kilos and not that sturdy.  At the last Gathering, I had bruises that swelled up considerably.  But I never let all that worry me.  My only concern is being able to fight at the next Gathering, and doing well enough for me to be happy with myself.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
« on: March 06, 2011, 10:25:47 AM »
Since our posts are  helpful, please allow me to share this story....

I got to know Abu at the last Gathering....he was "Dog" Abu then.  Our fight was the first day - and he was a difficult opponent - he would switch from right to left hand as he was zooming back and forth, so it was tricky to know where his next attack would come from.  However, his "style" was not frantic - it fitted him well, and was natural to him.

The next day, as we headed to the gym for the 2nd day of fighting,  I said to him "...Abu, I have the feeling that at this Gathering, you will be promoted to Candidate Dog Brother..." He seemed not so sure about that - though he was confident about his fighting, he did not have an overblown opinion of his abilities.

The next day, not only was he promoted, but Guro Crafty singled him out as having developed an interesting and effective personal style.  Though I did not know Abu well, I remember him as full of energy, good at what he did, yet humble.

I've said before, he will be missed. :-(

Martial Arts Topics / Re: R.I.P. C-Desert Dog
« on: February 20, 2011, 12:45:23 PM »
I am very sorry to hear about this.  I met and fought against C-Desert Dog last Euro gathering...he was exceptionally good, and very fit.  

I was hoping for a re-match at the next one, but sadly, this will never be.  R.I.P. brother, it was a pleasure to get to know you.  
You will be missed.

C-Desert Dog, at left...


Martial Arts Topics / Law Enforcement Officer - RIP
« on: February 19, 2011, 10:36:31 AM »
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...this young man was not yet 25.


Martial Arts Topics / European “Gathering of the Pack” 2011
« on: February 09, 2011, 11:12:41 AM »
I'll be there  :-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fencing masks
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:54:22 PM »
...Kostas, I'll be sure to bring it along!  :mrgreen:

Any developments on you and the others making it over to the Euro Gathering this year ?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Fencing masks
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:01:29 PM »
Windrose armory makes helms for armored fighting.   They just came out with a new helm for practicing with blunt steel swords.  This may be of interest:

Link to their website:


PS I know that this is overkill for gatherings but perhaps there is a use in some aspect of training

Karsk..hope its OK by you, am posting the photo that you referred to a few weeks back...I must say, I've not seen anything like it...

Martial Arts Topics / Feb 4-6: Guro Crafty in Chicago
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:11:41 AM »
On behalf of Guro Crafty...

Martial Arts Topics / Video - Young Guy Giving Cop Finger
« on: January 02, 2011, 02:07:20 AM »
Posted on behalf of Crafty Dog...


Martial Arts Topics / The Older Warrior - "He Broke Burrita"
« on: December 26, 2010, 08:34:09 AM »
A little something on behalf of Crafty Dog...Holiday's Greetings to all...Enjoy !


Martial Arts Topics / More fencing mask art
« on: November 27, 2010, 10:41:29 AM »
More beautiful work, again by "Toki"

Martial Arts Topics / Fencing masks
« on: November 27, 2010, 08:56:57 AM »
An impressive piece, done by Yutthana Tokijkla  for Linda Matsumi. 

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Euro Gathering 8/13-14, 2010
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:52:19 AM »
The date for the next Euro gathering are now up and can be seen here.  :-D

I will be there.... :-)

I look forward to seeing you there, once again!

Martial Arts Topics / Fire Hydrant:
« on: October 26, 2010, 03:49:07 AM »
We were in Huddersfield in Yorkshire for the opening of a friends MMA gym, Rebecca Kane is the first woman (to on her own) in the UK to open up an FMA/MMA gym.  She had Wanderlei Silva (who's in the UK on a seminar tour) to open the gym and give a little talk.  Becky is a friend of the UK Clans and asked if we could do some demo fights, Guro Lonely heard about this and took the opportunity to come over from Switzerland for the chance to meet Wanderlei.

So, Guro Lonely, myself, Scotty Dog and C-Psycho Bitch did a few 'demonstration bouts' with Wandelei in attendance.  According to Mr Silva "Stickfighting is cool!" and he left with a gift from Guro L of a DBMA dvd!  ;D

On behalf of Point Dog, here is a photo from that event. 

Congratulations and good luck to Rebecca Cane on the opening of her new gym; Congrats also to Guro Lonely, Point Dog, Scotty Dog and C-Psycho Bitch for their work on behalf of DBMA; and many thanks to Wanderlei Silva (whom I've not met) for being there.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: September 07, 2010, 07:01:02 AM »
Woof All:

A mere 5 months later Tyler Morin has chosen his name.  A hearty woof to C-Dirty Dog!

Crafty Dog

Congratulations to Tyler :-)

May I also point out he is missing from the list of The Pack/Tribe from both US and European sites.

I take a deep bow to Tyler for having the "balls" to chose this name.

With names like Porn Star Dog, C-Sleazy Dog, C-Psycho Bitch, and now C-Dirty Dog,  it is becoming increasingly difficult to think up new and outrageous tribe names.  :-D :-D :-D

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.  :-)

William Lundin
Boo Dog

The first person (William) made it on the list, but Boo Dog did not.  As oversight, or will he not be fighting ?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Dog Brothers Tribe
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:08:02 AM »

I updated “the Pack” on my website. Dear members of the tribe, could you have a check at the list, and please let my know if you find somebody who is not correct listed…

Guro Benjamin “Lonely Dog”

The following also may need to be corrected:

Poi Dog is listed twice - once as
  Kalani “Poi Dog”
and then as
  Roan "Poi Dog" Grimm

Tennesse Dog's last name is missing, and according to this posting, it should be Bryant

Dog Lorenz Glaza is missing (see this post here)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DB Euro Gathering 8/13-14, 2010
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:36:23 AM »
A yip to new friend Thomas, a man of varied background who brought some very exciting 3 section staff from Praying Mantis to bear!

Yes, an interesting person, and capable practitioner.  I saw part of the fight, without realizing it was him.  He handles the 3-section staff with considerable dexterity.  Hope to see him again, in the future.

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